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(Sports Network) - A marquee interconference matchup will take place this afternoon at Continental Airlines Arena, where the New Jersey Devils host the Detroit Red Wings in a showdown between perennial playoff participants.

The Devils come into the game in a bit of a lull, however, as the club has dropped back-to-back contests after embarking on a season-best five-game win streak. The latest setback came Thursday in Boston, where Patrice Bergeron netted two goals to lead the Bruins to a 5-3 victory.

Patrick Elias had a goal and an assist for New Jersey, which was outshot by a 45-29 margin. Scott Clemmensen made 40 saves in the loss.

Elias has now registered a point in eight consecutive games, having compiled five goals and eight helpers over that span.

The Devils have won seven of their last eight at Continental Airlines Arena and are an excellent 11-2-1 at home on the season.

Detroit has emerged victorious in four of its five most recent games, including Thursday's 3-2 road decision over Chicago. Mikael Samuelsson came up with the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Dominik Hasek stopped 29 shots for the Red Wings.

Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Cleary also lit the lamp for Detroit, which rebounded from a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday. Cleary's tally extended his point-scoring streak to seven games, in which he has totaled five goals and four assists.

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