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Losing two games to two of the worst teams in the NHL makes tonight's contest with the Devils that much more important.

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The Habs play their fourth game of a four game home stand tonight that probably should have gone better than it has. The Canadiens, losers of their last two games, will look to overcome their first three-game home losing streak in three years tonight against a New Jersey Devils team that is gaining momentum, going 6-2-2 over their last 10 games. Fresh off a win last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Devils will be looking for their fourth win in a row, and third win in a row against a Canadian team.

The Habs have had plenty of time to make adjustments after Tuesday's loss to the Sabres. Michel Therrien has reunited David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty after a three-month breakup. The Canadiens schedule sees them playing a game on average every two nights until the end of the season, and with such a busy schedule ahead of them, Michel Therrien will be looking to mix up the chemicals within his lines to test where he can find a strong electrostatic balance. Coulomb's Law tells us that for there to be an electrostatic reaction, the interaction of charges must occur along a joint trajectory - everything must be in line. Although they outshot the Sabres by a wide margin on Tuesday, the Canadiens did not look like a team catalyzed and in line, and as a result could not muster the attractive force needed to create flashes of lightning that make a team come out on top against even the least worthy opponent.

Alas, Carey Price is known to be the king of the repulsive force, so if there is a catalyst in the Habs' lineup that can cascade a charge through the rest of the team, it will come from between the pipes.

The teams hit the ice at 7:00 PM EST.

In Canada (English): City
In Canada (French):  TVA
In the Devils region: MSG+
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Dale Weise
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Jacob de la Rose Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Brandon Prust Gabriel Dumont Christian Thomas
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Bealieu Sergei Gonchar
Alexei Emelin Tom Gilbert
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike WeaverManny Malhotra, Michael Bournival

Injuries: P.A. Parenteau (concussion)

New Jersey Devils Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Dainius Zubrus Mike Cammalleri Jaromir Jagr
Patrik Elias Travis Zajac Martin Havlat
Adam Henrique Scott Gomez Steve Bernier
Tuomo Ruutu Jacob Josefson Jordin Tootoo
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andy Greene Adam Larsson
Jon Merrill Marek Zidlicky
Mark Fraser Peter Harrold
Keith Kinkaid
Cory Schneider

Scratched: Eric Gelinas, Michael Ryder

Injuries: Stephen Gionta (hand), Damon Severson (ankle), Bryce Salvador (back), Ryane Clowe (concussion)

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