The last time these two teams met, the Ottawa Senators left the Prudential Center with a 2-1 shootout win. Jakob Silfverberg scored the shootout winner, and Ben Bishop recorded another win for his career.
Tonight at Scotiabank Place, the “Pesky” Sens will be looking for their second straight win at the expense of the New Jersey Devils. Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk is sidelined with a shoulder injury and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. Alongside Kovalchuck, Alexei Ponikarovsky will most likely not be in the lineup due to a lower body injury.
Ottawa will once again be without their main guys on the injury front, but they are still pulling through. Paul MacLean is making his case for the Jack Adams trophy as he has coached and led Ottawa to a playoff spot. With only 16 games remaining (including this one), Ottawa can see light at the end of the tunnel. If Ottawa plays average for the duration of the season, a playoff spot is in their view.
Ottawa currently sits sixth in the NHL standings, with New Jersey at the eleventh spot. Ottawa is second in the league in home games, and the Devils are a low end nineteenth for road games. After losing in the Stanley Cup finals (that seems so long ago), New Jersey has had only one goal for this season—redemption. New Jersey is starting a three game road trip, and now would be right time so get that road winning percentage a little bit higher.
Travis Zajac has been playing some great hockey as of late, and he will be a force on the ice this evening. Martin Brodeur scored his third career goal on Thursday, and has looked like his old self, stopping most of the shots he faces.
Ottawa’s new found dynamic duo of Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson has worked for them. It won’t be shocking to find Alfie going cross crease and finding Turris for a one-timer at the top of the circle.
As usual, you will be able to catch all the action on Sportsnet, with the game starting at 7:30 PM EST.