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
“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
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
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.