Keith Kinkaid faces another tall order Friday in his fourth NHL start.
The New Jersey Devils rookie goaltender should have some reinforcements in front of him.
Kinkaid will start at Prudential Center against the Montreal Canadiens, who have won four straight and seven of eight, and are one of seven teams in the League with at least 50 points.
Kinkaid is 1-0-2 in his first three starts, which have all gone to the shootout. He's seen elite competition already in the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, all of whom join the Canadiens in the aforementioned 50-point category.
"I actually skated with him one time in the summer. I think he's from the area. He's a great goalie," Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty said Friday of Kinkaid. "Every goalie in this League is capable of putting up big games and he's no different from anyone else. But we just try to worry about our game and not worry about who we're facing."