DEVILS (20-15-5) @ CANADIENS (22-16-3)
TV: RDS, SN 7:00 p.m.
For the first time in nearly three weeks, the Habs will be back on home ice on Wednesday night when they welcome the New Jersey Devils.
After an eight-game road trip culminating with Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss in Philadelphia, the Canadiens will be happy to be back in front of the Bell Centre faithful. Though Alex Galchenyuk would tie the game at 1-1 late in the first period, the Flyers stormed back to gain a two goal cushion. Goals from Brendan Gallagher and Daniel Carr would cut the Flyer’s lead down to one, but ultimately the Canadiens comeback came up just short. In the loss – the team’s eighth in their last ten contests – Ben Scrivens turned aside 27 of the 31 shots he faced in his second start with the Habs.
For their part, the Devils three-game win streak was snapped on Monday night with a 1-0 shutout loss at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings.
With back-to-back games on tap, Michel Therrien’s troops did not practice on Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon the Canadiens announced that Mike Condon will get the start between the pipes against New Jersey. Moreover, Sven Andrighetto draws back into the lineup after sitting out Tuesday night's contest, and will take Tomas Fleischmann's spot in the lineup.
In the Devils’ camp, Cory Schneider gets the nod and will start in the visitors’ crease. In addition, former Canadiens sniper Mike Cammalleri did not accompany his teammates on the trip to Montreal and will be forced to sit out on Wednesday night.
Wednesday's clash will be the third and final matchup between the two teams in the regular season. The two combatants split the first two games of the season series with each team picking up a road victory by the score of 3-2.
Puck drop for tonight's game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.