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Game Preview – Game 27: Ottawa Senators @ Your New Jersey Devils!


New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators


Ottawa Senators
(13-12-3, 29 points) vs New Jersey Devils (13-12-1, 27 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG Plus 2 
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

First of Four against the Senators this season. Last season, the Senators took three of the four from New Jersey.

Devils Get Back on Winning Side:

The New Jersey Devils were finally able to snap a four-game losing streak on Tuesday night against Toronto at Air Canada Centre. The win came with help from the hometown kid, David Clarkson, who netted two goals including the game winner.

The Devils improved to 7-1 in games needing extra time to be decided. The only problem with this record, only two of the seven wins were in actual overtime. With the way records work now, shootout wins will not count in tiebreakers. Five of the seven wins are shootout wins.

Despite being 2-for-2 in their first two powerplays of the game, the Devils had a hard time hanging onto the 2-0 lead. Phil Kessel put the Leafs on the board in the second period, a period which seemed like the Devils had pulled an all-nighter with how sluggish their gameplay was. Matt Frattin tied the game early in the third.

Luckily, Martin Brodeur had one of his better outings of the season, stopping 29 shots. I cannot stress how important it is for Brodeur to have played this game the way he did after being pulled in his last game against Minnesota on December 2. He was pulled just over eight minutes into the game.

Devils Top Line Producing:

Rookie Adam Henrique is currently on a six game point streak (2 goals, 5 assists).

Zach Parise is on a five game point streak (1 goal, 5 assists).

Ilya Kovalchuk is also on a five game point streak (3 goals, 3 assists).

Against the Senators:

All-time the Devils are 43-22-5-1 when playing the Senators and 22-11-2-0 when playing in New Jersey.

Patrik Elias is the all-time leading scorer for the Devils against the Wild with 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 46 games played.

Ilya Kovalchuk, however, has the most career points among active Devils with 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) in 33 games played.

Eric Boulton has the most career penalty minutes among active Devils with 59 PIM in 28 career games against Ottawa.

Martin Brodeur is 35-22-4 in his career against the Senators with a 2.17 GAA.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Tedenby - Elias - Sykora

Zubrus - Carter – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Palmieri

Talinder – Fayne
Salvador – Larsson
Volchenkov – Fraser

Brodeur
Hedberg

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The Latest on the Ottawa Senators:

The Senators appeared to be on a hot streak as they closed out November by winning five of their last seven in the month. December hasn’t been as friendly to them. Currently, they are 1-2-1 in the month.

The Senators are coming off of a 5-3 loss to Washington on Wednesday night, a game in which they had a 2-1 lead, but could not hold off Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Ovechkin, and the rest of the Capitals offense who scored three unanswered to take a 4-2 lead, and held on for the win.

Nick Foligno is currently on a five game point streak which consists of  three goals, six points and a plus-five rating during the five-game stretch.

Milan Michalek collected his 17th goal of the season on Wednesday night against the Capitals, putting him into a three-way tie for the league lead ( Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel also have 17 goals).

Projected Senators Lineup:

Greening – Spezza – Butler
Michalek – Foligno – Alfredsson
Daugavins – Smith – Condra
Konopka – Winchester – Neil

Phillips – Gonchar
Cowen – Karlsson
Lee – Rundblad

Auld
Anderson

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Game Preview – Game 26: Your New Jersey Devils @ Toronto Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs

New Jersey Devils (12-12-1, 25 points) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (15-10-2, 32 points)
7:00 PM EST
TV: MSG
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight will be the second of four times this season that the Devils and Leafs will square off against each other. They last met on November 2 at Prudential Center, which saw the Leafs take a 5-3 victory.

Will the Devils Win on this Road Trip?:

The Devils cannot wait to return to Prudential Center on Thursday after they conclude this four-game road trip tonight in Toronto.

Overall, the Devils are 7-8-0 on the road this season. Three of those losses are from this current road trip which have the Devils on a season high four game losing streak.

