Game #23

 Canadiens vs Philadelphia

 Wells Fargo Center – Nov.25/2011 – 3:05pm


Notes –

….. Carey Price is 3-1-0 with a 0.99 GAA and two shutouts since Nov. 16.

….. Ilya Bryzgalov is 4-1-1 in his six November starts – Up to the 4-2 loss to Carolina on Monday he was  5-0-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average in his previous six outings.  He then gave up three goals in the first period against the Islanders Wednesday and was taken out of a game the Flyers eventually won in overtime.

…..Sergei Bobrovsky replaced Bryzgalov  Wednesday vs. Long Island, only his fourth appearance  in 10 November games.  It was his  first win in nearly two weeks. He also struggled in the Flyers’ first game against the Canadiens on Oct. 26, finishing with 23 saves in a 5-1 loss, ending Philadelphia’s three-game winning streak in the series

…..The Canadiens have won three of their last four road games, all  decided by one goal

…..Travis Moen scored his seventh goal of the season Wednesday.   His NHL high is 11, in the 2006-07 season. He shares the NHL lead with Toronto’s Clark MacArthur in scoring ratio at 28%  (7 goals on 25 shots)

….. The Flyers in their last three games against the 13th, 14th and 15th placed teams in the Eastern Conference  have been outscored 8-2 in the first period.  The lone win was against the Islanders where they were forced to come from behind 3-1 to win in OT

……The Canadiens meanwhile have scored only one first-period goal in their last four games.

……The Flyers have given up at  least one opposition PPG in each of the last four games.  They are now 13th in the league at  83.3 percent.  The Canadiens meanwhile, have not given up a power play goal in nine games (36 times and 50:47 shorthanded)

The Hard Cold Facts

Season Record – Canadiens – 22GP (10-9-3) 23pts. 4th in Northeast Division.    Philadelphia – 21GP (12-6-3) 27pts. 2nd in Atlantic Division

Last 10 Games — Montreal 5-4-1; Philadelphia 6-2-2.

Season series — This is the second of four games between the teams this season. @ Bell Centre Oct. 26/2011 – Canadiens-5 Philadelphia-1.  Minutes before the game, it was announced that assistant coach Perry Pearn had been “relieved of his duties”.  Ended a franchise record five-game home losing streak.  Philadelphia opened the scoring,the Canadiens scored the next five.  Carey Price stops 21 shots for his 100th career victory.  Max Pacioretty 2 goals 1 assist. Weber, Kostitsyn and Cammalleri also scored.  Desharnais and Plekanec with 2 assists.   Bryzgalov let in five goals on 28 shots.

Last Time Out – Canadiens defeated Carolina 4-3 in a shootout at Raleigh. Philadelphia beat the Islanders 4-3 Wednesday in overtime.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (6-4-0)   Philadelphia at home (5-4-2)

Goals For/Against – ….. The Flyers score a league-best 3.67 goals-per-game.  The Canadiens rank 20th at 2.54 goals- per game.  Philadelphia is giving up an average of 3.05 goals per game ranking them 21st, the Canadiens are 8th at 2.32 goals against per game.

Special Teams – Power Play  Canadiens ranked 23rd  14.1% (12/85)   Philadelphia ranked 12th  18.6% (19/102)          Penalty Killing  Canadiens – ranked 3rd  89.9%  (9/89)    Philadelphia ranked 13th – 83.3%  (17/102)

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 19GP (9-7-3) 2.14GAA .917save% – 2 shutouts.  Has lost his last three games in Philadelphia with a 3.39 GAA.    Philadelphia –    Sergei Bobrovsky – 7GP (4-1-1) 3.24GAA .892save%.   In three starts against the Canadiens last season, he wat 2-1-0 with a 2.68 GAA.  (Ilya Bryzgalov – 16GP – (8-5-2) 2.89GAA  .898save%.. Bryzgalov is 0-3-1 with a 3.75 GAA in four career starts versus Montreal, the only team he has faced at least four times and not defeated.)

Who’s Hot — Canadiens – Tomas Plekanec has 6 points in his last five games, and leads the team with 20 points. Lars Eller – 1 goal 1 assist vs. Carolina.     Philadelphia – Danny Briere scored the game tying goal and the overtime winner vs. the Islanders Wednesday. Rookie Mark Read had a five game goalscoring streak stopped vs. Long Island Wednesday.

The Missing — Canadiens – C-Scott Gomez (groin);  D-Jaroslav Spacek (upper body);  LW-Andrei Kostitsyn (IR-lower body);  D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee inflammation);  D-Chris Campoli-(IR-torn hamstring);  C-Andreas Engqvist (lower body);  RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery); D-Brendon Nash (IR-shoulder surgery).       Philadelphia – LW-Jaromir Jagr (groin); D-Chris Pronger (virus); C-Blair Betts (IR-fluid on knee); D-Erik Gustafsson (IR-wrist surgery); RW-Ian Laperriere (IR-post concussion syndrome)

13-Michael Cammalleri 14- Tomas Plekanec      21- Brian Gionta
67-Max Pacioretty           51- David Desharnais  72 – Erik Cole
32-Travis Moen               81– Lars Eller                60 – Aaron Palushaj
52-Mathieu Darche         15- Petteri Nokelainen 65- Frederic St. Denis

26Josh Gorges     76- P.K. Subban
74Alexei Emelin 68- Yannick Weber
75-Hal Gill             61– Raphael Diaz

Goal       31-Carey Price   (30-Peter Budaj)

The Flyers Forwards

19-Scott Hartnell               28- Claude Giroux       29-Harry Zolnierczyk
21-James van Riemsdyk  48- Danny Briere,         17-Wayne Simmonds
24-Matt Read                     27- Max Talbot              93- Jakub Voracek
45-Jody Shelly                    14-Sean Couturier        16- Zac Rinaldo


41-Andrej Meszaros             25- Matt Carle
44-Kimmo Timonen              5- Braydon Coburn
43-Marc-Andre Bourdon      6- Andreas Lilja

Goal     35-Sergei Bobrovsky   (30-Ilya Bryzgalov)