Canadiens’ Brendan Gallagher is checked by Devils’ Kyle Palmieri Tuesday night in Newark, N.J. Gallagher missed Wednesday’s practice for a therapy day.
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Jordan Weal!The Cup is ours!!But until the latest depth-player acquisition arrives …Is it too early to describe the Canadiens’ next three games as must-win?It is not.Clinging precariously to a Wildcard playoff berth, the Canadiens visit New Jersey Monday night. Then they hop on a plane to Detroit for a Tuesday night game against the Red Wings. The road trip concludes Friday night at Madison Square Garden.Three games against non-playoff teams before playing host to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Then it’s the dread California road trip..Three Ws … or at least five points.Failing that, the Canadiens will find be on the outside looking in at postseason hockey.The Canadiens’ last visit to the Prudential Centre, on Nov. 21, did not go well. The home team pumped four unanswered goals past Carey Price in a 5-2 win.Then a Feb. 2 visit to the Bell Centre ended with Nico Hischier’s Overtime goal, his second of the game.Puck drops 7:10ish.Check back later for live game blogging.