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Schneider starts; Bennett to return vs. Ottawa

What to watch for: Devils vs. Senators

by Brian Born @BrianBorn /

2/16 Preview: NJD vs. OTT

2/16 Pregame Preview: NJD vs. OTT

Coach John Hynes talks about Beau Bennett being back in the lineup as the Devils get set to host the Ottawa Senators

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The Devils are back in action tonight at Prudential Center and will host the Ottawa Senators at 7PM. The club currently has 58 points and are in striking distance of a playoff push with 26 games left to play. Look for the Devils to come out strong tonight in their first of two matchups with the Sens over the next six days (Feb. 21 at The Rock).

Beau Bennett activated

New Jersey held an optional morning skate today at The Rock. Following the skate, the team activated Beau Bennett off IR and retroactively added defenseman Kyle Quincey (upper body) to IR, dating back to Feb. 4. Bennett has 3g-7a over 40 games played this year and will look to contribute on the fourth line tonight, reuniting with Sergey Kalinin and PA Parenteau. 

Familiar foe for Noesen

 Stefan Noesen will see some familiar faces tonight at Prudential Center. Noesen was a first round pick (21st overall) by Ottawa in the 2011 NHL Draft prior to being traded to Anaheim. The Devils claimed Noesen off waivers on Jan. 25, and has settled in nicely on the Devils third line with Jacob Josefson and Pavel Zacha. Look for Noesen to play with some extra buzz tonight against the organization who originally gave him a shot at playing professional hockey. 

Cammy Circling Sens?

A matchup with the Ottawa Senators may be exactly what the doctor ordered for Michael Cammalleri. Struggling to light the lamp as of late, the 34-year-old forward has 10g-20a over 50 games this year and has been held scoreless since Jan. 3. Keep an eye on Cammy tonight, who has been on fire against the Sens, racking up 3g-4a over his last five games against Ottawa. 

Schneids Saves 

Similar to Cammalleri, Cory Schneider has also had his fair share of success vs. Ottawa. Schneider owns a career .945 save-percentage vs. the Sens, which is his best against all Eastern Conference opponents. Making his seventh consecutive start tonight, Schneider will look to win his second straight game before heading into a home-and-home series with the Isles (expect Keith Kinkaid to play one of those games vs. New York this weekend). 

Love Your Melon! 

The New Jersey Devils are teaming up with Love Your Melon tonight! Select fans who purchased through a group offer will receive a limited-edition Devils Love Your Melon beanie and join our fight against pediatric cancer in America. 


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