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Montreal looks to avoid fourth straight loss in their 2017 home finale.

Montreal Canadiens v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Winter has hit and the Montreal Canadiens and the weather in the city are both in the midst of cold streaks. The Canadiens (13-14-4) have dropped their last three games (0-2-1), all at home, and all against Western teams. This evening they’re facing the New Jersey Devils, a team that has been given new life this season, currently third place in the Metropolitan Division.

In their last game, Montreal faced another slumping team in the Edmonton Oilers. Both teams were expected to do well this season, but Edmonton has also found themselves near the bottom of the Western Conference. However, an early jump by the Oilers got them up 4-0 just two minutes into the second period. After allowing four goals on 14 shots, all-star goaltender Carey Price was yanked. Edmonton wound up winning 6-2. Montreal got goals from forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Phillip Danault.

The Devils (17-9-4) young core is definitely a helping hand in their resurgence. With three of their rookies helping lead the way with Jesper Bratt, Nico Hischier and Will Butcher all tied in second in scoring on the team with 20 points. Former first overall pick Taylor Hall is having a superb season, with 31 points in 30 games.

In their last game, they had a rematch of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, but instead of losing like they did the Cup that year, they came out strong and wound up beating the Los Angeles Kings by a 5-1 score.

Last season Montreal dominated New Jersey, winning all three games, and outscoring them by a 12-6 margin. The Habs captain, Max Pacioretty, who has been slumping this season, led the team with four of the team’s goals. Two of the games came at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and the one game played at the Bell Centre was a 5-2 victory on December 8.

Tonight’s game is their last before the Centennial Classic versus Ottawa on Saturday evening. They then have a huge six-game road trip that sees them travel to Western Canada, and then Carolina before two tilts in Florida. They won’t see action on their home ice until January 2.

Puck drop at the Bell Centre is at 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST.

How to watch

In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSNGO (English), RDS (French)
In the Devils region: MSG+2
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Andrew Shaw
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Paul Byron
Charles Hudon Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers Byron Froese Daniel Carr

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow David Schlemko

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

Scratched: Jakub Jerabek

Injuries: Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms), Arturri Lekhonen (upper body), Al Montoya (concussion)

New Jersey Devils projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jesper Bratt Nico Hischier Drew Stafford
Blake Coleman Travis Zajac Brian Gibbons
Miles Wood Pavel Zacha Stefan Noesen
Jimmy Hayes Brian Boyle Nick Lappin

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
John Moore Sami Vatanen
Andy Greene Steven Santini
Will Butcher Damon Severson

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Cory Schneider
Keith Kinkaid