035010Game #26

Canadiens vs. Florida

BB&T Center – March 10/2013 – 6:05pm


Canadiens Game Notes –

….Brandon Prust will be out of the Canadiens lineup ten to fourteen days with what has been diagnosed as a first degree (slight) shoulder separation.  Prust tweeted on Sunday morning “Thanks for all the good wishes. I’ll be back soon.”

….This will be the Canadiens second game in less than 24 hours and their sixth game in nine days.  So far in that stretch they’ve taken seven of a possible ten points.

….The Canadiens are looking for a season sweep of the three game series against Florida and their fourth win in the five game road trip.

….The Canadiens loss at Long Island on Tuesday is their only defeat in regulation time in their last fourteen games.

….The Canadiens lost all four games against Florida last season which greatly helped the Panthers end a ten season playoff drought.  Overall the Canadiens have beaten the Panthers 13 of the last 18 meetings.  They have won three of the last five at Sunrise.

.Peter Budaj was in goal for two of the four losses to the Panthers last season giving up six goals in 2-1 and 4-2 defeats.

….Michael Ryder has six assists in his six games with the Canadiens.  He is still looking for his 100th goal in a Canadiens uniform.  Including his final six games in Dallas, Ryder has 2 goals and 13 assists his last twelve games.

….This game will be Brian Gionta‘s 200th  for the Canadiens.

…. The game will feature three of the NHL’s top scoring rookies.  Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau is second with 17 points, while Brendan Gallagher (14 pts.) and Alex Galchenyuk (13) are third and fifth, respectively.

….There will be four rookies in the Canadiens lineup.  Along with Galchenyuk and Gallagher, defenceman Greg Pateryn and centre Gabriel Dumont will play their second game of the season after re-calls from Hamilton this week.

….The Canadiens are second in the league to Pittsburgh when they score the game’s first goal (12-3-3)  When they give up the first goal their record is 4-2-1.

Florida Panthers Notes –

….Jacob Markstrom will be in goal for the Panthers.  In his last start, against Washington Markstrom allowed goals on the first two shots of the game and was pulled.  Washington beat the Panthers 7-1.  The 23 year old Markstrom made his NHL debut two years ago as the youngest goaltender in Panthers hisgtory.  He has an career record of  2-8-1.

….The Panthers have lost five of their last six games.  They have lost five straight at home.  They have been beaten nine times by three or more goals this season.

…. Florida is  playing .600 hockey when scoring first (6-2-2), and they are dead last at 1-10-4 (.100) when allowing the first goal.

….Florida is 1-0-6 in overtime or shootouts.  Four of those overtime losses have come at home including Friday’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of Winnipeg.

…. Scott Clemmensen has the worst statistical record among the NHL’s regular goaltenders.  In eleven appearances he has a 4.28GAA and an .852 save%.

…..Alex Kovalev is no longer with the Panthers although he is still on their active roster and is technically listed as a healthy scratch each night.  Kovalev is looking at options but is expected to announce his retirement in the next week or so.  He hasn’t played since he turned 40 on Feb. 24th and was the last active player from the Rangers ’94 Stanley Cup team.

…..RW Kris Versteeg returned to the Florida lineup Friday after missing 12 games with a chest injury.

…..Because of injuries, the Panthers have been forced to use eleven different defencemen this season. They currently have four regulars on their injury list including Ed Jovanovski, Dmitry Kulikov, Mike Weaver and Michael Caruso.


Season RecordsCanadiens  (16-5-4) First in Eastern Conference and Northeast Division.  Florida  (7-12-6)  Last in Eastern Conference and Southeast Division.

Last Ten GamesCanadiens  6-1-3; Florida 3-5-2

Season Series- Third of three games. @Bell Centre Jan. 22 Canadiens-4  Florida-1. Alex Galchenyuk scored his first NHL goal in the game.  Markov with two power play goals.  Also Plekanec.  Kopecky for Florida.  Price in goals vs. Clemmensen.  Feb.14 @Sunrise  Canadiens-1 Florida-0 (overtime).  Rene Bourque scored the winner at 2:10 of overtime.  Galchenyuk assisted on the goal.   Carey Price 26 saves for the shutout.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road – (8-2-2)   Florida at Home (4-5-5)

Special Teams – Power Play –  Canadiens ranked 10th  23/114  20.2%   Florida ranked 13th   16/88   18.2%    Penalty Killing –  Canadiens ranked 14th   18/97   81.4%   Florida ranked 30th   21/80   73.8%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Peter Budaj  5GP –(3-1-1) 2.57GAA  .906save%     Florida – Jacob Markstrom  5GP (1-3-1)   2.94 GAA   .909save%.  (Scott Clemmensen  11GP  (2-3-2)  4.28GAA  .852save%)

Who’s Hot –  Canadiens – Brendan Gallagher has five points his last five games.   Tomas Plekanec has goals in three of his last four games.scored Montreal’s first goal on Saturday.  Brian Gionta-4 goals and an assist last five games.  Michael Ryder – six assists in six games with Canadiens.   Florida – Jonathan Huberdeau leads all rookies with 12 goals.  He has 4 his last 4 games.

Injuries:  Canadiens – D-Raphael Diaz (IR-concussion); LW-Rene Bourque (IR-concussion); D-Yannick Weber (knee); LW-Brandon Trust (shoulder?): Petteri Nokelainen (IR-back)     Florida – G-Jose Theodore (groin); C-Stephen Weiss (wrist surgery); LW-Scottie Upshall (lower body); D-Dmitry Kulikov (wrist); D-Mike Weaver (lower body); D-Ed Jovanovski (knee); D-Michael Caruso (broken wrist); LW-Sean Bergenheim (groin surgery)