DEVILS (19-24-7) at CANADIENS (28-18-5)
2 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, MSG+, NHL.TV
The Montreal Canadiens will try for their sixth win in seven games when they play the New Jersey Devils at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Goalie Antti Niemi will start for Montreal in place of Carey Price, who will serve a one-game suspension for not taking part in the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.
The Canadiens are 5-1-0 and have allowed two goals or less in five of their past six games.
New Jersey will be without forward Travis Zajac, who sustained an undisclosed injury during a 4-3 loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday.
The Devils are 3-7-0 in their past 10 games and have allowed at least four goals in six of their past nine games.
Players to watch
Devils forward Blake Coleman has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past nine games.
Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar has five points (two goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.
They said it
"When you're in your own zone they pressure the puck, they hunt the puck. It's difficult to get up and get going so it's important that you execute on your breakouts." -- Devils coach John Hynes
"What changes is that in the last 31 games a lot of teams are fighting for a place in the [Stanley Cup Playoffs] so you have to realize that the level of play is going to get higher than ever, and we have to be ready for that." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien
Devils projected lineup
Marcus Johansson -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri
Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Jesper Bratt
Brett Seney -- Pavel Zacha -- Kurtis Gabriel
Brian Boyle -- Kevin Rooney -- Drew Stafford
Andy Greene -- Damon Severson
Will Butcher -- Mirco Mueller
Egor Yakovlev -- Steven Santini
Scratched: Eric Gryba
Injured: Travis Zajac (undisclosed), Taylor Hall (lower body), Sami Vatanen (concussion), Joey Anderson (ankle), Stefan Noesen (lower body), Ben Lovejoy (upper body), Cory Schneider (abdominal strain)
Canadiens projected lineup
Jonathan Drouin -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher
Tomas Tatar -- Max Domi -- Paul Byron
Artturi Lehkonen -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia
Kenny Agostino -- Michael Chaput -- Nicolas Deslauriers
Victor Mete -- Shea Weber
Mike Reilly -- Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak -- Jordie Benn
Scratched: Matthew Peca, Charles Hudon
Suspended: Carey Price
Injured: Andrew Shaw (neck)
Anderson and Noesen practiced Friday, though Hynes said neither would make the trip. "They'll skate again [Saturday] and then probably be at the team practice on Monday," Hynes said. … Byron returns after serving a three-game suspension for a hit on Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. … Shaw practiced for a second straight day and took contact for the first time Friday. He will not play this weekend but may return against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.
Johansson has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. … Domi has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past five games.