DEVILS (34-29-16) at SENATORS (34-31-14)
TV: MSG PLUS
Radio: WCBS 880 AM
Last 10: New Jersey 5-2-3; Ottawa 6-3-1
Season series: This is the third and final game between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils. Each team has won on home ice; the Devils 5-2 on Dec. 18 and the Senators 5-2 on Oct. 17.
Big story: The Devils were eliminated from qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night as the the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Detroit Red Wings locked up the final two spots in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey will miss the playoffs for a second straight season.
There was some good news for the Devils on Wednesday during practice when forward Patrik Elias skated for the first time since sustaining a head injury in the first period of a victory against the Washington Capitals on Friday. Elias, who was on a line with Damien Brunner and Mike Sislo, was the only injured Devil to return to practice; forwards Adam Henrique (groin), Ryane Clowe (head) and Jacob Josefson (left ankle/foot) and defenseman Bryce Salvador (groin) were absent.
LGD!... need a loss to move up in the draft....