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Friday, December 10th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (8-17-2) at Ottawa Senators (12-15-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils are in the midst of a three-game
slide, but they hope the return of their franchise goaltender can get them
back in the win column tonight.
Martin Brodeur is expected to man the crease for the first time since November
18 when the Devils visit the Ottawa Senators this evening at Scotiabank Place.
Brodeur has been sidelined with a bruised elbow, but made his return to the
bench Monday in Pittsburgh, serving as the backup to Johan Hedberg in New
Jersey's 2-1 loss to the Penguins. He is expected to get the start tonight.
"I've been 100 percent for a while," Brodeur said. "Just now, with three hard
practices in a row, I should have shaken off all the cobwebs that I need to
shake. I'm good to go, that's for sure."
Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts, is just 4-10-1 with a
2.74 GAA this year, but he is 34-19-0 with four ties and a 2.18 GAA in his
career against the Senators.
The Devils are hoping to get back to where they were at the end of last month.
New Jersey had won three of four games to close November, but it has dropped
the first three games of the new month.
New Jersey has been outscored by a 12-5 margin during its current losing
streak, but is coming off a close regulation loss in its last outing. The
Devils were dealt a 2-1 setback Monday night in Pittsburgh, dropping the
middle test of a three-game road trip that ends tonight.
Sidney Crosby notched the eventual game-winning goal in the second period and
added an assist in Monday's victory over the Devils. Brian Rolston notched the
lone goal for the Devils and Hedberg was strong in defeat, stopping 32 shots.
"Hedberg was great again for us," Rolston said. "We have to find a way to win
The Devils have lost six straight on the road and John MacLean's club has an
awful 4-11-0 record away from home this season.
Ottawa hasn't fared well lately either. The Senators lost to the New York
Rangers on Thursday, marking their fifth loss in six games.
The loss to the visiting Rangers was the second straight setback for Ottawa.
The game was tied late in the third period, but Mike Sauer scored his first
career goal, a power-play tally, to lift New York.
Mike Fisher scored twice and Jason Spezza tallied his seventh goal for Ottawa,
which fell to 1-4-1 in its last six games.
"This was a frustrating loss," said Fisher. "I thought for the most part we
played solid and we were feeling good going into the third period, but we let
it slip away."
Ottawa goaltender Brian Elliott allowed four goals on 27 shots.
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson hopes to get his offensive game back on
track tonight. The veteran Swede has gone without a point in nine straight
games, marking the longest drought of his career.
Ottawa has lost four straight on home ice and is 7-8-1 as the host this
season. The Sens will cap a three-game homestand Monday against Atlanta.
New Jersey won three of four meetings against the Sens last season and has
taken 12 of 15 overall in the series. The Devils have also claimed victory in
five of seven and six of their last nine games in Ottawa.
12/10 11:09:51 ET