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
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)
|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%|
|2||Shorthanded Goals Allowed||5|