The Devils lost, 5-2, to the Canadiens Thursday in Montreal despite goals by Adam Henrique and Taylor Hall (PPG). Here's what we learned:
1) The Devils have been preaching the value of a five-man defensive effort and the Canadiens made it look like Swiss cheese tonight as they were able to get 49 shots on Cory Schneider. That's about 20 too many. Montreal was faster and won more puck battles, including faceoffs, and forced more neutral zone turnovers to control the majority of puck possession.
2) After going 0-for-29 on the power play in early November, the Devils have scored a goal with the man advantage in seven of their last eight games and are converting 28.6% in the last five games. They've also killed 15 of 16 penalties in the last five games.
3) Don't get on Carey Price's bad side. Late in the first period, Kyle Palmieri was going hard to the net, was pushed by defenseman Jeff Petry, subsequently slid into Price, who didn't like it and made sure Palmieri knew it by punching him with his blocker in the back of the head and the back with Palmieri face down on the ice. Rule 51.3 of the NHL rule book says, "If, in the judgement of the referee, a goalkeeper uses his blocking glove to punch an opponent in the head or face in an attempt to or to deliberately injure an opponent, a match penalty must be assessed." But, Price only received a four minute minor for roughing, while Palmieri got two for goaltender interference.
The Devils get right back at it tonight at Prudential Center as they host the St. Louis Blues for Star Wars Night. Pucks drops at 7:30 p.m.