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Preview: Senators at Devils

Ottawa missing three injured forwards; left wing Michael Cammalleri back in lineup for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

SENATORS (31-20-6) at DEVILS (25-24-10)

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

 

Senators team scope

Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher will make lineup adjustments after forwards Mike Hoffman (groin), Mark Stone (neck), Tommy Wingels (upper body) and Bobby Ryan (finger) sustained injuries over the weekend. Forwards Casey Bailey and Max McCormick were recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Monday and will be in the lineup. "This is as hard as it gets for us this year but I think our defense is healthy, goaltenders are healthy, and we have some hard-working guys with our forwards," Boucher said. "I'm sure we'll put our best work ethic on the ice." Hoffman, Stone and Wingels were injured in a 3-2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Ryan broke the index finger on his right hand in a 6-3 win at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and will miss 4-to-6 weeks. After the morning skate, Wingels said he's good to go. "You have to go through certain things when you get hit up high and I'm glad I did, and I'm glad that [concussion] protocol is in our game, but I'm feeling good and feeling ready to play tonight," Wingels said. The Senators are second in the Atlantic Division and two points behind the Montreal Canadiens, who have played two more games. Goalie Craig Anderson is expected to make his 23rd start. Center Kyle Turris needs one goal to reach 20 for the third time in his NHL career and first since scoring 24 in 2014-15.

 

Devils team scope

New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri will play after missing the past two games as a healthy scratch. Cammalleri, who replaces Beau Bennett, was on a line with center Jacob Josefson and right wing Stefan Noesen during the morning skate. "When you're not in the lineup, you wish you were so of course I'm looking forward to getting back in," Cammalleri said. "I'm just going to try and play the best I can." Coach John Hynes said it comes down to performance; Cammalleri has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 51 games and nine assists in his past 18 games. "We have a lot of confidence in [Cammalleri] and, as I continue to say, he's a big part of our team," Hynes said. "He's a veteran player and we know he'll be ready tonight. There are certain aspects that can improve [in his game]. It's not the end result, but other situations, and we tried to point them out to him. Let's see how he does." Goaltender Cory Schneider will make his 45th start. The Devils are six points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. 

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Tom Pyatt

Zach Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels -- Curtis Lazar 

Casey Bailey -- Max McCormick -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneauf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson 

Mike Condon

Scratched: Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Bobby Ryan (finger), Mike Hoffman (groin), Mark Stone (neck)

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha -- Adam Henrique -- PA Parenteau

Michael Cammalleri -- Jacob Josefson -- Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood -- Joseph Blandisi -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Andy Greene -- Ben Lovejoy

Jon Merrill -- Steven Santini

Kyle Quincey -- Damon Severson

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Beau Bennett, Seth Helgeson, John Moore

Injured: None

 

Status report

There is no timetable on the return of Stone or Hoffman. … Claesson signed a one-year contract reportedly worth $650,000 on Monday. ... Quincey will play after missing the past six games with an upper-body injury. … Moore is a healthy scratch.

 

Who's hot

Karlsson has seven points (one goal, six assists) during a five-game point streak. He leads the Senators with 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 25 games on the road this season. ... Hall has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past nine games.

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