DAB Pregame: Devils Head Home to Face Senators

Matchup Overview

The New Jersey Devils return to the Prudential Center for the second half of a back-to-back, taking on the Ottawa Senators. Coming off a tough 2-1 loss in Mackenzie Blackwood’s first career start, the Devils will have to find a way to get two points tonight. Ottawa comes in with a 15-16-4 record but is facing similar road woes as New Jersey, going 4-11-1. It seems safe to expect a higher scoring game in this one, considering Ottawa ranks 9th in goals for (116) but 30th in goals against (135).

Keys to the Game

Shots on net… The Senators play a run-and-gun style of offense, which leads to higher scoring games and big chances each way. If this game becomes a track meet, the Devils will need to get the puck to the net early and often. Ottawa has given up 1,324 shots against while taking 1,015 shots themselves, so they aren’t exactly locked down on defense. Add on the fact Ottawa has a -19 goal differential, and this is a great opportunity to light the lamp numerous times.

Clean zone entry/exits… It was very evident again last night that when the Devils get in trouble it stems from the inability to clear the zone or turnovers trying to enter the zone. When you are facing a team who is proficient at burying the biscuit, turnovers need to be held to a minimum. A simple chip off the boards to get the puck into the neutral zone can go a long way tonight.

Projected Lines

New Jersey

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Johannson – Hischier – Palmieri

Hall – Zajac – Coleman

Wood – Zacha – Quenneville

Boyle – Seney – Bratt

 

Severson – Vatanen

Butcher -Santini

Greene – Lovejoy

 

Kinkaid

 

Ottawa

Chris Tierney – Matt Duchene – Mikkel Boedker

Brady Tkachuk – Colin White – Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel – Zack Smith – Bobby Ryan

Magnus Paajarvi – Nicholas Paul – Tom Pyatt

 

Thomas Chabot – Dylan Demelo

Maxime Lajoie – Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki – Christian Jaros

 

Craig Anderson

 

Players to Watch

Jesper Bratt… Even though he is playing on a bottom line, Bratt quietly has been putting up some very solid numbers. He now has 13 points in 19 games played and is doing so with limited ice time. If Johansson ends up missing tonight, look for Bratt to get bumped up to the second line and get some great chances against spotty defensive coverage.

Thomas Chabot… Chabot has been having himself a very solid season so far, posting 36 points in 35 games. He has a very effective shot and great on-ice vision but can still be taken advantage of on the defensive end.

 

Where to Watch

Prudential Center 7:00 pm

MSG+

TSN5, RDS

Betting Lines (All info taken from DraftKings Sportsbook)

New Jersey -1.5 goal spread, -175 money line

Ottawa +1.5 goal spread, +143 money line

Over/Under 6 goals

Prediction

Up until late in the game, New Jersey looked pretty flat last night. After some tweaks to the lines, things seemed to come alive a bit. But they also were playing a very stiff opponent defensively. Considering this game should be much more wide open, look for the Devils to take advantage of their opportunities and remain very strong on home ice. Devils win this one 5-3. 

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