BROSSARD, Quebec -- The New Jersey Devils have historically been a team known for their ability to slow the play down and shut down the opposition, no matter their offensive strength.
But of late, it is their opponents Monday night, the Montreal Canadiens, who have been the defensive juggernauts.
The Canadiens enter the game Monday at Bell Centre having allowed two goals or fewer in 10 straight games, riding a 7-1-2 record over that span.
"We're focusing on playing solid defensively and taking time and space away. It's the same thing with any team," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "Right now we have a healthy lineup and there's a healthy internal competition. I think it's good. But we want to be a team that dictates the game, and this is what we've been doing. The guys, with their work ethic, are doing a good job at it."
Carey Price, the starter in goal Monday for the Canadiens, has been a big reason for that defensive excellence, starting seven of those 10 games.
"We've had a good penalty kill and played some good defense, but I think a lot of the credit has to go to our goalies," Montreal center Lars Eller said. "We've been good at not allowing goals in this year, usually that's going to carry you far."
The Devils will counter in goal with Martin Brodeur, who has a 19-8-1 record with a 1.62 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in 29 career games at Bell Centre.
Here are what the lines likely will look like for the Canadiens and Devils:
Dainius Zubrus – Travis Zajac – Jaromir Jagr
Adam Henrique – Patrik Elias – Steve Bernier
Damien Brunner – Andrei Loktionov – Michael Ryder
Tim Sestito – Jacob Josefson – Cam Janssen
Andy Greene – Mark Fayne
Eric Gelinas – Jon Merrill
Anton Volchenkov – Marek Zidlicky
Scratched: Mattias Tedenby, Peter Harrold
Injured: Adam Larsson, Stephen Gionta, Bryce Salvador, Ryane Clowe
Daniel Briere – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque – Lars Eller – Alex Galchenyuk
Travis Moen – Brandon Prust – Michael Bournival
Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban
Josh Gorges – Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray – Raphael Diaz
Scratched: George Parros, Ryan White
Injured: Davis Drewiske