Saturday, January 06, 2007
Game: Devils @ Ottawa, 3 of 4
GAMETIME: 3 PM, EST
Local TV: Fox Sports NY
Local Radio: 92.3 FM, WXRKaaaay-Ro...I mean FREE FM.
Devils Record Vs. Senators: 1-1-0
- Johnny Oduya will be out for 7-10 days with his upper body injury.
- Richard Matvichuk is not back due to the salary cap and also because he has yet to be medically cleared to play.
- Colin White did not make the trip with the team to Ottawa, he is day-to-day with a groin injury.
- Cam Janssen was sent down to Lowell, presumably to make cap space to call up a defenseman from Lowell.
- I don't know who this defenseman is. But given that the game starts in 2 hours, I hope the Devils do.
Today's game will also be a challenge for the Devils' offense either. Ray Emery is hot right now, with 2 shutouts in his last 5 games and a GAA of 1.58 during those games. I fully expect him in net tonight. The Senators' defense is also loaded with strong defenders Chris Phillips, Wade Redden, and Andrei Meszaros. I think expecting the Devils to hold onto a one-goal lead with their current holes on defense is a poor idea right now. That means it's up to the EGG line and the PZL line to score early and often and put pressure on Emery for 60 minutes. The more time Ottawa spends trying to push NJ back is time they are not spending going the other way. With forwards like Dany Heatley leading the Senators in scoring, I (and probably all other Devils fans) would prefer it if he had to focus on backchecking for this one game.
It'll be a tough one today, so I wish the Devils luck. I also wish the 6th defenseman is also not Jim Fahey, but now is not a time to be picky.
Labels: Devils Game