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Monday, October 8th (All times eastern)

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

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators aim for a fourth straight win to begin the season this afternoon, when they host the New Jersey Devils at Scotiabank Place in a matinee matchup on Canadian Thanksgiving Day.

Today's game is a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference semifinal series, which Ottawa won in five games.

The Senators are off to a 3-0 start for the second time in three seasons. Ottawa began the 2005-06 campaign with victories in each of its first six contests.

Ottawa started the 2007-08 schedule with a home-and-home sweep of Toronto and then downed the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Martin Gerber made 35 stops to record his first shutout of the season and lead the Senators to the 2-0 home win over the Rangers.

Gerber has started all three games for the Senators this year, as No. 1 netminder Ray Emery continues to recover from surgery on his left wrist. Emery is expected to sit out at least one more week.

Daniel Alfredsson and Andrej Meszaros tallied on Saturday for the Senators, who are wrapping up a three-game homestand today. Ottawa was 25-13-3 on its home ice last season.

The Devils, meanwhile, are playing the third test of a season-opening nine- game road trip. New Jersey is away from home until October 27, when it will host the Senators in the first-ever game from the brand-new Prudential Center in Newark.

After dropping a 3-1 decision in Tampa Bay to begin the season, the Devils were able to post a 4-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday. John Madden scored a pair of goals to help New Jersey beat Florida and spoil the Panthers' home opener at BankAtlantic Center.

Andrew Greene and Mike Mottau also tallied for New Jersey, which secured Brent Sutter's first victory as an NHL coach. Sutter, who took over the team in the offseason, was one of six brothers to play in the NHL and is now the fourth member of the famous hockey family to become a head coach in the league.

Kevin Weekes ended with 32 saves in the win as the Devils opted to give future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur a rest. Brodeur has started at least 70 games in nine straight seasons, but the Devils brought in Weekes this offseason to try and give the three-time Vezina Trophy winner some additional days off this season.

Brodeur is expected to be in net this afternoon for New Jersey.

The Devils went 3-1 against in the season series against Ottawa last season before falling to the Sens in the playoffs. Jersey has taken four of the last five regular-season meetings with Ottawa and has won in four of its last six trips to Scotiabank Place.

10/08 10:31:39 ET


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