Game #53

Winnipeg vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 4/2012 – 2:05pm


Game Notes –

…..In the 20 years since the Canadiens started playing two home games on Super Bowl weekend, they have been swept three times, 1997, 1998, 1999.  They have split the series ten times including each of the last five years.

…..After a 3-1-1 stretch  leading to the All-Star break – the Canadiens have lost all three games since the schedule resumed.

….The Canadiens with 19, are one of only three teams that have failed to win 20 games this season joining Anaheim (also 19 wins) and Columbus (14).

…. Only Columbus has a worse home record than the Canadiens.  After 27 Bell Centre games the Canadiens are 9-11-7  (25 pts).  The Blue Jackets, with three fewer home-games-played, are 8-13-3  (19 pts).

…..Canadiens historians have broken down the Scott Gomez goal scoring slump, which enters it’s second year with this game.   Gomez’ last goal was February 5th, 2011 against the New York Rangers.   Including last year’s seven game playoff series against Boston, he has played in 58 games without a goal while recording 122 shots on goal.

…..In the 12 games since scoring four goals and an assist against the Jets January 4th Lars Eller has 2 goals and an assist.

…..The  Jets have scored two goals or fewer in nine of their last 11 road games,  losing seven of them.  They have  only three goals in regulation over their last three games.

…..Winnipeg has registered fewer than 25 shots for a fourth straight game.

…..Winnipeg is in a 3-for-31 slump on the power play including 0 for 10 over the last five games.

…..At home the Canadiens power play has produced 1 goal in it’s last 21 advantages.  Overall, since January 12th (seven games) the Canadiens have two power play goals in 30 advantages. (6.0%)

…..This is the final game of a six game Winnipeg road trip.  So far, they are 2-3-0.


The Hard Cold Stats –

Season Records– Winnipeg  (24-23-6)  54 pts. 10th in Eastern Conference; 3rd in Southeast Division.    Canadiens –  (19-24-9) 47 pts.  14th in Eastern Conference; 5th in Northeast Division

Last Ten Games – Winnipeg 4-5-1; Montreal 3-5-2

Home/Road –  Winnipeg on the Road (9-15-4)     Canadiens at Home (9-11-7)

Season Series – This is the fourth and final meeting.    Canadiens have won two of three.    Oct. 9 @Winnipeg -Canadiens-5   Winnipeg-1.  First home game of the “new” Jets.   Cammalleri, Plekanec, Weber, Moen and Pacioretty for the Canadiens.  Antropov for Winnipeg.  Plekanec also with two assists.  Cammalleri suffers skate cut in game and Spacek leaves with damaged ribs after Evander Kane check.    Dec. 22 @ Winnipeg – Winnipeg-4  Canadiens-0.  Ondrej Pavelich with 27 saves for the shutout.  Wheeler (2), Glass and Stapleton scored the goals. Jan. 4 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-7 Winnipeg-3.  Lars Eller with 4 goals and 1 assist including a penalty shot.    Also Gorges, Kaberle and Cammalleri.  Stapleton, Wheeler and Ladd for Winnipeg.  Pavelich started in goal for Winnipeg.  Chris Mason played the final 13:11.

Recently – Winnipeg lost 2-1 at Florida on Friday after posting consecutive 2-1 victories at Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.      Canadiens lost to Washington 3-0 Saturday.  Prior to that they suffered losses against Buffalo (3-1)and at New Jersey (5-3).

Goaltending –  Winnipeg  – Ondrej Pavelec (18-17-6) 2.74GAA   .912save%   Canadiens – Carey Price (17-19-8)2.43GAA   .913save%.   He has a 5-1-2 home record against the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise.

Special Teams – Power Play – Winnipeg ranks 17th    17.1% (28/164)    Canadiens – ranked 30th – (24/196)/   Penalty Killing – Winnipeg ranked 12th – 83.2% (34/202).   Canadiens – ranked first – 89.4%  (21/199)

Who’s Hot – Winnipeg – Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has stopped 57 of 59 shots in winning his past two  starts.  Canadiens – David Desharnais  three goals and one assist last five games. Rene Bourque had two goals and two assists last five games.   Erik Cole  one goal and three assists last five. -2 goals 7 assists last eight.  Max Pacioretty – 6 goals 3 assists last nine games.

The Missing –  Winnipeg – C-Tim Stapleton (lower body); Evander Kane (concussion).      Canadiens –  LW-Travis Moen (IR-upper body); C-Petteri Nokelainen (IR-upper body); RW- Ryan White (IR-groin), D-Andrei  Markov (IR-arthroscopic surgery); RW-Brian Gionta (IR-right bicep surgery); RW-Michael  Blunden (lower body)

The ‘Lottery’ Race

                                 GP     Pts.    Pctg.

24 – NY Islanders   51       50     .490

25 – Buffalo             52       50     .480

26 – Carolina           54       49     .450

27 – Montreal          52       47      .450

28 – Anaheim          51       46       .451

29 – Edmonton       52       46       .440

30 – Columbus        52       34       .320