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Anderson seeks first win since Oct. 27 for Ottawa; New Jersey goes for fourth victory in six games

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

SENATORS (6-10-1) at DEVILS (5-7-4)

7 p.m. ET; SN360, TVAS, MSG, NHL.TV


The Game

The New Jersey Devils will try for their fourth win in six games when they play the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center on Wednesday.

Mackenzie Blackwood will make his second straight start after making 30 saves in a 2-1 win at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Blackwood is 3-1-0 with a 2.45 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in his past four games. New Jersey is 5-3-2 in its past 10 games after starting the season 0-4-2.

Ottawa is 3-2-0 in its past five games after an 8-2 loss at the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. Goalie Craig Anderson is expected to start and will try for his first win since Oct. 27. He is 0-2-0 with a 5.30 GAA and .852 save percentage in his past three games.


Players to watch

Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games.

Devils left wing Taylor Hall has 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"[Tkachuk] is a guy who can make plays but at the same time he's very annoying to play against. I think he's not afraid to get in the blue paint or get in the face of another player and that's something positive to have on your team." -- Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot

"Sometimes there are games you don't play well and find yourself with a couple of goals, but at the end of the day it's about our team winning. It's about getting back into the playoff race and that's really all I'm committed to so whether I'm scoring or it's another guy, it's really about us winning at this point." -- Devils left wing Taylor Hall


Senators projected lineup

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

Nick Paul -- Colin White -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- J.C. Beaudin -- Bobby Ryan

Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- Tyler Ennis

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Logan Brown (shoulder), Artem Anisimov (groin), Jonathan Davidsson (lower body)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Pavel Zacha -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- Wayne Simmonds

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- P.K. Subban

Mirco Mueller -- Matt Tennyson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Cory Schneider

Scratched: John Hayden, Jesper Boqvist

Injured: Sami Vatanen (upper body), Connor Carrick (finger)


Status report

The Senators did not hold a morning skate. ... Logan Brown practiced Tuesday but will miss his sixth straight game. ... Vatanen skated on his own on Wednesday but will miss his second straight game.


Stat pack

Duclair has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past nine games. ... Pageau has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games. ... Hughes doesn't have a point in his past two games, but had nine points (four goals, five assists) in his previous eight games.

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