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Tuesday, February 3rd (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (28-14-7-3) at New Jersey Devils (27-13-10-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two Eastern Conference finalists trying to re-claim their divisions clash tonight when the New Jersey Devils welcome the Ottawa Senators to the Meadowlands.

Both clubs enter tonight's action in second place. The Devils, with 68 points, are three behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic, while Ottawa, with 66 points, is three off the pace of Toronto in the Northeast.

New Jersey is 6-2-1 in its last nine tries, including Saturday's 4-1 win in St. Louis. Sergei Brylin and Patrik Elias scored just 47 seconds apart in the second period to spearhead the win.

Brian Gionta lit the lamp twice for the Devils, who have dropped just one of their last five games (4-1-0). Martin Brodeur made 30 saves for his 24th win of the year, which ties him for second in the league behind the Stars' Marty Turco. He shares second place with Nashville's Tomas Vokoun.

The Devils, who have won three of their last four at home, will host Vancouver on Thursday.

Ottawa, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three tilts on the heels of a three-game win streak. On Saturday the Sens were dealt a 5-1 loss by host Toronto in the latest installment of the "Battle of Toronto." Ottawa surrendered four power-play goals en route to defeat.

Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators and Patrick Lalime made 20 saves. Ottawa set a franchise record with 14 power-play chances, but could only cash in on one.

The Senators, 8-4-3 in their last 15 road contests, will have a chance to gain revenge on the Maple Leafs in the opener of a four-game homestand Thursday.

Jersey has won two of the three meetings with Ottawa this season, although the Sens managed a 4-0 triumph January 13 at the Meadowlands. The road team has won five straight non-playoff meetings.

02/03 10:08:35 ET


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