Preview: New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators
The New Jersey Devils are visiting their old rivals, the Ottawa Senators, tonight at the Scotiabank Place.
This is the first of four meeting between the two clubs this year, the Devils swiped the season series last year going 4-0.
The big story would be the Devils fight against injuries. After losing Paul Martin, Johnny Oduya, and Jay Pandolfo last week due to injuries, Rob Niedermeyer went down with an upper body injury in a winning effort against the Capitals.
The Devils are still the only NHL team to be undefeated on the road this season, 7-0-0, while the Senators boast a decent 4-2-2 at home.
Much like the Devils last year when goalie Martin Broduer missed 50 games with an injury, they are preserving once again. With the lost to their top defence pair in Paul Martin and Johnny Oduya, Andy Greene and Bryce Salvador have had to step up. Both these guy have shown great poise, decision making, and consistency. Another big story for the Devils is the return of Patrik Elias who missed 13 games undergoing multiple surgeries.
On the other side, Senators top centermen, Jason Spezza, return last game after an injury sidelined him. Spezza scored the winning goal last game against Tampa in overtime for his first of the season. Meanwhile tough Sen, Chris Neil, had a huge hit behind the Tampa night knocking rookie defencemen, Victor Hedman, out of the game. This puts Neil second in league hitting behind Ryan Callahan of the Ranger.
Cory Clouston has made a change on the Sens powerplay which has brought about good things. Winger Daniel Alfredsson has been put back to help out the powerplay on the point, since this change the Sens have gone 3 for 10 on powerplay opportunities. 30 percent is good for any team.
The Sens will still be without number 1 defecemen Anton Volchenkov due to his elbow injury. The Devils will be without, as mentioned earlier, top defence pair Paul Martin and Johnny Oduya. Also out is Jay Pandolfo, and Rob Niedermeyer.
You can catch the game tonight on CBC at 7pm. I will not be able to catch the game so there will be no live game feed on Twitter.
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