Montreal Canadiens (16-9-3) at New Jersey Devils (11-12-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 4, 2013, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils +143 / Montreal Canadiens -157 --- Over/Under: 5
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It was another game where the New Jersey Devils did a great job defensively limiting the number of opportunities their opponent got. On Monday night the Devils surrendered just 17 shots on goal, outshooting the Montreal Canadiens 22-9 after two periods of play and 30-17 for the game. Nobody questions just how well the Devils have played in their own zone but more times than not this season it hasn't been enough to produce wins. New Jersey took a 1-0 first period lead on Steve Bernier's third goal of the season, but Martin Brodeur couldn't make it stand up in the middle frame despite facing just four shots. The Canadiens got a goal from Renee Bourque and then a power play goal late in the period from Max Pacioretty to take a 2-1 lead with them into the third. Carey Price held his club in the game long enough to get it even and get him a lead and though he gave it up early in the third the Canadiens got it back again. Michael Ryder returned to Montreal and evened the game at 2-2 but less than five minutes later it was Alex Galchenyuk with the eventual game winner. Price finished the night with 28 saves to pick up his 12th win of the season. New Jersey just hasn't been able to get on a roll this season and with their offense continuing to stagnate it's hard to imagine that one will come any time soon. New Jersey is playing the type of hockey that will keep them in most games and should prevent lengthy losing streaks, but it wil also be hard to really put a winning streak together. Brodeur and Cory Schneider will continue to alternate until Peter Deboer either decides on a netminder or one of them really establishes themself. Montreal made it six wins in their last seven chances with the win over the Devils on Monday night, but Wednesday brings challenges of its own at the Prudential Center. Montreal is 7-21-2 their last 30 trips to New Jersey. The Canadiens haven't had much success there and really were outplayed on Monday night. We get the Devils back on home ice with some nice value in this one. Look for New Jersey to bounce back in this spot.