The New Jersey Devils try to break out of their seven-game losing streak as they finish the second half of their back-to-back against the Montréal Canadiens.
Tale of the Tape
Record: 15-26-5 (35 points, 8th in Metro)
The Opponent: Montréal Canadiens (8-29-7) – FHN Site: Ville de Habs
Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Bell Centre
Expected Goaltenders: Jon Gillies (1-6-1) vs. Cayden Primeau (1-5-1)
Television Broadcasts: MSG, TSN2, RDS
Montréal is a far cry from the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final last season. They currently sit in dead last in the NHL standings with only eight wins and 23 points on year.
Like the Devils, the Canadiens only have one win in their last 10 games. In that stretch, Montréal has struggled to keep the puck out of their own net as they’ve allowed 49 goals.
Cayden Primeau will start tonight for the Montréal. The 22-year-old has a 1-5-1 record on this season with a 4.26 GAA and .885 save percentage in seven starts.
New Jersey Devils
The Devils suffered a brutal loss to the Ottawa Senators last night. After jumping out to an early lead, New Jersey could not muster more offense as they lost the game 4-1. Goaltender Nico Daws stopped 20 of 24 shots in his first career loss.
Jon Gillies will retake the net tonight for New Jersey. Gillies only has one win in seven starts on the year with a 3.51 GAA and .889 save percentage.
This game will come down to goaltending. Which struggling goaltender will be able to put enough saves together to earn their second victory on the season. The sad state of each team’s goaltending is the reason they’re both towards the basement of the league and they will be the deciding factor tonight.
Player to Watch: Damon Severson
Damon Severson is having a very good season from an offensive standpoint. The 27-year-old defenseman has 22 points in 44 games this season including nine points on the power play.
Defensively, Severson has stretches where he’s been really good but his mistakes are usually amplified as they often end up in the back of the net. Severson needs to have a strong game tonight for the Devils to beat Montréal. He needs to keep up his offense and, along with his partner Jonas Siegenthaler, make the job easier for his goaltender by keeping shooters to the outside.