This Monday, there is a matchup between two Eastern Conference teams in the NHL as the New Jersey Devils and the Ottawa Senators will face off at about 7:30 PM. This is the third meeting between these teams in this regular season and it will take place at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Devils Look To Snap Losing StreakSo far this season, the New Jersey Devils have looked very underwhelming in the Eastern Conference. The Devils currently have 41 points which put them in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a nine-point cushion. To make matters worse, the Devils have lost each of their last three games so they have not played well lately. Now, New Jersey will be looking to snap its current losing streak with a road game on Monday. However, the Devils have lost 15 of their first 25 road games so they have struggled to play in hostile environments up to this point.
Leading the Devils offensively is right-wingerKyle Palmieri who has looked okay this season as he has 16 goals and 15 assists through the first 44 games of the regular season. In addition, Palmieri has a Plus/Minus Rating of +4 so the Devils have fared extremely well whenever he is on the ice despite their terrible overall record.
The starting goalie for the Devils in this game will be Mackenzie Blackwood who has been good so far this season. He has a 14-12-6 record with a 2.96 GAA and a .905 save percentage. This season, Blackwood has a 1-1 record along with a 3.01 GAA and a .872 save percentage against the Senators.
Senators Look For Another Home WinSo far this season, the Ottawa Senators have looked like a terrible hockey team. The Senators have just 42 points which put them in possession of seventh place in the Atlantic Division. However, Ottawa was expected to be a below-average team due to the lack of talent on the active roster so it is not surprising to see the Senators at the bottom of the division standings. Now, Ottawa will be looking to start off the second half of the season on a high note with a home victory on Monday. Luckily, Ottawa has a 12-8-4 record at home so it has fared well in front of its home fans up to this point.
Leading the Senators offensively is centerJean-Gabriel Pageau who has been solid so far this season. He already has 19 goals and 12 assists through 46 games. In addition, he also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +13 which is impressive considering the fact that no one else on the roster has a rating about +6.
The starting goalie for the Senators in this game will be Craig Anderson who has been underwhelming so far this season. He has a 6-12-1 record and a 3.32 GAA along with a .905 save percentage. This season, Anderson has a 1-0-1 record and a 2.98 GAA against the Devils.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
- Devils are 28-58 in their last 86 games as an underdog.
- Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a home favorite.