Preview Game #63

Canadiens vs. New Jersey

Prudential Center – Feb. 27, 2017 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 62GP (33-21-8) 74pts. 1st in Atlantic Division -5th in Eastern Conference. New Jersey – 61GP (25-25-11) 61 pts. 7th in Metro Division & 14th in East.

Season Series – Third of three meetings. Canadiens have won both games; outscoring the Devils 8-3.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (-3-6-1) New Jersey (4-4-2)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (15-12-4) New Jersey at Home (13-12-5)

Lineup Changes

…..Claude Julien will ice the same lineup as the one he used in Toronto with one exception – Al Montoya will be in goal vs. the Devils.

…..D Greg Pateryn (right hand shot) traded to Dallas Stars in return for D Jordie Benn (left shot).  Benn signed to July first 2019 at 1.1 million cap hit.

…. Benn, Brian Flynn and Mike McCarron will be healthy scratches.

Head to Head

…. Season Series – @Bell Centre Dec. 8th – Canadiens-5 New Jersey-2 Torrey Mitchell 2 goals; Danault 1g, 1a; Shaw 2 assists. Canadiens with 49 shots. Price 2/21 Schneider 5/49. @New Jersey Jan. 20th – Canadiens-3 New Jersey-1. Galchenyuk, Weber and Pacioretty – all on power play. Montoya 1/17. Kinkaid 3/26.

….Home and away the Canadiens 6-0-2 over the last three seasons vs. New Jersey. Two of the games were decided in shootouts, another in overtime.

….Over the last eight seasons the Canadiens have a 9-3-1 record at the Prudential Centre and have outscored the Devils 39-23.

….The last time the Devils defeated the Canadiens at Newark was April 3, 2015; 3-2 in a shootout. The last time the Devils won in regulation time at home was 3-2, March 24, 2013. It was Martin Brodeur’s last career start vs. the Canadiens. Since then the Canadiens are 4-0-1 against them.

About the Canadiens

….Once again the Canadiens will try to put together a two game winning streak. They have failed seven times since a three game win streak Jan. 3rd to 7th.

….The Canadiens enter the final quarter of their season needing 20 points in their remaining 20 games to pass 93 points, which is usually the threshold for playoff qualification. In the final 20 games last season the Canadiens were 9-10-1 for 19 points. Two seasons ago they were 9-6-5 for 23 points en route to their 50-win 110-point season.

….This the first of the 13th round of back-to-back games on the Canadiens schedule this season. The Canadiens are 5-6-1 in the opening games. In the seven occasions when that first game has been on the road the Canadiens are 4-2-1 including a 3-1 win at New Jersey January 20th.

….Since the end of October the Canadiens a have won 11 of 27 games on the road. Seven of those wins were decided in overtime or shootout.

….In their eleven February games Canadiens forwards have scored 11 goals, five by Max Pacioretty, and two each from Galchenyuk, Shaw and Radulov. The defense has accounted for five goals, two each from Markov and Weber. Nesterov has the other.

….When the Canadiens score three goals in a road game this season they are 11-0-3. Overall In the 24 games since January 4th the Canadiens are 10-0 when they score three times or more and 0-12-2 when they record two or fewer.

….Max Pacioretty has 11 points in his lat 10 games (5g, 6a). He has eight goals his last 12.

.Alex Galchenyuk has three points (1g, 2a) his last 4games. In the 11 games since returning from his knee injury he has 2 goals, 3 assists.

….After going through a ten game goalscoring drought, Andrew Shaw has 2 goals in three games.

…..Historical Note – On this date 140 years ago (Feb. 27th, 1877) The (Montreal) Gazette published the first formal rules of hockey in an article entitled “Hockey On Ice.” written by the rules creator and Gazette House of Commons reporter James Creighton.  The rules were published a month after McGill University founded the world’s first organized hockey club and played a game against the “Victorias”, a team made up of Montreal Lacrosse and football players at the Victoria Skating Rink.     They were originally called the “Montreal Rules”.  At the time there were only seven “rules”.

About the Devils

….New Jersey is on track to miss the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season after making the 2012 Stanley Cup final.

