Game Preview – Game 58: Your New Jersey Devils vs. Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils (33-20-4, 70 points) vs. Montreal Canadiens (24-25-10, 58 points)
6:00 PM EST
Radio: WFAN 660 AM
Tonight will be the final match-up of the season between the Devils and Canadiens. The Devils lead the season series 2-1, getting multiple goals from Elias, Parise and Clarkson during the two wins.
Devils Winning Ways Continue:
On Friday night the Devils faced off against the Anaheim Ducks and came away with another win. Although the Ducks are a Western Conference team, it was a must win to keep up with the pace of the Eastern Conference. Adam Henrique, one of our rookie sensations, netted the first goal of the game on Friday and added to his NHL Rookie Leading Points total and is now one goal behind Philadelphia’s Matt Read for the league lead in goals. Alexei Ponikarovsky scored the Devils second goal in the middle of the 2nd period to give the Devils a 2-0 lead. This was his third goal with the Devils since being acquired on January 20th.
The win put the Devils 5th in the East, but the Penguins beat the Flyers yesterday to drop them back into 6th. With a win today, the Devils will either be in 4th or 5th place depending on the outcome of the Penguins game.
Projected Devils Lineup:
Parise (C) – Henrique – Kovalchuk (A)
Sykora – Elias (A) – Clarkson
Ponikarovsky – Zubrus – Bernier
Boulton – Josefson – Palmieri
Taormina – Foster
The Latest on the Montreal Canadiens:
The Montreal Canadiens recently traded defensemen Hal Gill to the Predators for Blake Geoffrion, a minor-league player and a draft pick. The Canadiens are sitting in 13th in the Eastern Conference right now and are coming off a shootout win against the Buffalo Sabres.
Projected Canadiens Lineup:
Cole – Desharnais – Pacioretty
Bourque – Plekanec – Darche
Palushaj – Eller – Leblanc
White – Gomez – Kostitsyn
Gorges – Subban
Kaberle – Emelin
Weber – Diaz