The bright side, I  guess you could call it, is that the Devils are playing better at the end of the road trip compared to the first game against Colorado last Wednesday. In the game against the Avalanche, the Devils were made a fool of by losing 6-1. After that game, the Devils dropped consecutive contests to the Wild and Jets 4-2. They outshot their competition in both of those games. 31-16 against Minnesota, and 25-20 against the Jets.

It’s not that the team is playing bad, things just aren’t going the Devils’ way. Well, except the fact they need to learn to stop giving up goals when they have the man advantage!

The Devils have to continue to keep playing hard, and a win tonight against the Maple Leafs will be a step in the right direction for the team.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Tedenby - Elias - Sykora

Zubrus - Carter – Clarkson
Boulton – Sestito – Palmieri

Greene – Larsson
Talinder – Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Brodeur
Hedberg

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Toronto vs. New Jersey Notes:

- Phil Kessel leads active Toronto players in assists (14) and points (18) against the Devils.

- Joffrey Lupul leads the Leafs in career goals (7) in 18 games against New Jersey. Remember, Lupul had a hat trick on November 2 in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.

- Leafs Center, David Steckel, played 18 games with the Devils last season.

Projected Maple Leafs Lineup:

Lupul – Bozak – Kessel
MacArthur – Connolly – Frattin
Kulemin – Colborne – Crabb
Rosehill – Steckel – Dupuis

Phaneuf – Gunnarsson
Liles – Franson
Gardiner – Schenn

Reimer
Gustavsson

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Game Preview – Game 11: Your New Jersey Devils @ Broad Street Bullies

New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey Devils (4-5-1) @ Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-1)
7:00 PM EDT
TV: MSG Plus
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

This marks the second of six games between the two clubs this season. The Flyers and Devils last played on October 8 which was the Devils home opener, which saw the Flyers ruin the night by shutting out the Devils, 3-0.
Last Game Recap:

Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs saw a lot of back and forth action. The Leafs would score, and then the Devils would tie it up. Unfortunately, Joffrey Lupul would lead the Leafs with a hat trick in the second period, giving them the 5-3 win.

The big story of the game was the return of Martin Brodeur in goal. Brodeur had missed nearly three weeks while recovering from a sore shoulder. It is no lie that Brodeur appeared to be rusty in his return, but did produce a highlight reel save on Leafs forward Phil Kessel. The save was almost the same move that Brodeur injured his shoulder on. Afterwards, Brodeur said his shoulder felt fine.

Elias sets Devils Record:

With his 93rd career powerplay goal on Wednesday night, Patrik Elias passed John MacLean and is now the franchise record holder for most powerplay goals. When asked about breaking the record, Elias told the media that it’s “not important at all if it happens in a loss.”

Not only was that goal Elias’ 93rd career powerplay goal, it also saw Adam Larsson’s first career NHL point. Larsson got the primary assist as he fed the puck beautifully to Elias.

Elias felt bad for not collecting the puck for Larsson as a souvenir.  Here’s a picture of the puck.
Against the Flyers:

All-time the Devils are 87-70-18-0 in 54 games played against the Philadelphia Flyers

When playing in Philadelphia, the Devils are 32-45-11-0 against the Flyers.

Patrik Elias is the residential Flyer killer, with 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in 70 career games.
Projected Devils Lineup:

Kovalchuk – Parise – Sykora
Elias - Zubrus – Clarkson

Tedenby - Henrique - Palmieri
Mills – Carter – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder - Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Hedberg
Brodeur

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Flyers Goaltending:

Ilya Bryzgalov was signed to be the Flyers number one goaltender. But things seemed iffy for the Flyers between the pipes when both Bryzgalov and backup Sergei Bobrovsky gave up a combined nine goals against the Winnipeg Jets. After that, Bryzgalov told the media he had “lost his way.”

