New Jersey vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Dec. 8, 2016 – 7:35pm
The Injury Report –
…..The Canadiens report that centres David Desharnais and Alex Galchenyuk will miss six to eight weeks (more than 20 games) with knee injuries. The injuries will keep them out of the lineup until after the third week of January. The Canadiens recalled LW Sven Andrighetto from their St. John’s AHL affiliate and he will be in the lineup vs. New Jersey.
…..Nathan Beaulieu and Zach Redmond come off injury reserve and will form the third defense pairing vs. New Jersey. This will be Redmond’s Canadiens debut wearing #20. Greg Pateryn will the Canadiens only healthy scratch (They have no extra forwards).
….LW Charles Hudon and D Mark Barberio were assigned to St. John’s on Wednesday.
Season Records – New Jersey 25GP (12-7-6) 30 pts. – 9th in Eastern Conference. Canadiens 26GP (17-6-3) 37 pts. First in Eastern Conference
Season Series – First of three games. Final two games at New Jersey
Last Season’s Series – Canadiens 2-0-1 vs. Devils. Nov. 27 @ New Jersey Canadiens-3 New Jersey- (shootout). Sven Andrighetto with shootout winner. Nov. 28 @ Bell Centre – New Jersey 3 Canadiens-2 (overtime). Davils come back from 2-0 with Kyle Palmieri scoring with 22 seconds remaining and John Moore scoring in overtime. January 6th @Bell Centre Canadiens-2 New Jersey-1. Pacioretty and Torrey Mitchell (SHG). (Desharnais failed on penalty shot) Henrique for the Devils.
Last Time Out – New Jersey edged Vancouver 3-2 in overtime at home Tuesday. Canadiens lost 3-2 in overtime at St. Louis Tuesday.
Home/Road – The Devils are 4-7-4 on the road. The Canadiens are 12-1-1 at home.
Head to Head –
…..Since Martin Brodeur left the Devils after the 2014 season the Canadiens are 2-0-1 at home against New Jersey. In the 17 games the Devils played at the Bell Centre prior to that, their record was 13-3-1 and the Canadiens were outscored 48-30. Brodeur was in goal for all 17 games.
….Home and away vs. the Devils the Canadiens are 4-0-2 over the last two seasons. Two games decided in shootouts and one game in overtime.
….Carey Price will be presented with the November Molson Cup award prior to the game. Price started 11 November games and was named a star in six of them – first star three times, second twice and third once. He was 8-2-1 for the month.
….The Canadiens go into the game tied for first place in the league with Chicago at 37 points. The Canadiens have played two fewer games.
….The Canadiens have a league leading 37 points after 26 games (17-6-3). Last season after 26 games they had 41 points. (19-4-3) and also led the league. Without the services of Price, Gallagher and Torrey Mitchell Washington edged the Canadiens 3-2 at the Bell Centre in last season’s 27th game. It was the first in a string of 10 losses over the next eleven games and 21 losses over the next 26 (5-20-1) that sent the Canadiens from a dominant first place in the league to five points out of the cellar after 56 games. During that crash they averaged 1.92 goals per game.
….The Canadiens go into the next twenty games of this year’s schedule without Galchenyuk and Desharnais and with the knowledge even in the lineup the team has been involved in eleven consecutive one-goal games. The last time a Canadiens game was decided by more than one goal was Nov. 12th – 5-0 vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre. Over that 11 game stretch starting with a 3-2 loss at Chicago November 13th, the Canadiens are 4-5-2 and have scored an average of 2.18 goals per game.
….Only Calgary and Winnipeg have had to kill off penalties more often than the Canadiens this season. The Canadiens have been shorthanded 98 times. They rank 17th in the league in penalty killing.
….Vs. St. Louis Tuesday, Tomas Plekanec posted his first two-point night since the fourth game of the season (Oct. 20th). He has four points (1 g, 3a) his last six games, as many as he had scored in his previous 19.
….In six games over the last two seasons vs. the Devils Plekanec has 4 goals and 6 points.
….Max Pacioretty failed to register a point vs. St. Louis but has 3 goals, 1 assist his last five games. Against the Devils he has 14 points (8 goals) in 22 games. He has eight points in his last nine games against them (4g, 4a).
….Alexander Radulov has never played a career game against New Jersey.
….Paul Byron has eight goals in 31 shots on net – a 25.8% shooting percentage.
….First of back-to-back games for the Devils. They will play St. Louis at home Friday.
….New Jersey is 4-7-4 on the road. At home they are the only NHL team without a regulation loss (8-0-2).
….In their 21 games since Oct. 25th the Devils have averaged 2.8 goals per game, 6th best in the NHL. Last season their goal production was last in the league.
