|5||NEW JERSEY||-105||Ov 5,-110||-110||Ov 5,-120|
|6||MONTREAL||-115||Un 5,-110||-110||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-0-0||+1||1-0||+1||0-1||2.0||28.0||1.0||19.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-0-0||+3||3-0||+3||0-3||2.7||29.7||1.0||23.7|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||8||3||3||1||1||0||89||9.0%||15||2||13.3%||14|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1||2||0||1||1||0||0||28||7.1%||2||0||0.0%||4|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||8||3||3||1||1||0||89||9.0%||15||2||13.3%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||3||0||0||3||0||0||71||4.2%||18||2||11.1%||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||1||0||0||1||0||0||19||5.3%||4||1||25.0%||2|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||3||0||0||3||0||0||71||4.2%||18||2||11.1%||4|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)||3||3||71||68||95.8%||1||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||0-3|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Road Games)||1||1||19||18||94.7%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)||3||3||71||68||95.8%||1||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||0-3|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-1-0||-0.4||1-1||-0.4||0-2||2.5||27.5||1.5||27.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-1-0||+0.7||2-1||+0.7||0-3||3.0||25.7||1.3||28.3|
|Team Stats (All Games)||3||9||2||6||1||0||0||77||11.7%||17||5||29.4%||18|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2||5||2||2||1||0||0||55||9.1%||11||3||27.3%||10|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||3||9||2||6||1||0||0||77||11.7%||17||5||29.4%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||4||1||2||1||0||0||85||4.7%||17||3||17.6%||8|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||3||1||2||0||0||0||54||5.6%||13||3||23.1%||6|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||4||1||2||1||0||0||85||4.7%||17||3||17.6%||8|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||3||3||85||81||95.3%||0||2-1||+0.7||2-1-0||+1||0-3|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||2||2||54||51||94.4%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||3||3||85||81||95.3%||0||2-1||+0.7||2-1-0||+1||0-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW JERSEY 2.88, MONTREAL 2.29|
|1/19/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-0||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|1/29/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|1/31/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/3/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/5/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|2/7/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/19/2013||TORONTO||1-2||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at WASHINGTON||4-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/30/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|2/7/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|NEW JERSEY: |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.
COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).
LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.
OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.
LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.
LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.
OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NEW JERSEY-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Canadiens' Pacioretty out 3-4 weeks)
*Devils-Canadiens Preview* ==========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
New Jersey (3-0-0) at Montreal (2-1-0), 6:00 p.m. EDT
Falling just short of hoisting the Stanley Cup last season has provided the motivation for the New Jersey Devils' strong start this year.
The Devils attempt to remain undefeated Sunday night when they try for a ninth consecutive road victory over a Montreal Canadiens team looking for its third straight win.
New Jersey (3-0-0) lost in six games to Los Angeles in last season's Stanley Cup finals, but an otherwise memorable postseason run has fueled the Devils' attempt to take the next step in 2013.
"When we left last year, we were disappointed, but it left us with a great taste in our mouths, the great taste of success," said goaltender Martin Brodeur, who turns 41 in May. "Now we're jumping right back in and it's like we never left. It's a short season and we have to capitalize on our momentum."
Brodeur made 26 saves and Patrik Elias had a goal with an assist as New Jersey won 3-2 over Washington on Ilya Kovalchuk's overtime winner after blowing a 2-0 lead Friday.
The last time the Devils won their first three games was 2002-03, when they last hoisted the Cup. Though New Jersey's last 4-0 start came when it failed to make the playoffs in 1995-96, this year's team could have the discipline and focus to maintain the quick start.
"There's a trust in that dressing room amongst the guys that if they do their jobs and stick to the system, and if we get the kind of goaltending we've got we have a chance to win every night," Devils coach Peter DeBoer told the NHL's official website.
Brodeur has stopped 68 of 71 shots through three games but has not won his first four since 1995-96. Backed by the future Hall of Fame netminder, the Devils have allowed a league-low three goals and rank among the NHL leaders by killing 16 of 18 penalties.
New Jersey has played stellar defense while outscoring the Canadiens 26-10 during an eight-game winning streak at Montreal that dates to a 4-0 loss March 11, 2008. A Montreal native, Brodeur has posted a 1.25 goals-against average during a personal seven-game road winning streak against his hometown team.
New Jersey's team leader with two goals and two assists, Kovalchuk has three goals and six assists in his last six against the Canadiens.
Though New Jersey has won three straight overall in the series, Montreal (2-1-0) has some momentum after scoring eight times in the last two games since a 2-1 season-opening loss to Toronto. Andrei Markov has scored all of his team-leading three goals in the last two, including one with an assist in Thursday's 4-1 win at Washington.
Healthy after two knee injuries, the 34-year-old Markov is a big reason Montreal is off to a solid start even while talented restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban has yet to come to terms with a new contract.
"(Markov) controls the game really well; he's got such an important role for us," first-year Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. "He competes so hard, he's tough to . And he's doing a very good job on the power play."
Max Pacioretty has also been solid on the power play, with three of his four assists coming with the man advantage, but the Canadiens announced Saturday that the 24-year-old will miss three-to-four weeks after having an emergency appendectomy.
Pacioretty, who has 53 goals and 65 assists in 205 games with the Canadiens, has no scores but a team-high 10 shots on goal this season.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:31:58 AM EST|