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Boston vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 5, 20137:35pm


Game Notes

……This is the fifth straight meeting between the Bruins and Canadiens in which first place in their division is on the line. Twice they have been tied for the lead going into the game, three times, including this game, one of the teams trailed the other by a point in the standings.  In the last three games, it was the Canadiens who took over first place after the game. .

….. Don’t hold your breath waiting for a goalscoring explosion.  The Bruins and Canadiens rank 1-2 in NHL team defence while in offensive production the Bruins are 11th in the league and the Canadiens 14th.

…..The last eight games between the teams have been decided by one goal including last season’s wild 6-5 Canadiens shootout win in Boston March 27th.  The last game decided by more than one goal was a 4-2 Canadiens win at the Bell Centre Oct. 29, 2011.  The Canadiens 4th goal in that game was scored into an empty net by Tomas Plekanec.

……It has taken a third of the season for the league to schedule the first of four meetings between the teams.  They last met April 6th, 244 nights ago, a 2-1 Canadiens win.

…..The Bruins had won three straight at the Bell Centre before their loss April 6.

…..Boston has had four days off .  The Canadiens are playing their second game in 24 hours and third in four nights.

…..The Canadiens are playing their sixth game in nine nights.  In the previous five they are 4-0-1.  They complete their ‘7-games-in-11-nights’ schedule Saturday night against Buffalo.

… .The Bruins just completed a scheduling grind similar to the one in which the Canadiens are currently involved.  Boston played eight games in 13 nights, including two sets of back-to-back games.  They were 6-1-1 over th0se eight games.

…..The Canadiens recent streak includes 7-0-1 their last eight games (15 of 16 points); 9-1-2 over the last 12 (20 of 24 pts).

…..The Bruins are 6-1-1 over their last eight games and 10-2-1 over the last 13.

……Montreal hasn’t won five in a row at home since Jan. 22-Feb. 3 of last season.  Boston ended that streak February 3rd. with a 2-1 win.

…..The Canadiens have allowed one first period goal in their last nine games (at Washington Nov. 22nd).  Over that span they have outscored the opposition 9-1 in the opening period.

…..The Canadiens started their run 12 games ago with a Sunday win over the New York Islanders Nov. 10th.   At the time they were 5th in the Atlantic Division with an 8-8-1 record. The top three teams were Tampa, Toronto and Detroit in that order. Boston was 4th.

…..Carey Price has won five in a row overall during which he has allowed 9 goals.

…..Tuukka Rask is 4-2-1 in his last seven outings.

…..Price is  1-4-1 with a 2.40 GAA in his last seven games against Boston.  His one win was the last meeting between the clubs when he stopped 26 of 27 shots on April 6th.

…. Rask is 1-7-1 with a 3.23 GAA in his last nine games against the Habs.  He has a 2-8-2 record and 2.83 goals-against average in 13 appearances.  No other opponent has been as difficult for him.

…..Among those who have played in 15 or more games Rask at 1.90 has the third-best goals-against average in the league behind  Minnesota’s Josh Harding (1.45) and the Kings Ben Scrivens (1.56).  Carey Price is fourth at 2.00.  Price is third in save percentage at .937 with Rask at .935.

.Rask’s last start was six days ago.

.…Bruins C Patrice Bergeron has two goals and five assists in his past two meetings and 40 points in 47 games against the Canadiens.

….P.K. Subban has two goals and five assists during a five-game point streak against the Bruins,

Tomas Plekanec has a goal and five assists in his last four Bruins games.

Jarome Iginla has six goals and three assists in his last seven games versus the Canadiens..

….After scoring two goals in his first 12 games, Max Pacioretty has eight goals in his past eight.

…..David Desharnais has three goals and six assists his last eight games.

…..For the record George Parros and Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton have fought each other once in the NHL, in Boston Feb. 26, 2009 while Parros was a member of the Anaheim Ducks.  Voting on hockeyfights.com declared Parros a winner.  If you’re curious, click here for the video.  They were actually team and linemates for half a season in Anaheim during the 2006-2007 season.

…..Updating – Going into Thursday’s games Andrei Markov has been on ice for a league leading 53 of the Canadiens 80 goals  66.3%.  P,K. Subban at 52 is second at 65 percent.    Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin follow.  Crosby at 52 of 89 goals 58.4% and Malkin, with 49 at 55%.

….Until Wednesday, Tuuka Rask was the NHL’s highest paid goaltender with a cap hit of 7 million dollars.  Henrik Lundqvist will start to earn 8.5 million next season.  Carey Price is at 6.5 million.

…..Marc Savard remains the Bruins forgotten man.  He has not played a game in almost three years (January 2011) but remains on Boston’s long term injury list with post concussion syndrome.

Bruins Probable Lineup

17-Milan Lucic  46– David Krejci   12– Jarome Iginla
63-Brad Marchand   37– Patrice Bergeron   21– Loui Eriksson
34-Carl Soderberg  23 – Chris Kelly  18 – Reilly Smith
20-Daniel Paille   11– Gregory Campbell   22– Shawn Thornton

33-Zdeno Chara   55– Johnny Boychuk

27-Dougie Hamilton   55– Dennis Seidenberg

47– Torey Krug   86-Kevan Miller

40-Tuukka Rask


Season Statistics

Season Record –  Boston – 27GP  (18-7-2) 38pts.  First in Atlantic Division.   Canadiens 29GP (17-9-3) 37 pts.   Second in Atlantic Division

Last Ten Games –  Boston (7-2-1)     Montreal (8-1-1)

Season Series First of four games.  Next game will be in Boston Jan. 30th.

Home/Road  – Boston on Road (6-4-0)   Canadiens at home (9-5-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Boston ranked 17th   13/73  17.8%   Canadiens ranked 4th  25/105  23.8%    Penalty Killing   Boston ranked 6th  12/82  85.4%   Canadiens ranked 3rd   14/100  86.0%

Goaltending – Boston – Tuukka Rask  22GP (14-6-2)  1.90GAA   .935save%   Canadiens – Carey Price – 22GP  12-8-2  2.00GAA  .937save%

Who’s Hot – Boston  – David Krejci – goal and four assists in the past five games.   Canadiens – 1 goal 4 assists last four games.   David Desharnais – 3 goals 6 assists last 8 games.  …

From the Clinic – Boston   D-Adam McQuaid (groin); C-Marc Savard (IR-post concussion syndrome)     Canadiens – D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery); LW-Rene Bourque (upper body).





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