A pair of struggling teams take the ice in an Eastern Conference matchup out in the Garden State. The Ottawa Senators are on the road as they make the trip to face the New Jersey Devils Wednesday night. Ottawa was hammered 8-2 on the road by Carolina in their last contest Monday night. New Jersey earned a 2-1 win over Vancouver on the road in their last game Sunday. The teams have split the last 10 meetings with the Devils claiming the last two. That includes a 4-0 home victory in the most recent matchup on February 21, 2019.
Ottawa Senators Hope to Bounce Back After Blowout LossOttawa was pasted in their last contest by Carolina and saw their two-game win streak end with a thud. The Senators entered Tuesday tied for the basement in the Atlantic Division, 12 points behind Boston for the top spot. Ottawa is 21st in the league in goals for as they average 2.76 goals per contest this season. The Senators are tied for 23rd in the league as they allow 3.41 goals per game on the year. Ottawa is last in the league with the man advantage as they have converted 6.6 percent (four for 61) of their chances on the power play this season. The Senators are 20th in penalty killing as they have successfully killed off 79.4 percent of their shorthanded situations this year.
Brady being Brady.— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 12, 2019
GOAL: Tkachuk (6)
ASSISTS: Chabot (9), Tierney (5) pic.twitter.com/iaUPya5fBL
The Senators struggled defensively and ended up being blown out on the road by Carolina. Ottawa was outshot 12-7 in the opening period and trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. In the second period, the Senators were outshot 12-8 and outscored 3-1 to trail 5-1 after two periods of play. Ottawa was in a 5-0 hole before Colin White lit the lamp for his second of the year at 18:25 off assists from Tyler Ennis and Mark Borowiecki to get the team on the board. The final period saw the Senators outshot 19-14 and outscored 3-1 to turn the game into a rout. After going down 6-1, Brady Tkachuk scored his fifth of the year at 9:54 off assists from Thomas Chabot and Chris Tierney to cut the deficit to four goals. The Senators gave up two more to complete the rout. Anders Nilsson stopped 15 of 19 shots before getting the hook in the second period. Craig Anderson stopped 20 of 24 shots in relief: he is expected to get the call in net here.
New Jersey Devils Return Home After Road TripNew Jersey finished their five-game road trip 3-2-0 after picking up the win over Vancouver in their previous contest. The Devils now hope they can carry over their road success with them back home in this one. New Jersey is 27th in the league in lighting the lamp as they average 2.56 goals per contest. The Devils are a dismal 29th in the league in goals-against as they surrender 3.63 goals per game. New Jersey is 26th in the league in power play success as they have converted only 13.6 percent of their chances with the man advantage: they are eight of 59 thus far. The Devils are 27th in the league in penalty killing as they have been successful in 73.7 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.
The Devils had a defensive struggle with Vancouver but a quick-strike offense gave them enough offense to get the victory. New Jersey held an 11-8 edge in shots on goal in the first period and skated off with a 2-0 lead on the scoreboard. Wayne Simmonds scored his second of the year at 11:48 off assists from Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall. Just 22 seconds later, Jesper Bratt scored his fourth of the year at 12:10 off assists from Damon Severson and Pavel Zacha to make it a 2-0 game. In the second period, the Devils were outshot 14-11 and outscored 1-0 to halve their lead after 40 minutes. The final stanza saw New Jersey outshot 9-5 but neither team lit the lamp, giving the Devils the victory. Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves in the victory for the Devils, who were outshot 31-27 in the game. Cory Schneider is expected to get the start in net here.
The top trends for this game according to Oddsshark.com:
- Senators are 1-8 in their last nine on the road
- Devils are 5-2 in their last seven at home against the Senators