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Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Devils

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (18-4-2) vs. DEVILS (11-9-2)

TV : TVA Sports, City – 7:00 p.m.

The Canadiens’ home-and-home series against the Devils concludes at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

On Friday, the Habs came back from a 2-0 deficit in Newark to leave the Prudential Center with a 3-2 shootout win. Sven Andrighetto and Alex Galchenyuk were the two Canadiens goalscorers, both in regulation and later in the shootout.

Goaltenders Mike Condon and Corey Schneider each made 25 saves on 27 shots for identical 0.926 save percentages.

The win marked the Habs’ fourth in a row while the Devils dropped a fourth decision in their last five games.

With Carey Price, Brendan Gallagher, Torrey Mitchell and Alexander Semin all still currently sidelined, Sven Andrighetto, Bud Holloway, Christian Thomas and Dustin Tokarski are all currently providing reinforcements for the big club. Holloway, notably, took part in his first NHL game on Friday. The Canadiens announced that Thomas will take Holloway's spot in the lineup Saturday night at the Bell Centre, his first game of the year for the Habs.

On defense meanwhile, Greg Pateryn took Alexei Emelin’s place on the blue line on Friday, but the Russian rearguard should be back on the ice for the Habs on Saturday.

Mike Condon will be between the pipes for the Canadiens again on Saturday night, his 13th start of the season. The rookie goaltender has an 8-2-2 record with a goals against average of 2.14 and save percentage of .917. Cory Schneider, who has a 10-6-2 record, a goals against average of 2.04 and a solid save percentage of .927, will also be back in goal for the Devils.

At the opposite end of the ice, Kinkaid has played four games this season, with a 1-3-0 record, a 3.04 goals against average, and a 0.881 save percentage. Schneider is 10-6-2 with a 2.04 goals against average and a 0.927 save percentage.

The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre on TVA Sports and City TV.

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