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Washington vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan. 25, 20147:15pm

 

Game Notes

…..The Canadiens have allowed four goals or more in each of their last five games.They have lost three straight and four of five with 22 goals allowed in that span.

…..Against the Capitals at home, the Canadiens  have lost six in a row and nine of their last 12.  Overall they have lost 9 of their last 11 vs. Washington.

….. Washington has picked up at least a point in seven of their last eight visits to Montreal (7-0-1), outscoring the Habs by a combined total of 28-14 in the process.

…..The Canadiens rank 29th in the league in five-on-five goalscoring with 74.  Only Buffalo has scored fewer.

…..The Canadiens power play has produced six goals over the last 50 opportunities.

…..Washington is winless in seven games (0-5-2), their longest winless streak since they lost eight in a row from Dec. 8 to 18th , 2010 (0-6-2).  They have also lost 13 of their last 16.

…..The Capitals have scored one or fewer in six of the seven games and a total of eight goals in their current losing streak.

…..The Canadiens have three straight losses in regulation, all on the road.  They have lost six of their last nine.

…..The Canadiens have scored two or fewer goals in five of their last seven games.

…..Alex Ovechkin has missed the last two games with a lower body injury.

….. The Capitals power play is 1-for-24 over its past eight games. The success rate on the season has dropped from 26.1 percent to 23.2 percent.

….. Peter Budaj started both games this season against Washington and posted a 1.92 GAA.   Budaj is 1-2-2 lifetime in six appearances (five starts) against the Capitals, with a 2.56 GAA and a .901 save%.

…..Against the Canadiens Braden Holtby has a career record of 4-0-0 with a 1.23 GAA and .957 save percentage.  He has made three career starts at the Bell Centre, where he is 3-0 with a shutout, a 1.00 GAA and a .963 save pct

….. Holtby has allowed five goals on 66 shots in his past three appearances, though two of them came in relief, for a save percentage of .924  He is 0-3-1 since Dec. 10 with a 4.20 GAA and .854 save percentage.

…… P.K. Subban registered his 28th assist against Detroit, putting him within one of his career high set in 2011-12.

….. Alex Ovechkin has registered 34 points (19g, 15a) in 32 career regular-season games against the Canadiens.

…Nicklas Backstrom has recorded 18 points (6g, 12a) in 21 career regular-season games against Montreal.

Probable Washington Line Combinations

90-Marcus Johansson  19-Niklas Backstrom  20-Troy Brouwer

10-Martin Erat  84-Mikhail Grabovski  16-Eric Fehr

25-Jason Chimera  21-Brooks Laich  42-Joel Ward

24-Aaron Volpatti  83-Jay Beagle  43-Tom Wilson

74-John Carlson  27-Karl Alzner

81-Dmitri Orlov  52-Mike Green

88-Nate Schmidt   Connor Carrick

70-Braden Holtby

 

 

Game Statistics

Season Records –   Washington (22-21-8) Seventh in Metropolitan Division     Canadiens (27-19-5) Third in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games  Washington (2-6-2)     Canadiens   (4-5-1)

Season Series   Third of three games this season.    @Washington  Nov. 22  Canadiens-3 Washington-2      @Washington  Nov. 29   Washington-3  Canadiens-2 (shootout)

Home/Road – Washington on the Road – (8-12-4)   Canadiens at Home (14-8-3)

Goaltending – Washington –   Braden Holtby -31GP (13-12-2)  3.00GAA  .911save%     Canadiens –  Peter Budaj – 12GP (5-4-1)  2.44GAA  .911save%

Who’s Hot –  Washington        Canadiens – Brendan Gallagher-two goals last three games.

From The ClinicWashington LW-Alex Ovechkin  (groin)   C-Mikhail Grabovski (knee); D-Jack Hillen (IR-tibia surgery).       Canadiens – D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery)  RW-Alex Galchenyuk (IR-broken hand);  C-Ryan White (IR-upper body)…

Washington

Montreal

2.65

Goals Per Game

2.45

2.9

Goals Against Per Game

2.47

30.41

Shots on Goal Per Game

28.51

33.78

Shots Against Per Game

29.88

13.06

Penalty Minutes Per Game

11.41

41

Power Play Goals

34

23.2%

Power Play %

19.4%

37

Power Play Goals Allowed

26

80%

Penalty Kill %

84.8%

3

Shorthanded Goals

6

6

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

2