Brodeur has a league-leading nine shutouts this season and a
goals-against-average of 1.90. Theodore, who also hails from
Montreal, has five shutouts and a goals-against-average of 1.99.
New Jersey is 0-2-1 in Brodeur's last three starts after
Wednesday's 2-1 setback against Carolina. Jeff Freisen scored
the lone goal for the Devils, who managed only 21 shots.
The Devils are just 3-4-1 in their last eight games and have
scored only 13 goals in that span.
Montreal is unbeaten in its last five games (4-0-1) and is one
of the hottest teams in the league with an 8-1-2 mark in its
last 11 games. The Canadiens have scored 21 goals in the last
Richard Zednik scored twice on the power play as Montreal sent
another statement to the Eastern Conference with Tuesday's 4-1
victory at Philadelphia. Rookie Michael Ryder added a goal and
two assists and Theodore lost his shutout bid with 78 seconds
Ryder has five goals and four assists in the last five games.
New Jersey went 3-1 against Montreal last season and has won
seven of the last eight meetings at home.