Who: New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators
When: 7:30 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Media: TV - MSG+ (Channel listings); Radio - WFAN (660 AM or 101.9 FM)
Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)
- This is the second meeting with the Senators this season. Ottawa won 2-1 in the shootout on February 18 at Prudential Center.
- The Devils snapped a six game losing streak (0-4-2) on the road on Thursday at Carolina. They are now 5-6-4 away from Prudential Center this season.
- New Jersey also scored their first power play goal on the road since February 21 at Washington, snapping an 0-22 stretch, Thursday at Carolina.
- The Devils have outshot their opponent in 13 consecutive games (376-290).
- Saturday night vs. Florida, the Devils improved to 12-1-2 when scoring the first goal this season. New Jersey is 3-10-4 on the year when allowing the first goal.
- Martin Brodeur (17 saves) earned his 100th victory at Prudential Center on Saturday, becoming the first goaltender in NHL history with 100 wins at two arenas (also Brendan Byrne/Continental Airlines Arena). - courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau
- Also on Saturday, Patrik Elias became the fourth Devil to reach the 10 goal mark and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts).
- David Clarkson scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season Saturday night. It was also his fourth game-winner of the year, tying Ilya Kovalchuk for the team-lead.
- Travis Zajac has 2a in back-to-back games and and now has a season-high three-game scoring streak (1g-4a-5pts).
Forwards Defense Goalie
Henrique-Loktionov-D'Agostini Salvador-Zidlicky Brodeur
Inactives: Fayne, Barch
Next man up: It's a popular saying in sports that signifies the obligation of the team and several players to step up when a star player gets hurt. In this case, it's Matt D'Agostini who comes under the spotlight by assuming Ilya Kovalchuk's place on the first line. He has real speed and offensive potential, but he's also been hurt and ineffective for basically the last two NHL seasons. Will that change with the Devils? It'll have to if he wants to stay on that line. One benefit is he'll be playing with legitimate playmakers in Loktionov and Henrique so he should have plenty of chances -- or at least as many as the Devils can create.
Look in the mirror: If the Devils want to figure out how to cope with injuries. they only need to look across the faceoff dot tonight. The Senators are the fifth seed int he East and have done it without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza for most of the year while also losing Craig Anderson and Milan Michalek for long stretches. The Senators have done it by promoting from within and using their strong farm system to buoy their NHL roster. They've also gotten exceptional goaltending regardless of who is in net. The Devils don't have any quick-fix prospects up front, but they do have Martin Brodeur, who may have to win this one on his own tonight.
Top heavy: The Devils are suddenly very reliant on their top players after losing Kovy. Guys like Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac have got to deliver at a very high level for at least the next two weeks. Why? Because with Alexei Ponikarovsky and Dainius Zubrus already on IR and Stefan Matteau back in junior, whatever "depth" the Devils did have is now gone. They've lose two of their top three left wings and their top right wing to injury and have replaced them with Harri Pesonen and D'Agostini. That means it's go time for Henrique and Zajac, who have been disappointments for most of this year.