logo canadienslogo minnesotaGame Preview #22

Minnesota vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 18, 20137:35pm


Game Notes –

UPDATE – Rene Bourque will not be in Canadiens lineup.  Lower body injury.  Gametime decisions – Bournival to move up to Plekanec line with Gionta replacing Bourque?  White on fourth line with Briere and Moen?

….Last season Brendan Gallagher was moved to the line with Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais the day after Erik Cole was traded to Dallas and was with them for 27 of the season’s final 28 games of last season.   In those games the trio produced 26 goals and 36 assists.  (Desharnais 6 goals- 12 assists; Pacioretty 11 goals- 14 assists; Gallagher 9 goals- 10 assists)

….This will be the first game Desharnais/Pacioretty/Gallagher have been a forward unit this season.

…..Since the Wild joined the league the Canadiens are  3-2-0 with a tie in its six all-time games at the Bell Centre. Overall the Canadiens  have won four of the past six.

……Minnesota is looking for it’s eighth win of November.  So far the Canadiens have won two of eight November games  In October they were 8-5-3.

….Minnesota has a four game winning streak plus  an active eight game point streak (7-0-1) and in their last 13 games are 10-1-2.

…..Minnesota is 3-3-2 on the road; 2-0-2 their last four.  They have the best home record in the league at 10-1-2.  Six of their eight November games have been at home.

…. Carey Price has a 2-2-0 career record against Minnesota.

….Price has one win over his past six games despite a 2.16 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.  His teammates have supported him with only 11 goals = 1.83 per game.

…..Even more striking, Price is the losing goaltender his last two starts despite giving up a total of two goals (2-1 shootout loss to Tampa; 1-0 loss to Rangers)

….Josh Harding has no regulation losses since Oct. 17 (10-0-2). His 12-game point streak is the longest in Wild history.  He is 1-1-1 with a 2.68 GAA in three career games vs. Montreal.

….In the 13 games since the Canadiens won their fourth game in a row on Oct. 17th, the Canadiens have scored 28 goals, an average of 2.15 per game.  Thanks to a defence that gave up only 2.38 per game (31 goals), their record is 5-6-2 .

…..The Canadiens have killed off 29 of their last 32 penalties.

…..Only three teams have been assessed more than the 15 fighting majors the Canadiens this season; St. Louis (16); Toronto (17) and Buffalo (18).

……Defenseman Marco Scandella, who grew up in NDG, will play his second career game at the Bell Centre.  He told the Minneapolis Star Tribune Tuesday morning that he only had to buy 12 tickets for the game but got a home-cooked meal last night, “so in the end, I won.”

……There are three Montrealers on the Wild roster;  Scandella, Greenfield Park’s Torrey Mitchell and Jason Pominville of Repentigny.

…..Zach Parise has 14 goals and 24 points in 27 games against the Canadiens.

….With 34,  Zach Parise has the most shootout goals in NHL history,   Mikko Koivu has 31.   Brian Gionta and Daniel Briere lead the Canadiens with a career total of 20.

….Minnesota is the NHL’s third best faceoff team at 54.5%.  The Canadiens rank 17th at 49.8%.

…..The last time the Wild played at the Bell Centre was March 1st 2012.  The game is famous for Devon Setoguchi’s pratfall on the final attempt of the shootout that gave the Canadiens a 5-4 win.  (Watch it here)This, after Setoguchi had tied the game with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation time when he intercepted Carey Price’s attempt to score his first NHL goal into Minnesota’s empty net.

…..The game earlier supplied comic relief when Alexei Emelin missed a hip check on the Wild’s Nick Johnson and upended teammate Erik Cole in spectacular fashion. (Here’s that video)  David Desharnais scored the shootout winner.

…..The last Bell Centre Canadiens win over the Wild in regulation time was a 4-2 victory Nov. 26 2006.  Wild first round draft pick Benoit Pouliot made his NHL Minnesota debut in the game.  Carey Price who was the next selection in the same draft (5th overall) was still playing for Tri-City at that time.  Before the season was over Price would add a World Junior and Calder Cup championship to his resume.  Kovalev, Begin, Bonk and Komisarek (ENG) scored and Christobal Huet stopped 36 of 38 shots.,

Probable Minnesota Alignment

11-Zach Parise  9-Mikko Koivu  3-Charlie Coyle

22-Nino Niederreiter  64-Mikael Granlund  29-Jason Pominville

24-Matt Cooke  21-Kyle Brodziak   14- Justin Fontaine

17-Torrey Mitchell  28-Zenon Konopka  15-Dany Heatley

20-Ryan Suter  25-Jonas Brodin

4-Clayton Stoner   39-Nate Prosser

46-Jared Spurgeon  6-Marco Scanella

37-Josh Harding


Game Stats

Season Records – Minnesota –21GP (13-4-4) 30pts.    Canadiens – 21GP (10-9-2) 22pts.

Last Ten Games – Minnesota (8-1-1)   Canadiens  (4-4-2)

Season Series – This is the second of two meetings.  @Minnesota Nov.2  Minnesota-4 Canadiens-3.  Jason Pominville second goal at 14:32 of third period was the game winner.

Last Time Out – Minnesota edged Winnipeg 2-1 Sunday.    The Canadiens lost 1-0 to the Rangers at the Bell Centre.

Home/Road – Minnesota on the Road ((3-3-2)   Canadiens at Home – (5-4-0)

Special Teams – Power Play – Minnesota ranked 6th   17/77   22.1%   Canadiens ranked 4th  18/78  21.3%.    Penalty Killing –  Minnesota ranked 24th   16/77  79.2%    Canadiens ranked 6th   11/77   85.7%

Goaltending – Minnesota – Josh Harding  17GP  (12-2-2)  1.25GAA   .946save%.    Canadiens – Carey Price – 17GP  (7-8-2)  2.05GAA   .936save%.

Who’s Hot Minnesota – Zach Parise – four goals, nine points last eight games. G-Josh Harding 9-0-2 last 11 games.  Mikka Koivu – 9 points last six games.   Canadiens – Alex Galchenyuk 2 goals, 2 assists last four games.

From The ClinicMinnesota- G-Niklas Backstrom (concussion); D-Keith Ballard (IR-broken ribs) Mike Rupp (knee)   Canadiens- D- Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery); LW-Rene Bourque (lower body)





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