Having lost their way over the last two weeks, the Devils are hoping to find their way back to winning on the road.

They begin tonight in Winnipeg a three-game trip that includes stops in Buffalo on Saturday and Toronto on Monday and probably qualifies as their toughest trek of the season. It’s their only trip in which they’ll play three consecutive games on the road without a break at some point to return home and tonight includes their only contest outside the Eastern time zone this season.

The Devils flew to Winnipeg on Wednesday to practice there and get used to the hour time difference. That will put them on the road for six days.

"It’s always nice," center Adam Henrique said of the extended trip. "Any time like this when you can get on the road and relax a little, do a lot of team stuff, team-building stuff, it’s fun."

The Devils will have to play at least the first two games of the trip without goaltender Martin Brodeur, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and remains in New Jersey with a sore back. That leaves it to backup Johan Hedberg to help the Devils get out of a slide in which they’ve won just two of their last seven (2-4-1) following a five-game winning streak that put them at the top of the East.

In the time off since their 4-2 loss to the Jets on Sunday at Prudential Center, the Devils have tried to address some of their problems with a much-needed day of rest Monday and then two days of practice to sharpen up their play, which has become sloppy of late.

The Devils have allowed four goals or more in four of their last seven games and scored more than two just twice – not by coincidence, the two they won – over that stretch.

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