Series (Game 1 of 4)

Montreal leads 2-1

Game 1: Friday, January 23rd
Game 2: Monday, March 1st
Game 3: Friday, March 19th
Game 4: Saturday, March 20th

Canadiens 0

(24-17-2, 56 pts)

Devils 2

(24-12-1, 59 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 23, 2004

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

1 2 3 T
MTL 0 0 00
NJ 1 1 02

P. Elias (Devils - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

M. Brodeur (Devils - G): Saves: 21, Save Pct.: 1.000

G. Marshall (Devils - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Montreal (24-16-6-2) at New Jersey (23-12-10-1) 7:30 pm EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- A pair of All-Star goaltenders square off on Friday night when Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils host Jose Theodore and the Montreal Canadiens.

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 five games.

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 left.

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.