New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens – Game 1 of 3 – December 2, 2013
Devils (11-11-5) TV – MSG+
Canadiens (15-9-3) TV – TSN2
National TV – RDS
The New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens will meet for the first time this season at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The Devils will be facing a critical stretch coming up that will see New Jersey play 5 of their next 6 games in the Division and all 6 in the conference.
The Devils currently sit in 4th in the division and are sitting just outside the playoffs with both wild card spots going to teams in the Atlantic Division. The Canadiens are one of those teams.
The Devils can gain 4 points on Montreal before the Canadiens play a different team and that could be huge down the road when tiebreakers come into play for that wild card spot.
Of course, the Devils are only 1 point back from a playoff spot because the top 3 seeds in the division automatically make the playoffs.
Speaking of tiebreakers, the Devils are 8-5-2 in the conference but Montreal is 9-3-2. In regards to the Metropolitan, the Devils are 5-4-1 in their division.
Martin Brodeur will be returning to his hometown tonight and, depending on how the chips fall this season and in the offseason, could be his last game played in Montreal. The Devils will be returning to the Bell Centre for the final game of the season series on January 14.
Tonight will be the first time Marty plays in Montreal without his father watching. Denis Brodeur died on September 26, just before the season started. Tom Gulitti covered what this game means to Brodeur.
Tim Sestito will get the start tonight in light of Ryan Carter’s injury. Mattias Tedenby will be sitting out tonight as a result. Peter Harrold will also be a healthy scratch tonight.
The Canadiens are coming off of a 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an important divisional clash of their own. Montreal is tied with Tampa Bay for the 3rd spot in the Atlantic but are in 4th due to tiebreakers, according to ESPN’s standings.
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