New Jersey Devils vs. Montreal Canadiens - 7:00 pm
Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey
TV: MSG+ Radio: WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM
Goaltender: Cory Schneider
Some thoughts on tonight's game:
1. The beginning of Reid. Another prized youngster in the Devils' system makes his way to Newark tonight. Reid Boucher will not only be in uniform; he'll be on the second line with Patrik Elias and Steve Bernier. As we detailed earlier, Reid has a great balance in linemates; the skill with Elias and the grit and toughness of Bernier. It be silly to expect him to rack up a few points tonight, but seeing his skills and speed displayed first-hand would be a nice start. It's hard to believe he'll be a long-term player on the big roster this year but it's always exciting when Devils fans get to open a new toy during the course of the season.
2. Honestly, don't change much from Monday. The only thing the Devils didn't do in Monday's contest was finish their chances. Everything else they did right. They played an extremely strong road period with an 11-5 shot margin. It continued in the second with an 11-4 mark, making it 22-9 for the first 40 minutes. Also, the Devils had 22 shots blocked in a game where they put 30 on net. If they can find the right angles, they can definitely pot a few more goals.
3. Third line juggled again. We finally saw strong games from both Michael Ryder and Damien Brunner on Monday. Now they have a new center man with Adam Henrique. It's very possible Henrique deepens and makes that line more dangerous. It's also plausible that it could take them a few games to get on the same page. We'll find out pretty early on which of the two it is.
Prediction: Devils 3, Canadiens 1
Let's completely flip the script. I'll say the Canadiens dictate the tempo early on and have the better chances through the first 40 or so, but this time the Devils get the bounces and cash in on the few chances they have. We've said it time and time again, Cory Schneider simply does not give up soft goals. He dominates again tonight and the Devils get back to .500 again.