Game #44

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan. 14/2012 – 7:15pm


Game Notes

….Scott Gomez returns to the Canadiens lineup after missing 21 games with a groin injury.  His role in the game is undefined,  Normally a centre, he is expected to start the game as a leftwinger on a line with Tomas Plekanec and either Erik Cole or Michael Blunden.  Gomez has not scored a goal since February fifth of last season.

….The Senators have gone eight straight without a regulation loss, posting a 7-0-1 record.   Ottawa is also 10-1-2 over its last 13 outings and the club enters tonight as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.  Ottawa has averaged 3.5 goals during a 10-1-2 stretch. The club’s only regulation loss in that stretch was a 6-2 home loss to Montreal on Dec. 27.

….The Canadiens  have lost two straight, four of six and nine of their last 12 contests and are last in the Northeast with 39 points.  They are 3-8-0 under Cunneyworth.  They have scored a total of one goal in back-to-back losses.

……After going 3-0-1 to start 2012, the Senators started a stretch on  Jan. 10 with nine of ten on the  road.  Ottawa completes a three game segment tonight.  After hosting Winnipeg on Monday, they will head out on another six-game swing. The Sens are 10-7-5 on the road this season, but are 3-0-1 in their last four away from home.

……The Canadiens started the New Year by beating  Winnipeg and Tampa Bay , their first consecutive victories for the first time in almost a month.   The followed that with consecutive losses to St. Louis and then Boston.

…..The Canadiens are 6-1-1 in their last eight games against Ottawa,  Their win in Ottawa December 27th snapped  a five-game losing streak.

……Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson leads the NHL in games played, shots faced, and saves, and is in the midst of a  7-0-1 stretch in which he has allowed only 13 goals.

…….When the Canadiens made the trade for Tomas Kaberle on December 9th, their power play was operating at 11.4% (13/114).  With Kaberle involved the Canadiens have scored 9 goals in 52 advantages -17.3%.

….. Carey Price is 6-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA against the Senators since the start of last season.

……Defenceman Erik Karlsson is second on Ottawa with 43 points this year and will join Spezza, Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson at this year’s All-Star Game, which will take place in Ottawa on Jan. 29.

The Cold Hard Stats –

Season Record Ottawa – 45GP (24-15-6)     Canadiens – 43GP  (16-20-7)

Last Ten Games- Ottawa (7-1-2)     Canadiens (3-7-0)

Recently – Ottawa beat Pittsburgh 5-1 on Tuesday,  Then shutout the Rangers 3-0 on Thursday.   The Canadiens on Tuesday were shutout by Jaroslav Halak and St. Louis 3-0.  Thursday they were beaten by the Bruins 2-1 in Boston.

Season Series – This is the third of six meetings this season . Montreal has won the previous two matchups,  both in Ottawa.   @Scotiabank Place  Nov. 4/2011    Canadiens-2  Ottawa-1 .Erik Cole and Andrei Kostitsyn scored three minutes apart in the second period.   Carey Price stopped 33 shots.  Zack Smith scored shorthanded for Ottawa.  @Scotiabank Place – Dec. 27/2011 – Canadiens-6  Ottawa-2.   Randy Cunneyworth’s first win as an NHL coach. The Canadiens gave up a goal in the second minute of their game in Ottawa and then roared back with five in a row en route to their 6-2 win over the Senators. Lars Eller with a shorthanded goal plus Plekanec, Cammalleri,  Leblanc,  Subban and  Cole.  Zack Smith and Jason Spezza scored for Ottawa, who outshot the candiiens 35-28

Home/Road –   Ottawa on the Road (10-7-5)   Canadiens at Home (7-8-6)

Goaltending – Ottawa – Craig Anderson         Canadiens – Carey Price

Special Teams – Power Play –  Ottawa ranked 15th – 18.2% (28/154)    Canadiens ranked 29th – 13.2% (22/166)    Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 24th – 80.3%  (36/183)  Canadiens ranked 2nd – 89.1%  (18/163)

Who’s HotOttawa – Jason Spezza – 5 points last three games.   D-Erik Karlsson – 8 pts last five games.    G-Craig Anderson-  34-save shutout, his first of the season, in a  3-0 victory over the Rangers.     Canadiens – David Desharnais six points in his last six games; Erik Cole has seven points in his last seven.

The Missing – Senators Peter Regin (IR-shoulder);  Jesse Winchester (IR-concussion)     Canadiens – RW-Brian Gionta (IR-bicep surgery)Andrei Markov (IR-arthroscopic knee surgery)knee); D-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery); C-Scott Gomez (IR-groin) LW-Rene Bourque (suspension)