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