Series (Game 1 of 4)

New Jersey leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 7th
Game 2: Wednesday, November 25th
Game 3: Friday, December 18th
Game 4: Tuesday, January 26th

Devils 3

(11-4-0, 22 pts)

Senators 2

(7-5-2, 16 pts)

Coverage: CBC

7:00 PM ET, November 7, 2009

Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 1 23
OTT 1 1 02

Z. Parise (Devils - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Michalek (Senators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Clarkson (Devils - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Devils-Senators Preview


It's been more than seven months since the New Jersey Devils have lost on the road.

They haven't dropped a game to the Ottawa Senators in more than two years.

The surging Devils look to set the NHL's second-longest road winning streak to open a season Saturday night, when they try to win their seventh straight over Ottawa.

Following Friday's 2-1 win over the visiting New York Islanders -- New Jersey's fourth straight victory and 10th in 12 games -- the Devils (10-4-0) hit the road, where they've won nine straight since a 6-1 loss to Pittsburgh on April 1.

With Saturday's 2-1 shootout victory over Tampa Bay, New Jersey tied three other teams for second all-time with its seventh consecutive road win to open the season.

Buffalo won a league-record 10 in a row on the road to begin 2006-07.

The Devils could inch closer to that mark at Scotiabank Place, where they've won three straight.

In its last visit there April 9, New Jersey won 3-2 in a shootout to snap the Senators' franchise-record nine-game home winning streak.

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur made 28 saves through overtime before denying Mike Fisher and Jason Spezza in the shootout, as New Jersey won its sixth straight in the series since a 4-1 loss on Oct. 27, 2007.

That was Brodeur's only matchup versus Ottawa last season due to a torn left biceps that sidelined him 50 games.

After getting the night off versus the Islanders -- Devils goaltender Yann Danis made 23 saves in his second appearance of the season -- Brodeur is expected back in net Saturday.

He is 19-8-2 with a 2.07 GAA in 29 career starts in Ottawa. Brodeur, who has five career shutouts visiting the Senators, needs one more to tie Terry Sawchuk for first all-time with 103.

Spezza and the Senators (7-4-2) will try to make sure that doesn't happen.

After missing the previous two games with back spasms, Spezza scored his first goal of the season 4:17 into overtime to lift the Senators to a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Spezza, who had 100 goals over the last three seasons and is one shy of 150 for his career, also notched assists on goals from Daniel Alfredsson and Fisher.

Spezza has three goals and 15 assists in 18 career games versus New Jersey.

"When he has the puck he can do so many things," Ottawa goalie Pascal Leclaire said.

Leclaire, acquired from Columbus in March, could make his second career start opposite one of his boyhood idols in Brodeur.

"In Columbus, we didn't play (the Devils) a whole lot," Leclaire told the Senators' official Web site. "It happened three years ago. I think we lost 2-1 (actually 1-0 on Oct. 28, 2006). It was a pretty big deal (for me) to play against one of my idols.

"Tomorrow will be a little bit different. I'm older now but he's a big name and he's still one of the best -- if not the best -- goalies in the league. It's a great challenge."

Devils center Patrik Elias, second on the team with 78 points last season, made his season debut Friday following hip and groin surgery. He scored three goals with five assists against the Senators in 2008-09.

New Jersey is 10-3-1 in Ottawa since the beginning of the 2001-02 season. The Devils won a franchise-record 10 straight road games Feb. 27-April 7, 2001.