Devils-Canadiens Preview

The New Jersey Devils haven’t suffered a regulation loss in

Montreal in nearly six years.

Improving on their 8-0-1 stretch at the Bell Centre on Monday

night will require the Devils to cool off a Canadiens team that

hasn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 16.

The Canadiens (15-9-3) haven’t allowed more than two regulation

goals in their last 10 games and are 5-0-1 in the last two weeks.

They’re allowing 2.00 goals per game, which trails only Atlantic

Division-leading Boston.

“We are managing the puck well, spending a lot of time in the

offensive zone and playing solid defensively,” Canadiens coach

Michel Therrien told the Canadiens’ official website after his team

beat Toronto 4-2 on Saturday for its third straight home win.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist as Montreal scored

the first four goals of the game. P.K. Subban added a goal and an

assist.

Pacioretty has seven goals in his last three home games, and the

team is 5-0-0 in games he’s scored in this season.

“When he’s confident, he’s one of our best forwards,” Subban

said of his teammate. “He can do it all. He’s big, he can skate,

he’s physical, he can shoot the puck, probably one of the harder

wristers in the league. It’s a big boost for our team.”

Carey Price made 34 saves Saturday and is 5-1-1 since Nov. 10

with a 1.56 goals-against average and .951 save percentage.

The Devils (11-11-5) have won two straight after Saturday’s 1-0

overtime victory over Buffalo. Steve Bernier scored for the Devils

while Cory Schneider faced just 15 shots.

“I don’t expect (a one-goal game) or think about it, but it

doesn’t matter if it’s scoreless or tied 2-2 late in the game,”

Schneider told the team’s official website. “You’ve got to be one

save better to give your team a chance. When you’re giving up under

20 shots a night, sometimes one goal is enough.”

New Jersey is third in the East defensively, allowing 2.22 goals

per game. After giving up three or more goals in 10 of 12 games in

October, the Devils surrendered two or fewer in 11 of 15 November

contests.

Schneider, who was also in net for Friday’s 5-2 win at Carolina,

is 3-1-1 since Nov. 8 with a 0.97 GAA.

Between Schneider and Martin Brodeur, coach Peter DeBoer has

gone with the hot hand. Brodeur allowed four goals his last time

out, but had a 1.38 GAA and 5-3-0 record in his eight previous

games in November.

“The goaltending’s been real good and we’re finding ways to win

again,” DeBoer said. “We’re looking for that consistency and the

wins will come.”

They’ve come often in Montreal in recent years. The Devils last

lost in regulation at the Bell Centre on March 11, 2008, outscoring

the Canadiens 29-14 in their last nine games in Quebec.

Brodeur has been in net for eight of those, and was 7-0 with a

1.00 GAA in that stretch before a 4-3 OT loss in New Jersey’s most

recent visit, Jan. 27.

Brodeur isn’t the only 41-year-old making an impact for the

Devils. Jaromir Jagr leads the team in goals (11) and assists (11).

He has four points in his last three games and is the only New

Jersey player with more than six goals.

“He’s drinking from the fountain of youth,” DeBoer said. “It’s

amazing that his engine keeps going.”

The Devils are 4-1-1 overall against the Canadiens since Dec.

17, 2011.