Preview Game #78

New Jersey vs. Canadien

Bell Centre – April 1st, 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – New Jersey – 78GP (41-28-9) 91 pts. Eighth in Eastern Conference. Canadiens – 78 GP (28-38-12) 68pts. 28th in the league.

Last Ten Games – New Jersey (7-2-1) Canadiens (3-7-0)

Home/Away – New Jersey on the road ( 20-14-5) Canadiens at home ( 18-13-8)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price in goal for the Canadiens vs. Keith Kinkaid.

….RW Kerby Rychel will make his NHL debut. Sweater #45.


….Third of three meetings – Dec. 14th @ BellCentre – Canadiens-2 New Jersey -1 (overtime). Plekanec scored at 1:52 of OT. Also Andrew Shaw. Noesen for NJD. Price vs. Schneider. March 6th @ New Jersey Devils-6 Canadiens-4. Travis Zajac – 2 goals; Will Butcher, Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Sami Vatanen 2 assists each. Jacob de la Rose – two goals; Mike Reilly two assists. Lindgren vs. Kincaid.

….Both teams are playing their second game in 24 hours. The Devils beat the Islanders at home Saturday and the Canadiens lost in Pittsburgh.

….Since the lockout the Canadiens have a home record of 6-1-1 vs. New Jersey. Three of the games were decided in overtime – two won by the Canadiens. Including those in overtime, five of the eight games were decided by one goal.

….Home and away since the lockout the Canadiens are 11-4-2 vs. New Jersey. Seven of the 17 were decided in OT/Shootout.

….The Canadiens have won five of their last six overall meetings against the Devils.

….Since Martin Brodeur left the Devils after the 2014 season the Canadiens are 4-0-1 vs. the Devils at the Bell Centre. In the 17 games prior to that the Devils were 13-3-1 and outscored 48-30. Brodeur was in all 17 games.

….Since the 2012 lockout Carey Price has a 7-2-0 record vs. the Devils. Prior to that, mostly against Brodeur Price was 5-8-1.  Overall Price has a career record of 16-24-6 vs. the Devils with a 2.13GAA and .916save%.

….Keith Kinkaid has been in 5 career games vs. the Canadiens with a 2-3-0 GAA; 3.60GAA and .888save%.   Kinkaid was in goal for the Devils 6-4 win at New Jersey March 6th.

….Since the lockout Alex Galchenyuk is the Canadiens leading scorer vs. New Jersey with 15 points in 15 games – 6 goals, 9 assists. (Max Pacioretty has 9 goals and 13 points in 16 games.)

…. In 11 career games vs. the Canadiens Taylor Hall has 3 goals, 8 assists. With the Devils, 1 goal, 4 assists in four games.

About the Canadiens

….This is the second of back-to-back games for both teams. In the second game of doubleheaders the Canadiens record this season is 4-7-2 including 2-5-1 in the last eight.

….The last time the Canadiens defeated a team that is currently in a playoff position was January 23rd vs. Colorado. In the 30 games since, during which they posted an 8-16-6 record, their wins were against the Islanders (twice), Buffalo, Detroit, Ottawa, Dallas, the Rangers, Dallas and Anaheim.

….On December 22nd the Canadiens beat the Flames in Calgary to go a game over .500 (16-15-4). It was the last time this season the Canadiens were over .500. They lost their next five games and 31 of the next 43 (12-23-8) while falling from 23rd to 28th in the overall league standings.

….Since their back-to-back wins over the Islanders, the Canadiens have lost 11 of their last 14 games (3-9-2)

….No team in the league has given up more power play goals than the Canadiens (65). At home they have given up 20 PPG’s which is 12th in the league. On the road they’ve given up 45 (31st in the league).

….The Canadiens finished the month of March with a 4-9-2 record, their worst month of the season – 10 of a possible 30 points. It is the fifth of six months this season during which the Canadiens registered only four wins.

….Brendan Gallagher ranks third in the league in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time. He ranks 10th in scoring chances per 60 minutes.

….Gallagher has seven points in a five game points streak (4g, 3a) and 9 goals, 6 assists his last 16 games. He also has 27 points in his last 31 games (14g, 13a).

