Senators-Devils Preview

The Ottawa Senators have gone 18 games without consecutive wins.

They’ll try to change that Wednesday night in New Jersey against a

Devils team they’ve beaten in all four matchups this calendar


The Senators (14-15-6) defeated St. Louis 3-2 in overtime Monday

to complete a 2-1-0 homestand with an especially local flavor.

Ottawa native Cody Ceci scored his first NHL goal in his third game

to give his club a victory over one of the best teams in the

Western Conference.

“It was just a really special moment for me,” Ceci told the

team’s official website. “To have my family and friends in the

building, and for it to go in in overtime, and to win the game

against a great team, it was pretty crazy the way things happened,

and I’m happy the way they did.”

The 19-year-old defenseman had been filling in on a depleted

blue line, though his status going forward is uncertain with Marc

Methot returning from illness. Ceci was a plus-2 against the Blues,

one of the best offensive teams in hockey.

Senators leading scorer Bobby Ryan’s third-period goal sent the

game to overtime, and he assisted on Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s

first-period goal. Ryan also had a goal and an assist in a 5-2 home

win over the Devils on Oct. 17 in the teams’ only meeting this


Ottawa now heads to New Jersey looking to build on the win over

the Blues, which came two days after a disheartening 5-2 loss to

Los Angeles. The Senators haven’t won two straight since a

three-game run Nov. 5-9.

“We feel much better with the way we played,” coach Paul MacLean

said Monday. “We played a very good opponent in back-to-back games.

The game against L.A. didn’t turn out near as good as this one did,

but I thought we responded. Our completion level and our commitment

to playing without the puck and playing the game hard was much

better and at a much higher level. The good news for us is that we

did it and now we have to come back and get prepared to do it


The Devils (13-15-6) are also after consecutive wins and some

clarity with their goaltending situation.

Martin Brodeur made his case for more starts in Saturday’s 3-0

home win over Tampa Bay with 33 saves as the Devils avoided a third

straight loss.

“It’s exactly what we needed at the right time,” coach Pete

DeBoer said.

Brodeur has made 19 starts this season to Cory Schneider’s


“I know for me, it’s always been hard not to be there all the

time,” Brodeur said. “It’s the way it is when you have two guys who

can play. It always makes decisions difficult.”

Brodeur will start against the Senators despite being in net for

all four of his team’s losses against them dating back to the start

of last season. The Devils totaled only five goals.

Dainius Zubrus scored twice in the third period against the

Lightning and was assisted by Jaromir Jagr on each. Zubrus has

three goals in his last two games and a four-game point streak

while Jagr has six assists on his own four-game streak.

The 41-year-old Jagr leads New Jersey with 28 points to go with

a plus-11 rating for a team that has struggled offensively.

Linemate Zubrus’ plus-12 leads the team.

According to the Devils’ official Twitter feed, forward Stephen

Gionta could return after missing 11 games with an ankle