….The Devils rank 29th in the league in goalscoring with 142 goals in 61 games – 2.33 per game. They are 21st in goals-against 2.89.

….Only three NHL teams have a worse goal differential than the Devils minus-34 (Colorado minus-78; Arizona minus-49)

….New Jersey has lost three in a row, four of their last five and they are 2-4-1 in their last seven games.

….The Devils have been unable to take advantage of a February schedule that saw them play nine of eleven games at home. With the game against the Canadiens wrapping up the month the Canadiens are 3-4-1 at home in the month.

….The Devils are going to be sellers at the trade deadline. Their upcoming unrestricted free agents include forward P.A. Parenteau, defenseman Kyle Quincey and goaltender Keith Kinkaid.    Quincey will be a healthy scratch for this game, which re-enforces speculation he’ll be traded by Wednesday afternoon.

….Taylor Hall leads the Devils with 41 points in 50 games (14goals, 27 assists).

….Kyle Palmeiri is the Devils top goalscorer with 18.

….Palmeiri has three goals, two assists his last three games.

….Hall has 16 points his last 19 games – 5 goals, 11 assists.

….Travis Zajac has 7 points over his last six games (2g, 5a) and seven points including three goals his last eight.

….Former Canadien Devante Smith-Pelly has been a healthy scratch in 12 of the last 31 Devils games.  In 44 games he has three goals and eight points.  Stefan Matteau, for whom Smith-Pelly was traded, has 10 goals, 7 assists in 47 St. John’s IceCaps-AHL games.


….Al Montoya will make his 16th start of the season. His record is 7-5-3 with a 2.56GAA and .913 save%. Twelve of his 15 starts to date have been on the road.

….Montoya is 4-1-1 his last six appearances dating back to December 29th. Over that stretch he has 2.14GAA and .924 save% with one shutout.

….In his 16 appearances outside of the Nov. 4th 10-0 loss at Columbus, Montoya has a GAA of 1.92, a .928 save% and two shutouts. (On Nov. 4th Montoya allowed 10 goals on 40 shots)

….In eleven appearances vs. the Devils Montoya has a 6-2-2 record with 1 shutout. Montoya was in the nets for the Canadiens 3-1 win at New Jersey January 20th, allowing 1 goal on 17 shots.

….Cory Schneider’s season record is 47GP (19-18-9) 2.64GAA and .914save% – 2 shutouts.

….In the post Martin Brodeur era Cory Schneider has started four games against the Canadiens with a 1-2-1 record, 2.68GAA and .917save%. His career record vs. the Canadiens is 1-2-2 with a 2.70GAA and .914 save%.

….In his last start against the Canadiens, Schneider faced 49 shots, including 24 in the third period in a 5-2 Canadiens win.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Canadiens ranked 10th (39/185) 21.1% New Jersey ranked 18th (35/193) 18.1%.

….Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 21st (42/215) 80.5%. New Jersey ranked 18th (36/189) 81.0%.

….Over the last four games the Canadiens have killed 11 consecutive opposition power plays and opponents PP is 1-for-19 over the last six games.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov

62-Artturi Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 65-Andrew Shaw

42-Sven Andrighetto 51-David Desharnais 17-Torrey Mitchell

79Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

26-Jeff Petry 74-Alexei Emelin

28-Nathan Beaulieu 89-Nikita Nesterov

35-Al Montoya

Injuries – none.

Scratches – C Mike McCarron; C Brian Flynn; D Jordie Benn;

New Jersey Forward Lines & Pairings

9-Taylor Hall 19-Travis Zajac 21-Kyle Palmieri

8-Beau Bennett 14-Adam Henrique 64-Joseph Blandisi

13-Mike Cammalleri 16-Jacob Josefson 23-Stefan Noesen

44-Mike Wood      40-Blake Coleman 25-Devante Smith-Pelly

6-Andy Greene 12-Ben Lovejoy

7-Jon Merrill 34-Steven Santini

2-John Moore 28-Damon Severson

35-Corey Schneider

Injuries – C Pavel Zacha (IR concussion); C Marc Savard (LTIR – post concussion); P.A. Parenteau (finger)

Scratches – D Kyle Quincey; D Seth Helgeson