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Blackwood to make first start for New Jersey since Jan. 9; Hogberg could start for Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (17-24-7) at SENATORS (17-23-8)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

Mackenzie Blackwood will start his first game for the New Jersey Devils since Jan. 9 when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

The goalie made 13 saves in relief of Cory Schneider in a 5-0 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 18 after missing four games with an upper-body injury. He'll try to help the Devils end a three-game losing streak, when they've been outscored 17-6.

The Senators are 1-5-4 in their past 10 games after going 5-2-3 in their previous 10. Goalie Marcus Hogberg was in the starter's net during Ottawa's morning skate and could make his fifth start in six games.


Players to watch

Devils forward Blake Coleman has scored six goals in his past six games.

Senators forward Connor Brown has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"We want to have a goal of climbing up in the standings as much as possible. How high can we get? There's still 34 games to go. Who knows what's going to happen? … We have a chance tonight where we can pass Ottawa in the standings and that should be our short-term goal." -- Devils coach Alain Nasreddine

"At times before the [All-Star] break, we got away from our game a little bit. … We've just showed so much improvement throughout this whole year. So to get back to that hard, physical, simple game that we play, and frustrate the opponent, I think that's going to be our task tonight." -- Senators forward Brady Tkachuk


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Pavel Zacha -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Damon Severson -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Mirco Mueller

Mackenzie Blackwood

Louis Domingue

Scratched: Connor Carrick

Injured: Ben Street (upper body)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- Artem Anisimov -- Drake Batherson

Tyler Ennis -- Colin White -- Mikkel Boedker

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Mike Reilly -- Dylan DeMelo

Marcus Hogberg

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Scott Sabourin, Cody Goloubef

Injured: Anders Nilsson (concussion), Nick Paul (ankle)


Status report

Palmieri returns after missing four games with a foot injury. ... Domingue, who was held out against the Blue Jackets because of a lower-body injury, will back up Blackwood. … Pageau will play after missing two games with a neck injury. … Batherson and Chlapik were recalled from Belleville of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

The Devils (13.9) and Senators (12.2) have the two worst power-play success rates in the NHL.

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