New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens – Game 2 of 3 – December 4, 2013
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The New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens (16-9-3) will wrap up their home-and-home at the Prudential Center tonight at 7 PM EST. The Canadiens won at the Bell Centre on Monday, 3-2.
The big news out of the Devils camp today was Reid Boucher’s recall from AHL Albany. Ryan Carter has been added to the list of injuries that this team needs to suffer through.
Boucher has been placed on the second line with Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier. It will be interesting to see how Boucher plays tonight as fans have very high expectations of the 20-year-old. Fans are looking for a lot of production out of him.
Boucher is waiver exempt for 3 seasons including this season so there isn’t any risk moving him back and forth.
Adam Henrique will also be playing tonight after his playing status was in question. He left Monday’s game early.
Cory Schneider will be starting tonight and is coming off of back-to-back wins against the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres. Schneider has had a very good season so far and his record only shows the lack of goal support costing him wins.
For the Canadiens, Rene Bourque did not make the trip to New Jersey and will not be playing. Carey Price had a brilliant game against the Devils on Monday and came up with gigantic saves when he needed to.
The Devils need to win these inter-division games if they want to gain ground on the teams that could hold the wild card spots come season’s end. Montreal sits in a tie for second in the Atlantic but not by much and they could easily be a wild card team.
The Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes are coming up behind them to join the mix and the New York Rangers currently sit in 3rd in the Metropolitan with one more point than the Devils.