DEVILS (21-22-9) @ CANADIENS (32-15-3)
Coming off a pair of losses to Arizona and Buffalo, the Habs will have a chance to bounce back against the visiting New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
The Devils arrive in Montreal ranked sixth in the Metropolitan Division with 51 points – ten shy of the East’s eighth and final playoff spot.
Despite the season-long struggles, New Jersey has gone 6-2-2 over its last ten games, currently enjoying a three-game winning streak following Friday’s 4-1 decision opposite Toronto in which Patrick Elias scored his 400th career NHL goal.
Michel Therrien’s troops meanwhile will be looking to avoid a third straight regulation loss for just the second time this season.
The Habs’ bench boss confirmed on Friday that Carey Price will get the start against the Devils. Since making his NHL debut in 2007, Price has compiled a 9-10-1 record against New Jersey.
Therrien has not revealed any changes on offense however, or whether Jacob De La Rose will play his second career NHL game on Saturday after being called up from Hamilton on Thursday.
Friday at practice the Swedish forward was skating with linemates Lars Eller and Gabriel Dumont.
New Jersey netminder Keith Kinkaid will be in goal for the Devils looking for just his third win in ten games this season.
The 25-year-old got the start previously this season against the Canadiens, a January 2 outing at the Prudential Center which Montreal won 4-2.
Four former Habs will dress for the Devils on Saturday, as Dainius Zubrus, Michael Ryder, Scott Gomez and Michael Cammalleri will all face their former team.