NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
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
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
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
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