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Game 70 Preview: Devils Visit Ottawa, Still Hope For Playoff Spot

TV: MSG Plus (HD) RADIO: WFAN 660 AM

Last 10 Games: New Jersey 8-2-0; Ottawa 5-5-0

Know Your Enemy:  The 6th Sens

What The 6th Sens is saying about the Senators:

“In light of Craig Anderson channelling his inner Colorado Avalanche yesterday and completely defecating the mattress in his 22 minutes and 10 seconds of play against the Buffalo Sabres, the Senators three game winning streak is over. Mind you, it was only a matter of time before he looked like any other incapable goaltender that we have grown accustomed to seeing man the pipes over the past few seasons. It’s about time too. Like some fans, I was beginning to get a little worried and treated each win like it was a bad birthday gift from a family member.”

What we think of the Senators:

Yea, the Senators kind of suck BUT they took it to us last week and when you are trying to make NHL history and squeak into the playoffs after being so far out of it, even the suckiest teams can find their game one night. That’s exactly what Craig Anderson did last week in NJ. Hopefully tonight is a much different story.

Season Series: Ottawa leads the season series 2-1. Tonight is the final time they will see each other this season.

Last Meeting: March 8, 2011 – Senators won 2-1

Tonight’s Game: Put the puck on net. The Senators just gave up 5 goals on 41 shots in their most recent game. In the game before that, the Senators gave up 6 goals on 33 shots to Buffalo. Craig Anderson looks like anything but the capable goalie we saw last week in NJ.

The Devils are going to need to beat this team 5 on 5 tonight. Surprisingly, the bad Senators are everything but bad when a man of theirs is sitting in the sin bin feeling shame. Their success rate this season on the PK is 83.1%, which is tied for the twelfth best in the NHL. The Devils were 0 for 4 last week against Ottawa and 2 for 8 this season with the 2 goals coming in the December 10th Matchup.

The Devils need to come out strong and put this team away early. I don’t like to look ahead in the schedule but a very tough Washington Capitals team comes to NJ tomorrow night and this team is in Ottawa tonight. They need to come out, put Ottawa away early, conserve their energy and find a way to show up tomorrow night. With that said, having Washington in town tomorrow night is dangerous because the Devils could completely overlook the Senators tonight and find themselves dealing with another loss and missed oppurtunity to grab more points.

Playoff Race: Devils currently sitting in 11th with 70 points. Toronto sits in 10th with 72 points, plays at Florida tonight. 9th place Carolina with 74 points is idle tonight and 12th place Atlanta, with 70 points plays host to Philadelphia tonight.

And finally, Brian Leetch thinks the Devils will fall short of making the playoffs. That’s fine, everyone is entitled to their opinions but should I be shocked that he picked the Rangers to hang on to their playoff spot? Isn’t that kind of like if Scott Stevens were to come out and say the Rangers would miss and the Devils would grab their spot? The only comment worth making about the video below is that Brian Leetch doing commentary/analysis on camera is about as awkward as American Idol contestants doing Nirvana songs!!



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