(Sports Network) - Offensive issues plagued the Devils through the season's first month. November might not get off to the best of start if Zach Parise is out for an extended period of time.
With Parise back in New Jersey, the Devils travel to Vancouver to continue a six-game road trip versus the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
New Jersey has lost nine of 12 to begin the season and have been outscored 39-20. The club has been held to a pair of goals or fewer in 10 games this year and two of its three wins came on shutouts by goaltender Martin Brodeur.
After snapping a three-game slide with a victory in Anaheim on Friday, the Devils dropped a 3-1 decision in Los Angeles the following night. Rookie defenseman Matt Taormina had his team's lone goal and Brodeur made 20 saves.
"Tonight's game was tough," said New Jersey head coach John MacLean. "A couple of mistakes and it's in the net. We pushed it a little in the third period, but we weren't getting the scoring we needed."
Parise skated in the first two periods before being held out the rest of the way with a lower-body injury. He returned to New Jersey for further tests and it is unknown how long the forward will be out. The Devils wrap their road trip in Chicago on Wednesday before returning home for three games.
The 26-year-old notched 38 goals and 82 points a season ago and has three goals and six points in 12 games this year.
The Canucks play host to the Devils with fresh legs as they have been out of action since last Tuesday's 4-3 overtime triumph over the Avalanche. Mason Raymond tallied the game-winning goal 28 seconds into overtime on a tip-in off the faceoff in Colorado's zone.
"We kind of lost the draw there and I saw the puck heading behind the net and I took a whack at it towards the net and it went in between [Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj's] legs," Raymond said. "It wasn't the prettiest, but I'm very pleased."
Jeff Tambellini, Peter Schaefer and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks, who have won two straight and wrap a three-game homestand tonight.
Roberto Luongo allowed the game-tying goal with 1:33 left in regulation and ended with 36 saves.
Daniel Sedin extended his season-opening point streak to nine games, amassing seven goals and 12 points over the run. He has two goals and four assists in nine career games versus the Devils, including a goal in the last meeting between the teams, a 5-2 Canucks win on Dec. 2 in New Jersey.
The win was Vancouver's sixth in the last eight meetings, though the Devils snapped a three-game road series losing streak when the clubs last met in Vancouver on Jan. 13, 2009.
Brodeur is 6-10-0 with a 2.91 goals-against average in his career versus the Canucks, while Luongo is 6-13-0 with a 3.00 GAA lifetime when facing the Devils.
While Dan Hamhuis (foot) and Andrew Alberts (knee) are both questionable for tonight's game for the Canucks,Keith Ballard could return to action for the first time since Oct. 15 due to a concussion.