Canadiens vs. New Jersey
Prudential Center-Dec. 10/2011-1:05pm
Game Notes –
….Tomas Kaberle is expected to make his Canadiens debut wearing sweater #22. He was acquired from Carolina on Friday in a trade for Jaroslav Spacek. Kaberle signed a three-year, $12.75 million contract with Carolina in July. He had just 9 assists and a minus-12 rating in 25 games.
……The Canadiens power play is 1-for-36 (2.8 percent) over the last nine games, including an 0-for-4 in Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver.
….Since the 2008-09 season Carey Price is 2-4-1 with a 2.29 GAA against the Devils. Overall this season he is 1-1-4 with a 2.55 goals-against average since Nov. 25.
…..The Devils are killing a league-best 94.1 percent of their penalties, and have allowed just two power-play goals in 68 chances in the last 19 games (97.1 percent).
…..The Canadiens are 2nd best in the league on the penalty kill. The Devils are number one. New Jersey opened the season successfully killing their first 40 penalties at the Prudential Center before finally yielding a power-play score in Thursday’s 5-4 shootout victory over Ottawa.
….. Montreal has just one win in its last seven games (1-2-4) and has fallen into last place in the Northeast Division with 29 points.
….. 39 year old Martin Brodeur will be back in the Devils nets despite being pulled early in Thursday’s game against Ottawa afer giving up two goals on nine shots in the first period. He has been pulled from two of his last three starts. He is 1-3-0 with a 4.59 GAA in his last five starts and has allowed a total of eight first-period goals in three of his past four starts.
…..The Devils have lost the last three meetings against the Canadiens in New Jersey. New Jersey was 2-2-0 against the Canadiens last season, but were outscored 8-2 in the two games at the Prudential Center.
…… Ilya Kovalchuk has scored in four of his last five games and had three goals against the Canadiens last season.
…..Brodeur may be 1-3-0 with a 4.59 GAA in his last five starts, but he is 15-5-0 with a 1.91 GAA with three shutouts against Montreal since 2005-06 – his most wins against any team outside the Atlantic Division and lowest GAA versus any EasternConference opponent. In his career against the Canadiens, Brodeur is 40-17-5 with a 1.76 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.
……So-called backup goaltender Johan Hedberg is 4-2-0 with a 2.24 GAA in seven games since Nov. 3, but is 2-7-1 with a tie and a 2.94 GAA in 12 career games against the Canadiens.
The Cold Hard Stats
Season Record Canadiens – 29GP- Canadiens (11-11-7) 29pts. 5th in Northeast Division. New Jersey 27GP (14-12-1) 29pts. 4th in Atlantic Division.
Last Ten Games – Canadiensl 3-3-4 – New Jersey 5-5-0
Season Series: This is the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.
Last Time Out – The Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead and lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the shootout. The Devils rallied from 3-0 for a 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (7-6-1) New Jersey at home (6-4-1)
Who’s Hot: Canadiens – Michael Cammalleri has four points his last four games. New Jersey – Rookie Adam Henrique has 2 goals and 7 assists during a seven game points streak and has moved into second place on the team in scoring with 20 points in 24 games.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 28th – 11.4% (13/114). New Jersey ranked 26th = 13.0% (13/100). Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 2nd – 89.0% (13/118) New Jersey ranked first – 94.1% (6/101)
Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 25GP (10-8-7) 2.24GAA .919save%. New Jersey – Martin Brodeur 15GP (6-7-0) 3.27GAA .882save%.
The Missing – Canadiens RW-Brian Gionta (lower body); D-Andrei Markov (IR –arthroscopic surgery); C-Scott Gomez (IR-groin); D-Chris Campoli (IR-torn hamstring); RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery); D-Brendon Nash (IR-shoulder surgery) New Jersey – Andy Greene (broken toe); Cam Janssen (sternum); D-Anton Volchenkov (hand). C-Jacob Josefson (IR-shoulder surgery); C-Travis Zajac (IR-achilles surgery)