CANADIENS (17-4-2) @ DEVILS (11-9-1)
TV: RDS, SNE - 7:00 p.m.
In the first leg of a home-and-away series against the Devils, the Canadiens head to New Jersey for the first of two back-to-back contests Friday night at the Prudential Center.
On Wednesday night Michel Therrien’s troops defeated the New York Rangers to earn their third consecutive victory, but the victory came at a high price. In the past week injuries have forced Brendan Gallagher, Carey Price and Alexander Semin out of action.
The Canadiens announced that Price will not be in uniform for at least a week because of a lower body injury suffered against the New York Rangers. As a result Dustin Tokarski was subsequently recalled from the St. John's IceCaps on Thursday night.
Tokarski will backup starter Mike Condon who gets the nod in goal against the Devils Friday.
As for Semin, who also suffered a lower-body injury, the winger is also expected to be out for at least a week. Bud Holloway recalled last Sunday from the AHL will make his NHL debut against the Devils replacing the Russian sniper.
In 18 games in the AHL this season, the well-travelled right winger has collected 20 points (5B-15A) to lead the IceCaps in scoring.
The Canadiens also confirmed that Greg Pateryn will be back in action on Friday in place of Alexei Emelin, who returned from a lower-body injury on Wednesday against the Rangers, but will not dress against the Devils.
In the visitor’s camp, the Devils have lost three of their last four games. In their most recent outing, the Devils suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Adam Henrique, who leads the Devils with 10 goals this season, scored the loan marker for New Jersey in the loss.
Leading the devils in scoring is former Canadiens sniper Mike Cammalleri. The Toronto, Ontario native has enjoyed a tremendous start to his season, tallying 22 points (7B-15A) in 21 games since the beginning of the season.
In goal, Cory Schneider has a 10-6-2 record, a goals against average of 2.05 and a save percentage of .927. With back-to-back games on tap, backup Keith Kinkaid is likely to start either Friday or Saturday night.