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Friday, November 30th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (13-8-3) at New Jersey Devils (12-10-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The sizzling New Jersey Devils will shoot for a sixth consecutive victory tonight, when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to the Prudential Center.

The Devils began the season with a 7-10-2 mark, but winning their last five games has helped the club get above the .500 mark for the first time this year.

New Jersey's most recent triumph came Wednesday evening against the visiting Dallas Stars. Dainius Zubrus provided the go-ahead goal and added an assist, as the Devils fought back from two down to upend Dallas, 4-2. The Stars were also red hot coming into the game, but the Devils denied them a seventh straight win.

Zach Parise and Brian Gionta added a goal and a helper, David Clarkson also scored and Martin Brodeur made 19 saves for the Devils. Gionta has recorded a point in five consecutive games and has four goals and four assists during the stretch.

Tonight, the Devils can post their first sixth-game winning streak since ending the 2005-06 campaign with 11 consecutive victories.

New Jersey, which is 4-4-0 as the host this season, is playing the third test of a five-game homestand tonight. The Devils will also welcome Boston and Washington to the Prudential Center during the stand.

Montreal ended a two-game losing streak on Tuesday, as the Habs defeated the rival Maple Leafs in Toronto. Andrei Kostitsyn scored in the fifth round of the shootout as the Canadiens downed the struggling Leafs, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre.

In the fifth round, Kostitsyn skated in on net and snapped a shot between the pads of Vesa Toskala. Jason Blake had the last opportunity for the Maple Leafs, but Carey Price came up with a body save on Blake's wrist shot to seal the win.

Alexei Kovalev scored twice while Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Canadiens, who had lost three of four coming in. Price finished the game with 43 saves and stopped four of five skaters in the shootout.

Tonight marks the second of two straight on the road for the Canadiens, who are an impressive 8-4-1 as the host club this year.

The Devils have dominated Montreal recently, winning the last eight meetings in the series. The Canadiens haven't defeated New Jersey since March 20, 2004 and their last victory in the Garden State came on February 5, 2002.

The Habs are 0-8-1 (8 losses, 1 tie) in their last nine trips to Jersey, but this will be their first-ever stop at the Devils new facility.

11/30 10:31:35 ET


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