Ottawa Senators (14-15-6) at New Jersey Devils (13-15-6)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 18, 2013, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -131 / Ottawa Senators +119 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Senators look for their second win in a row as they head to the road to face off against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night.
The Senators have been one of the league’s bigger disappointments this season as they sit in 6th place in the Atlantic division and are a game under .500 with the midseason mark fast approaching and after two straight years in the playoffs it looks like things could come to an end in April. Ottawa has been pegged to finish at or near the bottom of the league standings for the past two seasons which ultimately resulted in surprising playoff appearances and even a first round sweep of the second seeded Canadiens in last year’s playoffs. However, with the stakes raised and expectations sky high in Ottawa this season they have flopped and in my opinion will be very hard pressed to get back to the playoffs even in an underwhelming Eastern Conference. Robin Lehner will get the call for the Sens as he goes up against Martin Brodeur in what should be an entertaining contest.
The Devils will look to win their second straight game as well on Wednesday night and with that they would move within a game of the .500 mark. New Jersey is a team that was left in shambles after an offseason overhaul that saw forwards David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk leave the team with the former ending up in Toronto and the latter fleeing back to Russia. The Devils are just two years removed from winning the Eastern Conference and coming within a couple victories of hoisting the Stanley Cup but they are a shade of their former selves as a number of key pieces have left the team. One person who hasn’t though is future hall of famer Martin Brodeur and while his tenure could come to an end soon he is still seeing plenty of action and is putting up decent results considering. This is another spot in which I like the Devils to get it done as I think they have more offensive balance than the Sens and while Lehner is the future in the Ottawa crease I think he has to earn his stripes before he outplays one of the game’s best.