Game #12

Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Scotiabank Place – Nov. 4/2011 – 7:35pm


Notes –

….The Canadiens have won seven of their last ten games in Ottawa.

….Carey Price has a 1.33 goals-against average and a .950 save% during the current three game win streak.  He is 4-0-0 with a 1.57 GAA and two shutouts over his last five appearances in Ottawa.

….Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson beat the Canadiens twice last season, once with Colorado and
once with the Senators.  He is 3-0-0 with a 1.99GAA over the last two seasons against the Canadiens.

….In their three game winning streak the Canadiens have outscored their opponent 11-4.

….The Senators had a six game winning streak snapped in Boston Tuesday.  The Senators had the lead twice in that game before Boston went on to win 5-3.  It was Boston’s first game since being beaten back-to-back by the Canadiens.

…. The Canadiens blocked 29 shots Saturday night leaving them in the NHL’s top three in that department.  Jaroslav Spacek  blocked seven shots against the Bruins and has 18 blocks in the past three games.

….Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will miss the game with a concussion.  He was hit by the Rangers
Woytek Wolski Saturday at Madison Square Garden.  The incident drew a minor penalty but no supplementary discipline from the league, mainly because, as Brendan Shanahan explained, the incident was accidental and Wolski has “no history of being a dirty player.”

…..Center Jason Spezza has 15 goals and 16 assists in 20 home games against the Canadiens.

……The Senators have won four straight at home while converting 5 of 12 power-play opportunities.   The Canadiens meanwhile,  have killed 11 of 12 over the last three games.

The Cold Hard Facts –

Season Record – Canadiens –  11GP (4-5-2) 10 pts. 4th in Northeast Division, 11th Eastern Conference.    Ottawa – 13GP (7-6-0) 14pts.  4th Northeast; 5th Eastern Conference.

Season Series – First of six meetings.  Canadiens won four of six last season (4-1-1) but suffered a 3-2 overtime loss in their final meeting of the season in Ottawa April 7th.  Filip Kuba scored the winning goal.  Alex Auld was in goal for the Canadiens.

Last Five Games – Canadiens  (3-1-1) started by the last two losses of a six game  streak.
Ottawa (4-1-0) including the last four game of a six game winning streak.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price (4-4-2) 2.59GAA  .900save%.      Ottawa – Craig Anderson  (6-3-0)
3.80GAA   .880save%.

Special Teams – Power Play – Montreal ranked 24th in NHL  13.3%  (6/45)  Ottawa ranked 1st  28.9% (13/45).   Penalty Killing – Montreal ranked 17th   83.0% (8/47)    Ottawa rranked 27th  73.4%   (17/64)

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Tomas Plekanec (2-2-4) and David Desharnais (1-3-4) have three-game points streaks going for the Canadiens. Price has a .950 save percentage over his last three games. …Ottawa  –  Nick Foligno had three assists Tuesday in the Boston loss.

The Missing-   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); C-Scott Gomez (shoulder);        Ottawa – RW- Daniel Alfredsson (concussion); C-Peter Regin (shoulder); D-Matt Carkner (knee)

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 (healthy)

Ottawa Lines

14-Colin Greening      19-Jason Spezza               9-Milan Michalek

71-Nick Foligno           24-Stephane Da Costa  16 -Bobby Butler

32-Erik Condra            15-Zack Smith                25-Chris Neil

21-Nikita Filatov          18-Jesse Winchester     20-Zenon Konopka


4-Chris Phillip         7-David Rundblad

17-Filip Kuba           65-Erik Karlsson

55-Sergei Gonchar    2-Jared Cowen

Goal –      41-Craig Anderson   (35-Alex Auld)