Bell Centre, 3:00 PM ET
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MONTREAL – Game 2 of a rare pair of back-to-back weekend matinees goes today and the Canadiens will look to get back on the winning track as they host the New Jersey Devils for the final time this season. Guy Carbonneau’s crew was edged 4-3 by the Rangers Saturday, dropping two straight in regulation for only the second time this season. The Devils were also in action Saturday afternoon, picking up a 3-2 win over the Senators in Ottawa, earning at least a point for a sixth straight game.
Record defender: Sheldon Souray used his 40th appearance of the season Saturday to add his name to the franchise record books. In beating Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the third period, Souray notched his 11th power-play tally of the season, tying him with Guy Lapointe, Mathieu Schneider and Patrice Brisebois, who needed 80, 75, and 77 games respectively to realize the feat. Next on Souray’s list: 18 goals with the man advantage. Reaching that mark would add the 30-year-old’s name to the NHL record books alongside Denis Potvin and Adrian Aucoin.
Reversal of fortune: Martin Brodeur has made a habit of being at his best against his hometown team. Today, the Canadiens will be looking to snap a six-game slide against New Jersey. In the last 40 meetings between the two clubs, Montreal has won seven and tied seven games.
It’s in the bag…almost: The Canadiens have found the back of the net at least three times in a game on 25 occasions this season. In those contests, the club has lost just twice in regulation, recording 21 wins and dropping two in shootouts. The Devils also have 21 wins when scoring three goals or more, but have lost five.