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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 Prudential Center.

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 Ottawa.

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 December 7.

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 lower-body injury.

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


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