Game #11

Canadiens vs. Boston

Bell Centre – Oct. 29/2011 – 7:15pm


Pre-Game Notes
…. Over the last seven seasons the team that won the Stanley Cup has  come back and win it’s own division the following season just once.  The Detroit Red Wings followed a cup win to lead the Central division in 2008-2009.

…..Since the Bruins beat Tampa Bay 4-1 on October 8th they have failed to score more than two goals in six of their last seven games.  They are averaging 2.11 goals per game.  The Canadiens meanwhile have been limited to one goal or less in five of their ten games.

……Carey Price is two victories away from tying  Georges Vezina for 11th on the franchise win list. Next on the list would be Rogie Vachon.  By the end of the season he probably will rank eighth all time, a spot currently occupied by Gerry McNeil’s 119 wins.

…….The Canadiens announced today that forward  Aaron Palushaj has been assigned to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.   It is the fifth time Palushaj has been moved by the team.  He was originally sent to Hamilton on October 5th; was recalled October 10th; re-assigned October 22nd; and called up again October 25th.

…..The next Bruins loss will be their seventh of the season.  They didn’t lose their seventh game last season until thier 18th game Nov 20th.  After nine games last season they were 7-2.

….Tim Thomas, who is not expected to start, has a 3-4-0 record this season. Last year, he suffered his fourth loss of the season Dec. 4, when he fell to 13-2-2. He didn’t suffer his fourth regulation loss until Dec. 20, when his record dropped to 15-4-3.

The Cold Statistics

Season Records – Canadiens – 10GP (3-5-2) 8pts.   4th in Northeast Division/12th in Eastern Conference. Boston – 9GP  (3-6-0) 6pts.   5th in Northeast Division/15th in Eastern Conference.

Season Series – Second of six meetings.  Canadiens beat Boston 2-1 at TD Garden Oct. 27/2011.  Erik Cole and Tomas Plekanec scored.  Patrice Bergeron credited with Plekanec “own goal”.  Price stopped 29  of 20 shots.   The Canadiens won four of the six regular season meetings last year.

Last Time Out –  Canadiens beat the Bruins Thursday 2-1., their second win in a row after a six game losing streak.  The Bruins have lost two in a row and three of their last four games.

Head to Head – Against the Canadiens the Bruins are  3-7-3 since 2009-10. They have lost the last four regular-season meetings in Montreal;  five of six and 17 of its last 21 visits to Montreal.

Goaltending Canadiens – Carey Price  9GP (3-4-2) 2.66GAA   .897save%  Price has stopped 50 of 52 shots in winning the last two games. He is 8-2-0 with a 2.43 GAA against the Bruins in the regular season since 2009-10, and has posted a 1.73 GAA in winning the last four in the series in Montreal.  Boston  – Tuuka Rask  (0-2-0)  2.52GAA   .915save%)

Who’s Hot  Canadiens – Erik Cole has 18 shots on goal, two goals and three points  his last three games.   Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais have three points their last two games.   Boston – Patrice Bergeron has three points his last three games.  Milan Lucic has two goals and five points his last three games.

Absentees – Canadiens – D-Andrei Markov (IR-right knee inflammation); D-Brendon Nash (IR shoulder surgery); D-Chris Campoli (IR-hamstring); RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery); CScott Gomez (shoulder) .   Boston – C-Marc Savard (IR-post concussion syndrome)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 27th in NHL 10.3% (4/39).  Boston ranked 24nd   13.5% (5/37).   Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 18th  – 82.2% (8/45)  Boston ranked 6th – 88.6% (4/35)

Boston lines

17-Milan Lucic            46-David Krejci             8-Nathan Horton
63-Brad Marchand    37-Patrice Bergeron    19-Tyler Seguin
38-Jordan Caron       23-Chris Kelly              49-Rich Peverley
20-Daniel Paille         11-Gregory Campbell  22-Shawn Thornton


33-Zdeno Chara        44-Dennis Seidenberg
21-Andrew Ference  55-Johnny Boychuk
14-Joe Corvo              54-Adam McQuaid


40-Tuukka Rask  (30-Tim Thomas)

Scratches: Benoit Pouliot (ill), Steven Kampfer

Canadiens lines

67-Max Pacioretty             14-Tomas Plekanec          21-Brian Gionta
13-Michael Cammalleri    51-David Desharnais       70-Erik Cole
32-Travis Moen                  81-Lars Eller                     46-Andrei Kostitsyn
52-Mathieu Darche            15-Petteri Nokelainen    45-Mike Blunden


26-Josh Gorges        76-P.K. Subban
75-Hal Gill                 61-Raphael Diaz
6-Jaroslav Spacek    68-Yannick Weber

Goal-  31-Carey Price  (30-Peter Budaj)

Scratches: Scott Gomez (upper body), Alexei Emelin