Canadiens vs. New Jersey
Prudential Center – Jan. 20, 2017 – 7:35pm
Season Records – Canadiens – 46 (27-13-6) 60pts. First Atlantic Division; fourth Eastern Conference. New Jersey – 46 GP (19-18-9) 47pts. Seventh in Metro Division; 13th Eastern Conference.
Season Series – Second of three meetings. @ Bell Centre Dec. 8th Canadiens-5 New Jersey-2. Torrey Mitchell 2 goals, Danault 1g, 1a; Shaw 2assists. Condon stopped 19 of 21 shots. Cory Schneider in goal for New Jersey. Last season the Canadiens were 2-0-1 vs. New Jersey.
Last Ten Games – Canadiens 5-4-1. New Jersey 5-3-2.
Last Time Out – Canadiens lost 4-1 vs. Pittsburgh Wednesday at Bell Centre. New Jersey edged the Wild 4-3 Tuesday at Minnesota.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road – 11-8-4. New Jersey at home – 10-6-3.
….Both teams are on the front end of back-to back games. The Canadiens host Buffalo Saturday night while the Devils will play at Philadelphia.
….Over the last two-plus seasons the Canadiens are 5-0-2 vs. New Jersey – two of the games decided in shootouts and one in overtime.
….The last time the Canadiens played at New Jersey was Nov. 27, 2015, a 3-2 shootout win.
About the Canadiens –
….In the 31 games since the 13-1-1 start the Canadiens are 14-12-5 with a plus-2 goal differential (88 GF/86GA).
….This is the tenth of fifteen sets of back to back games for the Canadiens. In the opening games they are 4-4-1. They have swept both games twice, split 6 and have been swept once.
….When the Canadiens score the game’s first goal their record is 20-3-4. When they lead after two periods 17-1-2. When they trail after two periods 6-10-3.
….The Canadiens have given up 28 goals their last eight games -3.5 per game.
….The Canadiens power play is 0-for-4 in the last three games. Prior to that they had scored 7 PPG in the previous five games.
….After scoring 4 goals and 4 assists in a six game span Radulov has one assist in his last six games.
….Paul Byron has 15 points in his last 18 games (6G 9A).
….Phillip Danault has 8 points his last eight games (2g, 6a).
….Alexei Emelin has 1 goal, 2 assists his last three games.
….Sven Andrighetto scored the only Canadiens goal the last two games. He has 2 goals, 2 assists his last six games.
….The Devils are coming off a Western Conference road trip in which the won 3 of four games (3-0-1). They are 5-2-2 in January.
….The Devils started the season 9-3-3. Between Nov. 17 and December 27th the won only 4 of 20 games (4-12-4), a stretch that included a seven game losing streak. Since then they are 6-3-2 and have allowed more than three goals twice.
….The Devils rank 28th in the league in goals per game at 2.22. Defensively they give up 2.83 per game.
….In their nine January games the Devils have allowed four goals once. In the fifteen December games they allowed four or more ten times.
….The Devils have lost their last three home games and over their last nine at home they 2-6-1.. Starting with this game, 12 of the next 16 games will be played at home.
….After failing to register a point in four consecutive games, Taylor Hall has four points his last four (2g, 2a). Hall had a goal and assist in the Devils 5-2 loss at the Bell Centre Dec. 8th.
….Kyle Palmieri has scored a goal and assist in two of his last three games. He has 7 goals and 20 points his last 27 games. In the last meeting it was Palmieri who Carey Price attacked with his blocking glove after being interfered with in the crease.
….Centre Marc Savard is now on the roster of the Devils. He has not played since the 2010-11 season. In the last three seasons his contract, which has a four million dollar cap hit has been passed from Boston to Florida to New Jersey. Savard suffered a severe concussion when blind-sided by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke 25 games into a 7 year 28 million dollar contact in 2010. He hasn’t played since. The contract expires at the end of this season.
….Al Montoya will start in his ninth consecutive road game. 11 of his 12 starts have been on the road. His only appearances at the Bell Centre were the home opener Oct. 18th and 30 minutes in relief of Price December 16th vs. San Jose.
….Montoya has won his last three starts, two of them in overtime.
….In 13 games this season Montoya is 6-4-2 with a 2.86GAA and .907 save%.
….Taking away the 10 goals allowed on 40 shots at Columbus Nov. 4th, Montoya has a 2.24GAA and .923 save percentage in 12 appearances and 11 starts. In 12 starts Montoya has allowed three goals or fewer ten times
….Outside of the 10-goal game, Montoya has allowed 4 goals once, three goals 5 times, two goals 3 times, one goal once and has one shutout
….In 10 career appearances vs. the Devils Montoya is 5-2-2 with 1 shutout, a 1.55GAA and .938sav%..
….Cory Schneider was ill and missed the morning skate. He is a gametime decision. The Devils backup is Keith Kinkaid.
….In the post-Brodeur era Cory Schneider started four games vs. the Canadiens with a 1-2-1 record – 2.68GAA and .917 save%. His career record vs. the Canadiens is 1-2-2 with a 2.70GAA and .914 save%.
….In the December 8th game at the Bell Centre Schneider allowed 5 goals on 49 Canadiens shots.
…All three of Keith Kinkaid‘s career starts vs. the Canadiens came in the 2014-15 season. His record vs. Montreal is 1-2-0; 3.60GAA and .892 save%. With the Devils this season he is 5-4-2 with 0 shutouts, 2.59GAAand .921sv%. (Kinkaid was a teammate of the Canadiens Daniel Carr in 2010-11 at Union College)
….Carey Price’s last start against New Jersey was a 6-2 win Feb 7th 2015 at the Bell Centre. His last start at Newark was Jan. 2, 2015, a 4-2 victory. (Last season Mike Condon started all three games against the Devils’ Corey Schneider.)
….Since the start of the 2012-13 season Price is 5-3-0 vs. New Jersey. Since Martin Brodeur left the Devils Price is 2-0 against them.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 9th (30/139) 21.6% New Jersey ranked 26th (21/152) 13.8%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 23rd (34/163) 79.1%. Devils ranked 11th (24/141) 83.0%.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
42-Sven Andrighetto 27 Alex Galchenyuk 65-Andrew Shaw
25-Jacob de la Rose 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
45-Mark Barberio 20-Zach Redmond
Injuries – D Andrei Markov (IR groin); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot).
Scratches – D Greg Johnston; LW Daniel Carr
New Jersey Forward Lines & Pairings
9-Taylor Hall 14-Adam Henrique 11-P.A. Parenteau
13-Michael Cammalleri 19-Travis Zajac 21-Kyle Palmieri
16-Jacob Josefson 37-Pavel Zacha 8-Beau Bennett
44-Miles Wood 40-Blake Coleman 25-Devante Smith-Pelly
7-Jon Merrill 12-Ben Lovejoy
22-Kyle Quincey 28-Damon Severson
46-Karl Stollery 34-Steven Santini
35- Cory Schneider
Injuries – C Sergey Kalinin (lower body); D Yohann Auvitu (IR lower body); D Andy Greene (IR wrist); D John Moore (IR concussion); LW Vernon Fiddler (IR lower body); C Marc Savard (LTIR-post concussion syndrome): RW Ryan Clowe (LTIR concussion).
Scratches – LW Luke Gazdik; D Seth Helgeson;