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PREVIEW: Devils at Canadiens

Devils play their second game in as many nights, traveling to Montreal to take on the Canadiens

by Marc Ciampa /

The New Jersey Devils have the chance to make it a four-point weekend when they visit the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre.

You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

Video: Devils:60 | at Canadiens

Read the game preview below and check back a few hours before game time for lineup updates and pre-game interviews. 


Devils news, notes and injury updates from the past few days. 



NEWARK, NJ - Prior to departure for Montreal, the Devils had some time to reflect on what was a big 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on Friday night. 

Right after the initial win enjoyment, however, it was back to business. 

"I think it's really important for us to know the situation we're going into, it's a fun, tough building to play," said Devils captain Andy Greene. "They're playing real well, too. It'll be a good challenge for us to find a way to grind it out."

Blake Coleman added that with the club now six points out of a spot, to get within four and make it three wins in four tries, it would do great things for the team. 

"A win tomorrow against Montreal would be big for our confidence," Coleman began. 

"It's a quick turnaround. It's the NHL, we're going to take care of ourselves and be ready to go. You've got to use the system to bail you out. It'll be another war in the trenches. Our skill will come through in that."

Coleman was also asked about the possibility of playing Keith Kinkaid, with Montreal having played on Friday as well, in Washington. 

"It'll be fun. A good friend and good player. It'll be fun to get one past him tomorrow."


Devils head coach John Hynes was asked about the Devils situation in goal for Saturday. He wouldn't commit to an encore appearance from Mackenzie Blackwood, who turned away 38 shots on Friday. 

"We won't make any decision tonight," Hynes stated adding "he's played well. He's given us an opportunity to win and he's been consistent. We want to see where he is after the game.

"If we do, it's because we think he's physically and mentally ready to play and gives us a chance to win the game."


Hynes wouldn't commit to any other lineup updates. He did say that Kevin Rooney for sure won't play but didn't rule out a return by Sami Vatanen. 

"Rooney will be out, Vatanen not sure yet," he noted. 

Hynes did add that Saturday will be a big test for the team as they try to get on a role to get back in the playoff picture.

"Tomorrow's a big test for that. What team are we going to be? That's what the discussion is going to be. What team are we going to be? The one against Ottawa or the one tonight."

-- Marc Ciampa,


DEVILS (6-5-4) at CANADIENS (11-5-3)

TV: 7:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG+


Tonight's game is the first of three meetings between the two teams this season. 

Devils team scope:

The Devils came off a successful five-game road trip having won three of five games with a disappointing loss at home on Wednesday to the Ottawa Senators but they rebounded in a big way on Friday with a win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 38 shots to lead the way for the Devils in the 2-1 win while Blake Coleman and Travis Zajac scored. 

Taylor Hall continues to lead the Devils with 15 points (2 goals) in 18 games. 

Canadiens team scope:

The Canadiens had a huge win over own on Friday in Washington, 5-2 over the Capitals. It was the team's third straight victory and fourth in five outings. 

Tomas Tatar leads the Canadiens in scoring with 19 points in 19 games while defenseman Shea Weber is second with 16 points in 19 outings. Weber is eighth in the NHL in scoring among defensemen. 

Montreal sits second in the Atlantic division with 25 points, three back of Boston. 

By the Numbers:

Habs netminder Carey Price leads the NHL in wins among goaltenders with 10. Former Devils netminder Keith Kinkaid has a 4.36 goals-against average and .879 save percentage in three starts with a 1-1-1 record. 

P.K. Subban is yet to score against his former team. He has five assists in five career games against the Canadiens. Travis Zajac leads the way for New Jersey with 21 points in 41 games against Montreal. Taylor Hall has five goals and 14 points in 14 career games versus the Habs. 

Shea Weber leads all Canadiens in scoring against New Jersey with 10 points in 19 games. 

Injury Updates:

Devils - Connor Carrick (upper body) is out; Kevin Rooney is out; Sami Vatanen (upper body) is questionable

Canadiens - Jesperi Kotkaniemi (groin) is out

-- Marc Ciampa,

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