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Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – Nov. 7, 20137:05pm


Game Notes –

….The Canadiens are on a three game losing streak.  (0-2-1)

….Otttawa ended a five game winless streak with the 4-1 victory in Columbus Tuesday. This is the first of a five game home stand for the Senators.  Ottawa does have points in three straight games.  They are looking to post consecutive wins for only the second time this season.

……The Canadiens last lost four in a row between March 24 and 31st 2012

….This is the first of a five game home stand for the Senators. Ottawa has won their past three home games against the Canadiens and overall they have split the last eight overall in the regular-season series.

….The last time the teams met in the regular season March 13, 2013 at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens won 4-3 on Lars Eller’s shootout goal.  The Senators won the last game in Ottawa 2-1, also in a shootout.  Peter Regin got the winner.

….The Canadiens have earned at least a point in nine of the last 10 meetings against the Senators. Over the last two-plus seasons they are 10-2-4.

….The Canadiens blocked a league record 38 shots Tuesday against St. Louis.  They now have a league leading 305 blocked shots in 16 games, 45 more than second place Pittsburgh.

…..Led by Josh Gorges with 43, the Canadiens have eleven players with 10 or more blocks in the first 16 games.

…..The Canadiens have killed 20 of the last penalties over their last eight games and have moved from 18th ranking to 5th in the league.

…….Carey Price has a career regular season record of 14-5-3 with a 2.11 goals against average in 24 starts against Ottawa.    In his last 11 season starts he  is 8-0-3 with a 1.50 GAA   ….In three games  against Ottawa last season, Price stopped 84 of 89 shots and was 1-2-0 with a 3.26 GAA in four games    He missed the fifth and final game with a knee injury.

.Carey Price will make his 14th start in goal.  Only two goaltenders have faced more shots or made more saves than Price this season – (417 shots against – 389 saves- .933save%)  Only Phoenix’s Mike Smith and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller have seen more rubber.

……Robin Lehner has started once against the Canadiens,  making 42 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss March 13thl.

…… P.K. Subban has eight points over his last eight regular season games against the Senators.

……In 18 regular season games, Erik Karlsson has 13 points against the Canadiens.  He also scored six points in the five game series last spring

…..…. Erik Karlsson has taken over the points lead among NHL defensemen with 17 points (6g, 11assists) two more than P.K. Subban who is second with 3 goals, 12 assists.  Between them, they have won the last two Norris Trophies.

….Led by Chris Neil with 55, Ottawa ranks third in the league in total hits with 461.  The Canadiens rank 25th with 280.  Lars Eller leads with 32.

…. Andrei Markov has been on the ice when 29 of the Canadiens 43 goals have been scored which ties him for the league lead with Sidney Crosby.  P.K. Subban is tied for third with 28 and Erik Karlsson is tied for seventh with 26.

…..After scoring five goals and two assists his first five games, Lars Eller has 0 goals and 2 assists his next ten.

…..At 85 man-games the Canadiens have the second longest injury list in the league this season behind only Edmonton.  Ottawa at last count had lost 8-man games and currently have two out with injuries.

….Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson was removed from last Sunday’s game in Dallas on a stretcher after taking a knee to the head from Dallas forward Valeri Nichushkin.  He is suffering from a sore neck.

Projected Ottawa Lineup

16-Clarke MacArthur  7 – Kyle Turris  6 –Bobby  Ryan
14-Colin Greening 19- Jason Spezza   93-Mika Zibanejad
9-Milan Michalek 15- Zack Smith  25 – Chris Neil
28-Matt Kassian  57- Derek Grant  89- Cory Conacher

89-Cory Cowen  65 – Erik Karlsson
74-Mark Borowiecki   3 – Marc Methot
4-Chris Phillips   62- Eric Gryba

40-Robin Lehner

The Canadiens make more changes.   Pacioretty to play with Plekanec/Gionta; Desharnais returns with Bournival and Bourque.  Eller returns to centre Galchenyuk and Gallagher.  Travis Moen returns.

The Adjusted Canadiens Alignment

‘Alex Galchenyuk- Lars Eller-Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty-Tomas Plekanec- Brian Gionta

Michael Bournival-David Desharnais-Rene Bourque

Travis Moen-Ryan White-George Parros

Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban

Josh Gorges – Raphael Diaz

Douglas Murray – Francis Bouillon

Carey Price


Season RecordsCanadiens   16 GP (8-7-1) 17pts. 5th in Atlantic Division    Ottawa  15GP (5-6-4) 14 pts. 6th in Atlantic Division

Season series : This is the first of five games between the Canadiens and Senators.

Last Meeting –   Fifth game of the opening round of 2013 playoffs won by Ottawa 6-1 at the Bell Centre May 9th.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (4-3-0)    Ottawa at home (1-3-2)

Last Time Out –  Canadiens lost to St. Louis 3-2 in a Bell Centre shootout Tuesday.   Ottawa won 4-1 in Columbus Tuesday.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 13GP  (6-6-1)  2.16GAA  .933save%      Ottawa – Robin Lehner – 6GP (1-2-2)  2.38GAA  .943save%.

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 4th  14/59   23.7%.   Ottawa ranked 18th  8/45  17.8%      Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 5th  8/58  86.2%    Ottawa ranked 6th   10/69   85.5%

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – P.K. Subban has a goal and 3 assists his last three games.     OttawaErik Karlsson  – five-game point streak (four goals, five assists) and his 17 points lead all defenseman.  Kyle Turris – five-game point streak (one goal, six assists)

From the Clinic Canadiens – D-Alexei Emelin (IR-knee surgery); RW-Daniel Briere (IR-concussion);  RW-BBrandon Prust (IR-shoulder strain); D- Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery) Ottawa – G Craig Anderson (sore neck); RW-Erik Condra (leg)



2.69 Goals Per Game 3.07
2.06 Goals Against Per Game 3
29.94 Shots on Goal Per Game 31.67
31.44 Shots Against Per Game 38.13
13.63 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.8
14 Power Play Goals 8
23.7% Power Play % 17.8%
8 Power Play Goals Allowed 10
86.2% Penalty Kill % 85.5%
3 Shorthanded Goals 0
1 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 1