Devils vs. Senators preview: Looking for a rebound

Al Bello

The Devils and Senators battle it out on Monday afternoon in a President's Day special in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Devils host the Ottawa Senators on Monday afternoon with both teams aiming to rebound from disappointing losses from the past weekend.

The Senators were shutout for the third time in seven games on Saturday night in Toronto, dropping their second straight game with a 3-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. Goaltender Craig Anderson continued to stand tall in net, stopping 26-of-28 shots in the game but once again the No. 25 scoring offense in the NHL was incapable of supporting the top netminder in the league this season.

The loss drops the Senators to 7-6-2 on the season and just 2-5-1 in the month of February. Ottawa is struggling to fight through a number of key injuries, with Erik Karlsson, Jared Cowen and Jason Spezza all out.

The New Jersey Devils are attempting to pull out of a mini-skid of their own, having dropped two of their past three games including a 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday. Goaltender Johan Hedberg lost for the first time in regulation in his last 11 appearances, as Martin Brodeur is expected to be back in net on Monday afternoon.

The Devils penalty kill, so good during the key 5-0-0 run to start the month off, is now just 6-for-12 in the past three games as New Jersey has surrendered an uncharacteristic 12 goals the past week.

Puck drop is set for 1 p.m. ET with coverage on MSG and RSNE.

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