017010Game #42

Philadelphia vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 15, 20137:35pm

 

Game Notes –

….This is the first of four games in six nights for the Canadiens.

…. The Flyers are 5-7-0 record against Northeast Division teams, while the Canadiens are 7-3-2  against the Atlantic Division

…..The Flyers have beaten the Canadiens seven of the last ten meetings. Each of the Flyers losses has come in Montreal. This season they have split their two games.

….The Flyers have not lost both games in regulation at Montreal in a season series since the 2007-08 season and just twice in the last 12 seasons (since 1998-99).

….The last Flyers Bell Centre win was December 15, 2011 (4-3)

…. According to sportsclubstats.com the Flyers, who are nine points out of eighth with seven to play, have a 0.9% chance of making the playoffs.

…..The Flyers have not missed the playoffs since 2007 and this will be only the second time in eighteen years.

…The Flyers have  gone four games without scoring at least two goals in regulation for the first time since Jan. 24-30, 2003.

…. The Flyers, who last dropped five straight in regulation Nov. 27-Dec. 7, 2009, have been outscored 12-3 over the last four.

….. The slide follows a four-game winning streak in which Philadelphia scored five goals in each of the final three, including a 5-3 victory over the Canadiens on April 3.

….The Canadiens have lost two of their last three games but still hold first in the Northeast because of the recent struggles of the Bruins.

….The Flyers have won only five of 21 games on the road.  Only Colorado has a worse road record

….Philadelphia has six starters on defense on injury reserve including Pronger, Grossman and Bourdon with concussions plus Coburn (separated shoulder); Meszaros (torn rotator cuff); and Matt Walker (lower body)

P.K. Subban has five assists and six points in his last five game.  He leads all NHL defensemen with 11 goals and 34 points in 35 games and is tied with Michael Ryder for the team points lead. Subban leads the NHL in points on the power play with 23 and is tied for power-play assists (16)

….Alex Galchenyuk was held off the scoresheet in Toronto but has 3 goals and 3 assists in his last six games.

Subban vs. the Flyers has a goal and six assists in 12 games.

… Claude Giroux has five goals and eight points in 14 games against the Canadiens.  He has at least a point in five of his last seven games overall – 2 goals, five assists.

….Daniel Briere returned to the Flyer lineup Saturday against Buffalo.  He suffered a concussion during a March 23 practice.  Prior to that he had gone 13 games without a goal.

….Carey Price is 1-3-0 with a 3.49 goals-against average in his past four games, starting with the April 3rd loss to the Flyers.  Vs. the Flyers he is 1-6-0 in his last seven starts vs. Philadelphia.

….Peter Budaj is 7-0-0 with a 1.53 GAA over his last eight appearances – six starts – in a stretch that began with a 19-save effort in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia on Feb. 16.

…. Ilya Bryzgalov has a 3.44 GAA over his last five starts. He’s 2-3-1 with a 3.17 GAA lifetime versus the Canadiens.

…..Steve Mason is the eighth different Flyers goaltender over the last five years, a list that includes Bryzgalov, Antero Niittymaki, Martin Biron, Sergei Bobrovsky, Ray Emery and Brian Boucher.

…Since being acquired at the trade deadline from the Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason is 0-2-0 in three appearances with a 1.74 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.  He was on the losing end of a 1-0 loss to Buffalo.

….. The Flyers own the NHL’s third-best power play at 22.2 percent and sixth-best penalty-killing unit at 84.8 percent – no other NHL team is in the Top 6 of both categories.

….This game will pit the number 3 and number 4 ranked power plays in league.  In the season series, each team has had seven power play opportunities.  Neither team has scored.

…The Flyers power play has failed to score over the last 6 games (0 for 16)

…Five-on-five the Flyers are minus 22 GF/GA.  They rank 26th in the league with 63 five-on-five goals scored and they are 22nd in goals against five-on-five at 84.

…The Canadiens  have scored 83 of their 125 goals  five on five (6th ranked) and given up 64 (5th ranked)  Plus-19

….Last season the Flyers scored 3.17 goals per game.  This season they are averaging 2.63.

….Last season the Canadiens averaged 2.58 goals per game     This season they average 3.12

 

Game Statistics –

Season Record Philadelphia – 41GP (17-21-3) 37pts.  5th in Atlantic Division/12th Eastern Conference.    Canadiens   41GP (26-10-5)  57pts.   First in Northeast division/2nd in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games Philadelphia  4-5-1   Canadiens 6-4-0

Season Series: Third and final meeting. Feb. 16 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-4 Philadelphia-1.  Budaj in goal made 18 saves.  (Price had the flu). Brian Boucher in goal for the Flyers.  Desharnais, Gallagher, Plekanec and Bourque scored for the Canadiens.  Briere for the Flyers.  April 3 @Philadelphia – Flyers-5  Canadiens-3.   Canadiens led 3-2 with 6 minutes remaining.  Wayne Simmonds tied it, Erik Gustafsson scored game winner. Couturier, Gagne and Voracek (ENG).  Emelin, Prust, Desharnais for the Canadiens.  Canadiens outshot 34-17 including 14-2 in the third period.  Price in goal.

Home/Road – Philadelphia (5-15-1)   Canadiens at Home (13-5-3)

Special Teams – Power Play – Philadelphia ranked 3rd  33/149  22.2%    Canadiens ranked 4th   37/169  21.9%      Penalty Killing –  Philadelphia ranked 6th   24/158  84.8%  Canadiens ranked 14th  25/142  82.4%

Goaltending – Philadelphia – Ilya Bryzgalov – 37 GP (17-16-3)  2.46GAA  .898save%.   Canadiens – Carey Price  33GP – (19-9-4)  2.36GAA  .912save%.

Who’s HotPhiladelphia – Claude Giroux – 2 goals, 5 assists last seven games.  Simon Gagner 2 goals, 3 assists last six.    Canadiens – Brendan Gallagher 1 goals 1assist last two games.  Alex Galchenyuk 3 goals, 3assists last six games.  Michael Ryder 3 g, 3ass last five.

Injuries Philadelphia –D-Chris Pronger (IR-post concussion syndrome); D-Marc-Andre Bourdon (IR-concussion); D-Matt Walker (IR-lower body); D-Braydon Coburn (separated shoulder); D-Niklas Grossmann (IR-concussion); D-Andrej Meszaros (torn rotator cuff); C- Maxime Talbot (broken leg);RW-Zack Rinaldo (high ankle sprain).    Canadiens – D-Alexei Emelin (IR-Knee surgery); D-Raphael Diaz (IR-concussion); RW-Colby Armstrong (IRT-knee).

 

Probable Flyers Lineup

12 Simon Gagne – 28 Claude Giroux – 93 Jakub Voracek
19 Scott Hartnell – 10 Brayden Schenn – 48 Danny Briere
24 Matt Read – 14 Sean Couturier – 17 Wayne Simmonds
26 Ruslan Fedotenko – 18 Adam Hall – 9 Mike Knuble

44 Kimmo Timonen – 29 Erik Gustafsson
38 Oliver Lauridsen – 22 Luke Schenn
23 Kent Huskins – 3 Kurtis Foster

30 Ilya Bryzgalov

Team Stat Comparison

Philadelphia

Montreal

2.61

Goals Per Game

3.05

3.02

Goals Against Per Game

2.39

29.12

Shots on Goal Per Game

30.61

27.71

Shots Against Per Game

26.98

15.34

Penalty Minutes Per Game

12.66

33

Power Play Goals

37

22.1%

Power Play %

21.9%

24

Power Play Goals Allowed

25

84.8%

Penalty Kill %

82.4%