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Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh

ConsolEnergy Center – Feb. 27, 2014 – 7:05pm


Game Notes

..The Penguins have averaged 3.7 goals in going 16-1-1 over their last 18 on home ice.

..The Canadiens have lost five in a row (0-4-1)in Pittsburgh by a combined 19-10 score.

.Overall the teams have split the two games this season but overall the Penguins have won four of the last five and five of the last seven.

..This will be the first time Peter Budaj has played in back-to-back games since April 4th and 5th 2012.

Budaj is 0-1-2 with a 3.09 GAA in five games – four starts – against the Penguins.

Marc-Andre Fleury is 12-4-1 with a 2.43 mark in his last 17 starts versus Montreal.  Overall his career record against Montreal is 16-9-2

At home this season Fleury has a 20-3-1 record with a 1.96 GAA

In 24 regular season games against the Canadiens, Sidney Crosby has 33 points 14 goals and 19 as sists.

….Evgeni Malkin, in 24 career games against Montreal has 12 games and 19 assists.

…..In his last eight games against the Penguins, Max Pacioretty has five goals and three assists.

.The Penguins next game will be played against the Blackhawks outdoors at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.   

.The Penguins defense has been depleted. Paul Martin suffered a broken hand while playing for the US at the Olympics (4 to 6 weeks) and Kris Letang suffered a stroke January 27th.

.The Penguins lead the NHL in man games lost due to injury at 275. Anaheim ranks second at 198 man games. The Canadiens have lost 131.

.Canadiens backup Dustin Tokarski has not played in an NHL game since March 19, 2012 as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He gave up 4 goals on 15 shots before being replaced by Dwayne Roloson in a 7-3 home loss to Buffalo.

.Prior to the Olympic break Carey Price was 5-0-0 with an 0.59 goals-against average, .972 save percentage and two shutouts.

Pittsburgh Penguins Line Combinations

14-Chris Kunitz  89-Sidney Crosby  49-Brian Gibbons

36-Jussi Jokinen  71-Evgeni Malkin  18-James Neal

15-Tanner Glass 16-Brandon Sutter 12-Chuck Kobasew

17-Taylor Pyatt 46-Joe Vitale 27 Craig Adams

3-Olli Maatta 2-Matt Niskanen

4-Rob Scuderi 41-Robert Bortuzzo

44-Brooks Orpik 44-Simon Despres

29-Marc-Andre Fleury

Game Statistics

Season Records – Canadiens 60GP (32-21-7) Third in Atlantic Division Pittsburgh 58GP (40-15-3) First in Metropolitan division and Eastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (5-3-2) Pittsburgh (6-3-1)

Season Series – Third Meeting @Bell Centre – Nov. 23 Canadiens-3 Pittsburgh-2 @Pittsburgh Jan. 22 Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-1.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (15-11-2) Pittsburgh at Home (23-4-1)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 14th 37/196 18.9% Pittsburgh ranked first 48/189 25.4% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 3rd 29/201 85.6% Pittsburgh ranked 2nd 23/177 87.0%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Peter Budaj 15GP (6-4-2) 1.97GAA .927save% Pitttsburgh – Marc-Andre Fleury 47GP (31-13-2) 2.23GAA .919save%

Who’s Hot  Canadiens – D-Andrei Markov  assist in three straight games and six in eight. Pittsburgh … Penguins  Evgeni Malkin (three goals, four assists) last five games;  James Neal  three goals, three assists last five games.

From the Clinic Canadiens – G-Carey Price (lower body); LW-Brandon Prust (IR-upper body); LW-Michael Bournival (IR-concussion); D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery). Pittsburgh – D-Paul Martin (broken hand); D-Kris Letang (IR-stroke); G-Tomas Vokoun (IR-blood clot on hip); RW-Beau Bennett (IR-wrist surgery); RW-Chris Connor (IR-hand surgery); LW-Pascal Dupuis (IR-knee surgery)