GAME: New Jersey Devils (33-19-11-1) at Montreal Canadiens (33-25-6-2).
TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Montreal Canadiens will look to extend their season-high winning streak
to five games when they host the New Jersey Devils.
Mike Ribeiro scored at 3:38 of overtime on Saturday, giving Montreal a 1-0
win over Carolina and its longest winning streak since taking six in a row from
March 28-April 9, 2002.
"It wasn't a good night on the power play - they're a team that presses a
lot defensively, and we had a hard time controlling the puck and getting
shots," Ribeiro said, referring to the Canadiens' 0-for-9 effort with the man
advantage. "It could have been a different game, but we came back with a big
With their recent surge, the Canadiens have moved into seventh place in the
Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the New York Islanders and just four
behind the sixth-place Devils. They have also rebounded nicely from a
season-high four-game losing streak earlier this month.
Goalie Jose Theodore, who got his sixth shutout of the season on Saturday,
has been a big part of Montreal's recent success, winning every game during its
streak while allowing just five goals. Theodore's surge has come following a
personal five-game losing streak in which he gave up 14 goals.
The Devils are coming off Saturday's 3-0 loss to Toronto - their second
straight defeat following a three-game winning streak.
Defenseman Brian Rafalski suffered a bruise behind his right knee after he
crashed into the net in the third period. He underwent a CT scan, and is listed
STANDINGS: Devils - 78 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Atlantic Division. Canadiens
- 74 points, 4th place, 10 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Devils - Patrik Elias, 28 goals and 59 points; Scott Gomez, 38
assists; Colin White, 73 PIM. Canadiens - Michael Ryder and Richard Zednik, 19
goals; Ribeiro, 37 assists and 54 points; Darren Langdon, 119 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 28): Devils - Power play: 15.6 percent (38 for
243), 19th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (184 for 218), 15th. Canadiens
- Power play: 17.7 percent (47 for 265), 7th. Penalty killing: 82 percent (205
for 250), 25th.
GOALTENDERS: Devils - Martin Brodeur (30-19-10, 10 SO, 2.04 GAA); Scott
Clemmensen (1-1-0, 1, 1.53). Canadiens - Theodore (26-23-5, 6, 2.14); Mathieu
Garon (7-4-1, 2.44).
SEASON SERIES: Devils, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 23; Devils, 2-0. At East Rutherford, N.J., Elias and
Grant Marshall scored for the Devils, and Brodeur stopped 21 shots for his 10th
shutout of the season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Devils - 15-8-7-0 on the road; Canadiens - 18-11-4-0 at