Ottawa (29-19-6) at New Jersey (24-22-10)
When: Thursday, February 16th 2017
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: MSG+
Sitting second in the Atlantic Division, the Ottawa Senators (29-19-6) will host a New Jersey Devils team that finds themselves in 12th place in the East and eight points out of a playoff spot. Ottawa is coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabers on Tuesday night, but will look to rebound against the Devils now that their starting goalie, Craig Anderson (2.37 goals against average, .926 save percentage) has returned. The Sens are getting another dominating offensive season from defenseman Erik Karlsson (8 goals, 38 assists), who leads the team in assists while winger Mark Stone leads them with 20 goals scored.
The New Jersey Devils (24-22-10) are coming off of a 3-2 win against the last-place Colorado Avalanche and are 1-1 following their league-mandated bye week and have a 5-4-1 record over their last 10 games. New Jersey has been one of the worst scoring teams in the league this season as they rank 29th in team offense (2.27 goals scored per game) and 17th in team defense (2.82 goals against per game). They’ll look for a solid effort from goaltender Cory Schneider (2.66 goals against average, .912 save percentage) to keep the Sens off the board and give their offense a chance to score.
The Senators have been playing well all season and now they have their No. 1 goalie back and will cruise into the playoffs. The Devils just can’t get anything going on offense, but are playing better. Look for Ottawa to get out to an early lead and hang on.
Pick: Senators +100