Who: Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils
When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Media: TV - MSG+ (Channel listings); Radio - 970 AM
Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)
- New Jersey is looking to end a season-high seven game losing streak (0-3-4) tonight.
- The Devils lost 3-2 in the shootout at Buffalo Sunday night. Each of the three meetings between the Devils and Sabres went to the shootout, with the home team winning each time. New Jersey is 0-6 in the shootout on the road this year and 2-7 overall.
- The Devils closed-out their ninth of ten sets of back-to-back games Sunday. New Jersey is now 2-5-2 in first games and 3-4-2 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
- The Devils have out shot their opponent in 18 of the past 20 games.
- New Jersey’s penalty-kill unit is 28/31 (90.3%) over the past 12 games.
- New Jersey is 0-4-2 in its last six games vs. Boston (last win, 3-2, April 10, 2011).
- Last Thursday in Boston, the Devils were shut out for the first time this season & first time since March 13, 2012 at Philadelphia.
- Tonight’s game is the fourth of six straight against Northeast Division opponents. The Devils are 1-4-6 against the Northeast this season.
- Martin Brodeur (24 saves + 1/2 SO) took the loss Sunday. He has started nine consecutive games and is 2-3-4 with a 2.07 goals-against average & .903 save-percentage since returning to the lineup on March 21 at Carolina.
Forwards Defense Goalie
Elias-Zajac-Sullivan Greene-Fayne Brodeur
Inactives: Barch, Kostopoulos, Josefson
Sidelined: Salvador (wrist), Hedberg (sore)
Suspended: Volchenkov (four games)
Pressed into duty: The Devils' defensive corps has been much maligned this year -- either for carrying eight instead of an extra forward or for the lack of foot speed/zone awareness/offensive impact all year long. Tonight, the Devils not only need all hands on deck, but they need those hands to not skate themselves out of position or turn the puck over at the blue line and it would be helpful if they could create some scoring chances here and there. Oh, and they have to do it with Adam Larsson and Peter Harrold in the lineup instead of Bryce Salvador and Anton Volchenkov. No pressure, guys.
Bueller, Bueller, Bueller: Does anyone wanna score on a regular basis without Ilya Kovalchuk? ANYONE? The Devils scored four goals Wednesday night and for some reason I feel like they'll struggle to put two in the net tonight. I wouldn't even be surprised if they get shut out. In case you haven't noticed, the guy in the other net, Craig Anderson, is pretty good at stopping pucks against offensively potent teams. Against these Devils? Yeesh.
When all else fails: Maybe Martin Brodeur will be basically flawless and carry the Devils to an ABSOLUTE, NO-DOUBT-ABOUT-IT must-win game. It seems to be that's what the Devils need to win a game these days, but Marty has been far from flawless over this losing streak. Yes, he's had excellent games, but he's also had clunkers and this isn't a Devils team meant to withstand their goalie putting out clunkers.