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Canadiens chase home-and-home sweep of Devils

by Mike G. Morreale

CANADIENS (16-9-3) at DEVILS (11-12-5)


Last 10: Montreal 7-1-2; New Jersey 5-5-0

Season series: The teams will play the second of a home-and-home set in a span of three days, with one more game slated for Bell Centre later this season. The Montreal Canadiens won 3-2 Monday in Montreal.

Big story: The New Jersey Devils dodged a bullet when it comes to forward Adam Henrique, who sustained a lower-body injury Monday after colliding with Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin behind the Montreal net with 2:29 left in the first period. Henrique played in the second period but didn't in the third. He will be in the lineup Wednesday, however.

"I got mixed up and was sore after," Henrique said. "I think the day off [Tuesday] helped. I feel good out there and we'll go from there."

Team Scope:

Canadiens: The victory Monday marked the 11th straight game Montreal allowed two or fewer goals (8-1-2) and the eighth straight for goaltender Carey Price. Defenseman P.K. Subban played a big part in that when he stopped two New Jersey attempts on the goal line with his stick. The first came early in the first when he denied Jaromir Jagr's stuff attempt. The second came in the third when a shot by Steve Bernier squeezed through the pads of Price and was sitting in the crease before he slid into the net and stopped Damien Brunner's attempt.

"I won't be taking Pricey's job any time soon, I think he's got that one pretty locked down," Subban said. "The amount of times that he's bailed me out, I don't mind stepping in there."

Devils: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (14 saves) lost his fourth straight start and is 7-7-2. Cory Schneider will be in goal Wednesday. New Jersey outplayed the Canadiens for much of the game Monday, outshooting the home team 30-17. Bernier and Michael Ryder scored.

"It was a hard-fought game," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought we came to play. We couldn't ask for much more from our group effort-wise. I'm disappointed we didn't get the result we deserved, but they found a way to exploit a couple of situations and put some pucks in the net."

The Devils allowed a power-play goal (Max Pacioretty) for the first time since Nov. 20 at the Anaheim Ducks, snapping a 17-for-17 stretch of successful penalty kills.

Who's hot: Subban has one goal and six assists in the past seven games. … Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas has nine assists, tying Torey Krug (Boston Bruins) and Ryan Stanton (Vancouver Canucks) for the NHL-lead among rookie defenders.

Injury report: Montreal will be without forward Rene Bourque (upper body) and defenseman Davis Drewiske (shoulder). … Defensemen Adam Larsson (lower body) and Bryce Salvador (non-displaced stress fracture in foot) and forwards Ryan Carter (leg), Stephen Gionta (ankle) and Ryane Clowe (head) are on injured reserve for New Jersey.

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