Game #69

Canadiens vs. Vancouver

Rogers Arena – Mar. 10/2012 – 10:05 EST


Game Notes –

…..Andrei Markov was placed on the Canadiens active roster Saturday morning.  A decision on whether he plays will be made after the pre-game warmup.

…..Erik Cole was fined $2,500 by the NHL  for slew-footing Edmonton defenceman Jeff Petry in the Canadiens’ 5-3 victory over the Oilers on Thursday night.   Cole was given a minor penalty for tripping on the second-period play.

…….The Canucks trail the St. Louis Blues by 1 point for the best record in the NHL.

……The Canadiens win in Edmonton Thursday was their first win in regulation since February 11th, a span of eleven games.

…… Vancouver closed out February with a record of 9-1-4.  In March they are 2-2-0.

……The Canucks ended a two game home losing streak with a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Winnipeg on Thursday.  Prior to the win they were 1-2-2 over five games.

……The Canadiens have lost eight of their last nine visits to Vancouver.  Their 0-7-1 losing streak ended with a 3-2 win Feb. 22, 2011.  Over the losing streak the Canadiens were outscored  37-15.  Prior to that, their last win in Vancouver was Nov. 30, 2000.  Canadiens goals in the 4-3 win were scored by Craig Darby, Brian Savage, P.J. Stock and Martin Rucinsky.

…..Vancouver hasn’t defeated the Canadiens twice in a season since 2003-04.

……Over their last seven games, Daniel Sedin has 1 assist and brother Henrik has no points.

……In 27 career games against the Canadiens, Roberto Luongo has a 10-11-5 record with a 2.45GAA and a .921 save%.  He’s He has allowed at least three goals in five of his last six games, the exception being a 29-save shutout of the Blues on March 1.

……Since allowing all of the goals in a 7-1 loss at Vancouver on Oct. 7, 2009, Price has gone 2-0-1 with a 1.62 GAA against the Canucks.

……With the empty net goal Thursday, Max Pacioretty became the first American-born player to score 30 goals for the  Canadiens. Brian Gionta scored 29 last season.

…… The Canucks had the best home record in hockey last season with a  27-9-5 mark.  Eight home losses is one less than last season’s total.

…….After going 3-1-2 in a six-game homestand in January,  Vancouver has  dropped two of four in their current seven-game home  stand.

……While the Canadiens power play has improved recently, Vancouver’s has struggled.   Since Jan. 9, they are 8-for-69 –  11.6 %.  In their first 42 games they had a 24.4% success rate (41-of-168) and led the league.

…..The Canadiens power play has produced 6 goals in 14 advantages over the last four games.  The surge has moved their ranking from 29th to 26th in the league.

 The Hard Cold Stats –

Season Records   –   Canadiens  (26-32-10)  15th in Eastern Conference.      Vancouver  (42-18-8)    2nd in Western Conference

 Last Ten Games –     Canadiensl 3-7-0     Vancouver 5-3-2

Season Series – Second of two meetings.  Dec. 8 @ Bell Centre  Vancouver-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout).  Canadiens blow 3-0 lead. Martin Raymond scored a shorthanded goal to start the comeback.  Corey Hodgson and Sami Salo scored in the third period and Hodgson scored the lone shootout goal.  Frederic St. Denis (1st career goal), Diaz and Cole for the Canadiens.    Last Game in Vancouver Feb. 22, 2011 –   Canadiens-3 Vancouver-2.  Canadiens take 2-0 first period lead on goals by Desharnais and Gionta.  Kostitsyn also scored.  Henrik Sedin and Samuelsson for Vancouver.  Canadiens outshot 39-25.  Three stars – Price, Ryan Kesler, Gionta.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road  (14-17-1)     Vancouver at Home – (20-8-4)

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 58GP (23-26-9) 2.48GAA  .914save%  4 shutouts       Vancouver – Roberto Luongo – 47GP (27-12-7)  2.47GAA  .919save%  3 shutouts.

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 26th -15.2% (38/250)   Vancouver ranked 3rd – 20.7% (49/237)    Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 3rd – 89.1% (28/257)   Vancouver ranked 6th – 86.8% (32/242)

Who’s Hot –  Canadiens – Max Pacioretty  five goals, three assists in four-game point streak. P.K.  Subban has six points in his last four games.    Vancouver – D-Alex Edler three  goals  last five games;  D-Kevin Bieksa 0 goals, five assists last four games.

The Missing –  Canadiens –  C-David Desharnais (hip); D-Raphael Diaz (groin);  LW- Mathieu Darche (IR-upper body/dizziness); RW-Brian Gionta (IR-biceps surgery);  RW-Michael Blunden (IR-arthroscopic knee surgery; LW-Travis Moen (IR-upper body).     Vancouver –  Keith Ballard (IR-concussion); Andrew Ebbett (IR-collarbone surgery); RW-Steve Pinizzoto (IR-shoulder surgery); LW-Andrew Volpatti (IR-pending shoulder surgery).

The Canadiens Lineup –

Erik Cole – Tomas Plekanec – Max Pacioretty

Rene Bourque – Lars Eller – Ryan White

Blake Geoffrion – Scott Gomez – Aaron Palushaj

 Brad Staubitz – Petteri Nokelainen – Louis Leblanc
 Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
 Alexei Emelin – Tomas Kaberle
 Yannick Weber – Chris Campoli

Carey Price

The Vancouver Alignment 

 Daniel Sedin – Henrik  Sedin – Alexandre Burrows

 David Booth – Ryan Kessler – Chris Higgins

Jannik Hansen – Sammy Pahlsson -Mason Raymond

Zack Kassian – Manny Malhotra – Maxim Lapierre

Dan Hamhuis – Kevin Bieksa

Alex Edler – Sami Salo

Chris Tanev – Marc-Andre Gragnani

Roberto Luongo