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Game Day - Devils - Jan.14

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens held an optional skate at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning ahead of their tilt against the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre.

- Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban were the lone players who did not take part in Tuesday morning’s on-ice session.

- The Canadiens will likely field the same lineup that went up against the Blackhawks last Saturday night. As such, Francis Bouillon will be a healthy scratch.

- Tuesday night’s game will mark the third and final regular season meeting between the two teams during the 2013-14 campaign. The Habs are a perfect 2-0-0 against the Devils on the year, coming out on top in both games of a home-and-home series in early December.

As the Canadiens go in search of the season sweep, defenseman Josh Gorges knows the defensive-minded Devils, who are 2-0-2 in their last four games, are out to pick up critical points as they try to climb the Metropolitan division standings.

“I think we have to come out with the same mindset that we had against Chicago. That’s something that I’ve talked about a lot this year, the importance of each game and how hard it is to win. Tonight is no different,” offered Gorges, who will play his 23rd career game against the Devils on Tuesday night. “I think New Jersey has been playing really good hockey as of late, and we need to make sure again that we focus on ourselves, what makes us a good team and we’ve got to have that urgency in our game, that bite. When we play that way, we usually give ourselves a good chance to win.”

- Carey Price will make his 37th start of the season on Tuesday night. Price is 8-9-1 in 18 career games against New Jersey. Martin Brodeur , meanwhile, will get the start in goal for the Devils.

As the 41-year-old veteran netminder ponders retirement, Tuesday night's game could mark his final appearance in Montreal. Count Brendan Gallagher, however, among the players who believe that Brodeur is far from done and might just be tending goal in the NHL next year.

“I’m not convinced that it will be his last game in Montreal, but it will be cool. He’s had an incredible career and did so much for the Devils and the league in general along the way,” offered Gallagher, who scored his first career NHL goal against the three-time Stanley Cup champ on Jan. 27, 2013. “He also plays his best hockey in Montreal, so I’m sure that it won’t be any different tonight.”

The NHL sophomore certainly has a point. In 30 career starts on Bell Centre ice, Brodeur boasts a 19-9-1 record coupled with a 1.66 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

Like Gallagher, Shawinigan, QC native Michael Bournival has the utmost respect for the perennial All-Star, and he’s looking forward to the opportunity to put one of his childhood idols to the test on Tuesday night.

“Martin Brodeur has always been the top goaltender from this province. When I was young, you always heard people talking about him,” mentioned Bournival. “He’s established so many records. It’s fun to go up against a guy with that much experience.”

- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST.

Probable lineup against New Jersey:



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