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The Canadiens start off their back-to-back weekend against the Devils

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Canadiens are facing adversity once again.

The Habs have been struggling to prevent goals as of late, conceding 4 or more goals in the last six games. Much of the story has been about how Carey Price has not looked like himself, posting a .859 sv% and a 4.02 GAA in his last four starts.

Al Montoya will actually guard Montreal’s net tonight and he hasn’t fared much better himself, posting a .852 sv% in his start against the Jets. It’s clear the Habs need to shore up their defensive systems and give their goalies a better chance to win games. The easy fix is to blame the goaltenders, but the Canadiens are allowing a lot more high danger scoring chances lately, and it shows.

Maybe a game against a low-scoring Devils team is exactly what they need.

It won’t be easy as the Devils have won their last three games, including a notable win against the Minnesota Wild. Corey Schneider is proving once again why he’s one of the best goaltenders in the league, posting a .932 sv% with a 1.98 GAA in his last four starts. Meanwhile, offensively the Devils have struggled a bit this season are at the 28th position in average goals scored per game. However this isn’t to say that they aren’t dangerous, with Kyle Palmeri putting up five points and Taylor Hall putting up four in their last five games.

How to watch:

Puck drops: 7:30 PM ET/ 4:30 PM PST

In Canada (English): SNE

In Canada (French): RDS

In the United States: MSG+

Everywhere Else/ Online Stream: NHL.tv/GameCentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Alex Galchenyuk
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Ales Hemsky
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Injured: David Deshanais (knee), Greg Pateryn (Ankle), Andrei Markov (lower-body), Brendan Gallagher (hand).

Scratched: Ryan Johnston , Daniel Carr

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Matt Tennyson
Jake McCabe Viktor Antipin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Injured: Marc Savard (concussion), Vernon Fiddler (lower-body), John Moore (concussion), Andy Greene (wrist), Yohann Auvitu (lower-body), Sergei Kalinin (lower-body).

Scratched: Luke Gazdic, Sergey Kalinin, Seth Helgeson