Montreal Canadiens (27-13-6) at New Jersey Devils (19-18-9)
|Date & Time||Friday January 20, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +113 / Montreal Canadiens -141 --- Over/Under:
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The Montreal Canadiens head into New Jersey looking for a win heading into the weekend as they take on the Devils on Friday.
The Canadiens have hit a bit of a rough patch in their season and will look to get back in the win column with an inspired effort on the road against the New Jersey Devils in a game that is certainly winnable against the underwhelming Devils. Montreal hasn’t had the goaltending effort from Carey Price of late as he has been averaging over three goals a game in his last handful of games and while a lot of the blame can be shouldered by their team defense it is still uncharacteristic of the former Hart Trophy winner to go on such a cold streak. Price will likely be on the bench for this one though as the Habs are playing in the front end of a double header and Al Montoya will likely take to the crease here as he is projected to face off against New Jersey’s work horse in Corey Schneider.
The Devils meanwhile have been woeful since their serviceable start to the season as they have lost 21 of their last 31 games and don’t look like the team many expected to challenge for a playoff spot heading into the season. New Jersey made the move to trade for Taylor Hall in the offseason but it hasn’t paid dividends quite yet as they still struggle to score goals and as such they are 7-20 in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record and they could be in trouble against the Atlantic division leaders on this night.
The Canadiens are 5-0 in their last five games after a home loss of three goals or more and 4-1 in their last five road games while the Devils are 1-5 in their last six against the Atlantic and 1-5 in their last six home games. New Jersey is slumping and Montreal needs a confidence boosting win and while Montoya hasn’t been great and this is a look ahead spot for them I don’t see the Habs dropping this one.