….Alex Galchenyuk has two goals, seven assists his last nine games and fifteen points his last 16 games (6g, 9a).

….Jonathan Drouin is also on a five game points streak (2g, 4a) and has 3goals, 7 assists over his last seven games.

….Paul Byron has two goals, two assists in his last five games. He needs one to reach 20 goals and three to equal his career high 22.

….Among goaltenders who have logged more than one thousand minutes this season, Carey Price ranks 50th of 57 in save percentage (.901)

….With this appearance Price will tie Jacques Plante for most games played by a goaltender in Canadiens history (556).

….Price won his last start (vs. Detroit). Prior to that he was 0-5-2. Since January 15th he is 3-10-4 and since December 5th, 8-17-5.

….At home this season Price has won only 12 of 25 starts. In nine of the 25 home starts he gave up four or more goals nine times.

….Claude Julien will coach in his 1100th NHL game.

About the Devils

….The Devils currently hold the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card position, five points ahead of Florida (the Panthers have a game in Hand. They are three points  behind the Flyers who hold down the first wild-card.  The Devils hold a game in hand over Philadelphia.

….The Devils have won 20 games on the road this season, tied for third for most in the East behind Tampa (25) and Boston (22).

….The Devils have won 8 of their last 12 games.

….The Devils rank 15th in theleague in goals per game (2.95) and 15th in goals against (2.96)

….The Devils power play has produced 14 goals over the last 16 games.

….The shorthanded goal Saturday against the Islanders was their 11th of the season, tying them with Edmonton for the league lead.

….Keith Kinkaid has started the last five Devils game with a record of 4-01.  Including one game in relief of Corey Schneider, Kinkaid has appeared in 10 consecutive games with a record of 7-1-1.

….Taylor Hall has established career highs in goals (36) and points (88). He is looking for his first career playoff appearance in eight NHL seasons. He is the first Devil to reach 80 points since Ilya Kovalchyuk in 2011-12.

….Will Butcher leads all rookie defencemen with 42 points.

….2017 first overall draft choice Nico Hischier has 18 goals and 50 points.


….Carey Price has been in 48 games this season with a record of 16-24-6 with one shutout, a 3.07GAA and .902 save%.

….Keith Kinkaid has a record of 23-10-3 in 38 appearances this season with a 2.89GAA and .910 save%

….Cory Schneider has played in 39 Devils games this season with a 17-18-6 record, 1 shutout, 2.88GAA and .909 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – New Jersey ranks 12th (51/240) 21.3% Canadiens rank 13th (49/231) 21.2%. Penalty Killing – New Jersey ranks 8th (45/248) 81.9%. Canadiens rank 31st (65/248) 73.8%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

41-Paul Byron 92-Jonathan Drouin 11-Brendan Gallagher

27-Alex Galchenyuk 25-Jacob de la Rose 62-Artturi Lehkonen

38-Nikita Scherbak 49-Logan Shaw 54-Charles Hudon

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 34-Mike McCarron 45-Kerby Rychel

8-Jordie Benn 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

21-David Schlemko 36-Brett Lernout

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratches – C Byron Froese; LW Daniel Carr; D Mike Reilly.

Injuries – RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); D Rinat Valiev (lower body); C Phillip Danault (concussion); LW Max Pacioretty (knee); D Victor Mete (broken finger); D Shea Weber (IR broken foot); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

New Jersey Lines & Pairings

9-Taylor Hall 13-Nico Hischier 21-Mike Palmieri

40-Michael Grabner 37-Pavel Zacha 17-Patrick Maroon

20-Blake Coleman 19-Travis Zajac 23-Stefan Noesen

44-Miles Wood 11-Brian Boyle 63-Jesper Bratt 39-Brian Gibbons

6-Andy Greene 45-Sami Vatanen

2-John Moore 12-Ben Lovejoy

8-Will Butcher 25-Mirko Mueller

1-Keith Kinkaid

Injuries – None reported;

Healthy Scratches – RW Marcus Johansson; RW Jimmy Hayes; RW Drew Stafford; RW Brian Gibbons; D Damon Severson