Game #60

New Jersey vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 19/2012 – 6:05pm


Game Notes –

……New Jersey has won 11 of its last 13 at the Bell Centre – including seven in a row in which they outscored the Canadiens 23-9.

…….The last time the Canadiens beat the Devils at the Bell Centre was March 11/2008.  Carey Price stopped 38 shots in a 4-0 shutout.    Of the 18 skaters and two goaltenders who dressed for the game only five remain under Canadiens contract, Price, Plekanec, Gorges, Andrei Kostitsyn and Markov.  All of the players who picked up points are gone including goalscorers Smolinski, Koivu, Lapierre and Ryder and those who registered assists – Sergei Kostitsyn (2), Kostopoulos, Higgins, Streit and Latendresse.

…….The  Canadiens have gone 5-1-1 in their last seven games.

……Carey Price has started all seven games in the Canadiens current streak with a 1.95 GAA and two shutouts.  Price turned away 28 shots in a 2-1 road win over the Devils on Dec. 10 but has surrendered nine goals in losing the last two matchups in this series.

……. The Devils suffered through a three-game losing skid in late January.  Since then they are 7-1-1.  They have allowed a total of three goals their last three wins.

…….In his last seven starts Martin Brodeur is 6-1-0 with a shutout and a 1.82 goals-against average. He has started 12 of the last 14 games and is 8-3-1 over that stretch.  The win over Anaheim Friday was his 20th of the season, the 16th time he’s won 20 or more in his career.

…..Brodeur has played in 33 regular-season games and two playoff games (in 1997) at the Bell Centre. Overall he is 42-18-0 with five ties lifetime with a 1.81 GAA against the Canadiens – his lowest career mark against any opponent.

…..Over the last nine games the Devils have converted nine of their 32 power play  chances  (28%).

…..Officially the Canadiens power play has six goals in it’s last 21 opportunities (28.5%).  In Buffalo, they also scored a goal one second after a power play expired.

…… The Canadiens at home against the Devils and then Dallas on Tuesday.  Then they  play seven of their next nine on the road.  The first two road games will be played before the decision-making trade deadline.  overall the Canadiens play 13 of their final 21 games on the road.

…….The Canadiens are a league-worst 3-8 in shootouts while New Jersey is a league-best 10-3.

……. The Canadiens  have a .321 win percentage in one-goal games this season, ahead of only the Carolina  Hurricanes. The Devils in the same situation have a League-best .692 win percentage in one-goal games.  These statistics are obviously skewed by the Devils success and the Canadiens failure in shootouts.

…….. Yesterday the Devils  placed rookie defenseman Adam Larsson on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 2.    Larsson has missed the last seven games with a bruised lower back suffered when he was taken out on a hard clean third period hit by P.K. Subban.

…….There will be a five-minute tribute to Gary Carter before the  game.

The Hard Cold Stats –

Season Records –  New Jersey  57GP (33-20-4) 70pts.  6th in Eastern Conference.   Canadiens  59GP (24-25-10) 58 pts.  13th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games –  New Jersey (7-1-2)    Canadiens  (5-4-1)

Season Series –  Fourth and final meeting.  Devils have won 2 of the three games.    Dec. 10/2011 @Prudential Center  Canadiens-2 New Jersey-1.  Carey Price stops a Zach Parise penalty shot in the final minute to preserve the win. Pacioretty and Cole give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead.  In Canadiiens debut Tomas Kaberle assisted on both goals.    Nick Palmieri for New Jersey.  Three stars -Cole, Kaberle, Price.    Dec. 17 @Bell Centre  New Jersey-5 Canadiens-3.   First game for Randy Cunneyworth as head coach.  Patrick Elias 2 goals.  Also Sykora, Clarkson and Zubrus.  Subban, Campoli and Eller for the Canadiens.  Three stars – Elias, Zubrus, Gill.    Feb.2 @ New Jersey  New Jersey-5 Canadiens-3.  Canadiens take 3-1 lead on goals by Desharnais, Kostitsyn and Darche.  New Jersey scores four straight to win.  Price allows 4 goals on 21 shots.  David Clarkson & Zach Parise two goals each plus Dainius Zubrus.  Kovalchuk withthree assists.  Three Stars – Parise, Kovalchuk, Brodeur.

Vs. Eastern Conference – New Jersey (26-15-2)     Canadiens (20-20-6)

Home/Road – New Jersey on the Road – (17-10-1)   Canadiens at Home (11-12-8)

Special Teams – Power Play – New Jersey – ranked 17th – 16.9% (33/195)   Canadiens  ranked 28th – 13.8% (30/217)     Penalty Killing – New Jersey ranked 2nd – 88.1% (22/195)     Canadiens ranked first – 89.1% (25/229)

Goaltending – New Jersey – Martin Brodeur  – 36GP (20-13-2) 2.36GAA  .903save% – 1 shutout.    Canadiens – Carey Price – 51GP (22-20-9) 2.36GAA   .917save%   4 shutouts.

Who’s Hot-  New Jersey – Zach Parise  11 points in his last  10 games;  Ilya  Kovalchuk who has 17 points in his last nine games.    Canadiens – Max Pacioretty – five goals last  five games; David Desharnais  – seven points in a five-game point  streak.

Injury Report –  New Jersey – C-Ryan Carter (IR-fractured finger), D-Henrik Tallinder (IR-leg blood clot), C-Travis Zajac  (IR-achilles srain); D-Adam Larsson (IR-bruised lower back)     Canadiens – LW-Travis Moen (IR-upper body)’;  RW-Brian Gionta  (IR-bicep surgery);  C-Petteri Nokelainen (IR-upper body); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee arthroscopic surgery);  RW-Mike Blunden (IR-knee arthroscope)

The Devils Lineup

9-Zach Parise                  14-Adam Henrique    17-Ilya Kovalchuk

15-Petr Sykora                26-Patrik Elias            23-David Clarkson

12-Alexei Ponikarovsky   8-Dainius Zubrus     18-Steve Bernier

22-Eric Boulton               16-Jacob Josefson      10-Nick Palmieri

Defence –

6-Andy Greene         29-Mark Fayne

24-Bryce Salvador   28–Anton Volchenkov

32-Matt Taormina      2-Kurtis Foster.

Goal –    30-Martin Brodeur  (1-Johan Hedberg)