014010Game #28

Canadiens vs. New Jersey

Prudential Center – March 16/2013 – 7:05pm


Game Notes =

…  David Desharnais signed a 14 million dollar four-year contract extension with the Canadiens Friday. In 27 games this season, he has eight goals and eight assists.

…. After 55 games as a professional with Hamilton, Jarred Tinordi, the Canadiens first round draft pick in 2010 will make his NHL debut.  He will be paired with Francis Bouillon.

…..RW Michael Blunden was called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday.  He was unable to get to New Jersey Friday night because fog cancelled his flight out of St. John’s Newfoundland.  He finally left St. John.s at 5.00am Newfoundland time Saturday and arrived in Newark in time for the morning skate.  Blunden will play on the fourth line with Colby Armstrong and Ryan White.

……Travis Moen will be moved up to replace Michael Ryder with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Giontga.

…..The Canadiens are looking for a season-high fifth consecutive win.

…..The Habs have one regulation loss in their last eleven road games (8-1-2).

….. The last time the Canadiens played in New Jersey was Feb. 2nd of last season.  David Clarkson scored twice in a 5-3 Devils win.  It ended a four game Canadiens winning streak at the PrudentialCenter.

…..Carey Price has a 3.75 GAA in his last four games against the Devils.  He has won his last three starts overall.

…..The Montreal power play has scored seven goals in their last 25 power play opportunities.

…..The Canadiens lead the NHL in power play opportunities with 125 and are second to Philadelphia in power play goals with 27.

….. P.K. Subban has points on the last nine power play goals.  He has 20 points and 63 shots on goal in 21 games and 12 points in his last 8.

…..Andrei Markov scored his first ever goal against the Devils in overtime January 27th.  In 32 games against them he now has 1 goal and 10 assists.

……Canadiens goalscoring ranks fourth in the league at 3.19 goals per game.  They have scored at least three in eight straight games.  They lead the Eastern Conference with 12 players recording ten or more points.

…..This is the Devils third game in four nights.  They are coming off a split home and home series against Philadelphia in which the Devils took three of four points.  They took a 2-1 shootout loss in Philadelphia Friday night after beating the Flyers 5-2 Wednesday night at home.

…..The loss to the Flyers ended a two game winning streak.  A 2-7-2 stretch preceded the winning streak.

…..Johan Hedberg has started eleven consecutive games.  He is 3-6-1 with a 3.16GAA over that span.

…. The Devils are in sixth place in the East mainly because of their 9-3-2 record at home, including wins in their last three in a row.  They have lost six straight on the road.

…. Devils forward David Clarkson scored his first goal in 14 games Friday night against Philadelphia.  He still leads the team with eleven.  He has five goals and three assists in a four game point streak against the Canadiens.

….The New Jersey power play is 3 for 36 over the last eleven games.


The Statistics –

Season RecordCanadiens (18-5-4) Fourth in Eastern Conference    New Jersey  (13-9-6) Sixth in Eastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-1-2)   New Jersey (3-5-2)

Season Series Second of three games.   @Bell Centre Jan. 27 Canadiens-4 New Jersey-3 (overtime) ,  Andrei Markov scored a power-play goal with 38 seconds left in overtime.  Ryan White and Brendan Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead and Brandon Prust made it 3-1 before thjrd period goals by Clarkson and Zubrus tied the game.  Anbdy Greene picked up a holding penalty with 59 seconds remaining in overtime paving the way for the Markov game-winner.  Patrick Elias had a goal and 2 assists in the game.

Home/Away – Canadiens on the Road – (9-3-2)  New Jersey at Home (9-3-2)

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 21GP  (14-4-3) 2.39GAA  .910save%.   New Jersey – Johann Hedberg (5-7-2)  2.39GAA  .882save%.

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens – ranked 8th  26/125  20.8%  New Jersey ranked 22nd  17/108  15.7%      Penalty Killing –  Canadiens ranked 18th   20/101  80.2%  New Jersey  ranked 20th  23/111  79.3%

Who’s Hot Canadiens – P.K. Subban -3 goals, six assists last five games.  New Jersey –  Ilya Kovalchuk – five-game point streak stopped Friday.  3 goals, 3 assists last six games.

Injuries – Canadiens – RW-Michael Ryder (lower body);  LW-Rene Bourque (IR-concussion); LW-Brandon Prust (shoulder); D-Raphael Diaz (IR-concussion); D-Yannick Weber (IR-knee).   New Jersey – G-Martin Brodeur (IR-back spasms); C-Andrei Loktionov (undisclosed); RW-Dainius Zubrus (IR-wrist surgery); D-Henrik Tallinder (IR-lower body);   

Eastern Conference Standings Following Saturday Boston & Pittsburgh Wins

1 * – PITTSBURGH ATL 29 21 8 0 42
2 * – BOSTON NE 26 19 4 3 41
3 * – CAROLINA SE 26 15 10 1 31
4 MONTRÉAL NE 27 18 5 4 40
5 OTTAWA NE 27 13 8 6 32
6 NEW JERSEY ATL 28 13 9 6 32