New Jersey at Ottawa
When: 7:00 PM
ET, Saturday, October 25, 2014
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
The Ottawa Senators attempt to get back to matters on the ice Saturday, when they host the New Jersey Devils. Ottawa saw its contest against provincial-rival Toronto postponed on Wednesday after shooting broke out at the National War Memorial and Parliament, resulting in the death of a guard. Ottawa, in conjunction with the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, will honor the victims, as well as those who stopped the attacker, in a coordinated pregame ceremony.
Ottawa enters the contest with a four-game winning streak but hasn't played since last Saturday's 3-2 triumph over Columbus. New Jersey shouldn't have any rust, although its frustration likely is building after suffering its 18th consecutive defeat in a shootout on Friday. Defenseman Eric Gelinas and Damien Brunner scored their respective first goals for the Devils, who dropped a 3-2 decision to Dallas to fall to 0-2-2 in their last four games.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG Plus 2 (New Jersey), RSN (Ottawa)
ABOUT THE DEVILS (3-2-2): Although New Jersey's run of futility in the shootout extends back to March 15, 2013, Cory Schneider wasn't interested in dwelling on the latest setback. "One game, one shootout right now," Schneider said after his 35-save performance. "We're not thinking back to last year. This is a new year and we'll just move forward." Schneider has started every game this season for New Jersey, although coach Peter DeBoer didn't divulge if Scott Clemmensen would receive the nod on Saturday.
ABOUT THE SENATORS (4-1-0): Captain Erik Karlsson scored versus the Blue Jackets to extend his point streak to four games and shares the team lead in goals (two) and points (four) with two other players. The defenseman also scored a goal and set up two others in Ottawa's 5-2 victory over New Jersey on Oct. 17, 2013 before netting the shootout winner in the Senators' 2-1 triumph on April 10. Clarke MacArthur, who also has two goals and four assists, is riding a three-game point streak.
1. Ottawa G Craig Anderson boasts a 7-2-1 career mark with one shutout and a 2.05 goals-against average versus New Jersey.
2. Brunner, who has scored and set up two goals in his last two games, has collected a tally and an assist in three meetings with the Senators.
3. A moment of silence will take place prior to the game and all fans have been encouraged to wear red to honor Canada.
PREDICTION: Senators 4, Devils 2
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