Devils host the Canadiens after Mercer’s 2-goal game
Montreal Canadiens (23-29-4, eighth in the Atlantic Division) vs. New Jersey Devils (37-14-5, second in the Metropolitan Division)
Newark, New Jersey; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The New Jersey Devils host the Montreal Canadiens after Dawson Mercer’s two-goal game against the Winnipeg Jets in the Devils’ 4-2 win.
New Jersey is 37-14-5 overall and 16-10-2 at home. The Devils have a 23-5-0 record in games they score one or more power-play goals.
Montreal has a 23-29-4 record overall and a 9-15-3 record on the road. The Canadiens are 18-5-2 in games they score three or more goals.
Tuesday’s game is the second time these teams match up this season. The Devils won the last matchup 5-1. Mercer scored two goals in the win.
TOP PERFORMERS: Nico Hischier has scored 23 goals with 29 assists for the Devils. Mercer has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games.
Nicholas Suzuki has 17 goals and 25 assists for the Canadiens. Rafael Harvey-Pinard has scored seven goals and added two assists over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Devils: 7-2-1, averaging 3.4 goals, six assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.
Canadiens: 4-5-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.5 assists, four penalties and 10 penalty minutes while giving up 3.4 goals per game.
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INJURIES: Devils: Jonathan Bernier: out (hip).
Canadiens: Sean Monahan: out (foot), Brendan Gallagher: out (lower body), Carey Price: out (knee), Emil Heineman: out (thumb), Juraj Slafkovsky: out (lower-body), Kaiden Guhle: out (leg), Kirby Dach: day to day (illness), Arber Xhekaj: out (upper-body), Joel Edmundson: day to day (upper body), Paul Byron: out (hip), Cole Caufield: out for season (shoulder), Jake Evans: out (lower-body), Justin Barron: day to day (shoulder).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.