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Canadiens vs. TampaBay

Tampa Bay Times Forum – Dec.28, 2013 – 7:05pm


Game Notes

….The Lightning are currently on a five game winning streak averaging close to four goals per game during the streak.  The Lightning haven’t had a longer regular-season run since winning six straight Jan. 18-Feb. 1, 2011, though they also won eight in a row a few months later in the playoffs.

….With seven days between games the Canadiens have had the longest holiday break of any NHL team.

…The Canadiens have won five of the last seven meetings with Tampa. They have won their last two games at Tampa.

…With a 6-1 win at Florida Monday, Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop became the league’s second goaltender to reach 20 wins. He’d never had more than 11 in four previous NHL seasons.

… This game three of six in a row on the road.  Carey Price has started out with a 1-1-0 record, giving up eight goals and an .873 save percentage.

…… Price is 9-6-3 with a 2.45 GAA in 18 career starts against the Lightning,  Peter Budaj is 2-1-0 with a 3.36 GAA over three lifetime appearances versus Tampa.

……Over his last five starts Ben Bishop is 5-0-0 with a 1.16 goals-against average, and he’s allowed more than two goals once in his last 11 starts.

……Bishop is 3-1-1 in six career games against Montreal with a 1.81 GAA.

……The Canadiens special teams are ranked 5th overall in the league in both power play and penalty killing.  On the road however, the Canadiens are first in penalty killing having allowed only 5 goals in 55 times shorthanded. (90.6%).  Their power play record on the road is 5th ranked with 13 goals in 56 advantages (23.2%)

…..Only Edmonton has given up more shorthanded goals that Tampa’s five this season.  Edmonton has given up eight while playing with the man advantage.

……Tampa’s leading scorer and team captain Martin St. Louis has no goals in his last 10 games against the Canadiens.  He has 37 points in 37 games this season including 16 goals.

Tampa Bay Line Combinations

18-Ondrej Palat  9-Tyler Johnson  26-Martin St. Louis

17-Alex Killorn  51-Valtteri Filppula  16-Teddy Purcell

56-Nikita Kucherov  44-Nate Thompson  23-J.T. Brown

71-Richard Panik  11-Tom Pyatt  19-B.J. Crombeen

25-Matt Carle  62-Andrej Sustr

77-Victor Hedman   8-Mark Barberio

Jean-Philippe Cote   7-Radko Gudas

30-Ben Bishop

 Game Statistics

Season Records – Canadiens  38GP  (22-13-3) 47pts.  Third in Atlantic Division.   TampaBay – 37GP (23-11-3) 49 pts.   Second in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games Montreal6-4-0; TampaBay7-1-2

Season Series – Second of four games.   @Bell Centre Nov. 12  Tampa-2 Canadiens-1 (shootout).  Valterri Filppula with the winning shootout goal.  Carey Price made a season-high 44 saves.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (10-6-1)   Tampa at Home (14-3-1)

Special Teams – Power Play –  Canadiens ranked 7th  28/131 21.4%   Tampa ranked 20th  21/130  16.2%.   Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 5th  17/125  86.4%   Tampa ranked 10th  21/127  83.5%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 30GP (17-11-2)  2.10GAA   .932save%   2shutouts  Tampa Bay – Ben Bishop – 28GP (20-5-2)  1.93GAA  .935save%   3 shutouts.

Who’s Hot   Canadiens – David Desharnais – one goal and three assists last three games.  Max Pacioretty has four goals in the past five games.   Tampa Bay – Valterri Filppula – 3 goals, five assists last five games.  Martin St. Louis  has three goals and four assists last five games.  Alex Killorn has two goals and two assists last three games. Victor Hedman  has one goal and four assists during a three-game point streak.

From the Clinic – Canadiens –  George Parros (IR-concussion); D- Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery) …   Tampa Bay – C-Steven Stamkos (IR-broken leg); D-Keith Aulie (IR-hand surgery); LW-Ryan Malone (IR-broken ankle); D-Eric Brewer (hand); D-Sami Salo (upper body); D-Mattias Ohlund (IR-knee surgery); D-Brian Lee (IR-knee surgery) 



Tampa Bay

2.47 Goals Per Game 2.73
2.13 Goals Against Per Game 2.32
28.82 Shots on Goal Per Game 29.35
30.11 Shots Against Per Game 29.51
11.68 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.14
28 Power Play Goals 21
21.4% Power Play % 16.2%
17 Power Play Goals Allowed 21
86.4% Penalty Kill % 83.5%
4 Shorthanded Goals 3
2 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 5