Dec 4, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Reid Boucher (15) skates with the puck in his NHL debut during the first period of their game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

My Take on Reid Boucher, Word on the Street: NJD vs MTL

Dec 4, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) and New Jersey Devils right wing Michael Ryder (17) battle for the loose puck after a save by New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the first period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

I thought Reid Boucher had a very successful NHL debut last night. He gave the team their first shootout goal in a while and also added a primary assist to boot. It will be interesting to see if he sticks around on the NHL squad or if he starts to let the jitters get to him. Boucher had some good shifts and even had some powerplay time and did well for his first game. It will be fun to see if he can turn into something special on the team.

There was another bright spot last night. Michael Ryder has scored in back-to-back games and is hopefully behind the slump that he has been stuck in lately. He is a potential 30-goal scorer during most seasons and he can bring a lot of scoring power to the team if he can start to heat up this season.

The New Jersey Devils suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Montreal Canadiens last night at the Prudential Center. The Devils were swept in the home-and-home series and now look to avoid the season sweep when the two teams meet for the last time later this winter.

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Due to the lack of news coming out from the Devils today, it is safe to assume the team has the day off. The Devils will take on the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow night at The Rock.


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