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Wednesday, February 14th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (29-23-6) at New Jersey Devils (34-16-6), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to rebound from their first loss in February as they continue a six-game homestand tonight against the struggling Montreal Canadiens.

The Devils were 4-0 in February and had won the first three tests in this residency before dropping a 4-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Vincent Lecavalier tied a career high with his 35th goal of the season and also donated two assists to lead the Bolts to the win at Continental Airlines Arena.

Scott Gomez had his team's lone goal while Martin Brodeur yielded four goals on 27 shots for the Atlantic Division-leading Devils, who are also second in the Eastern Conference with 74 points.

Sunday's setback at the Meadowlands was just the Devils' fifth regulation loss at home this year. New Jersey, which is 20-5-4 as the host club, will wrap up the stand Friday evening against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season, having dropped four straight. The most recent setback came Tuesday evening to the visiting Florida Panthers, as Ed Belfour made 29 saves to lead the guests to a 1-0 victory.

Cristobal Huet stopped 24-of-25 shots for the Canadiens, who have also been losers in six of their last seven games.

Winger Alexei Kovalev missed Tuesday's game for Montreal with an upper-body injury and is questionable for tonight's test.

Montreal has fallen back into the eighth and final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. The Habs have 64 points and are just two ahead of Toronto and the New York Islanders.

The Devils are 3-0 against Montreal this year and have dominated the recent series, taking seven in a row from the Habs. The Canadiens are also 0-7-1 (7 losses, 1 tie) in their last eight trips to East Rutherford.

02/14 11:04:31 ET


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