New Jersey Devils vs Ottawa Senators – Game 2 of 3 – December 18, 2013
Devils (13-15-6) TV – MSG+
Senators (14-15-6) TV – None
National TV – TSN
The New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators will face off tonight for the second time this season. Tonight’s game will the first and only game to be played at the Prudential Center this season. The last game comes in April at the Canadian Tire Centre and is one of the last games the Devils play this season.
Ottawa took the first game back in mid-October during New Jersey’s huge slump to start the season. The score was 5-2.
Tonight, Martin Brodeur will be starting in net over Cory Schneider. Brodeur is coming off of a 33-save shutout against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. While Brodeur has already received more starts over Schneider, both goaltenders have looked fairly inconsistent and now would be a great time for some consistency to be between the pipes.
After suffering an “excruciating” injury in practice yesterday, Cam Janssen will be playing tonight. If the lines stay the same from yesterday’s practice, he will be playing on the 4th line with Steve Bernier at LW and Stephen Gionta at C.
Speaking of Mr. Gionta, Stephen was activated off of injured reserve today. The Devils now have a full roster with Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, and Tim Sestito as the “5th” line temporary healthy scratches.
Ryane Clowe also threw around the idea of playing on Friday, but later reeled the bait back in by saying that he hasn’t proposed that to anyone yet. If Clowe returns, then someone has to go down. The likely candidate will be Sestito.
The Devils also have more changes ahead of them once the recently-practicing Bryce Salvador returns along with Adam Larsson who has been skating on his own.
This game could have playoff implications come season’s end. Ottawa currently sits in a tie for 3rd in the Wild Card race alongside the Philadelphia Flyers. They sit 3 points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs who are currently in the WC2 spot.
The Devils are tied for 6th with the Columbus Blue Jackets at 32 points. The New York Rangers have 33 points in the 5th spot and are followed by Toronto and Ottawa. This game could turn out to be huge for both the Wild Card and the Division races.
The Devils are also in 6th in the Metropolitan Division and are 3 points behind the Carolina Hurricanes who sit in 3rd place and the final playoff spot.