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St. Louis vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 5, 20137:35pm


Game Notes

….. The two teams have not met in almost two years.  Jan. 10, 2012 the Blues won 3-0 at the Bell Centre.  Jaroslav Halak with the shutout in his first game in Montreal since the trade.

……The Canadiens have scored one goal against Halak in two games since the trade. (0.50GAA)   March 10, 2011 in St. Louis he stopped 27 shots in a 4-1 victory.

….. St. Louis has taken the last three meetings with the Canadiens and is 4-0-1 in the past five.

……The last time the Canadiens beat the Blues at the Bell Centre was 5-2 on January 13, 2004.   Jan Bulis led the Habs with a goal and assist.  Mathieu Garon was the winning goaltender.  Ribeiro, Rivet, Zednick and Ryder also scored.  Sheldon Souray had eight snots on goal.  Among those in the St. Louis lineup was Mike Danton, later well known for the relationship he had with his agent David Frost and the resulting jail sentence.  He took three minor penalties.

…….The 4-2 loss to Tampa on Saturday was the Blues first loss in regulation time in seven games. In that game the Blues allowed an even-strength goal for the first time in 225 minutes, 55 seconds. Halak tied a season high, givng up four goals.

……St. Louis ranks second in the NHL scoring 3.58 goals per game.  They rank 7th in goals against average at 2.33 per game.   The Canadiens rank 15th at 2.73 GAA and 4th at 2.07 goals against per game.

……The Canadiens have the third best special teams differential in the NHL at plus 6 (14PPG/8PPGA). San Jose and Washington are plus 8.  The Blues are plus-4.

……..The Canadiens have killed 16 of 17 penalties in their last seven games and have moved from 18th to 8th in the NHL PK ranking.

…….Also in the last seven games St. Louis has killed 20 of 22 penalties.

……After scoring five goals and two assists in his first five games, Lars Eller has 0 goals and 2 assists his next ten.  Over the same ten games, Brendan Gallagher has 4 goals and an assists and Alexander Galchenyuk has 1 goal, 3 assists.

…….David Desharnais will be a healthy scratch and will be replaced by 30 year old Hamilton call up Martin St. Pierre.  Desharnais had played in 76 consecutive games, the second longest current “iron man” streak on the Canadiens.

……Two players who underwent major knee surgeries now are now at the top on the list for consecutive games played;  Josh Gorges at 145 games and Andrei Markov at 73.  Markov missed his fourth game  (March 16/2012) after returning from reconstructive knee surgery and has played every game since.  Gorges hasn’t missed a game since returning from his January 2011 reconstructive procedure.

……. Two seasons ago David Desharnais centered a line that scored 84 goals and included 30 goal scorers Max Pacioretty and Erik Cole. On February 26th, 2013 the Canadiens traded Cole to Dallas.   The next three games, playing with rookie Brendan Gallagher on his right wing, Desharnais scored three goals.   In his next 42 regular season and playoff games games, playing with nine different right wingers, most recently Daniel Briere and Rene Bourque, he has scored twice.

…….At 79 man-games, the Canadiens season injury list is the second longest in the league to Edmonton’s 87. Already nine Canadiens regulars have missed at least a game.   By comparison, the Blues injury toll is five man-games.

……The Canadiens called up Hamilton Bulldogs team captain Martin St. Pierre Monday.  Since October first, excluding Jarred Tinordi who started the season with the Habs, six players have been called up from Hamilton including defenceman Nathan Beaulieu five times, Greg Pateryn twice, forwards St. Pierre, Mike Blunden, Patrick Holland and Louis Leblanc.

……To date the Canadiens have had nine players miss at least a game due to injuries  totaling 80 man-games.

…..The so-called “Conga Line” or “Double” goal celebration has been taken out of the St. Louis game.  Calling the practice bush league, the Blues celebrate with their on-ice teammates and don’t go to their bench to high-five teammates who were non-participants in the goal.

..Ken Hitchcock is currently tied with former Canadiens (and Blues) head coach Jacques Martin for 10th place in all-time coaching wins.  Each has 613.  80 of his wins have been with St. Louis.  The top three on the list are 1. Scotty Bowman (1,244)   2. Al Arbour (782)  3. Dick Irvin Sr. (692)

…..The line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie have accounted for 20 of the Blues’ 43 goals and 43 of the club’s 78 points.  In an effort to get more balance scoring Coach Ken Hitchcock has split them up.  In practice Monday he had Chris Stewart with Steen and Backes on the top line and Oshie on the second line with Vladimir Sobotka and Derek Roy.

…..Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has a goal in four straight games.  The last NHL defenseman to score in five straight is Frederik Olaussen in January 1999.


20-Alexander Steen  42-David Backes  25-Chris Stewart

12-Derek Roy  17-Vladimir Sobotka  74-T.J. Oshie

9-Jaden Schwartz  21-Patrik Berglund  91-Vladimir Tarasenko

79-Adam Cracknell  40-Maxim Lapierre  75-Ryan Reaves


19-Jay Bouwmeester  27-Alex Pietrangelo

5-Barret Jackman  22-Kevin Shattenkirk

33-Jordan Leopold  46-Roman Polak

41-Jaroslav Halak


Canadiens Lineup





Game Statistics

Season  Records –  St. Louis 12GP (8-2-2) 18pts.  6th in Eastern Conference/4th in Central Division.      Canadiens  15GP (8-7-0) 16pts.  6th in Eastern Conference/5th in Atlantic Division

Last 10 Games  St. Louis 6-2-2;     Canadiens  5-5-0

Home/Road –  St. Louis on the Road  (3-1-1)   Canadiens at Home  (4-4-0)

Season Series – This is the first of two meetings between the Canadiens and Blues.

Goaltending – St. Louis – Jaroslav Halak – 10GP (7-2-1)  2.35GAA   .909save%     Canadiens – Carey Price – 12GP (6-6-0)   2.18GAA  .932save%.

Special Teams – Power Play – St. Louis ranked first   12/46    Canadiens ranked 3rd   14/57   24.1%      Penalty Killing –  St. Louis ranked 19th    9/47  80.8%    Canadiens ranked 8th  8/54  85.2%.

Who’s Hot –   St. Louis – D-Alex Pietrangelo has scored in four games in a row.  D-Kevin Shattenkirk has six assists his last five games.   Alexander Steen has scored at least goal in all but two games in this season, and he has at least a point in all but one game  C-David Backes has 5 assists in his last four games.     Canadiens –  Brendan Gallagher  has a goal in two straight games;  P.K. Subban three points in two games.

From the Clinic –   St. Louis – LW-Magnus Paajarvi  (IR-upper body);  LW-Brenden Morrow (IR-rib injury)       Canadiens -RW- Daniel Briere (IR-concussion),; RW-Brandon Prust (IR-shoulder strain); RW- Travis Moen  (IR-facial fracture), D-Alexei Emelin (IR-knee surgery); D- Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery).


St. Louis

2.73 Goals Per Game 3.58
2.07 Goals Against Per Game 2.33
30.13 Shots on Goal Per Game 29.75
31.4 Shots Against Per Game 27.17
13.67 Penalty Minutes Per Game 19.08
14 Power Play Goals 12
24.1% Power Play % 26.1%
8 Power Play Goals Allowed 9
85.2% Penalty Kill % 80.9%
3 Shorthanded Goals 0
1 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 2