Canadiens vs. New Jersey

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 MeetingsJanuary 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

Canadiens

Forwards

                   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

Scratches- None

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

New Jersey Montreal
                                                                                       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 0
                                                                                            1 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 0

Goalie Breakdown

New Jersey GP W L OTL GAA SO SV%
Martin Brodeur 6    1  4               1 3.18     1     .887
Johan Hedberg 1    0 0        0 6.00     0     .778
Montreal GP W L OTL GAA SO SV%
Carey Price 5          3      1         1       2.57 0      .914

Team Stat Leaders

  New Jersey Montreal
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