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Devils lose to Canadiens, Henrique to injury

The New Jersey Devils lost Monday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens in the third period, but lost Adam Henrique to injury before that.

The Devils fell to the Canadiens by a final score of 3-2, after Montreal center Alex Galchenyuk scored just before the midway point of the third period to give his the lead.

Not only did the Devils lose this game in regulation, but Henrique suffered a lower-body injury and did not return for the third period, according to NHL.com.

The 23-year-old Henrique has six goals and 11 points in 28 games.

Goalie nods: Emery goes for Philly, Brodeur starts in Montreal

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All the news and notes from around the crease…

Flyers turn to Sugar Ray

Ray Emery will be in goal tonight when Philly takes on the Wild in Minnesota.

Emery is 3-2-0 with a 1.42 GAA and. 947 save percentage in his last five starts, but is coming off a loss to Tampa Bay last Wednesday (in which he played well, stopping 31 of 34 shots). It’ll be interesting to see how he fares against a Wild team that has struggled offensively as of late, scoring just four goals over its last four games.

Speaking of the Wild, Josh Harding will be in goal. He last played in a 3-2 shootout loss to Colorado on Saturday, stopping 23 of 25 shots.

Brodeur goes for Devils

Tonight promises to be an emotional one for Martin Brodeur, as he’ll start at the Bell Center in Montreal for the first time since his father’s passing in late September.

Denis Brodeur was a longtime team photographer for the Canadiens, and Martin’s starts against the Habs have always carried a special narrative because of that. As such, Monday’s game promises to be especially poignant.

Brodeur hasn’t played in a while — Cory Schneider went back-to-back in wins over Carolina and Buffalo — so it’ll be curious to see how Brodeur reacts to an extended time off. The veteran netminder will be up against Carey Price in the Habs’ goal.

Elsewhere…

Covered it fairly extensively on PHT already, but Cam Talbot will make his second straight start for the Rangers tonight at MSG vs. Winnipeg. Ondrej Pavelec goes for the Jets.

Ben Scrivens is confirmed for L.A. tonight vs. St. Louis, but the Blues have yet to announce who the starter will be.

Canadiens remain one of the hottest teams in the East

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The Montreal Canadiens started early and finished strong against their long-time rivals from Toronto.

In a classic Saturday night match-up, the Canadiens triumphed over the Maple Leafs by a final score of 4-2, claiming their fifth victory in the last six games. The Habs have 11 of a possible 12 points in that span.

They didn’t waste any time putting the Leafs in the rear-view mirror.

Max Pacioretty scored 58 seconds into the game on a rebound opportunity, after his initial shot on a breakaway was stopped, as were the other two second chances he got on Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Pacioretty also scored short-handed in the second period to put the Habs up four goals. He then used his stick like an sword, which seemed to fire up the Leafs.

Toronto got a pair of goals from James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond 22 seconds apart to make it interesting heading into the third period.

The comeback would fall short.

The Habs improved their record to 7-1-2 over the last 10 games. There are three other teams in the East with that many wins over this most recent 10-game stretch. They include the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

Vanek (upper-body) out against Canadiens

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Thomas Vanek’s departure from the New York Islanders game Saturday night with an upper-body injury will have repercussions on their lineup tonight.

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports Vanek is out of the Isles game tonight in Montreal against the Canadiens. Brock Nelson will jump into the lineup in his place.

In his six games with the Islanders since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres, Vanek has one goal and two assists. The team is 2-4-0 since trading Matt Moulson for Vanek back on October 27. Meanwhile, Moulson has two goals and four assists in six games with the Sabres since the deal, although his last game against the Ducks didn’t exactly go very well.

Montreal’s Parros, Pacioretty nearing return

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Montreal will be on the road this weekend, but they’ll get some reinforcements along the way, according to TSN.

George Parros has been out with a concussion since the season opener, but the enforcer will rejoin the Canadiens lineup for Friday’s match against the Minnesota Wild. Parros was rushed to the hospital on Oct. 1 after he fell face first into the ice because of a freak accident during his second fight of the night with Toronto’s Colton Orr.

The Canadiens are also expected to get forward Max Pacioretty back on Friday or Saturday versus the Colorado Avalanche. Pacioretty hasn’t played since Oct. 15 due to a hamstring injury. Between 2011-12 and the shortened season, Pacioretty was by far the Canadiens’ most productive player with 48 goals and 56 assists in 123 games. He had three points in five contests in 2013-14 before he was sidelined.

In a related story, Montreal has tapped Carey Price to be the team’s starting goaltender on Friday. He has gotten off to a great start with a 2.02 GAA and .939 save percentage in 11 games.