The Flyers even announced on Monday morning that Bryzgalov was not going to talk to the media except in postgame (only if he played).  However, the club is informed that it violated the league’s media policy and soon the media ban was lifted. Goalies can continue to talk to the media on a daily basis, but they will have a time limit.

All seems to be right with the number one right now as he has only allowed three goals in back-to-back wins.

Hot Flyers:

Look out for Scott Hartnell, who has scored five goals in five games, and has collected 10 points in that span.
Projected Flyers Lineup:

Hartnell – Giroux – Jagr
van Riemsdyk – Couturier – Voracek
Simmonds – Talbot – Nodl
Rinaldo – Holmstrom – Shelley

Timonen – Coburn
Lilja – Meszaros
Gustafsson – Carle

Bryzgalov
Bobrovsky


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Game Preview – Game 10: Toronto St. Patricks @ Your New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs (7-3-1) @ New Jersey Devils (4-4-1)
7:30 PM EDT

TV: MSG Plus
Radio: WFAN 660 AM

Matchup:

Tonight is the first of four games between the Devils and the Maple Leafs this season. Last year, the Devils were 2-2 against the Leafs, with one of the wins coming in overtime. The Devils were outscored 10-8 in the season series.

Home Ice Advantage?:

The Devils will return home to the Prudential Center tonight to take on the Maple Leafs, and I bet they’re glad to be home. The Devils dropped three of four on the road, collecting their only win against the Kings last Tuesday. They were outscored 12-8 on the trip.

The Devils find themselves 2-1-1 at home this season. Their last game at Prudential Center was on October 21 against the San Jose Sharks which resulted in a 3-2 loss in a shootout.

As pointed out on Speaking of the Devils, “The Devils play play four of their next five at Prudential Center (they play in Philly tomorrow), but play 15 out of their next 21 games on the road.”

Devils Injury Update:

Martin Brodeur has confirmed that he is starting in goal tonight for the New Jersey Devils, after missing six games with a sore shoulder.

Travis Zajac made a visit to Devils practice on Monday. Zajac told reporters that he has started skating on his own in Winnipeg, but there is still no timetable for his return. If going by the first indication, the original prediction for Zajac’s return would be in the middle of the month.

Jacob Josefson is still recovering from surgery to repair his broken right clavicle. He’s still expected to miss three-to-four months.

Eric Boulton has resumed practicing with the team after hurting his hand in a fight on October 21 in the game against San Jose.

Against the Maple Leafs:

All-time the Devils are 36-35-15-1 against the Maple Leafs. They are 21-12-9-1 when playing in New Jersey.

Ilya Kovalchuk has the most career points against the Leafs, 16 goals and 19 assists.

Patrik Elias has the most points against the Leafs as a Devil with 13 goals and 16 assists.

Martin Brodeur is 20-17-9 in his career against the Leafs, with a 2.53 goals against average.

Projected Devils Lineup:

Parise – Henrique – Kovalchuk
Sykora - Elias - Zubrus

Tedenby - Carter – Clarkson
Palmieri – Mills – Janssen

Greene – Larsson
Tallinder - Fayne
Volchenkov – Salvador

Brodeur
Hedberg

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Why was Phil Kessel Chosen Last in the All Star Draft?:

Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel is getting the last laugh at the fact he was drafted last in last year’s All Star Fantasy Draft. Kessel led the league in October with a league best 10 goals and 18 points, earning him the Player of the Month award. With Kessel’s hot start, the Maple Leafs find themselves first in the Northeast Division with 15 points.

Reim-Time:

Leafs goaltender James Reimer has missed the last several games while recovering from whiplash. He has been practicing with the Leafs for a couple of days now, and has been labeled by Leafs coach Ron Wilson as a game-time decision.

Projected Maple Leafs Lineup:

Lupol – Connolly – Kessel
MacArthur – Grabovski – Kulemin
Frattin – Bozak – Lombardi
Dupuis – Steckel – Brown

Gunnarsson – Phaneuf
Liles – Komisarek
Gardiner – Schenn

Gustavsson
Reimer


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