Canadiens interim coach Randy Cunneyworth (l), seen here in the late eighties,will get his first chance to face the Devils as an NHL head coach tonight.
The Habs beat the Devils in East Rutherford last week, when Jacques Martin was still coach. So what happens if they lose tonight in their own barn? Oh let me answer that, the Luc Gelinas and Yvon Pedeneaults of the French media will be right on Pierre Gauthier for hiring an anglophone.
There was some interesting reaction around the Habs locker room, with several players saying that Martin's firing was a strong message to the players.
"We've been underachieving all season and changes have to be made, but Jacques is not the reason we're not winning games," said Erik Cole. "It's a good wake-up call that we need to play better."
Lars Eller echoed Cole's, thoughts. "It's not OK to be just OK. We have to be good."
Meanwhile, not much has changed with the Devils since last week's meeting. They've won three straight this week, and are coming off a 6-3 win Friday over the Dallas Stars.
Zach Parise continues his hot scoring touch, and had four points last night. The Devils' winger has 11 points in his last 16 games.
The Devils have won six straight at the Bell Centre. Martin Brodeur has been in the crease for five of those wins, allowing just five goals.
MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP
NEW JERSEY DEVILS PROJECTED LINEUP
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Martin Brodeur - Johan Hedberg
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