NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 4th
(All times Eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (16-9-3) at New Jersey Devils (11-12-5), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The surging Montreal Canadiens will try to complete a
home-and-home sweep when they visit the New Jersey Devils for Wednesday's
rematch at Prudential Center.
The Canadiens notched a 3-2 regulation win over the visiting Devils on Monday,
giving Montreal a 6-0-1 record over its past seven contests. The recent hot
stretch has pushed the Habs into a tie for second place in the Atlantic
Division, three points behind first-place Boston.
Montreal won its second game in a row in Monday's close decision against New
Jersey. Alex Galchenyuk scored the game-winner for the Habs when he gave the
hosts a 3-2 edge with 10:26 left in the third period.
After being benched for the third period for an undisciplined penalty in
Saturday's victory over Toronto, Galchenyuk earned a bit of redemption with
his game-winner on Monday. Alexei Emelin missed the net on a shot from the
middle, but Galchenyuk was there to steer the puck into the net on a broken
play to give the Canadiens the lead for good.
"I wasn't feeling low on Saturday, it happens, it's part of the game. I put it
behind me. I was definitely excited about this game. I wanted to play good and
was happy with that goal," said Galchenyuk.
Rene Bourque tallied a goal and an assist in the win, while David Desharnais
contributed two helpers. Max Pacioretty provided the other goal for Montreal
and Carey Price turned aside 27-of-29 shots to record the victory. Price was
particularly sharp in the opening period, when he held the Devils to just one
goal on 11 shots.
"We weren't ready to play in the first period. It could have been 4-0 for the
Devils, but Carey kept us in the game. We owe it to our goalies to step up
when they bail us out," said Pacioretty.
Price improved his career record against the Devils to 8-9-1 and he expects to
get the start again in Wednesday's finale. He has a solid 2.39 goals against
average and .916 save percentage in 18 career games versus New Jersey.
Cory Schneider will get the call for New Jersey tonight after Martin Brodeur
yielded three goals on 17 shots in Monday's setback. Schneider has never faced
Steve Bernier and Michael Ryder lit the lamp on Monday for New Jersey, which
had a two-game winning streak snapped in the opener of this two-game series.
"We played well at the start. We missed a couple of open-netters. Their
defensemen made a couple of good plays and at the end that is what made the
difference," said Brodeur after Monday's loss.
Devils forward Adam Henrique left the opener of the home-and-home set with a
lower-body injury and is questionable for Wednesday's clash. Henrique is tied
for second on New Jersey with six goals this season.
The Canadiens have won three of the past four meetings against New Jersey
overall, but the Devils have claimed two of the past three encounters in
Montreal has a 7-4-1 road record this season, while the Devils are 5-4-2 as
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