NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 17th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (7-10-1) at New Jersey Devils (10-6-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators hope to post a winning streak tonight
when they visit the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.
The Sens ended a two-game slide on Wednesday, defeating Buffalo, 4-2, at HSBC
Arena. Jason Spezza and Peter Schaefer each scored third-period goals as the
Senators rallied for the road win.
Chris Phillips added a critical empty-net marker in the final minute and Chris
Neil also lit the lamp for the Senators, who had dropped seven of their
previous eight matches coming in.
Mike Fisher added two assists while Ray Emery came up with 27 saves. Emery
returned to the lineup after missing just over a week with a sprained wrist.
Emery, who is 4-2-0, has played much better than free agent pickup Martin
Gerber so far this campaign.
Spezza extended his point streak to six games (4g, 5a), while Dany Heatley
checks in with a run of the same span (3g, 4a).
The Sens, who are 5-4-1 on the road, will host Buffalo on Saturday.
New Jersey, meanwhile, had a four-game winning streak ended in Tuesday's 3-2
loss to the rival Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Jaromir Jagr scored two of
New York's three goals in a 90-second span early in the third period.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta scored for New Jersey, while Martin
Brodeur allowed three goals on 24 shots for the Devils.
The Devs led 2-0 before the Rangers grabbed the game by the throat with their
blitz of goals early in the final frame.
The Devils continued to play without center Scott Gomez, who is on the shelf
with a groin injury. He will likely miss tonight's match as well.
Jersey will begin a five-game road trip on Saturday in Toronto.
Ottawa smoked New Jersey, 8-1, on October 21 at Scotiabank Place and has won
two of the last three meetings.
11/17 10:48:12 ET