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Game Preview #59: Senators at Devils

The Senators face the Devils again, after the Devils were shut-down by them on the 16th. Here’s the preview.

New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils
Steven Santini, the Devils young rookie defenseman, moving the puck
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After a disappointing loss against the Islanders, the Devils face Ottawa looking to avoid a series sweep.

This recap will be shorter, as the Devils had just played the Senators on Friday, so not many changes will be made.

The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (25-24-10) vs. the Ottawa Senators (31-20-6 SBN Blog: Silver Seven Sens)

The Time: 7:00 PM EST

The Broadcast: TV - MSG+; Radio - WFAN 660 AM and The One Jersey Network

The Last Devils Game: The Devils fell 6-4 to the Islanders. It was a messy performance, muddled with a poor performance by Keith Kinkaid. The Devils started off the scoring, with Miles Wood getting his 8th of the year on the power play. Ryan Strome responded to tie the game in the 1st. Casey Cizikas, Ryan Strome, and Andrew Ladd then made it 4-1 to start the second, before Palmieri scored his 16th of the year to make it 4-2, and Joseph Blandisi got his first to make the score 4-3. However, to start the third, the Islanders started quickly, with John Tavares and Jason Chimera scoring one minute into the third to make the score 6-3. Taylor Hall scored to make it 6-4, but that was all as the score ended 6-4. An ugly performance, and an ugly loss.

The Last Senators Game: The Senators fell to the Jets 3-2 on Sunday night. Byfuglien, Perreault and Morrissey scored the goals for the Jets, with Zack Smith and Mark Stone scoring for the Senators. However, the main story from this game was that forwards Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman were both injured. Mike Hoffman was able to travel to New Jersey, so he may be able to play. Mike Stone is unlikely to play, as Guy Boucher stated that the injury could last a few days.

The Last Devils-Senators Game: The Devils were completely destroyed by the Senators. They were outshot, outmuscled, and outplayed. Mike Condon got the easiest shutout you can possibly get. Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson, and Kyle Turris scored the goals for the Senators. The Senators outshot the Devils 35-21. If you want to see my full disdain, read the recap here.

The Goal: Energy! And start periods off well, please. The Devils were invisible for most of the game against the Islanders, and played behind for most of the game. Furthermore, when the Devils were behind, they played in a lackadaisical sense, and allowed the Islanders to score an array of goals before fighting back into the game. In the Ottawa game, the Devils just never seemed to have anything. They were outplayed in every way. This game should determine whether the Devils sell or not. So if you want the Devils to sell, ignore everything I just said. If not, follow it.

Cammalleri? Cammalleri surely can’t be happy with his recent strings of benchings. Will he draw in this game? If Cammalleri comes in, surely someone likes Devante Smith-Pelly or Beau Bennett will draw out, so it could be possible. With the trade deadline coming up, there’s also an outside chance that Cammalleri gets moved, so look for that coming up.

Recent Transactions: The Devils have made no recent transactions.

Due to a string of injuries, the Senators recalled forwards Casey Bailey and Max McCormick. Casey Bailey, the former Maple Leaf, has played in five games for the Senators, recording no points. McCormick, a Senators 6th round pick, has also appeared in five games, recording no points. In even more minor news, the Senators have resigned Fredrick Claesson to a one year extension.

Ones To Watch: After a more quiet game, it’ll be interesting to see how Jon Merrill responds. The Devils defenseman has been playing well as of recently, so look for a rebound. Pavel Zacha and Jacob Josefson play well together, although Stefan Noesen has been more quiet as of late. Will the line have another strong game? Lastly, Wood and Blandisi are the energizers on the Devils, and they both chipped in goals the other night. Look for them to have a larger role going forward.

So...: A short preview, because the Ottawa game just happened 4 nights ago. If Stone and Hoffman are out, the game should be easier for the Devils to play. So, who do you think will win? Who do you think will perform well? Let me know in the comments below, and take care.