NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 8th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (6-3-3-0) at Ottawa Senators (5-3-2-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to extend their unbeaten streak to six tonight when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Corel Centre in a rematch of last spring's Eastern Conference final series.
New Jersey defeated Ottawa in seven games for the East crown, before edging Anaheim in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Devs toppled the Sens, 3-2, in Game 7 on the very ice they'll clash on this evening. Constant playoff hero Jeff Friesen scored with 2:14 left in the third period to provide the difference and propel Jersey to the next round.
After a sluggish start to this season, the Devils have managed a recent roll. Although Friday's 1-1 tie with Toronto in the last of a four-game homestand snapped a four-game winning streak, it did stretch their unbeaten run to five.
Goaltender Corey Schwab received a rare start in place of Martin Brodeur, and responded with a brilliant 27-save effort. His only blemish was the tying goal he allowed to Toronto's Gary Roberts with under five minutes to go in regulation. Brodeur, who started the first 11 tilts, is slated to be back in net this evening.
New Jersey played without captain Scott Stevens, who left the team because of a death in the family. Stevens is expected to re-join the club tonight.
The Devils, 3-0-1 away from home, will visit Buffalo on Wednesday.
The Senators, meanwhile, skated to a 5-5 tie with the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday at the Skyreach Centre. Marian Hossa scored twice and Petr Schastlivy lit the lamp for Ottawa, which blew a 3-1 lead and is 0-2-2 in its last four games. Backup goaltender Martin Prusek, playing in his first game since October 15, turned aside 33 shots in the tie.
Senators defenseman Wade Redden hit the post in overtime after Oilers goalie Tommy Salo stopped a shot by Radek Bonk.
Ottawa, 2-1-2-1 at home in the early going, plays five of the next six at Corel Centre. The Senators will visit Atlanta on Tuesday before a four-game stand.
The Sens went 3-1 against the Devs last regular season, taking the final three meetings. New Jersey is, however, 3-1-1 in its last five non-playoff trips to the Canadian capital.
11/08 10:08:57 ET