The Senators this week

A look at who the Ottawa Senators are facing over the next seven days.

The Senators this week
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tuesday vs. New Jersey Devils, 7: 30 p.m., Scotiabank Place. TV: Sportsnet, RDS. Radio: The Team 1200 AM, CKOI 104.7 FM

The Devils are a lot like the Senators in the sense that it doesn’t seem to matter whether they’re playing at home or away: they sport a 20-13-3 mark at the Prudential Center and a 21-13-2 record everywhere else. They’re phenomenal on the penalty kill everywhere, but their 90.5-per-cent success rate on the road stands out. Ilya Kovalchuk is quietly having a solid season, having scored 30 goals and 42 assists to date. Could this be the last time Scotiabank Place fans will get a chance to see Martin Brodeur, one of the best goaltenders of all-time?

Friday at Montreal Canadiens, 7: 30 p.m., Bell Centre. TV: Sportsnet, RDS. Radio: The Team 1200 AM, CKOI 104.7 FM

Haven’t the Senators seen enough of these guys already? This will be the third meeting in nine days between the teams. Both teams scooped up three of a possible four points during the home-and-home series last week. Welcome to math, NHL style. While the Canadiens are playing only for pride, nothing is easy when Carey Price is in goal. The Senators also have fresh memories of going 0-for-12 on the power play in those two games against the Canadiens, the league’s best penalty-killing team.

Saturday vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. TV: CBC. Radio: The Team 1200 AM, CKOI 104.7 FM

Philadelphia might make a case after Sunday’s victory, but it’s hard to dispute that the Penguins are the NHL’s best team right now. They had won nine straight before Sidney Crosby returned and now that he’s back again, they present the ultimate challenge for opposition teams to shut down, which the Flyers managed to do pretty well Sunday. Pittsburgh’s a loaded squad, leading the league in goals scored, while also ranked eighth in goals against. Evgeni Malkin could score a pair of major awards: the Hart Trophy as MVP and the Art Ross as the NHL’s leading scorer. Good luck to whoever faces them in the first round of the playoffs.

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