….Michael Cammalleri has 6 goals, 5 assists in the seven games since he returned Nov. 23rd after missing six games due to his daughter’s illness (pneumonia & surgery).
,,,,Cammalleri needs one point to reach 600 for his career. This will be his 799th regular season game (170 with the Canadiens)
….Cammalleri has played in only 12 games against the Canadiens – 3 g, 3a – 6 points.
….Taylor Hall has goals in each of his last two games after going nine games without scoring. He has two goals and five points his last two games.
….In 8 games against Montreal Hall has 2 goals and six points. Hall has averaged a point a game with the Devils – 17 pts. In 17 games.
….Travis Zajac has three goals, three assists his last three games. He leads the Devils with 21 points and assistrs with 13 in 25 games.
….Former Canadiens P.A. Parenteau is currently on the Devils first line with Hall and Adam Henrique. In the off-season Parenteau signed a one year contract with the Islanders who placed him on waivers at the end of training camp. The Devils claimed him.
….In 25 Devils games Parenteau has 5 goals, 4 assists and is minus-9. He had a seven game points drought ended Tuesday with an assist against Vancouver.
….The Devils have 5 power play goals their last 16 advantages. Their penalty kill has allowed 1 goal the last 22 times shorthanded.
….Former Canadien and Devil Scott Gomez will debut on the Devils radio network in Sunday’s game against the Rangers. Gomez will be working from ice level between the benches. Gomez announced his retirement in September after 16 NHL seasons.
….In the off-season the Devils acquired the rights to centre Marc Savard who has not played since he was concussed six years ago. Savard’s rights have gone from Boston to Florida to New Jersey over the last three years as teams find a way of reaching the salary cap floor. Savard’s cap hit is just over 4 million dollars. His salary is $575,000 which is paid by insurance. Savard’s last game was January 25, 2011.
….Carey Price has not faced the Devils in almost two years – a 6-2 win at the Bell Centre Feb. 7, 2015. (Mike Condon started all three meetings last season).
….In his last nine games at the Bell Centre vs. New Jersey Price has a record of 3-5-1 with a 2.90GAA.
….In 21 career starts vs. New Jersey, Price has a 10-10-1 record with a 2.39GAA and .913save%.
….At the Bell Centre this season Price has a 11-1-1 record with a 1.69GAA and .947save%. (He is 3-2-0 on the road)
….After giving up four goals in Los Angeles Price still remains first in the league in wins (14-3-1), 2nd in save % at .942 and third in goals-against average – 1.82.
….Cory Schneider has a career record of 1-1-2 vs. the Canadiens with a 2.15GAA & 921 save%. He never faced the Canadiens as a member of the Vancouver Canucks..
….Schneider‘s last 2 starts vs. the Canadiens were at the Bell Centre last season – a 3-2 overtime win (Nov. 28th) and a 2-1 loss (Jan. 6th). They are his only career appearances in Montreal.
….Last season Schneider finished fourth in the league in goals-against average at 2.15 and 5th in save% – .924. This season his GAA has ballooned to 2.60 and save% is .912. His season record is 9-6-4.
….On the road this season Schneider is 1-6-3 with a 2.90GAA and .905save%.
….Since Nov. 1st Schneider has a 3.12GAA and .891 save% in 12 games, He is 2-3-2 his last seven starts and has given up three goals in six of those games.
Special Teams – Power Play – New Jersey ranked 19th (13/80) 16.3% Canadiens ranked 7th (18/84) 21.4%. Penalty Killing – New Jersey ranked 6th (12/79) 84.8% Canadiens ranked 17th (18/98) 81.6%.
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 47-Alexander Radulov
42-Sven Andrighetto 24-Phillip Danault 11-Brendan Gallagher
62-Artturi Lehkonen 65-Andrew Shaw 43-Daniel Carr
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 20-Zach Redmond
Injuries – C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee)
Scratched – D Greg Pateryn
Devils Lines & Pairings
9-Taylor Hall 14-Adam Henrique 11-P.A. Parenteau
13-Michael Cammalleri 19-Travis Zajac 21-Kyle Palmieri
8-Beau Bennett 51-Sergey Kalinin 25-Devante Smith-Pelly
44-Miles Wood 38-Vernon Fiddler 36-Nick Lappin
6-Andy Greene 28-Damon Severson
33-Yohann Auvitu 12-Ben Lovejoy
2-John Moore 22-Kyle Quincey
Injuries – C Pavel Zacha (facial laceration); C Marc Savard (LTIR post concussion syndrome)
Scratches – D Jon Merrill; C Jacob Josefson