NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, December 18th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (17-12-4) at New Jersey Devils (23-8-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will aim for their third straight
victory when they welcome the Ottawa Senators for tonight's clash at
The Devils are 3-1-0 during a five-game homestand that wraps tonight and have
won the last two outings since losing to Florida last Friday. The club has a
12-6-0 record as the host this year.
Overall, New Jersey, which is two points behind Pittsburgh for first place in
the Atlantic, has won six of seven and nine of its last 11 contests. The
Devils also have won eight straight and 11 of their last 13 games against
New Jersey won a close game Wednesday against the Montreal Canadiens as Patrik
Elias scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to lift the Devils to
the 2-1 decision.
Devils forward Brian Rolston carried the puck into the attacking zone and
slide a pass to Elias, who was driving hard to the net. The puck deflected off
his stick and the pad of Montreal goaltender Carey Price. Elias followed up
the play and buried the rebound with 2:36 remaining.
Ilkka Pikkarainen also scored his first career goal and Martin Brodeur needed
to make just 17 saves to earn his league-leading 21st win of the season.
"I think we played a pretty solid third period and it gave us a chance to
win," said Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner. "We were able to sneak away
with two points."
Brodeur also reached another milestone, tying former Canadiens great and
boyhood idol Patrick Roy's record of 1,029 regular-season appearances by an
NHL goalie. The future Hall-of-Famer could pass Roy for the record tonight
unless New Jersey opts to start seldom-used backup Yann Danis for the first
time since November 21.
Brodeur is also tied with Terry Sawchuk for first place on the NHL's all-time
shutout list. He matched the record with 103rd career shutout in Buffalo on
The Senators come into tonight having won three of their last four games and
are coming off Wednesday's blanking of Buffalo. Brian Elliott posted his
second shutout of the season with 22 saves to lead Ottawa past the visiting
Sabres, 2-0, at Scotiabank Place.
Alexandre Picard and Mike Fisher tallied for the Senators, who have also won
four of their last six outings.
Ottawa played its first game without centerman Jason Spezza, who is expected
to miss the next six-to-eight weeks with a torn right MCL. Sens winger Nick
Foligno is also doubtful for tonight after missing Wednesday's game with a
The Senators have a poor 5-8-1 record as the guest this year and have lost
eight of their last 10 away from Ottawa. Ottawa has also lost its last four
and six of its last seven road games against the Devils.
12/18 10:44:58 ET