Bell Centre – Oct. 21, 2010 7:30pm
Season Series – First of four meetings. Devils won three of four last season. Zach Parise 2 goals 2 assists last season. Michael Cammalleri and Scott Gomez 1 goal 2 assists.
Historically – At the Bell Centre the Devils have won four straight games and seven of the last eight games. The last time the Devils lost in Montreal was March 11, 2008. Since the lockout the Devils are 16-4 overall vs. the Canadiens. 22-23-4 all-time.
Their Season So Far – New Jersey (1-4-1) Worst start since ’83-84 (1-5-0) when they opened 1-12-0. It was the season then-Oiler Wayne Gretzky called them a “Mickey Mouse Franchise”. Outscored 21-10 in five games. Have scored 4 goals last fourteen periods. Montreal (3-1-1) All five games decided by one goal.
Last Time Out– Both teams have had four days off. Boston scored four second-period goals against the Devils en route to a 4-1 win Saturday. The Canadiens came from behind 3-1 to beat Ottawa at the Bell Centre Saturday.
Their Last Two Meetings – January 22 – @ Newark Canadiens-3 Devils-1.the Canadiens beat the Devils 3-1 at Newark. Canadiens scored three straight after being down 1-0 on a Parise goal. Halak makes 31 saves, including 14 in the third period. Mathieu Darche, just up from Hamilton scored a goal and an assist. Pouliot and Cammalleri also scored. Pouliot’s 10th goal in 14 games for Montreal. Only Martin Brodeur’s 4th career home ice loss to the Canadiens. March 27 at Montreal – Devils-4 Canadiens-2. Elias and Langenbrunner start game with power play goals. Zubrus and Rolston (ENG). Kostitsyn and Plekanec for the Canadiens. Halak lets in 3 on 25 shots. Kovalchuk-2 assists-First star.
Losers at Both Ends – New Jersey enters the game with the fewest goals in the East (10) and was tied with Ottawa for most goals allowed (21)
The Goaltenders – New Jersey – Martin Brodeur 6 starts 4.18GAA .887 save%. Canadiens-Carey Price 2.57GAA – .913 save%. Career vs. New Jersey 2-3-0-1 2.17GAA Both of his wins were by shutout.
Brodeur – Will make his 60th career start vs. Montreal. Vs. the Habs he has a 38-16-5 with a 1.78 GAA
Who’s Hot – New Jersey – No one. Ilya Kovalchuk does lead the Devils in scoring with 2 goals 3 assists in 6 games. Montreal- Tomas Plekanec has two multi-point games in last three (2-3=5) Andrei Kostitsyn-first star vs. Ottawa Saturday.
Special Teams – Power Play – New Jersey 2 goals in 17 opportunities. 11.8%. Montreal 1/17 5.9%. Last in NHL. Penalty Killing – New Jersey 13th 3 goals against in 21 opportunities. Canadiens 7th in NHL 2/20 90%.
NHL Debut – Sherbrooke’s Olivier Magnan-Grenier will start his first NHL game after being called up from Albany earlier in the week. The defenceman was drafted by the Devils 148th overall in 2006.
The Canadiens and Devils lines for Thursday Night’s game
LW C RW
13-Michael Cammalleri 14-Tomas Plekanec 46-Andrei Kostitsyn
94-Tom Pyatt 11-Scott Gomez 21-Brian Gionta
57-Benoit Pouliot 15-Jeff Halpern 40-Maxim Lapierre
32-Travis Moen 17-Dustin Boyd 81-Lars Eller
Defence Left Right
75-Hal Gill 26-Josh Gorges
46-Roman Hamrlik 6-Jaroslav Spacek
45-Alexandre Picard 76-P.K. Subban
Goal 31-Carey Price
Scratches – 52-Mathieu Darche 20-Ryan O’Byrne
Injured – 79-Andrei Markov (knee surgery)
New Jersey Devils
LW C RW
9-Zach Parise 19-Travis Zajak 8-Dainius Zubrus
26-Patrik Elias 16-Jacob Josefson 17-Ilya Kovalchuk
10-Rod Pelley 25-Jason Arnott 15-Jamie Langenbrunner
11-Adam Mair 14-Tim Sestito 23-David Clarkson
Defence Left Right
5-Colin White 20-Matt Taormini
7-Henrik Tallinder 22-Matt Corrente
6-Andy Greene 36-Olivier Magnan-Grenier
Goal 30-Martin Brodeur
Injured- LW-Brian Rolston (hernia); D-Colin Fraser (Fractured hand); D-Anton Volchenkov (broken nose); D-Bryce Salvador (IR-concussion) D-Anssi Salmela (knee surgery)
Team Stat Comparison
|1.67||Goals Per Game||2.8|
|3.5||Goals Against Per Game||2.6|
|34||Shots on Goal Per Game||30|
|28.17||Shots Against Per Game||30.4|
|15.5||Penalty Minutes Per Game||10.8|
|2||Power Play Goals||1|
|11.8%||Power Play %||5.9%|
|3||Power Play Goals Allowed||2|
|85.7%||Penalty Kill %||90%|
|1||Shorthanded Goals Allowed||0|
Team Stat Leaders
|Goals||Jason Arnott 2||Jeff Halpern 2|
|Assists||Ilya Kovalchuk 3||Tomas Plekanec 3|
|Points||Ilya Kovalchuk 5||Tomas Plekanec 5|
|PIM||Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond 21||Maxim Lapierre 14|
|Shots||Zach Parise 26||Brian Gionta 18|