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NHL : ATS Matchup
Wednesday 11/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



MONTREAL (11-6-0-4, 26 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (8-9-0-2, 18 pts.)
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Wednesday, 11/21/2018 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
5MONTREAL+100Ov 5.5,-115+125Ov 5.5,-115
6NEW JERSEY-120Un 5.5,-105-145Un 5.5,-105
MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-10-0+2.711-10+2.711-93.332.83.331.6
Team Stats (Road Games)5-5-0+1.95-5+1.95-
Last 5 Games3-2-0+1.23-2+1.23-23.430.63.839.6
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)21702329162468810.2%781114.1%117
Team Stats (Road Games)103113981228810.8%33515.2%56
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5173860015311.1%14214.3%31
Stats Against (All Games) 702421214166410.5%701420.0%124
Stats Against (Road Games) 308119203398.8%35617.1%54
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 19666101989.6%13538.5%37
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)6620318088.7%04-2+2.64-2-0+26-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Road Games)331099688.1%01-2-11-2-0-13-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)4414713088.4%02-2+0.12-2-004-0
CAREY PRICE (All Games)151546041490.0%07-8+0.27-8-0+15-9
CAREY PRICE (Road Games)7723021392.6%04-3+2.94-3-0+32-4
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)4414813389.9%02-2-0.32-2-002-2

NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-11-0-48-11-49-82.933.13.231.2
Team Stats (Home Games)6-3-0+26-3+23-53.633.32.230.1
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.22-3-1.21-32.434.42.428.6
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1955201817036288.8%661421.2%94
Team Stats (Home Games)9321012100230010.7%34720.6%53
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512534021727.0%1000.0%19
Stats Against (All Games) 611620232659210.3%691115.9%106
Stats Against (Home Games) 20369212717.4%33412.1%37
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12542101438.4%1317.7%21
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (All Games)161547543591.6%38-7+0.88-7-0+16-7
KEITH KINKAID (Home Games)9927025193.0%26-3+26-3-0+23-5
KEITH KINKAID (Last 4 Games)4412211191.0%02-2-0.12-2-0-11-2
EDDIE LACK (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
EDDIE LACK (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CORY SCHNEIDER (All Games)541119686.5%00-4-4.80-4-0-43-1
CORY SCHNEIDER (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CORY SCHNEIDER (Last 4 Games)441059186.7%00-4-4.80-4-0-43-1
Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.16,  NEW JERSEY 3.28
MONTREAL - Schedule
10/25/2018at BUFFALO3-4L0, +105L5.5 unO
10/27/2018at BOSTON3-0W0, +155W5.5 ovU
10/30/2018DALLAS1-4L0, -105L5.5 unU
11/1/2018WASHINGTON6-4W0, +105W6 unO
11/3/2018TAMPA BAY1-4L0, +115L6 unU
11/5/2018at NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -105W5.5 evO
11/6/2018at NY RANGERS3-5L0, +105L5.5 unO
11/8/2018BUFFALO5-6L0, -135L5.5 ovO
11/10/2018VEGAS5-4W0, +110W5.5 evO
11/13/2018at EDMONTON2-6L0, +135L5.5 ovO
11/15/2018at CALGARY3-2W0, +130W6 unU
11/17/2018at VANCOUVER3-2W0, -130W5.5 ovU
11/19/2018WASHINGTON4-5L0, -125L5.5 ovO
11/21/2018at NEW JERSEY 
11/23/2018at BUFFALO 
12/1/2018NY RANGERS 
12/2/2018SAN JOSE 

