The New Jersey Devils will skate for the third to last time this season tonight at 7:00 against the Montreal Canadiens. Tonight’s match-up at the Prudential Center is huge for the Habs as they look to beat out the Boston Bruins for the Northeast Division crown. The Canadiens and Bruins are currently tied with 59 points, but Boston has the edge with one game at hand. However, the Canadiens have the first tie-breaker, regulation/overtime wins (ROW). Here’s a look at the basics for tonight’s game.
NJD: 17-18-10 (eliminated from playoff contention); 11-9-2 at home
MTL: 27-13-5 (4th in the Eastern Conference- clinched a playoff spot); 13-6-2 away from home
MTL 2-0-0 (4/4 possible points)
NJD 0-1-1 (1/4 possible points)
January 27 @ MTL; MTL 4 NJD 3 OT
March 16 @ NJD; MTL 2 NJD 1
Goals: NJD- David Clarkson (14), MTL- Brian Gionta (14)
Assists: NJD- Patrik Elias (20), MTL- P.K. Subban (25)
Points: NJD- Patrik Elias (33), MTL- Max Pacioretty (37)
+/-: NJD- Andy Greene (+10), MTL- Brandon Prust (+11)
Shots: NJD- David Clarkson (173), MTL- Max Pacioretty (151)
Shooting %: NJD- Andrei Loktionov (18.6%), MTL- Michael Ryder (17.5%)
NJD: 2.31 GF/G, 2.53 GA/G, 106 GF, 121 GA
MTL: 3.02 GF/G, 2.62 GA/G, 139 GF, 120 GA
NJD: 15.2 PP%, 80.8 PK%, 25 PPG, 11 SHG
MTL: 21.2 PP%, 80.0 PK%, 40 PPG, 0 SHG
Television: MSG 2, RDS
Radio: Bloomberg 1130 AM
You only have three more games to watch before next September Devils fans, so if you’re not busy, tune in tonight starting at 7:00. As always, Go Devils!
Also, be sure to check out David Garrison’s recent article on Coach DeBoer’s job status here.