(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to complete a season
sweep of the New Jersey Devils when the clubs meet for the third and final
time in Tuesday's battle at the Bell Centre.
Unless the Canadiens and Devils meet in the playoffs, Tuesday's encounter
in Montreal will be the final meeting between the clubs in 2013-14. The Habs
are 2-0 against New Jersey so far this season, taking both tilts of a home-
and-home series on Dec. 2 and 4.
The Canadiens haven't swept New Jersey in a season series since winning all
three encounters during the 1998-89 campaign.
The Devils enter Tuesday on a 2-0-2 point streak, but the club's shootout woes
continued in its last outing as New Jersey fell 2-1 in Sunday's setback at
Toronto. Peter DeBoer's club has an 0-7 record in shootouts this season and
his players have combined to go 1-for-23 in the penalty shot round.
New Jersey had won two in a row before losing Sunday against the Maple Leafs.
James van Riemsdyk scored the lone goal of the shootout to help Toronto earn
the extra point. Van Riemsdyk opened the game's decisive phase with a nifty
backhander past Cory Schneider before Jonathan Bernier turned aside all three
New Jersey shooters to give the Leafs the victory.
Adam Henrique and Ryane Clowe scored regulation goals for the Devils, while
Schneider made 23 saves in defeat.
"I couldn't have drawn it up much better than how we played and the effort we
got," DeBoer said.
New Jersey is 9-12-4 as the visiting team this season and is making the second
stop on a four-game road trip tonight. Martin Brodeur, a Montreal native, is
expected to get the start on Tuesday and he is 44-19-1 with five ties and a
1.85 GAA in his career against the Habs.
Montreal is 3-1-1 in January and is coming off Saturday's overtime win against
the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. Andrei Markov's second goal of the contest,
coming at 1:28 of the extra session, lifted the Canadiens to their second win
in three game.
Markov blasted a shot from the left point to beat Corey Crawford for the
decisive tally. It was the fifth goal of the season for the veteran defenseman
and his first game-winner.
"It was gut-wrenching. I couldn't wait for it to be over," said Habs assistant
coach J.J. Daigneault. "Still, this was probably our team's best 60-minute
effort of the season."
Carey Price needed to make only 19 saves in the win for the Canadiens and he
expects to be in net again on Tuesday. Price is 8-9-1 with a 2.39 GAA in 18
career games against the Devils.
Montreal has won four of its last five meetings against New Jersey overall.
The Devils have lost two straight in Quebec after winning their previous eight
at the Bell Centre.
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