The New Jersey Devils will take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7:00 at the Prudential Center after losing 2-1 in a shootout last night to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Habs have had two days off, and beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday night.
Tonight will be the second of three meetings between the teams this season. On January 27 the Canadiens defeated the Devils 4-3 in overtime at Bell Centre. The teams will also face off on April 23 at the Rock. But tonight is the focus:
New Jersey Devils
After a streak in which they were win-less in eight of nine games, the Devils have picked their game up. They have registered points in four of their last five contests. A large part of this success has been Johan Hedberg, but I am choosing to spotlight Travis Zajac prior to tonight’s game. Zajac, a 27 year old Winnipeg native, has had a decent season thus far. He has played the center position on the first and second lines primarily, but has seen some action on the third line also. Zajac has netted four goals and has collected four assists over 28 games. Coming back from last year’s injury still hasn’t been easy for him, but he has put the work in to get back to 100%. Improved production down the stretch will certainly aid the Devils in securing a playoff spot. On Wednesday I challenged David Clarkson,and he found the back of the net last night. Today, I challenge Zajac. Hopefully, he’ll start to do the same more often.
No one really expected the Habs to do as well as they have done thus far. They are leading the Eastern Conference with forty points. Their game has been complete, and Max Pacioretty, P.K. Subban, and Carey Price are some of the top performers. Pacioretty has scored eight goals and has registered 14 points for a team leading total of 22 points, while Subban has collected 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists).Price has been a brick wall in net with a record of 14-4-3 and a goals against average of 2.39. The Canadiens are number one in the East for a reason, and Canada might have a serious Stanley Cup contender this year.
The Devils (13-9-6) look to register a point in the standings in five of their last six games tonight, while the Canadiens (18-5-4) look to win their fifth straight game. Tune in tonight for some high intensity hockey from the Rock!