logo canadienslogo tampa bayPreview Game #55

Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan. 31, 2014 – 1:05pm


Game Notes

.The Canadiens have won six of the last eight meetings against Tampa.

.The teams have split 2-1 shootout wins in their two meetings this season. The Lightning beat the Canadiens in a Bell Centre November shootout, the Canadiens on December 28th at Tampa.

.After winning three in a row at home, Tampa has opened a four game road trip with losses in Toronto Monday and Ottawa Thursday.

.Both Tampa goaltenders were injured Thursday night in the 5-2 loss to Ottawa. Ben Bishop was struck in the head by the skate of teammate Nikita Kucherov and had to leave the game. Anders Lindback suffered an ankle injury in a goalmouth collision but stayed in the game.

..Carey Price has a 1.80 GAA in his last seven match ups versus Tampa Bay.  His career record is 10-6-3.  He has given up two goals or fewer in each of his last four home starts against the Lightning, going 3-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA

….Despite a shutout win his last start Price is 1-4-0 with a 5.15 goals-against average in his previous five starts.   Over the last 19 games Price has given up 58 goals. His save percentage over that span is .897 dropping his season GAA from .938 to .921,

..Ben Bishop has 26 wins and is fifth in the league with a 2.01 goals-against average.   He is 3-1-2 with a 1.41 goals-against average in six career starts against Montreal.   He is 1-1-1 with a 1.90 GAA in three lifetime starts at the Bell Centre.

…..Brian Gionta has five goals and three assists in his last eight games against Tampa Bay.  Has an assist on one of the two goals the Canadiens have scored on Tampa in the two meetings this season.

..Martin St. Louis scored the only Tampa goal against the Canadiens December 28th. It is his only goal against the Habs in the last eleven meetings.

..In the 5-3 loss in Ottawa Thursday St. Louis recorded his 600th career assist. He has played in all 54 Tampa games this season with 25 goals, 28 assists-53 points. He is plus-18.

.Cedrick Desjardins has appeared in five career NHL games, all with the Lightning, during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons, notching a record of 2-3-0 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

.In his NHL debut and only start against the Canadiens, Desjardins was the winning goaltender in a 4=1 Lightning win Dec. 31st 2010 at Tampa. Desjardins stopped 27 of 28 shots.

..Desjardins was drafted by the Canadiens and traded to Tampa for G-Dustin Tokarski.

Probable Lightning Line Combinations

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

17-Alex Killorn 56-Nikita Kucherov 16-Teddy Purcell

11-Tom Pyatt 44-Nate Thompson 23-J.T. Brown

12-Ryan Malone 19-B.J. Crombeen 3-Keith Aulie

77-Victor Hedman 6-Sami Salo

25-Matt Carle 7-Radko Gudas

8-Mark Barberio 2-Eric Brewer

(Goaltender TBA)

Game Statistics

Season Record – Tampa Bay 54GP (31-18-5) 67 pts. 2nd in Atlantic Division. Canadiens – 54GP (29-20-5) 63pts. 4th in Atlantic Division

Season Series – Third of four games – @Bell Centre Nov.12 Tampa-2 Canadiens-1 (shootout) Filppula scored winning shootout goal. Carey Price with 44 saves. @Tampa Bay Dec.28 – Canadiens-2 Tampa-1 (shootout) Lars Eller scores shootout winner. Carey Price stops all three shootout attempts. Plekanec scored for Montreal. St. Louis for Tampa.

Home/Road – Tampa on the Road (15-12-2) Canadiens at Home (15-9-3)

Special Teams – Power Play – Tampa ranked 20th 32/186 17/.2% Canadiens ranked 13th 35/184 19.0% Penalty Killing – Tampa ranked 21st 37/185 80.0% Canadiens ranked 3rd 26/185 86.0%

Goaltending– Tampa – Ben Bishop – 40GP (26-7-4) 2.01GAA .932save%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 43GP (23-16-4) 2.44GAA .921save%.

Who’s Hot – Tampa Bay – Ondrej Palat – 2 goals 6 assists last five games. Tyler Johnson – five goals, two of shorthanded, in his past four.  Victor Hedman also has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past four games. Canadiens – Brendan Gallagher – 7 points last 7 games. David Desharnais 6 points lasts seven games.

From the ClinicTampa Bay – G-Ben Bishop (head injury); G-Anders Lindback (ankle); C-Valtteri Filppula (lower body); DBrian Lee (IR-knee surgery); D-Mattias Ohlund (IR-knee surgery); C-Steven Stamkos (IR-broken right tibia) Canadiens– LW-Brandon Prust (flu symptoms); D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery); C-Ryan White (IR-upper body); LW-Alex Galchenyuk (IR-broken hand)

Tampa Bay


2.85 Goals Per Game 2.44
2.46 Goals Against Per Game 2.44
29.93 Shots on Goal Per Game 28.48
29.28 Shots Against Per Game 30.17
10.76 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.8
31 Power Play Goals 35
17.3% Power Play % 19%
37 Power Play Goals Allowed 26
80% Penalty Kill % 85.9%
5 Shorthanded Goals 6
5 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 2