Canadiens vs. Vancouver
Rogers Arena – October 12, 2013 – 10.05pm EDT
The Season – Canadiens – (2-2-0) Third game in four days. Vancouver (3-2-0)
Historically – Montreal is 4-0-1 in its last five games overall against the Canucks and all-time 76-27-13-2. The Canadiens have won the last two games in Vancouver. Prior to that they were 0-7-1 and outscored 37-15 dating back to a win Nov. 30, 2000. P.J. Stock scored his only goal as a member of the Canadiens in that game.
Last Time Out – Canadiens defeated the Oilers 4-1 in Edmonton Thursday after losing 3-2 in Calgary trh night before. P.K. Subban with three assists. Vancouver opened the season with a loss against San Jose, won three in a row before losing at home Thursday to the San Jose Sharks 4-1. The Canucks have a nine game losing streak going against San Jose.
Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price has posted consecutive wins in Vancouver since giving up all seven goals there in a 7-1 loss Oct. 7, 2009. He is 3-1-1 in five career starts against Vancouver, including a 2-1-0 record at Rogers Arena. Vancouver – Robert Luongo is 1-4-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average in his last five games against the Canadiens. In 28 career games vs. Montreal Luongo is 10-12-5.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens 4 goals on 18 advantages. 22.2% Vancouver 2/16 12.5% Penalty Killing – Canadiens 4 GA in 19 times shorthanded – 79.0%. Vancouver 0/18 100percent.
Who’s Hot – Canadiens – P.K. Subban has five points his last two games. With a goal and assist Thursday Alex Galchenyuk extended his point streak to four games (one goal, six assists) Vancouver – Jason Garrison has points in four of the Canucks’ five games this season (two goals, three assists). The Sedin brothers failed to register a point for the first time Thursday after combining for 12 in the first four games. Mike Santorelli has four goals in his last three games.
The Missing – Canadiens – D-Alexei Emelin (IR-right knee surgery), D-Davis Drewiske(IR-sprained shoulder); D-Douglas Murray (IR-upper body); RW-George Parros (concussion); RW-Brian Gionta (personal leave). Vancouver – C-Jordan Schroeder (IR-broken ankle), RW-Alexandre Burrows (IR-foot): D-Alex Edler (suspension)
……Alex Galchenyuk is tied for the NHL lead with four others at 7 points. Lars Eller is one point back with along with P.K. Subban. Subban’s six points puts him in a four way tie for the lead among defencemen.
……Vancouver native Brendan Gallagher in 48 career games, has 33 points, including 18 goals. The former Vancouver Giant was selected in the 5th round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft – only two picks earlier, the Canucks selected Czech defenceman Adam Polasek who divided his time between the ECHL and AHL last season .
……The last time the Canadiens and Canucks met Montreal was a 4-1 winner at Rogers Arena March 10th 2012. Erik Cole scored twice in the game.
……Canucks defenceman Alex Edler was suspended three games for a check on San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl Thursday.
……Zack Kassian makes his season debut after serving a five game suspension for breaking Sam Gagner’s jaw with his stick.
……After 5 games, Vancouver’s penalty killing has been perfect – 0 goals against in 18 times shorthanded.
…….Canucks haven’t beaten the Montreal Canadiens, at Rogers Arena since October 7, 2009.
…….Yannick Weber has been used as a forward by coach John Tortorella because of injury problems up front. He’ll shift back to defence against the Canadiens.. He signed with Vancouver as a free agent over the summer.
……With Gionta out of the lineup, coach Michel Therrien has moved Brandon Prust to the newly formed line with Desharnais and Bourque. Ryan White will be back in the lineup on the fourth line with rookie Michael Bournival and Travis Moen.
Vancouver Projected Lineup
22-Daniel Sedin 33-Henrik Sedin 25-Mike Santorelli
20-Christopher Higgins 17-Ryan Kesler 36-Jannik Hansen
7-David Booth 15-Brad Richardson 9-Zack Kassian
29-Tom Sestito 21-Zac Dalpe 32-Dale Weise
5-Jason Garrison 3-Kevin Bieksa
2-Dan Hamhuis 8-Christopher Tanev
18-Ryan Stanton 6-Yannick Weber