New Jersey Devils (5-1 SU, 4-2 PL, 4-1-1 O/U) vs Ottawa Senators (3-3 SU, 4-2 PL, 3-3-0 O/U)
When: 7:35 PM EDT, Thursday, October 19, 2017
Where: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario
Lines: Ottawa -154/ New Jersey -139
Thursday evening NHL hockey action and the Metro Division will square off with the Atlantic Division as the New Jersey Devils travel to the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario to grapple with the Ottawa Senators. The Devils check in off a 5-4 home win over the Lightning, while the Senators are off a bad 3-0 home loss to the Canucks. Goalie Probables: The Devils will have Cory Schneider in the crease for this one and he will be opposed by Craig Anderson.
Hot Start Continues For Devils
The New Jersey Devils are off to a very nice start, but can they keep it going? We shall see. The Devils come in off a nice 5-4 win over Tampa Bay in a shootout at home and they have now gone 5-1 to starts the year. They are really looking to get back to the postseason after missing the last few years. The Devils did get off to a decent start last year, but they just couldn’t maintain it. This year it feels a bit different as they have an improved offense and Cory Schneider in the crease, who looks very determined this year. The offense has been a big improvement this year and if the offense stays its course then they have a very good shot at a playoff berth. Scoring in the win over the Lightning was 31-12 in their last 43 home games, who had two goals and now has three on the year, Kyle Palmieri, which was his 2nd of the year and, Brian Gibbons, which was his 3rd of the year, while getting the deciding goal in the shootout was Kyle Palmieri. Grabbing the win over the Lightning was Cory Schneider, who is now 4-1 with a 2.95 GAA on the year, including 2-0 with a 2.50 GAA on the road. He needed the fast start after a rough season last year that saw him go just 20-38 with a 2.82 GAA. In his career, he has gone 67-97 with a 2.44 GAA on the road and 24-19 with a 2.33 GAA during the month of October, while against the Atlantic Division he is 32-43 with a 2.32 GAA and he has gone 6-4 with a 1.67 GAA in his career against the Senators.
New Jersey enters this contest ranked 4th in the league in scoring at 4.17 gpg, while also ranking 27th in shots taken (29.5 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 30.8% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been a bit below average in the early going as they come in ranked 16th in goals allowed, giving up 2.83 gpg, while also ranking 26th in shots allowed (35.3 spg) and 25th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 22.6% of their chances.
Offense Was A No-Show Against Canucks
The Ottawa Senators look to be a bit light on the offensive end of the ice so far, but they have been very solid at the other end. That means many low scoring games for this team. The played a low-scoring game on Tuesday night at home against the Canucks, but unfortunately for the Sens, it was Vancouver that did all the scoring as the Ottawa offense just didn’t show up in the 3-0 loss. They were able to get off 32 shots on Anders Nilsson but just couldn’t put one past him. Their offense isn’t that good, but they did just score 12 runs combined in their two previous games, but that was against Calgary and Edmonton, who do have great goaltending. Leading the Sens in points this year has been Kyle Turris with seven, while four players have three goals. Taking the loss against the Canucks was Craig Anderson, who stopped 21 of 24 shots that he faced in the game. He is now 2-3 with a 1.91 GAA on the year after going 25-15 with a 2.28 GAA last year overall, including 13-7 with a 2.28 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 120-112 with a 2.61 GAA in his home games overall and 37-31 with a 2.77 GAA during the month of October, while against the Metropolitan Division he has gone 24-24 with a 2.19 GAA and he has gone 9-4 with a 2.08 GAA against the Devils in his career.
Ottawa has been decent at the offensive end of the Ice so far as they come in ranked 12th in the league in scoring at 3.17 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots taken (33.8 spg) and 20th in power play conversions, converting on 16.1% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice, they have been very strong so far as they rank 2nd in goals allowed, giving up just 1.83 gpg, while also ranking 4th in shots allowed (28.5 spg) and 2nd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on just 5.9% of their chances.
New Jersey is:
- None Available
- The Under is 18-5-3 in their last 26 Thursday games
- The Under is 33-15-3 in their last 51 home games.
The Sens are off a very bad home loss to the Canucks, while the Devils have been hot to start the year so far. The Devils have been much improved on offense this year, but Craig Anderson has been very solid in the crease with a 1.91 GAA so far and the Sens as a team have allowed just seven total goals over their last five games. The Sens are not a good offensive team and while Schneider has struggled some in the early going, he has a 1.67 GAA in his career against the Senators. This game does not have the feel of a high-scoring game and the clincher is the fact that the under is 18-6-3 in the last 27 meetings between these teams here in Ottawa.