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Devils Game Preview vs. Senators: Betting Odds, How to Watch, Projected Lines, & More

The Devils face the Senators on the first leg of a back-to-back.

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The New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators face off for the first time in the 2023-24 season tonight.

Yesterday, head coach Lindy Ruff ran an emotional, tough practice, emphasizing attacking the net far more often than New Jersey has been. We’ll see if that translates into tonight’s contest.

Tonight’s goaltender is undetermined, however, we do know it won’t be Akira Schmid. We’ll end up seeing both goaltenders this weekend as the Devils play the Boston Bruins tomorrow. That means we should see Nico Daws’ season debut within the next two days.

Let’s dive into the Devils’ tilt with the Senators tonight.

How to Watch

Time: 07:00 PM      Watch/Stream: MSGSN 2/MSG+      Listen: DEVILS HOCKEY NET

Projected Devils Lineup

Forwards

Tyler Toffoli – Jack Hughes – Jesper Bratt

Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Curtis Lazar

Timo Meier – Michael McLeod – Dawson Mercer

Nathan Bastian – Erik Haula – Alexander Holtz

Defensemen

Jonas Siegenthaler – Simon Nemec

Luke Hughes – John Marino

Kevin Bahl – Colin Miller

Goaltenders

Vitek Vanecek

Nico Daws

Projected Senators Lineup

Forwards

Brady Tkachuk – Josh Norris – Claude Giroux

Vladimir Tarasenko – Tim Stützle – Drake Batherson

Dominik Kubalik – Ridley Greig – Angus Crookshank

Jiri Smejkal – Mark Kastelic – Parker Kelly

Defensemen

Jake Sanderson – Artem Zub

Jakob Chychrun – Travis Hamonic

Erik Brannstrom – Jacob Bernard-Docker

Goaltenders

Joonas Korpisalo

Anton Forsberg

Last Game

The Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets engaged in an overtime thriller on Wednesday. The Blue Jackets opened the scoring and traded goals with the Devils three separate times through 57 minutes of the game. Luke Hughes’ coast-to-coast goal late in the third period sent the Metropolitan Division rivals into overtime. Picking up an overturned puck by the Jackets, Timo Meier sprung for a breakaway and beat Columbus goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to secure the 4-3 victory for New Jersey. Vitek Vanecek stopped 26 pucks on 29 shots while securing the win.

Player to Watch

With five points in his last five games, Dawson Mercer is tonight’s player to watch. Mercer logged his second goal for the season on Fri., Nov. 10, vs Washington, which also marked his 100th career point. At age 22, 14 days, Mercer became the 14th youngest Devil in franchise history who earned his 100th career point. Kirk Muller, 20 years, 12 days, was the youngest Devil who earned all 100 of his career points (34g-66a) with the franchise. Mercer is fresh off his first three-point effort (1g-2a) for 2023-24, and owns five points (2g-3a) in his last three games played. The youngster’s eight points (4g-4a) in December rank third on New Jersey behind J. Hughes (6g-5a) and J. Bratt (5g-8a).

Devils vs. Senators

Per the Devils’ PR, “The Devils and Ottawa face-off for the first of three matchups this season:

Next: Mar. 23, vs OTT, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Apr. 6, at OTT, 7:00 P.M. E.T.

New Jersey logged a 3-0-0 record against the Sens last season, which marked the first time since 2015-16 that the Devils earned three wins against Ottawa in a single season.

ALL-TIME vs OTT

Record: 61-32-5-7
Home: 32-16-2-2
Road: 29-16-3-5

DID YOU KNOW…

The most goals in franchise history earned in a single game vs Ottawa is seven, twice, and last earned on Jan. 1, 1994, in a 7-1 win at Ottawa.

The most goals that the Devils allowed in a single game vs Ottawa is eight, which was logged on Oct. 21, 2006, in an 8-1 loss at
Ottawa.

The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs Ottawa is 53, which was recorded on Jan. 27, 2020, in a 4-3 shootout win at
Ottawa.

The most shots that the Devils surrendered against Ottawa is 42, after a 5-4 loss on Nov. 19, 2005 at Ottawa.

The last time the Devils shut out Ottawa was on Feb. 21, 2019, in a 4-0 win at the Rock (C. Schneider, 30 saves).

The last time Ottawa shut out the Devils was on Feb. 16, 2017, in a 3-0 loss at the Rock (M. Condon, 21 saves).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Sat. Dec. 30, at BOS, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Wed. Jan. 3, at WSH, 7:30 P.M. E.T.
Fri. Jan. 5, vs CHI, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Sat. Jan. 6, vs VAN, 7:00 P.M. E.T.
Jan. 13, vs TBL, 7:00 P.M. E.T.

Betting Odds

Devils – Senators Odds

Devils – Senators odds provided by Oddsshopper
Team Moneyline Puck Line O/U
Ottawa Senators +104 +1.5, -245 Over 9.5, -250
New Jersey Devils -125 -1.5, +195 Under 9.5, -715

Moneyline Odds

Bet Side Bet365 BetRivers Caesars DraftKings ESPNBet Fanatics FanDuel Tipico Unibet
New Jersey Devils -115 -125 -115 -115 -120 -125 -120 -120 -125
Ottawa Senators -105 +104 -105 -105 +100 -105 +100 +100 +104

Puck Line Odds

Bet Side Bet365 BetMGM BetRivers DraftKings FanDuel Tipico Unibet
Ottawa Senators +1.5, -250 -1.5, +200 +1.5, -245 +1.5, -245 +1.5, -220 +1.5, -250 +2.5, -435
New Jersey Devils -1.5, +205 +1.5, -250 -1.5, +195 -1.5, +200 -1.5, +180 -1.5, +185 -2.0, +285

Total Odds

Bet Side Bet365 BetMGM BetRivers Caesars DraftKings ESPNBet Fanatics FanDuel Tipico Unibet
Under 7.0, -110 7.0, -110 9.5, -715 7.0, -110 7, -110 6.5, +135 6.5, 130 6.5, +138 6.5, +135 9.0, -590
Over 7.0, -110 7.0, -110 5.5, -250 7.0, -110 7, -110 6.5, -175 6.5, -170 6.5, -170 6.5, -175 7.0, -103
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