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Canadiens vs. New Jersey

Prudential Center – April 3, 2015 – 7:05pm

 

Ahead of the Game

….For the second year in a row Andrei Markov will be rested before the playoffs.  Last season he was left at home during a April game against Chicago.  That game and this one are the only two games Markov has missed since coming back from knee surgery more than three seasons ago.  Including this healthy scratch he has been in 220 of the last 222 Canadiens games.

….The Canadiens are 2-0-0- vs. the Devils this season outscoring them 10-4. They have not swept a season series against New Jersey in 26 years (1988-89).

….This is the final game against a Metropolitan Division team this season. Their record against them is 19-2-2 giving them 40 of a possible 46 points. They are 10-1-0 on the road against Metro teams.

….The Habs have won seven of the last nine games at Newark’s Prudential Center.

….The Canadiens have one win their last five games (1-2-2). They are 6-7-3 since March first.

….The Habs have given up eight goals their last two games.

….Dustin Tokarski has never faced the Devils. He is 1-3-2 with sa 3.30GAA in his last six starts.

….P.K. Subban has assisted on six of the ten goals the Canadiens have scored against New Jersey this season.

….Tomas Plekanec has three goals in two games vs. the Devils.

….Max Pacioretty has four goals in his last six games vs. the Devils. In his last seven games overall he has 3 goals, 4 assists.

ABOUT THE DEVILS

….Keith Kinkaid will make his third start against the Canadiens this season. Against the Habs he has given up 9 goals on 69 shots.

….In seven home starts this season Kinkaid is 4-1-2 with a 1.92GAA. His only regulation home loss was against the Canadiens Jan. 2nd.

….Cory Schneider has one career start against the Canadiens (a 4-3 shootout loss Dec.4, 2013)

….This is the first of back-to-back games for New Jersey. Corey Schneider will start against the Rangers Saturday.

….The Devils are on a season long six game losing streak (0-4-2). Over the seven games they’ve scored a total of seven goals.

….Scott Gomez has more goals this season (7) than his previous three seasons combined (6). In 37 games vs. the Canadiens he has 38 points (6g, 32a) and is plus-10.

….Mike Cammalleri leads the Devils against the Canadiens with two goals. His 27 goals is the most he’s had since his career high 39 with Calgary in 2008-09 before he joined the Canadiens.

….Cammalleri has a goal in each of the games against the Canadiens this season.

….Veterans Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat will be among the healthy scratches for the game.

….The Devils offense ranks 28th in the NHL at 2.16 per game. Their top scorers are Adam Henrique (41 pts.) and Mike Cammalleri (40).

New Jersey Line Combinations and Pairings

12-Reid Boucher 21-Scott Gomez 18-Steve Bernier

32-Stefan Matteau 19-Travis Zajac 23-Mike Cammalleri

14-Adam Henrique 26-Patrik Elias 8-Dainius Zubrus

15-Tuomo Ruutu 16-Jacob Josefson 20-Jordin Tootoo

6-Andy Greene 5-Adam Larsson

7-Jon Merrill 22-Eric Gelinas

32-Mark Fraser 28-Damon Severson

1-Keith Kinkaid

The Hard Stats –

Season Records – Canadiens 78GP (47-22-8) 102pts. New Jersey 77 GP (31-33-13) 75pts.

Season Series@Newark Jan. 2 Canadiens-4 New Jersey-2. Bournival two goals. Subban three assists. @Bell Centre Feb. 7 Canadiens-6 New Jersey-2. Dainius Zubrus given double minor for high sticking Subban. Canadiens score twice on the power play. Habs score three power play goals. Dale Weise scored twice.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (5-3-2) New Jersey (3-4-3)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (2-13-3) New Jersey at Home (18-13-8)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 23rd 37/223 16.6% New Jersey ranked 9th 39/201 19.4%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 9th 41/242 83.1% New Jersey ranked 16th 46/243 81.1%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Dustin Tokarski 16GP (6-6-3) 2.81GAA .910save%. New Jersey – Keith Kinkaid – 16GP (5-5-3) 2.47GAA .918save%.

From the Clinic – Canadiens – no injuries reported. New Jersey – C/RW Stephen Gionta (lower back); D Bryce Salvador (back); LW Ryane Clowe (concussion).

Team Comparison (League ranking in brackets)

Canadiens

New Jersey

2.58 (21st)

Goals Per Game

2.16 (28th)

2.24 (1st)

Goals Against Per Game

2.47 (11th)

28.38 (26th)

Shots on Goal Per Game

24.36 (29th)

30.49 (23rd)

Shots Against Per Game

30.58 (24th))

16.6% (23rd)

Power Play %

19.4% (9th)

83.1% (9th)

Penalty Kill %

81.1% (16th)