Game #27

Canadiens vs. Los Angeles

Staples Centre – Dec. 3/2011 – 3:05pm



…. The Canadiens are 6-0-0 against the Kings since March 8th 2003 when they lost a 2-1 decision in Los Angeles. Richard Zednik scored the lone Canadiens goal. Mathieu Garon in goal for Montreal. In the eight ensuring years they’ve outscored the Kings 24-12.

…..Since losing to the Canadiens in the 1993 Stanley Cup final, Los Angeles has a 6-19-0 record against Montreal.

…..Canadiens have lost four in a row and five of their last six games.

…..Los Angeles has lost three of their last six.

…..Carey Price, in losing his last three starts has a 3.22GAA.  Prior to that he was on a 3-1-0 roll with a goals against average of 0.99.  He’s played the Kings only twice with a 2-0-0 record and a 2.01GAA.

…..The Canadiens’ penalty-killing unit hasn’t given up a power-play goal in 12 of their last 13 games and is fourth in the League with an 87.6 percent efficiency. The power play, meanwhile, is 0-for-22 over the last six games and ranks 27th (11.8 percent).  Their power play is 0-for-24 over the last six games.  They have only 3 goals in 43 advantages on the road this season (7%).

….. Andrei Markov will miss his 92nd consecutive regular season Markov has missed in the 382 days since he tore up his knee last November 13th in a game against Carolina.

…..Hal Gill blocked 11 shots on Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. For the season, Gill ranks fifth in the League with 62 blocks.

…..With six players on injury reserve, the Canadiens injury list will grow to a league leading 141 man-games involving fourteen players. Along with Markov, Scott Gomez, Jaroslav Spacek, Chris Campoli, Ryan White and Andreas Engqvist will miss the game. In addition, Max Pacioretty will serve the third and final game of his suspension.

……The Canadiens top scorer Tomas Plekanec, has been matched against the opposition’s top lines and is minus-5 rating during his last four games. Captain Brian Gionta is a minus-10 in the last five games.

…..The Kings will start backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier.  Their number one – Jonathan quick leds the NHL in shutouts with four and stopped 41 shots in a 2-1 home ice win against Florida Thursday. Quick had  started 21 of 25 games. (11-6-4) 1.97 goals-against average and .936 save percentage.

…..Things are going well at the Kings boxoffice.  Thursday’s crowd of 17,720 for the game against Florida was only the second non-sellout in 13 home games.

The Cold Hard Stats –

Season Record – Canadiens– 26GP – (10-11-5) 25pts. 11th in Eastern Conference; 5th in Northeast Division. Los Angeles – 25GP (13-8-4) 30pts. 6th in Western Conference; 2nd in Pacific Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens 3-4-3; Los Angeles 6-3-1

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (6-6-1) Los Angeles at Home )8-6-1)

Season series: This is the only meeting of the season. Last meeting – @ Bell Centre Nov. 24, 2010 Canadiens-4 Los Angeles-1 Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist. Cammalleri, Plekanec and Lars Eller, who scored his first goal as a member of the Canadiens.. Carey Price made 24 saves.

Last Time In Los Angeles – Mar.6/2011 – Canadiens-4 Los Angeles-2. Fifth straight win against the Kings. Brian Gionta, Dominic Moore, Benoit Pouliot and Tomas Plekanec (ENG). Gomez-2 assists. Halak-23 saves. Kopitar and Modin for LA. Andrei Markov played in his 600th NHL game.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price has started 22 of 26 games (9-8-5) 2.29 GAA .917 save %. Los Angeles – Jonathan Bernier has started four games (2-2-0)  3.03GAA  .885 save%.

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 26th in NHL. 11.8% (12/102) Los Angeles ranked 10th. 18.0% (18/100). Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 4th. 89.4% (11/104). Los Angeles ranked 7th. 85.3% (15/102)

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – David Desharnais 1 goal 2 assists vs. San Jose Thursday. Los Angeles – Mike Richards 7 goals 1 assist last eight games.
The Missing – Canadiens – LW-Max Pacioretty (suspension); D-Andrei Markov (IR -knee); C-Scott Gomez (IR-groin); D-Jaroslav Spacek (IR-upper body); D-Chris Campoli (IR-torn hamstring); RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery); D-Brendon Nash (IR-shoulder surgery); C-Andreas Engqvist (IR-lower body). Los Angeles – C-Mike Richards (IR-concussion); D-Willie Mitchell (lower body). LW-Dustin Penner (IRhand injury); LW-Scott Parse (IR-hip surgery) lower body); D-Alec Martinez (IR-upper body).