NEW JERSEY - Schedule
10/25/2018NASHVILLE3-4L0, +100L5.5 ovO
10/27/2018FLORIDA3-2W0, -120W6 ovU
10/30/2018at TAMPA BAY3-8L0, +145L5.5 ovO
11/1/2018at DETROIT3-4L0, -145L6 unO
11/3/2018at NY ISLANDERS0-3L0, -115L6 unU
11/5/2018at PITTSBURGH5-1W0, +150W6 evP
11/6/2018at OTTAWA3-7L0, -135L6 ovO
11/9/2018at TORONTO1-6L0, +130L6 evO
11/11/2018at WINNIPEG2-5L0, +160L6 unO
11/13/2018PITTSBURGH4-2W0, +110W6 ovP
11/15/2018at PHILADELPHIA3-0W0, +145W6 evU
11/17/2018DETROIT2-3L0, -170L6 unU
11/18/2018at CAROLINA1-2L0, +155L6 evU
11/23/2018NY ISLANDERS 
11/25/2018at TAMPA BAY 
11/26/2018at FLORIDA 
11/30/2018at WASHINGTON 
MONTREAL: LAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)
ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel Armia
LOST: LW Max Pacioretty, F Alex Galchenyuk
PLAYER TO WATCH: Carey Price. The all-world goaltender could be the difference between Montreal being one of the worst teams in the NHL and a playoff contender. He has the ability to steal games and will have to stay healthy and be at his best to have the Canadiens even dreaming about returning to the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Absent a heroic performance from Price, the Canadiens are in rebuilding territory after trading Pacioretty and Galchenyuk and counting on Domi and a youth movement to generate some optimism in hockey-mad Montreal. It's tough to see this as a playoff team on paper, especially with top defenseman Shea Weber out for at least the first couple of months of the regular season.
COACH: John Hynes (fourth season).
ADDED: D Eric Gryba, D Egor Yakovlev.
LOST: F Patrick Maroon, D John Moore, F Brian Gibbons, F Michael Grabner, F Jimmy Hayes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Taylor Hall. Won NHL MVP in breakout season. Had team highs of 39 goals, 54 assists and 93 points, 41 points more than closest teammate. Led Devils to playoffs for first time since 2011-12. Developed great chemistry with No. 1 overall draft pick Nico Hischier.
ADDED two goals and four assists in playoffs. Had offseason surgery on torn ligaments in left hand. Needs to be just as good.
OUTLOOK: Devils didn't change much. They believe there is a good mixture of rising stars in Hall and Hischier and solid role players in Marcus Johansson, Kyle Palmieri and Miles Wood. The question remains the defense and goaltending. Keith Kinkaid replaced Cory Schneider as No. 1 in second half of season but struggled in postseason. Hip may keep Schneider out for start of season. Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen are top defenders. Will Butcher needs to repeat surprising rookie season. Youngsters John Quenneville and Nick Lappin may make the jump from AHL.
Habs open brief road trip at New Jersey

The Montreal Canadiens cross the border to spend U.S. Thanksgiving in the States this week, opening up a two-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.

The Canadiens (11-6-4) have little interest in Thursday's holiday and day off, but instead itch to get back on the ice in New Jersey after blowing a two-goal lead and losing their last game, a 5-4 overtime defeat on home ice to the Washington Capitals on Monday.

Montreal scored three straight goals to open the second period and secure that lead on Monday before falling flat the rest of the way and failing to extend their win streak to three games. Goaltender Carey Price made 29 saves, including a spectacular stop on Washington's Alex Ovechkin in the final seconds of regulation, earning the praise of his teammates and the respect from Ovechkin, who applauded Price after the play.

"Carey got us a point (Monday) night," Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar told the Montreal Gazette.

While the loss was frustrating, it did not put a damper on Montreal's strong first quarter of the season. After finishing 28th overall in the NHL last season, the Canadiens are fifth overall in the Eastern Conference through 21 games and lead the league in goals scored 5-on-5.

"We went through what we went through last year and no one here wants that again," said Canadiens alternate captain Brendan Gallagher. "From day one we've created a culture here this season that's about hard work, doing the right things. And everyone is buying in."

Canadiens forward Max Domi leads the team with 25 points, and his ten goals already exceed his total from each of the previous two seasons. He brings a ten-game point-scoring streak into Wednesday's game. Rookie center Jesperi Kotkaniemi is tied for second in scoring among NHL rookies with 12 points.

One area of concern for the Canadiens is the team's overall health. Team captain Shea Weber has yet to play a game following offseason surgery, while forwards Joel Armia and Paul Byron remain on injured reserve. And now defenseman Noah Juulsen is sidelined indefinitely with facial fractures suffered while blocking a shot against the Capitals.

To take Juulsen's roster spot, the Canadiens recalled forward Michael Chaput from the minor leagues on Tuesday.

The struggling Devils (8-9-2), who are tied for last place with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the East, received better news on the injury front Wednesday. Top-line center Nico Hischier practiced in his normal spot between Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri and is expected to return to the lineup after missing four games with a thumb injury.

"Sitting up there (in the press box) is tough," Hischier told reporters after practice. "When the team is playing well, it's great, you're having fun up there, too. But when it's not going well, you want to help."

The Devils won the first two games Hischier sat out, but lost the two most recent games, including Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes in Carolina. New Jersey scored just three goals in its last two games.

"He's a big part of our team," Hall said of Hischier, who has 12 points in 15 games. "He's our top line center. Hopefully, he's ready and healthy to go, maybe even a bit more energized after seeing some games off."

Devils center Brian Boyle and defenseman Sami Vatanen both remain on injured reserve and will not the Canadiens. However, both skated on Tuesday and inch closer to returning to practice.

In their absence, the Devils need other players to step up and produce. The team desperately needs more production from defenseman Will Butcher, who has only one goal and seven points; forward Marcus Johansson, who sits on two goals and five points; and wingers Miles Wood and Stefan Noesen, who have combined for two goals.

"We are at our best when everyone is contributing," said Devils forward Blake Coleman.

Last season, the Devils took five of a possible six points in three head-to-head meetings with the Canadiens. New Jersey scored four of its nine goals in the season series -- three power play, one short-handed -- on special teams and limited Montreal to only seven goals total.

Last Updated: 5/25/2019 8:04:55 AM EST

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