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Saturday, October 27th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (8-1-0) at New Jersey Devils (3-5-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Finally, the Devils have come back to New Jersey. The club will host its first game of the season tonight, as it opens the doors to the brand-new Prudential Center against the streaking Ottawa Senators.

While awaiting the opening of the Prudential Center -- nicknamed "The Rock" -- in Newark, New Jersey, the Devils were forced to start the season with a lengthy nine-game road trip. The Devils went 3-5-1 on the epic trek, which wrapped up in New York against the Rangers on Thursday.

Perhaps due to fatigue, the Devils were unable to muster a goal in the game, falling to the Rangers, 2-0. The shutout wasted a great effort by Martin Brodeur, who made 29 saves in the game.

Brodeur, who has spent all 15 of his NHL seasons with the Devils, compiled a 266-120-6 record with 46 ties in 445 games at what used to be known as the Continental Airlines Arena, which had housed the Devils since 1982.

Zach Parise was the team's leading scorer on the trip, posting two goals and eight assists, while John Madden paced the Devils with four goals.

With the Devils finally unpacking their bags for the first of three straight home games, they will be forced to play a well-rested Ottawa club that has been idle since last Saturday.

The Senators played the second portion of back-to-back home games on that day and defeated Florida, 4-1. Mike Fisher and Shean Donovan scored 62 seconds apart early in the second period to help guide the club to its third straight victory.

Christoph Schubert had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa, which moved to 8-1-0 in the first season under head coach John Paddock. The club's lone loss came at home on October 11, and Ottawa is 3-0 on the road this season.

Andrej Meszaros had a pair of assists and Ray Emery, making his first start of the season, stopped 31 shots in the win. Martin Gerber has made seven starts in net for the Sens, going 6-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average, while Brian Elliott made the other start in net this year.

The Senators have already bested the Devils once this season, recording a home 4-2 victory on October 8. That victory for Ottawa snapped a three-game losing streak to New Jersey, which has won five of its last eight games against the Sens.

Ottawa has lost two straight and four of its last five as the visitor in the series.

10/27 11:08:00 ET


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