Game #75

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Mar. 23/2012 – 7:35pm


Game Notes –

…….This game is the third of three meetings over nine days between the Canadiens and Senators and the final of the six game season series.

……The Canadiens have an eight game points streak in the series against Ottawa (5-0-3).  The last time the Senators beat the Canadiens in regulation time was 3-2 Nov. 6, 2010 at the Bell Centre.  (Alex Kovalev scored the winning goal, his second of the game)

……Both teams are in goalscoring slumps.  Each was shutout in their last game; the Senators 1-0 vs New Jersey and the Canadiens 3-0 in Buffalo.  The Canadiens have three goals their last three games while the Senators have scored five over their last four.

…… Craig Anderson will return to the Ottawa nets after missing a month with a severed tendon in his right pinky finger suffered Feb. 23 while preparing a meal at home.   Anderson had won his previous four starts — including two shutouts -before the injury.  In Anderson’s absence the Senators were 5-5-2.

……Anderson is 4-2-0 with a 2.58 GAA in his last six starts against the Canadiens.

……The Senators indicate they will carry three goaltenders the rest of the way.  Ben Bishop will be Anderson’s backup;  meaning Alex Auld will be in the press box for the foreseeable future.  In 14 games and eight starts this season Auld has a 2-4-2 record with a 3.35 GAA and a save percentage of .884.

……Carey Price starts for the Canadiens.  He is 5-0-2 with a 1.53 GAA his last seven starts vs. Ottawa.  He is 11-5-1 lifetime vs. Ottawa with a 2.27 GAA and a .922 save-percentage with three shutouts.

……The Canadiens had a 3-0-3 streak ended with a shutout loss in Buffalo Wednesday.

……The Desharnais/Cole/Pacioretty line has failed to score a single point the last three games.  As a unit they are minus-6 while generating a total of 17 shots on goal.  In their previous seventeen games they had scored 23 of the Canadiens 42 goals (Desharnais-4; Pacioretty-11; Cole-8).

…..Ottawa’s top three goal scorers – Milan Michalek (32), Jason Spezza (29) and Daniel Alfredsson (22) – have combined for two goals in the five games against the Canadiens both scored by Spezza.

…….In their last meeting in Ottawa the Canadiens successfully killed off nine penalties.  This season the Canadiens have killed off 26 of 27 Senators power plays.  Three of the Canadiens nine shorthanded goals have been scored against Ottawa (Plekanec-2 plus Eller)

…….Despite losing four of its last five (1-2-2), with 84 points, the seventh place Senators are close to clinching a playoff berth.  They lead the ninth place Sabres by four points.

…….Both games against the Senators at the Bell Centre have ended in a shootout.  The Canadiens are 2-1 in the three games that have gone past regulation this season.  Overall the Canadiens have lost 13 games in overtime or shootout.  Only Carolina and Calgary are worse.  At home the Canadiens are 3-9 in extra time.   Ottawa is 10-10 in overtime/shootout games,.

…..Jason Spezza returns to the lineup after missing one game with the flu.  It will be his 600th NHL game.  Spezza is 5th in the NHL scoring race.  He has 27 goals and 58 points in 49 career games against the Canadiens.

…..The Senators power play has stalled. In the last nine games, they have two power play goals. In the previous 10, they scored 12.

The Hard Cold Stats

Season Records –  Ottawa  (37-27-10)      Canadiens  (28-33-13)

Last Ten Games  Ottawa 4-4-2     Montreal 4-3-3 

Last Time OutOttawa lost 1-0 to New Jersey.    Canadiens were 3-0 losers in Buffalo on Wednesday.

Season Series – Sixth and final meeting.  The Canadiens are 3-0-2.      @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        @Bell Centre Jan. 14/2012 – Ottawa-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout) . Daniel Alfredsson scored the only goal in the shootout.  when Max Pacioretty scored with 38.9 seconds remaining in regulation time with Carey Price on the bench for the extra attacker.  All of the scoring took place in the third period. Tomas Plekanec scored a shorthand goal followed by goals from Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza.    The Canadiens outshot the Senators 35-25.          @Bell Centre Mar. 14/2012 – Canadiens-3 Ottawa-2 (shootout) – David Desharnais scored in the second round and Daniel Alfredsson was stopped for the first time in a shootout this season to ensure the win..   Erik Cole and David Desharnais scored the goals in regulation time for Montreal; Colin Greening and Erik Karlsson for Ottawa.  Ottawa outshot the Canadiens 37-26.       @Scotiabank Place Mar. 16/2-12  Ottawa-3 Canadiens-2 (overtime).    Plekanec gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.  Colin Greening tied it early in the third period.  Filip Kuba scored in overtime.  Canadiens block 25 Ottawa shots, 10 by Josh Gorges.

Home/Road  – Ottawa on the Road (18-12-6)  –  Canadiens at Home (15-18-4)

Special Teams – Power Play – Ottawa ranked  12th – 18.4% (45/245)    Canadiens ranked 29th – 14.7% (39/266)      Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 18th – 81.6% (51/278)    Canadiens ranked first – 89.4% (30/282)

Goaltending – Ottawa – Craig Anderson – 56GP (29-16-6)  2.85GAA  .913save%   3 shutouts.  Canadiens – Carey Price – 62GP (25-27-10)  2.44GAA   .916save%.  4 shutouts.

Who’s Hot – Ottawa – Colin Greening  three goals in his last four games.  Erik Karlsson has five points in his last five games.      Canadiens – P.K. Subban has nine points in his last ten games. 

The Missing –  Senators  C-Jesse Winchester (IR-concussion);  C-Peter Regin (IR-shoulder surgery);  Canadiens – RW-Brian Gionta (IR-bicep surgery), D-Raphael Diaz (IR-groin), LW-Mathieu Darche (IR-concussion symptoms),  LW-Travis Moen (IR-suspected neck injury); C-Scott Gomez (concussion), D-Tomas Kaberle (upper body)