SENATORS (15-16-4) in DEVILS (11-15-7)
7 pm ET; MSG +, TSN5, RDS, NHL.TV
Matt Duchene will return to programming for the Ottawa Senators while they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.
Duchene has missed his last six games with a groin injury sustained in the second period of a 5×2 loss to Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 6. The striker is third in the Senators with 34 points (12 goals, 22 assists) in 29 games.
Goalie Keith Kinkaid will start for the Devils, who have lost three straight games (0-2-1) and can be without front Marcus Johansson, who came out in the second period of a 2-1 loss at Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday with an undisclosed injury.
Players to watch
Senators Forward Mark Stone has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last nine games.
Right wing devils Kyle Palmieri has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his last seven games.
They said that
"We know [Duchene’s] a large part of this team, one of the pillars. He is a point player per player. If you count all the games there is a difference of a goal, this is a lot of games. He's one of those guys who's a gaming wrecker, just like Stone. " – The coach of the senators Guy Boucher in the return of the Matt Duchene for programming
"The game (against Columbus) went down to a battle of goals and [Devils goalie Mackenzie Blackwood] certainly performed well. This is what you need. You need a keeper like that to give yourself a chance to win. As the game progressed, he improved and our team improved as well. " – Devil Coach John Hynes
Line of Senators designed
Chris Tierney – Matt Duchene – Mikkel Boedker
Brady Tkachuk – Colin White – Mark Stone
Ryan Dzingel – Zack Smith – Bobby Ryan
Magnus Paajarvi – Tom Pyatt
Thomas Chabot – Dylan DeMelo
Maxime Lajoie – Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki – Christian Jaros
Scratched: Justin Falk, Nick Paul
Injured: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Achilles)
Devils projection line
Taylor Hall – Nico Hischier – Kyle Palmieri
Blake Coleman – Travis Zajac – Jesper Bratt
Miles Wood – Pavel Zacha – John Quenneville
Brian Boyle – Brett Seney – Drew Stafford
Damon Severson – Sami Vatanen
Butcher – Ben Lovejoy
Andy Greene – Steven Santini
Scratched: Mirco MuellerEgor Yakovlev
Injured: Stefan Noesen (disease); Cory Schneider (abdominal tension), Joey Anderson (broken ankle), Marcus Johansson (undisclosed)
DeMelo returns to training after missing the last five games with a concussion in the upper body. … Boucher will use 11 attackers and seven defenders. … The demons did not hold a morning skid.
Anderson is 3-1-0 with an average of 2.25 against goals and 933 of economy in his last four matches. … Chabot, who has three points (two goals, one assist) in his last three games, will play his 100th NHL game. … Hall has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his last 12 games. … Kinkaid is 2-3-1 with a 3.62 GAA and .873 save percentage in his last six games.