New Jersey faces Ottawa on 3-game slide
New Jersey Devils (27-44-8, seventh in the Metropolitan) vs. Ottawa Senators (31-41-7, seventh in the Atlantic)
Ottawa, Ontario; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: New Jersey enters the matchup with Ottawa after losing three straight games.
The Senators are 20-21-6 against Eastern Conference opponents. Ottawa averages 10.0 penalty minutes per game, the fourth-most in the Eastern Conference. Brady Tkachuk leads the team serving 117 total minutes.
The Devils are 15-27-5 in Eastern Conference play. New Jersey ranks 16th in the Eastern Conference with 31.2 shots per game and is averaging 3.0 goals.
In their last matchup on Feb. 7, Ottawa won 4-1. Connor Brown recorded a team-high 2 points for the Senators.
TOP PERFORMERS: Josh Norris leads the Senators with 34 goals, adding 19 assists and totaling 53 points. Tim Stutzle has 10 points over the last 10 games for Ottawa.
Jack Hughes leads the Devils with 26 goals and has 56 points. Jesper Boqvist has four goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New Jersey.
LAST 10 GAMES: Senators: 5-4-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.5 assists, 4.1 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .911 save percentage.
Devils: 3-5-2, averaging 2.5 goals, 4.5 assists, three penalties and 7.1 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with an .889 save percentage.
INJURIES: Senators: Mathieu Joseph: out (undisclosed), Colin White: out (covid-19 protocol), Matt Murray: out (neck), Connor Brown: day to day (undisclosed), Nikita Zaitsev: day to day (illness).
Devils: Fabian Zetterlund: day to day (undisclosed), Miles Wood: out for season (hip), Jack Hughes: out for season (knee), Jonas Siegenthaler: out for season (hand), Nico Hischier: day to day (illness).