New Jersey Devil Gameday Preview: Ottawa Senators

NS New Jersey Devil will be together looking for a winning streak throughout this week’s three games. They got their first chance to end their three-game losing streak on Monday when they hosted the event Senator from Ottawa. This game was originally scheduled for November 16, 2021, but was rescheduled after the Senators placed 10 players on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list.

The two teams last met on January 27, 2020, at the Canada Tire Center in Ottawa, when the Devils won the penalty shootout – MacKenzie Blackwood made two saves, and Nikita Gusev and Jack Hughes scored to break the tie. secure victory. That win also ended a three-match losing streak. Maybe history will repeat itself. Here’s a look at the plot before tonight’s game.

2 storylines: Senator of Ottawa (6-15-1)

Senator’s two-game victory

Unlike the Devils, things were going well for the Senators in early December. They lost to the Vancouver Canucks on December 1 but won their next two games against the Carolina Hurricanes and Colorado Avalanche. Drake Batherson has six points in his last five games and leads with 18 points.

Before those last two games, Ottawa had lost six in a row as the team battled Covid and put goalkeeper Matt Murray on an exemption before appointing him to the Belleville Senators in the American Hockey League. The team also had an extended all-team meeting before they faced the Storm to try to turn their season around.

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“We just look at what our team is, what our identities are, and what we want to be known for.” captain Brady Tkachuk said. “That meeting was a little bit longer than most meetings, there was no video, we were just talking about ourselves, and I think that’s very important to get back to the basics and get back to what we were. I want to be known and what our identity should be. ”

Tkachuk on a Tear

In early November, the Senators named Tkachuk as the team’s 10th captain in franchise history. He is leading by example with the winning goal against Avalanche, and he is on a three-point streak in the game. He’s been all over the ice, embracing his new title.

Senator Brady Tkachuk Ottawa
Brady Tkachuk, Senator of Ottawa (Amy Irvin / Hockey writers)

“Complete Leadership” Head coach DJ Smith talks about Tkachuk. “We know he’s physically and emotionally and he can make plays but his play has gotten significantly better.”

2 storylines: New Jersey Demons (9-9-4)

Demons change their lines

Yesterday, head coach Lindy Ruff told the media that he would be parting ways with the team of Andreas Johnsson, Dawson Mercer and Jesper Bratt. This trio is the team’s most successful line, but Ruff wants to launch three or four routes per game instead of depending on one.

Lindy Ruff The Devils of New Jersey
Lindy Ruff, The Devils of New Jersey (Kristy Flannery / The Hockey Writers)

“I think if you look at it, Jesper [Bratt] back to Nico [Hischier] that line is really good,” Ruff said. “You know Jack [Hughes] had given us a goal. I think the strength of our team will be if we score from two or three lines if we have that scoring depth. I know it will be painful to part, but Jack will be back in the squad. Bringing him back to the center of the game means we now have Mercer, Jack and Nico. If your top six have had most of the frosty time, you have to break those ranks. “

Demon lines in yesterday’s practice:

Zacha – Hischier – Bratt

Johnson – Hughes – Sharangovich

Tatar – Mercer – Vesey

Kuokkanen – McLeod – Bastian / Boqvist

Grave – Hamilton

Siegenthaler – Severson

Subban – Smith

Geertsen – Jaros

New Jersey is finally scored on Power Play

One good thing that came from the Devils’ 8-4 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday was the power play. Halfway through the first half, Damon Severson scored the team’s first goal in 19 attempts. He is in the second power play unit which includes Severson, Ty Smith, Mercer, Johnson and Tomas Tatar. They’re still waiting for their flagship unit to go into production, but it’s been looking good lately.

Players to see

New Jersey Devils: Dawson Mercer

Whether Mercer concedes or causes chaos in front of the net, he always does something to help his team. If the Newfoundland-born player doesn’t vie for a spot against Connor Hellebuyck, will Hughes be able to score when he recovers? He’s always been a player to watch, but especially if he lines up with 22-year-old Josh Norris.

Ottawa Senator: Josh Norris

The young forward has performed well for the Senators, with goals in his last four games and an average of 19 minutes to start. Along with teammates Tkachuk and Batherson, Norris’ squad will be very dangerous tonight. If the Devil’s defense focuses on Tkachuk, Norris could be left open for a stellar game.



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