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Game Day - Devils - January 2

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

- The Canadiens hit the ice for their morning skate at the Prudential Center on Friday, with all players taking part.

- Carey Price will play his 400th career NHL game on Friday, while the Devils will give Cory Schneider a night off in place of Keith Kinkaid, who has a stellar .939 save percentage and 1.75 goals-against average this season. While he’s surprised he won’t be seeing the league’s busiest goaltender between the pipes in New Jersey, Max Pacioretty isn’t taking the rookie netminder lightly.

“I actually skated with him one time in the summer. I think he’s from the area. He’s a great goalie,” confirmed Max Pacioretty of the Farmingville, NY native, who has a 1-1-2 record so far this year. “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.”

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Prudential Center.

- There will be a few familiar faces lining up against the Canadiens at the Prudential Center on Friday night, with four former Habs on the Devils’ roster, including Michael Ryder, Michael Cammalleri, Dainius Zubrus, and Scott Gomez, who was bought out by Montreal at the start of the 2012-13 season. After suiting up for the Sharks and Panthers over the last two seasons, Gomez received a one-year deal with the Devils on December 1 after practicing with the team for the first few months of the campaign. Now skating on a line with Jaromir Jagr and Zubrus, Gomez has seven points through 15 games in 2014-15.

“We watched some clips this morning of their special teams and he looked great. You always knew when Scott played with confidence that he was going to be a great player,” explained Pacioretty, who spent three seasons with the Alaska native in Montreal. “He’s proven that in the past and it’s nice as a friend to see him getting a shot here in New Jersey. I think we’re going to have to bear down on that line. It’s nice to see him having success, but for tonight we have to find a way to contain them because I think they’re probably one of the most dangerous lines.”

- Having won the first three games of the team’s five-game road stretch so far, the Canadiens are hoping to kick off the New Year the same way they closed out 2014. While he’d like to return home to the Bell Centre with 10 road points in his back pocket, Michel Therrien isn’t looking beyond the two points at stake at the Prudential Center on Friday night.

“We have five games on the road and we were able to win the first three, but we’ve never looked at it like a block of five games. We take it one game at a time and tonight won’t be any different. When we look at the standings, this is a big game for us,” stressed Therrien, whose team could reclaim its spot atop the Eastern Conference with a win in New Jersey. “It’s really tight and the other teams close to us have been winning, so we can’t let up.”

- Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the game is available on RDS and Sportsnet. East.

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