DEVILS VS. CANADIENS
Tonight is the second of three meetings between the Devils and Canadiens in 2016-17. New Jersey fell, 5-2, against Montreal in their first match-up Dec. 8 at Bell Centre. Despite the loss Cory Schneider made a season-high 44 saves. Taylor Hall (1g-1a) and Adam Henrique (1g-1a) each had two point nights in the game. Henrique has six points (3g-3a) in his last four games against the Habs. The clubs will finish their season-series Feb. 27 at Prudential Center.
Tonight opens the club's 11th of 18 sets of back-to-back games. New Jersey is 3-4-3 in first games and is 5-2-3 in second games of back-to-backs. The Devils are 5-7-3 vs. the Atlantic Division and are 10-11-5 against Eastern Conference opponents.
New Jersey is 3-3-2 at Prudential Center and is 7-6-3 against Montreal overall since the 2011-12 season.
Michael Cammalleri played three seasons with Montreal from 2009-12…Devante Smith-Pelly played in 66 games for the Habs between 2014-16, scoring 7g-8a-15pts…New Jersey traded Stefan Matteau to acquire Smith-Pelly on Feb. 29, 2016. Matteau played in 44 games for the Devils between 2013-16, scoring 3g-2a-5pts…P.A. Parenteau, a Hull, Que. native, skated in 56 games with Montreal in 2014-15…Assistant Coach Alain Nasreddine was born in Montreal; he played eight games for the Canadiens during the 1998-99 season…Nasreddine also saw action for both Quebec and Hamilton of the AHL during the 1999-00 campaign…Consultant Jacques Laperriere played his entire Hall-of-Fame career with the Canadiens and was a member of six Stanley Cup Championship teams…IceCaps' forward Bobby Farnham skated in 50 games with New Jersey in 2015-16…Canadiens' Associate Coach Kirk Muller played seven seasons with the Devils from 1984-91, served as captain for four seasons from 1987-1991 and ranks third in team history with 185g-335a-520pts.