Game 31 Hub: New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators

The devil's in the details...

Game 31 Hub: New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators
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The Ottawa Senators return home on a two-game winning streak, the first two wins of the (new) Jacques Martin era. They'll be in tough against a Devils team that has underperformed expectations this year but are liable to break out at any moment.

Here were the lines from this morning's skate, it's looking like Korpisalo is the starter and MacEwen is a healthy scratch:

Martin also had some important comments about the state of the team's goaltending this morning:

There's also gonna be a fun reveal before puck drop!

Game Notes:

  • Sens mostly practised their powerplay and penalty kill in recent practices, which, great idea
  • Martin is optimistic that Chabot and Joseph will be back in early January. He hoped Chartier would be as well, but given Chartier has a concussion, he added that could take longer
  • The Devils have also had two wins in a row, but are in a bit of a tailspin, sitting a point out of a Wild Card spot, and having returned promising young goalie Akira Schmid to the AHL to find his game
  • A lot of digital ink has been spilled on the problems with Jonathan Huberdeau in Year 1 of an 8-year, $10.5M a year contract with only 15 points in 35 games, but for my money Timo Meier is right up there, in the first year of an 8-year, $8.8M with 15 points in 26 games. Of course, now that I've pointed this out he's gonna have a four-point night. Reverse psychology?


Team Stats
Game 31Ottawa SenatorsNew Jersey Devils
Goals Against/GP3.5028th3.5529th
Shots Against/GP30.820th29.37th
Powerplay %17.523rd29.13rd
Penalty Kill %72.130th78.322nd
Corsi % (5v5 SVA)48.2122nd54.615th
xGF % (5v5 SVA)47.1125th53.796th
Player Stats
Game 31Ottawa SenatorsNew Jersey Devils
GoalsBrady Tkachuk16Jack Hughes/Tyler Toffoli14
AssistsTim Stützle26Jack Hughes26
PointsTim Stützle33Jack Hughes40
ShotsBrady Tkachuk139Jack Hughes128
Time on Ice/GPJake Sanderson23:44John Marino21:10

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