[7:30 PM] Devils @ Canadiens

Who will WIN this matchup?

New Jersey Devils (12-7-6)

@ Montreal Canadiens (17-6-3)


Starting Goalies:

Cory Schneider(NJ): Confirmed

Carey Price(MON): Confirmed


The Montreal Canadiens return to the Bell Centre for the first time in two weeks when they open a four-game homestand against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Eastern Conference-leading Montreal capped its five-game road trip with a crushing defeat, blowing a two-goal lead in the third period of an eventual 3-2 loss at St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Taylor Hall was front and center in Tuesday’s win over Vancouver, scoring one goal, setting up another and delivering a thunderous check that sent Vancouver defenseman Philip Larsen to the hospital (he was since released).

Top-line center Galchenyuk will be sidelined six-to-eight weeks following a knee-on-knee collision with Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar on Sunday. Galchenyuk has a team-leading nine goals and 23 points and leaves a huge void in the middle, especially with center David Desharnais also sidelined six-to-eight weeks after exiting Tuesday’s loss at St. Louis with a knee injury. Center Tomas Plekanec ended a 13-game goal-scoring drought with a goal and an assist Tuesday.

The Canadiens are 12-1-1 at home, including 10 straight wins at the Bell Centre to open the season.

Devils rookie F Pavel Zacha will miss his second straight game due to a facial laceration.

Canadiens G Carey Price is 11-1-1 with a 1.69 goals-against average and two shutouts in 13 home starts.


StreakSmarts Pick: Montreal Canadians

Confidence: 6/10

StreakSmarter Pick