Canadiens vs. Winnipeg
MTS Centre – Dec. 22/2011 – 8:35pm EST
….. Winnipeg is 6-1-1 at home in December but they have lost two of their last three, including a 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Tuesday,
….. The Canadiens are still looking for their first win under new head coach Randy Cunneyworth, who got the job Saturday when Jacques Martin was fired. They are 0-3-0 since the Martin firing. Cunneyworth has the dubious distinction of being the first Canadiens coach in the team’s history to lose his first three games behind the bench. Overall they’ve lost four in a row.
…… P.K. Subban was minus-2 in each of the back-to-back road losses to the Hawks and Bruins this week.
….. Tomas Plekanec leads the Canadiens with 27 points despite ranking last with a minus-8. He was a minus-three while assisting on Montreal’s lone goal – a power-play tally by Andrei Kostitsyn – on Wednesday.
…..Michael Cammalleri has only three goals his last 24 games.
….. The Canadiens are 11-8-5 all-time in Winnipeg, including 23 visits against the original Jets before that franchise moved to Phoenix in 1996
…… The Jets are 11-5-1 at the MTS Centre, but fell to 2-1-1 on their current six-game homestand after losing 3-2 in a shootout to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
. … The Canadiens lead the NHL with seven post-regulation losses.
…… In his last three starts, all losses, Carey Price has a 4.08 goals-against average. In December he has a record of 3-4-3 with a save percentage of .910.
……..Evander Kane leads the Jets with 15 goals and 25 points, but has one assist in his last four games. He failed to score against the Islanders despite six shots on goal.
……Longtime linemates Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez are both out with injuries. Gomez has missed 13 games with a groin injury, Gionta has been out the last six.
……Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has allowed three goals on 61 shots over his last two starts, but has lost both games..
The Cold Hard Stats
Season Record – Canadiens – 35GP (13-15-7) 33pts. 12th in Eastern Conference; 5th in Northeast Division. Winnipeg – 33GP (15-13-5) 35pts. 11th in Eastern Conference; third in Southeast Division.
Last Ten Games – Canadiens 3-4-3; Winnipeg 6-3-1
Last Time Out – Canadiens 5-1 losers in Chicago Wednesday night. Winnipeg at home Tuesday lost to the Islanders 3-2 in shootout .
Season Series: Second of four meetings – October 9 – @ Winnipeg Canadiens-5 Winnipeg 1. 2nd game of the season. Tomas Plekanec with a goal and 2 assists. Also Cammalleri, Weber, Pacioretty and Moen. Antropov for Winnipeg. Spacek suffers rib injury when checked by Evander Kane. Cammalleri is cut above the knee in collision with Yannick Weber.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (8-8-1) Winnipeg at Home – (11-5-1)
Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 30GP (12-11-7) 2.40GAA .914save% – 2 shutouts. Winnipeg – Ondrej Pavelec 28GP (11-11-5) 2.98 GAA .907save%.-2 shutouts.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 29th – 12.8%. (18/141) Winnipeg ranked 17th – 17.0% (19/112) Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked second – 89.2% (15/139) Winnipeg ranked 19th 81.9% (26/144)
Who’s Hot: Canadiens – Erik Cole has five goals and two assists in his last seven games and leads the Canadiens with 13 goals on the season. … Winnipeg – Nik Antropov had a goal and an assist for the Jets on Tuesday and has three points in his last two games, along with a plus-3 rating. Andrew Ladd has goals in his last two games.
The Missing: Canadiens -RW- Brian Gionta (IR-lower body); C-Scott Gomez (IR-groin); D-Andrei Markov (IR-arthroscopic knee surgery); RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery) Winnipeg – C-Bryan Little (foot); C-Andre Gagnon (IR-undisclosed); D-Randy Jones (IR-upper body); D-Derek Meech (IR-lower body)