It's rare that the New Jersey Devils are home at Thanksgiving but they play 10 of the next 12 games at the Rock, starting with the Ottawa Senators tonight.
The New Jersey Devils (14-6-1) vs. the Ottawa Senators (12-6-3). This is the second meeting of the season.
The Devils Last Game: It was a crazy game, getting down early to the Stars, battling back to tie the game at 3 only to watch the Stars score 2 more times to secure the 5-3 victory. Devils have 1 point in their last 3 games and need to get back to winning.
The Senators Last Game: The Senators battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in regulation and then beat the Capitals in OT. (How many time has that happened to Washington this season??) The Sens have been a surprise to me this season and are now sitting on top of the Northeast Division.
The Last Devils / Senators Game: The Devils rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 victory in Ottawa on Nov. 7, as Zach Parise and David Clarkson each notched a goal and an assist while defenseman Andy Greene scored the game-winner on a power-play goal 7:20 into the third period. Martin Brodeur made 19 saves in his 1,000th NHL start to notch the victory.
Tonight's Matchup: The Devils have been on a small little slump with 1 point in 3 games and the Senators have been hot with a 4 game winning streak. The Sens did have a little bit of bad luck come their way the other night while #1 goalie Pascal Leclaire got the night off in Washington, a puck entered the bench and hit Leclaire in the cheek breaking the cheekbone. The Senators will be without their #1 goal for 4 weeks.
I thought the Devils were un-focused in Dallas. They got the lead early, let Dallas right back into the game and then took a few bad penalties and watched their penalty killers struggle. They did a decent job coming back and making a game out of it but then let Dallas slam the door shut.
The Devils will dress 7 defenseman again tonight, as they did in Dallas but Tyler Eckford will be the defensman that plays up on the wing tonight and on the point during the power play. Corrente will get to stay on defense tonight.
The Devils had a nice streak going and now they've gotten away from it. Time to right the ship and the Senators are the right team to do it against.
My prediction: Devils 4 - Senators 2