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Hall aims to extend New Jersey-record point streak to 19 games; Lindgren in goal for Montreal

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

CANADIENS (25-29-11) at DEVILS (33-25-8)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV

The Game

Taylor Hall will try to extend his franchise-record point streak to 19 games when the New Jersey Devils play the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center on Tuesday.

Hall has 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) during the streak, the longest in the NHL this season. The 26-year-old forward has 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) during a personal 25-game point streak; he missed three games from Jan. 22-25 with a thumb injury.

The Devils, who will try to end a three-game losing streak, hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They are three points ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets and four in front of the Florida Panthers.

The Canadiens are sixth in the Atlantic Division with 61 points, 10 points behind the Blue Jackets for the second wild card from the East. They are 3-0-3 in their past six games.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past nine games.

Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his past nine games.


They said it

"The young players need to showcase what they can do and that's what we want them to do to see the team grow. We need to make some progress and not think we can wait until next year and turn the page. There's still a lot that we need to accomplish and the guys are buying into it." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

"[The point streak] is going to end eventually, and if it's going to end you want it to be on a night where you have seven or eight shots, a lot of scoring chances while creating a lot and playing well. That's all you really want to do in every game. It just so happens to be that points are the end result right now." -- Devils left wing Taylor Hall


Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Artturi Lehkonen

Nikita Scherbak -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Paul Byron -- Jacob de la Rose -- Andrew Shaw

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Byron Froese -- Daniel Carr

Mike Reilly -- Jeff Petry

Karl Alzner -- Noah Juulsen

Jordie Benn -- Rinat Valiev

Charlie Lindgren

Zach Fucale

Scratched: David Schlemko, Antti Niemi, Logan Shaw

Injured: Carey Price (concussion), Ales Hemsky (concussion), Charles Hudon (hand), Victor Mete (hand), Max Pacioretty (lower body)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Michael Grabner -- Pavel Zacha -- Kyle Palmieri

Patrick Maroon -- Travis Zajac -- Stefan Noesen

Miles Wood -- Brian Boyle -- Blake Coleman

Andy Greene -- Sami Vatanen

John Moore -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Mirco Mueller, Jimmy Hayes, Drew Stafford

Injured: Brian Gibbons (broken right thumb), Marcus Johansson (concussion)


Status report

Fucale was recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League on Monday. Valiev, acquired in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 25, will make his debut with the Canadiens. ... Bratt returns after sitting out as a healthy scratch Sunday.


Stat pack

Galchenyuk has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games. ... Palmieri has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past six games.

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