Jan 12, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) watches a shot by New Jersey Devils center Stephen Gionta (11) go wide of the net at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Devils 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens

New Jersey Devils vs Montreal Canadiens – Game 3 of 3 (MTL Leads 2-0) – January 14, 2014

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The New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens will conclude their season series tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The Canadiens are looking for the season sweep of the Devils tonight.

Tonight’s game could very well be Martin Brodeur’s last in his hometown of Montreal. Pete DeBoer said that it was “automatic” giving Martin Brodeur the start tonight regardless of what happened on Sunday night in Toronto.

Jan 7, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) makes a glove save on Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn (10) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Flyers defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

While Martin Brodeur’s “heart” is telling him to come back this season, there are a whole slew of scenarios that could play out where Brodeur may “bite the bullet”, for lack of a better term, and retire even if his heart and body are perfectly able to play past this season.

The Devils will also put out 7 defensemen again tonight with Eric Gelinas serving as the player that will occasionally rotate in. Andrei Loktionov will once again be a healthy scratch tonight.

If the Philadelphia Flyers lose tonight, the Devils will have a shot to jump into a tie for the second wild card spot regardless of whether or not the Toronto Maple Leafs win (probably). There are a lot of scenarios and I could always be forgetting one.

The Devils are involved in a 3-way tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators for 4th place in the wild card race. The Senators play tonight and Columbus has the day off after winning last night. The Maple Leafs are one point ahead with 49 points and then the Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are tied for the first wild card spot with 50 points.

In the Atlantic Division, the Canadiens are in 3rd-place, 7 points ahead of the Detroit Red Wings. A win tonight would temporarily put them ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning who also play tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Lightning have 58 points compared to the 57 points the Canadiens have.

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