Devils at Senators
Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Canadian Tire Centre
TV: TSN5, RDS Radio: TSN 1200-AM, 94,5, Unique FM
Five Keys To The Game
1) Not Your Father’s Devils: The trapping Devils of old? Forget about it. Great speed and a blistering-hot power play have pushed New Jersey to a 5-1 start.
2) Second Time Lucky? Erik Karlsson looked good in his return to the lineup Tuesday, and was only inches away from scoring a late third-period goal. He played 22:25. Expect more ice time Thursday.
3) Home, Sweet Home? The Senators are now 0-for-3 at home and need to take advantage of the remaining four games on the homestand to stay with the Eastern Conference leaders. The Devils are 3-0 on the road.
4) Will Youth Be Served? It has been a long wait for Logan Brown, a healthy scratch since the season opener. He will get a shot on the fourth line and on the power play against the Devils.
5) Swiss Treat: The Devils’ Nico Hischier, the first overall selection in the 2017 draft, looks like he’s staying for the long haul. He has four assists in the opening six games of his NHL career.
Senators: PP 16.1 (21st), PK 94.1 (2nd)
Devils: PP 30.8 (1st), PK 77.4 (25th)
Zack Smith-Kyle Turris-Ryan Dzingel
Bobby Ryan-Derick Brassard-Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman-Jean-Gabriel Pageau-Tom Pyatt
Nate Thompson-Logan Brown-Alex Burrows
Dion Phaneuf-Erik Karlsson
Johnny Oduya-Cody Ceci
Fredrik Claesson-Chris Wideman
Taylor Hall-Nico Hischier-Drew Stafford
Marcus Johansson-Adam Henrique-Kyle Palmieri
Jesper Bratt-Pavel Zacha-Jimmy Hayes
Miles Wood-Blake Coleman-Brian Gibbons
Andy Greene-Damon Severson
John Moore-Steven Santini
Will Butcher-Mirco Mueller
Senators: Clarke MacArthur, Colin White, Mark Borowiecki
Devils: Travis Zajac
The Big MatchUp
Erik Karlsson versus Will Butcher: Karlsson had his chances in his first game back on Tuesday, narrowly missing a goal late in the third period. Butcher, meanwhile, is off and running at the start of his pro career, and is currently tied with the Flyers’ Shayne Gostisbehere for the league lead in assists among defencemen with nine through six games.