New Jersey (11-3-0) at Los Angeles (10-7-1)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Tue Nov 25, 2003
  • TV: FSNY, FSW
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The New Jersey Devils look to extend their unbeaten streak to 12 and remain undefeated on the road as they begin a tough four-game western trip against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Devils—4-0-2 on the road this season—won their fourth straight at home and improved to 9-0-2 in their last 11 overall with a 2-1 overtime victory against Pittsburgh on Friday.

Patrik Elias scored his second goal of the game 39 seconds into the extra period and Martin Brodeur had another strong performance with 18 saves for New Jersey, which hasn’t lost since Oct. 25.

With a win or tie against the Kings, New Jersey will head to Anaheim on Wednesday looking to match the franchise record of 13 straight games without a loss. The Devils have accomplished the feat four times—most recently from Feb. 26-March 23, 2001.

“We’re on a great run,” said Elias, who leads the Devils with 16 points. “What matters now is to keep playing consistent.”

No one has been more consistent of late for the Devils than Brodeur, who has allowed just 12 goals in 10 starts during the streak and posted three shutouts. He’s lowered his goals-against-average from 2.39 to an NHL-best 1.68.

Despite their run, the Devils remain three points behind first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division. The Flyers are 8-0-1 since a 3-2 loss to the Devils on Oct. 30.

After facing the Mighty Ducks in a rematch of last season’s Stanley Cup finals Wednesday, the Devils head to Dallas on Friday before closing their trip Sunday at Colorado.

The Kings won for the second time in three games Saturday, 2-0 over the Avalanche.

Cristobal Huet made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season in just his third start. However, Roman Cechmanek should be back in goal for Los Angeles on Tuesday.

“It was very important for us to come here and play hard against these guys,” Huet said. “We have a lot of respect for those players. Tonight, I think we played better and we deserved the win. Our defense shut them down pretty well.”

Zigmund Palffy had a goal and an assist in the second period before getting hit in the cheek with a puck while on the bench in the third. The high-scoring forward is expected to play against the Devils.

“I wish it would have hit me or somebody else, rather than Ziggy,” Kings coach Andy Murray said.

The Kings, who play two of their next three at home, will try to win consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Nov. 1-6.

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