GAME: Ottawa Senators (28-14-7-3) at New Jersey Devils (27-13-10-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The New Jersey Devils will be out for revenge when the Ottawa Senators visit
the Continental Airlines Arena.
Though New Jersey outlasted Ottawa in seven games in the Eastern Conference
finals last season, and took the first two meetings this season, the Senators
manhandled the Devils 4-0 at the Meadowlands on Jan. 13.
"They're a team we really want," New Jersey coach Pat Burns said. "The
last time, they embarrassed us so we're going to have some motivation."
It helps that the Devils are playing much better of late, which wasn't the
case three weeks ago. That defeat to the Senators gave the Devils three losses
in four games.
The Devils have been playing a lot more like Stanley Cup champs of late,
winning six of eight (6-2), including a 4-1 victory at St. Louis on Saturday.
Martin Brodeur finished with 30 saves for New Jersey.
Ottawa had won three of four before losing 5-1 at Toronto on Saturday.
The Senators, who entered the game with the top-ranked power play in the
league, couldn't take advantage of the man-advantage against Toronto, finishing
"We weren't ready for them (Saturday) night," Ottawa winger Chris Neil
said. "They wanted first place and the two points more than we did."
Ottawa could have jumped over Toronto into first place in the Northeast
Division with a win, but instead fell to 1-2 on its four-game road trip.
The loss was also costly in terms of injuries as both Jason Spezza (left
knee) and Antoine Vermette (left shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game. The
Senators are listing both as day-to-day as the seriousness of each injury will
not be known until after further tests.