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Devils close home-and-home series vs. Montreal

Wednesday, 12.04.2013 / 9:11 AM

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Devils close home-and-home series vs. Montreal
Montréal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils

CANADIENS (16-9-3) at DEVILS (11-12-5)

Radio: WFAN 660 AM & 101.9 FM

Last 10: Montreal 7-1-2; New Jersey 5-5-0

Season series: The teams will play the second of a home-and-home set in a span of three days, with one more game slated for Bell Centre later this season. The Montreal Canadiens won 3-2 Monday in Montreal.

Big story: The injury list continues to mount for the New Jersey Devils. Monday, forward Adam Henrique sustained a lower-body injury after colliding with Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin behind the Montreal net with 2:29 left in the first period. Henrique played in the second period but didn't in the third. His status for Wednesday is questionable.

"I just got tangled up there," Henrique told The (Bergen) Record. "I tried to play through it in the second and it didn’t really get any better, so just went from there. We'll just kind of take it day at a time here."

Team Scope:

Canadiens: The victory Monday marked the 11th straight game Montreal allowed two or fewer goals (8-1-2) and the eighth straight for goaltender Carey Price. Defenseman P.K. Subban played a big part in that when he stopped two New Jersey attempts on the goal line with his stick. The first came early in the first when he denied Jaromir Jagr's stuff attempt. The second came in the third when a shot by Steve Bernier squeezed through the pads of Price and was sitting in the crease before he slid into the net and stopped Damien Brunner's attempt.

"I won't be taking Pricey's job any time soon, I think he's got that one pretty locked down," Subban said. "The amount of times that he's bailed me out, I don't mind stepping in there."

Devils: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (14 saves) lost his fourth straight start and is 7-7-2. Cory Schneider will be in goal Wednesday. New Jersey outplayed the Canadiens for much of the game Monday, outshooting the home team 30-17. Bernier and Michael Ryder scored.

"It was a hard-fought game," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought we came to play. We couldn't ask for much more from our group effort-wise. I'm disappointed we didn't get the result we deserved, but they found a way to exploit a couple of situations and put some pucks in the net."

The Devils allowed a power-play goal (Max Pacioretty) for the first time since Nov. 20 at the Anaheim Ducks, snapping a 17-for-17 stretch of successful penalty kills.

Who's hot: Subban has one goal and six assists in the past seven games. … Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas has nine assists, tying Torey Krug (Boston Bruins) and Ryan Stanton (Vancouver Canucks) for the NHL-lead among rookie defenders.

Injury report: Montreal will be without defenseman Davis Drewiske (shoulder). … Defenseman Adam Larsson (lower body), forward Stephen Gionta (ankle), defenseman Bryce Salvador (non-displaced stress fracture in foot) and forward Ryane Clowe (head) are on injured reserve for New Jersey. Clowe returned to practice Tuesday. Henrique (lower body) will be a game-time decision.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Jan 14 '14 NJD 4 at MTL 1 E. Gelinas
Dec 04 '13 MTL 4 at NJD 3 - SO D. Desharnais
Dec 02 '13 NJD 2 at MTL 3 A. Galchenyuk
P. Subban2942024+92920
T. Plekanec2991019+91034
A. Galchenyuk2971219+01411
A. Markov2921618+131210
L. Eller298917+32022
B. Gallagher289615+62040
B. Gionta2851015+41210
M. Pacioretty2010313+1842
M. Bournival256511+2611
D. Briere195510+31221
D. Desharnais273710+3611
R. Diaz29099+0800
R. Bourque23617-11431
J. Gorges29156+6400
B. Prust18224+03102
T. Moen24134-11600
A. Emelin9033+31000
F. Bouillon25022-111300
R. White24011-52500
N. Beaulieu5011+2000
D. Murray13000-7900
J. Tinordi6000+0900
M. Blunden6000-2500
G. Parros6000-53700
L. Leblanc5000+2200
P. Holland5000+0000
G. Dumont2000+0000
M. St Pierre1000+0000
C. Price2212-8-2446942.00.937
P. Budaj75-1-1131971.80.934
J. Jagr29111122+91803
P. Elias216915-1410
M. Zidlicky2931114-33030
A. Greene2931013+41211
M. Ryder297512-61030
D. Zubrus294812+102001
A. Henrique296511+0622
E. Gelinas202911-2620
T. Zajac274610+2411
D. Brunner26448-81420
A. Loktionov27347+0401
S. Bernier29336-11201
R. Carter24325-51900
A. Volchenkov21044+3800
A. Larsson20123-4801
C. Janssen14202+21200
M. Fayne19112+1400
S. Gionta21022-5600
P. Harrold20022-41000
R. Olesz10022-1000
B. Salvador9022-1900
M. Tedenby12101-31000
J. Merrill7011-3000
R. Clowe6011-5500
R. Boucher1011+2000
J. Josefson12000-1200
T. Sestito2000+0000
M. Brodeur167-7-2363852.25.906
C. Schneider134-5-4243181.81.925
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