DEVILS (17-24-7) at SENATORS (17-23-8)
7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, MSG+, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Scott Sabourin, Cody Goloubef
Injured: Anders Nilsson (concussion), Nick Paul (ankle)
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.
The Devils (13.9) and Senators (12.2) have the two worst power-play success rates in the NHL.