Game #37

Canadiens vs. Senators

Scotiabank Place – Dec.27/2011 –  7:35pm


Game Notes –

…..Montreal the Canadiens are 0-3 on their current Christmas interrupted six game road trip.  They have lost five in a row and four straight since Randy Cunneyworth took over head coaching duties.

……During the four games under Cunneyworth they have been outscored 17-6 and 9-1 their last two outings.

……The Senators have at least a point each of their last four games.  Their last five-game point streak was a season-best 6-0-0 stretch Oct. 20-30.

……After losing five of six to open the month, Ottawa went 4-1-1 to enter the break tied for the seventh-most points in the Eastern Conference. Playing their third game in four nights, the Senators had a three-game winning streak snapped Friday with a 2-1 overtime loss at Carolina.

……Gorges played in his 400th NHL game on Thursday (304 for the Canadiens). He has 10 goals, 69 points and a plus-18 rating for his career.

……The Senators Daniel Alfredsson is one goal shy of 400.  The Canadiens have also held him pointless in four straight games.  He did not play in the only game against the Canadiens this season due to a concussion.

…… Senators defenseman Filip Kuba scored the only goal in Friday’s loss, and it was his 300th career point (66 goals).

……The Senators have totaled 14 goals while winning three in a row at home – going 4 for 10 on the power play.

……The Canadiens have been among the lowest scoring teams in the league their last 14 games averaging 2.21 goals while losing eleven times.

……Carey Price has lost four straight starts  allowing 16 goals.  He is 9-5-0 lifetime vs. Ottawa with 2.35 GAA and .916 save-percentage.  In his last six games against the Senators he is 5-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA

……Ottawa G Craig Anderson is 3-3-1 in eight appearances vs. the Habs lifetime with a 2.78 GAA and .908 save-percentage

……In the seven games since his acquisition from Carolina  Tomas Kaberle has five points, all assists.

……Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson leads the league defensemen with 33 points and his 29 assists rank him second.   In his last 10 games, he is 2-8-10 with 30 shots and plus-3


The Cold Hard Stats

Season Record – Canadiens – 36GP  (13-16-7)  Last in Northeast Division; 12th in Eastern Conference.  Ottawa – 36GP (17-14-5) – 3rd in Northeast Division; 8th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens  (
3-5-2);     Ottawa (5-3-2)

Season Series-
 Second of six meetings.  @Scotiabank Place  Nov. 4/2011    Canadiens-2  Ottawa-1  .Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn scored three minutes part in the second period.   Carey Price stopped 33 shots.  Zack Smith scored shorthanded for Ottawa.

Last Time Out – Canadiens blanked by Winnipeg 4-0 last Thursday.  Ottawa lost 2-1 in overtime at Carolina on Friday.

Home vs. Road – Canadiens on the Road (8-9-1)   Ottawa at Home (10-7-1)

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 31GP (12-12-7)  2.45GAA  .913save%.   Ottawa – Craig Anderson – 31GP (15-11-3)  3.27GAA  .899save%.

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 29th – 12.3% (16/146)   Ottawa ranked 13th   18.2%  (23/126).   Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 3rd – 88.6% (16/141)   Ottawa ranked 25th – 79.6% (31/152)

Who’s Hot
 Canadiens – No-one.   Senators -Daniel Alfredsson – three goals, six assists in a four-game span before being held off the scoresheet Friday; Kyle Turris has picked up an assist in each of his first three games since being acquired from the Coyotes, while compiling a plus-3 rating. Anderson is 2-0-1 over his last three starts with a .938 save percentage.

The Missing – Canadiens – RW-Brian Gionta (IR-groin); C-Scott Gomez (IR-groin); D-Andrei Markov (IR-arthroscopic knee surgery); RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery). D-Brendon Nash )IR-shoulder surgery).     Ottawa – LW- Milan Michalek (probable starter-concussion);C- Peter Regin (IR-shoulder); C-Jesse Winchester (concussion)

The Canadiens Lineup

  • 13-Michael Cammelleri  51-David Desharnais     71–Louis Leblanc
  • 67-Max Pacioretty           81-Lars Eller                   72-Erik Cole
  • 32-Travis Moen                14-Tomas Plekanec       46-Andrei Kostitsyn
  • 52-Mathieu Darche          15-Petteri Nokelainen  45–Michael Blunden


  • 26-Josh Gorges       76-P.K. Subban
  • 61-Raphael Diaz      75-Hal Gill
  • 22-Tomas Kaberle   74-Alexei Emelin


  • 31-Carey Price   (30-Peter  Budaj)

Ottawa Lineup

  • 9-Milan Michalek      19-Jason Spezza        11-Daniel Alfredsson
  • 71-Nick Foligno            7-Kyle Turris           16-Bobby Butler
  • 14-Colin Greening      15-Zack Smith          25-Chris Neil
  • 22-Erik Condra          28-Zenon Konopka 23–Kaspars Daugavins


  •   2-Jared Cowen   65-Erik Karlsson
  •  17-Filip Kuba        55-Sergei Gonchar
  •   4-Chris Phillips  39-Matt Carkner


  • 41-Craig Anderson  (35-Alex Auld)