Montreal Canadiens vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/14/14
New Jersey Devils (19-18-10) at Montreal Canadiens (26-15-5)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Bell Centre)
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -178 / New Jersey Devils +162 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look to close the gap on the division leading Bruins when they host the New Jersey Devils at the Bell Centre on Tuesday.
The Devils head into Montreal on Tuesday look looking to move two games above .500 and join the log jam in the Metrolpolitan division standings as they sit just three points behind the Capitals and Rangers. New Jersey has had to overcome a number of hardships over the last two seasons as they have lost Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk in successive years and while they certainly still have some talent they aren’t quite the team that lost to the Kings in the Cup finals two seasons ago. Martin Brodeur could be the next Devils superstar to be on his way out the door as the future hall of famer is coming to the end of his playing days and with the Devils moving forward with former Canucks goaltender Corey Schneider it could be a little earlier than expected. While the team might be looking to the future they have a very real chance at qualifying for the lackluster Eastern Conference playoffs and with the experience and veteran leadership on the team who knows how far they could go.
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Montreal suffered an embarrassing premature exit from the postseason last year as they were swept by the Ottawa Senators but they have rebounded nicely this season and look like a team poised to go on a playoff run. The Canadiens have some solid playmakers up front in the form of Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, and Alex Galchenyuk and have one of the better offensive blue lines in the game as PK Subban and Alexei Emelin are dangerous on special teams. However, the most valuable player for the Habs has to be Carey Price as he has been brilliant once again in the Montreal goal crease and he will very much be in consideration for the Vezina this season. Price gets the call here against Brodeur who will be playing in his home province possibly for the final time so you can be sure this one will be a hard fought battle with the goalies taking centre stage. As such, I like the under here as I think NJ can stick around and keep this competitive.