Game 4: New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens
The Devils are entering tonight’s contest 3-0-0, despite needing overtime to beat the Washington Capitals. The Montreal Canadiens are entering this game 2-1-0 and we all know this is going to be another exciting game to watch, as most are when we head to Montreal. Last season the Devils won the season series 3-1, and Martin Brodeur shined as always when he visits his hometown. This season the Devils will only play the Canadiens three times, and this is the only time up in Montreal.
New Jersey Devils
Travis Zajac and David Clarkson each had a goal in the first two games, but against the Capitals neither registered a goal, and only Clarkson came away with a point as he had an assist on Patrik Elias’ goal in the 2nd period. Ilya Kovalchuk has come up with two huge goals as he scored a short- handed penalty shot against the Flyers and then scored the overtime winner against the Capitals with 21 seconds left in the game. With these three showing their presence on the ice and Elias also getting on the board, the Devils appear to be clicking on all lines.
Martin Brodeur may be 40 years old, but he is showing no signs of aging so far in this season. He appears to be in great shape and has been making saves like he is still in his prime. With a .98 GAA and a .958 SV% there’s no reason Brodeur shouldn’t get the start tonight. That and the fact that he absolutely dominates Montreal. His career numbers: 19-8-1, and a 1.53 GAA and a .944SV% and five shutouts.
If the Devils can pull off another win and go 4-0-0, this will be the first time since 1995-96.
The Canadiens are coming off a 4-1 win against the Capitals. With Lars Eller sitting in the press box after not having a great performance in the season opener, he will get a chance to get back into the line-up. While they were wondering who would have to sit because of the change, the Canadiens have learned they will be without top forward Max Pacioretty for the next month as he underwent an emergency appendectomy last night.
To date, the Canadiens have yet to sign restricted free agent P.K. Subban. Subban missed one game last season, had seven goals and 29 assists and was the leading defensemen for the team. Without Subban on the ice and an ailing Kaberle, the Canadiens are slightly weak in the defense area. It could get interesting if they don’t sign him soon.
Player to Watch
Stefan Matteau will not only be making his debut in his hometown, but he’ll also be playing on the top line with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac. If that’s not a “welcome home” present, then I don’t know what is. Matteau has looked good so far, but only has a two more games to prove he belongs with the big club. The possibility exists that the Devils could send him back down to his junior club.
Posted on January 27, 2013, in Devils Army, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, NHL Draft and tagged David Clarkson, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau, Travis Zajac. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.