Game #26

Canadiens at New Jersey

December 2, 2010 7:00pm


Team Records Canadiens (15-8-2) First in Northeast Division. Third in Eastern Conference. New Jersey (8-14-2) Fourth in Atlantic Division. 14th in Eastern Conference.

Recently – Canadiens lost 4-3 in overtime at home to Edmonton. Blew a 3-1 lead in final ten minutes of regulation time. New Jersey beat Philadelphia 2-1 in a shootout Saturday.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-3-1) The Canadiens have alternated wins and losses the last eight games. New Jersey (4-5-1)

Head to Head – Second meeting of four. Oct.21 @ Bell Centre – New Jersey-3 Canadiens-0. Canadiens outshot New Jersey 29-20. 112th career shutout for Brodeur. Parise, Arnott, Taormina scored. Moen & Clarkson fought. Gionta penalized twice for goaltender interference.

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (6-4-0) New Jersey at home (4-5-2) Devils have won their last four at home.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price (14-7-2) 2.04GAA .932save% 4 shutouts. New Jersey – Johan Hedberg (4-3-1) 2.66GAA .910save%. Stopped 113 of last 117 shots over last four games. Has allowed four goals over last three-plus games including a shutout win over Washington a week ago and a 2-1 shootout win over Philadelphia Saturday.

Special Teams – Power Play – Montreal with 2 PPG in 3 opps vs. Edmonton the Canadiens moved from 20th to 12th in the league. 16/93 17.2%. On the road the Canadiens are 4/33 12.1%. New Jersey ranks 29th overall – 7/71 9.9%. However at home they are 6/28 21.4% Penalty Killing – Canadiens 2nd in league 10/105 90.5% On the road they are 2/42 95.2%. New Jersey ranks 17th 15/84 82.1%.

When They Score the First Goal – Canadiens (13-1-2) New Jersey (6-3-2)

When they Give Up The First Goal– Canadiens (2-7-0) New Jersey (2-11-0)

Injuries – Canadiens – Andrei Markov (knee) New Jersey – Jamie Langenbrunner (neck); Matthew Corrente (shoulder); G-Martin Brodeur (bruised elbow); Matt Taormina (IR-ankle); Zach Parise (IR-torn meniscus); Jacob Josefson (IR-thumb surgery); Mark Fraser (IR-broken hand); Anssi Salmela (IR-knee surgery); Bryce Salvador (IR-concussion)

Notes- Ilja Kovalchuk has not scored a non-shootout goal since Nov. 12 and has one goal since Oct. 24th. His November stats: 1 goal, 3 assists, minus-7.   The Devils have been held to one goal or less in 13 of their 24 games.