April 24, 2007
SI.com's Scott Wraight analyzes the Devils-Senators second-round matchup
(2) New Jersey
1st in Atlantic
(4) Ottawa
2nd in Northeast
Season Series
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The Skinny
This rematch of the Eastern Conference finalists from 2003 should be fun. Can the Senators' offense make Martin Brodeur look pedestrian? Will the Devils score some goals? Who is this Zach Parise kid? When examining these two teams, the Senators get an edge for overall depth, though the Devils get the checkmark when it comes to who is between the pipes. The Devils' defense, led by Brian Rafalski and Andy Greene, has been productive and aggressive, but will have its hands full trying to slow Ottawa, which spread the wealth among all four lines in the first round. Keep watch on the Sens' tandem of Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov, which shut down Sidney Crosby's line and will be assigned to Scott Gomez's top line.
Spotlight On
Daniel Alfredsson
Much of the talk heading into the playoffs was centered around the struggles of Alfredsson, who had just seven goals and 21 points in 35 games during his past three postseasons. That talk seemed to subside after a solid opening round in which he scored three goals and had a team-leading six points. Other good signs if you're a Sens fan: In four regular-season games against the Devils, Alfredsson had two goals and four points, and he was letting the rubber fly, taking 21 shots in five first-round games.
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Devils: John Madden
It'll be up to Madden (right) and Jay Pandolfo to shut down the Senators' top line. One of the better defensive forwards in the game, Madden will need to provide solid forechecking, backchecking and timely hits while avoiding the untimely penalty. But the task of trying to slow Dany Heatley and Co. may be asking too much.

Senators: Anton Volchenkov
If you see huge hits in this series, there's a good chance Volchenkov will be involved -- dishing them out. The "A-Train", who chipped in a goal and four points in the opening round, is a key player for the Senators since he'll be matched against the Devils' top line. If anyone is capable of slowing Scott Gomez (league-leading nine points), it's this 6-foot, 237-pound blueliner.
The Pick
Devils in six.
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