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3/6 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Canadiens

New Jersey Devils (33-25-8) vs. Montreal Canadiens (25-29-11) 7:00 PM • Prudential Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi /

The Devils lost, 3-2, to the Vegas Golden Knights in the first-ever meeting between the two franchises. With the loss, New Jersey has lost three-straight games, to start the month of March. The Devils are 6-3-1 in their first game against expansion teams, and 19-4-3 overall against teams in their inaugural season. The Devils and Golden Knights will meet for the second and final time in the regular season on Mar. 14 at T-Mobile Arena.

Sami Vatanen scored his third goal of the season, and second as a Devil, on the power play at 8:44 of the first period. Taylor Hall and Patrick Maroon had the assists on the power play goal. Maroon has three assists (two on the power play) in his first three games as a Devil.

Hall went on to score the Devils second goal of the game, for his 30th goal of the season. With a goal and an assist, Hall recorded his 21st multi-point game of the season, tying his previous career-high (2013-14, EDM).

Hall's point-streak now stands at 18 games from Jan. 30-Mar. 4 (13G-11A-24PTS). Additionally, Hall has recorded at least one point in 25 straight appearances (18G-18A-36PTS) dating back to Jan. 2 at STL.

Cory Schneider started his second game since returning from a groin/hip injury that kept him out of the lineup from Jan. 25-Feb. 27 (16 games missed). He stopped 24 of 27 shots in the loss.

David Perron led the Golden Knights with 2PTS (1G-1A), while Tomas Tatar scored the game winning goal on the power play at 17:43 of the second period. It was the first goal the Devils surrendered while shorthanded in seven games (Feb. 17 at TB).

Former Devil Jon Merrill also picked up an assist on the Golden Knights first goal, in 13:57 TOI. 

The Devils take on the Canadians, in their second of three meetings between the two clubs in the 2017-18 season. Montreal won the first game at the Bell Centre on December 14th, 2-1, in overtime.  

Stefan Noesen netted New Jersey's only goal of the night just 1:21 into the first period, with help from Andy Greene and Jesper Bratt. Canadiens' forward Andrew Shaw tied the game with an even-strength goal in the first period, while Tomas Plekanek scored the game-winner, 1:52 into overtime. Jordie Benn, Philip Danault, Alex Galchenyuk and Charles Hudon each recorded one assist for Montreal.

Taylor Hall missed the first meeting between the two teams due to an injury (right knee contusion), but has 9PTS (3G-6A) in 11GP in his career and 3PTS (1G-2A) in 3GP as a Devil against the Canadiens. 

Cory Schneider stopped 34 out of 36 shots and is 1-2-4 with a .914 SV% and 2.76 GAA in his career against Montreal. 

New Jersey is 10-6-4 against the Atlantic Division (4-3-2 home) and 22-15-5 against all Eastern Conference opponents (10-7-2 home) in 2017-18.

New Jersey is 1-2-4 against Montreal at Prudential Center and 4-5-4 overall since the 2013-14 season. The Devils last win at home against the Canadiens was on April 3, 2015, when they defeated the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout. The victory is Devils netminder Keith Kinkaid's lone victory over Montreal in 4GP (1-3-0) in his career. 

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