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Vancouver vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 6, 2014- 7:35pm


Game Notes

Montreal is tied with Toronto for the fourth-most points in the Eastern Conference. They are also only five points away from being out of the playoffs altogether. They are 11-12-3 over the last 26 games.

..The Canadiens have scored two goals or fewer in 10 of their last 14 games.

..Vancouver meanwhile has been held to two or fewer goals in 12 of the last18 games and lost 10 of those.

…The Canucks won their most recent visit to the Bell Centre 4-3 in a shootout Dec. 8, 2011. It is their only win in Montreal the last six meetings.

…Vancouver has lost its last five games in regulation. They are 4-11-3 over the last eighteen.  The Canucks went 2-4-0 while Tortorella was serving his 15 day suspension.

….. Vancouver is still hanging onto the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference. However, they are only a point ahead  of Phoenix and Dallas and two ahead of the Winnipeg Jets.

……Montreal enters this game  tied with Toronto for third place in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference. but hold the tiebreaker because of a game in hand.  Toronto holds  the seventh of eighth playoff seeds in the East

…The Canucks have not lost six in a row since an eight-game slide Jan. 9-31, 2009.

…The game will feature two of Team Canada’s Olympic goaltenders. In 40 appearances this season, Roberto Luongo has a .919 save percentage. Carey Price in 46 appearances is at .923.

..After giving up at least four goals in five straight games Price has two shutouts in his last four starts and has stopped 130 of 134 shots, a save percentage of .970.

..Price is 4-0-1 with a 1.38 GAA in his last five starts against Vancouver.

..Roberto Luongo was in net for the last six games against the Canadiens, with a 3.17 goals-against average.

.. Despite five-straight losses, Canucks backup Eddie Lack has three 1-0 losses in that sp.an 

..Canadiens snapped an eight-game home 0-for-25 power-play drought with the empty net goal against Calgary with Mike Cammalleri in the penalty box. Over their last 26 games the Canadiens have scored 11 goals in 82 power play opportunities – 13.4%

..The Canucks are in a 1-for-27 power play slump and have converted 9.5 percent (7 for 74) in the last 23 games.

.. The Canadiens have killed off 27 straight penalties.

...P.K. Subban snapped a nine-game drought at home with an assist Tuesday. Overall he has a goal and four assists over his last 15 games.

Raphael Diaz scored in his debut with the Canucks Tuesday against Boston and logged a game-high 25:26 .

..The Sedin Twins have been held to a combined one goal and five assists in eight career games at Montreal.

..Henrik Sedin has gone his last six games without a point and brother Daniel is without one in seven straight. They’ve each gone 17 games without a goal.

..With Team Canada’s Dan Hamhuis out of the lineup with a suspected concussion, the Canucks have five regular defensemen out with injuries; Andrew Alberts, Chris Tanev, Yannick Weber and Dan Bieksa. Hence the necessity for the Diaz trade.

…..Also out of the lineup with a rib injury is Henrik Sedin.  Forwards Chris Higgins and Brad Richardson who were questionable, will be in the lineup.

Probable Vancouver Line Combinations

22-Daniel Sedin 17-Ryan Kesler 14-Alexandre Burrows

20-Chris Higgins 15-Brad Richardson 36-Jannik Hansen

7-David Booth 45-Jordan Schroeder 9-Zack Kassian

29-Tom Sestito 21-Zac Dalpe  54-Kellan Lain

23-Alexander Edler 5-Jason Garrison

24-Raphael Diaz 18-Ryan Stanton

47-Yann Sauve 26-Frank Corrado

1-Roberto Luongo


Game Statistics

Season Records – Vancouver 58GP (27-22-9) 63pts   .8th in Western Conference.       Canadiens 57GP  (30-21-6)  66pts.   4th in Eastern Conference

Last Ten Games Vancouver (3-7-0) Canadiens (4-5-1)

Season Series Second of two games. @Vancouver Oct.12 Canadiens-4 Vancouver-1. Carey Price 39 saves.  Pacioretty (2) Eller, Plekanec & Gorges for the Canadiens.  Henrik Sedin for Vancouver.

Home/Road – Vancouver on the Road (13-13-4) Canadiens at Home (16-10 -4)

Goaltending – Vancouver – Roberto Luongo 40GP (19-14-6) 2.32GAA .919save% Canadiens – Carey Price – 46GP (24-17-5) 2.37GAA .923save%

Who’s Hot – Vancouver – D-Ryan Stanton four assists last five games. Canadiens –  Max Paciorettyy two goals, two assists last five games.

From the ClinicVancouver – C-Mike Santorelli (IR-shoulder surgery); D-Kevin Bieksa (IR-broken foot), D- Christopher Tanev (IR-broken thumb), D-Yannick Weber (IR-upper body); D-Andrew Alberts (IR-concussion) D-Dan Hamhuis.   Canadiens – D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery); LW-Alex Galchenyuk (IR-broken hand); LW-Travis Moen (Questionable -lower body).

2.41 Goals Per Game 2.39
2.52 Goals Against Per Game 2.39
30.81 Shots on Goal Per Game 28.51
29.38 Shots Against Per Game 30.3
14.53 Penalty Minutes Per Game 12.04
25 Power Play Goals 36
13.4% Power Play % 18.8%
29 Power Play Goals Allowed 26
85% Penalty Kill % 86.5%
4 Shorthanded Goals 6
2 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 3