logo san joselogo canadiensPreview Game #66

Canadiens vs. San Jose

SAP Center – March 7, 2007 – 10:05pm



Game Notes

..San Jose (40-17-7) has allowed 2.0 goals per game in posting one of the NHL’s best home records at 23-4-4

..The last time the Canadiens played in San Jose was Dec. 1,2011. They lost the game 4-3 in a six round shootout. Ryan Clowe tied the game with 1:26 remaining.

..The last time the Canadiens won in San Jose was Nov. 23, 1999, a 3-2 overtime victory. Sergei Zholtok had a goal and assist for the Canadiens.

. Since then they are 0-4-2 at San Jose..

.The Sharks have taken seven of the last10 in the series overall. 

..Thomas Vanek has five goals in his last five games against the Sharks and a total of six in eight career games against them.

…..Peter Budaj has a record of 6-0-1 vs. San Jose with a 3.09GAA, all with the Colorado Avalanche.

…...P.K. Subban is on a four-game point streak during which he has notched two goals and four assists

.Antti Niemi shutout the Canadiens October 26 at the Bell Centre, his second in a three game span. He has not had one since this season.

.Niemi will be starting in back to back games for the first time February 1st and 3rd.

…..Douglas Murray will be playing against former teammates for the first time since he was traded to Pittsburgh sat last year’s deadline.  Logan Couture on playing against him, ““I’ve seen Cranky play & hit a lot of people pretty hard. Hopefully I can skate away from him tonight.”


.San Jose trails Anaheim by five points for the lead in the Western Conference. On February first they were 11 points behind them.

.Raffi Torres re-joined the Sharks after missing 59 games with a training camp knee injury. San Jose is 3-0-1 in the four games he’s played and has 3 goals and an assist.

.San Jose leads the league in shots on goal per game at 33.1.  They are 7th in the league in goals per game (2.91) and 9th in goals against (2.39)

….The Canadiens are 20th in the league in goal scoring at 2.48 per game.  The Habs are 8th in goals against at 2.45 per game.

San Jose Line Combinations

8-Joe Pavelski 19-Joe Thornton 88-Brent Burns

12-Patrick Marleau 39-Logan Couture 83-Matthew Nieto

13-Raffi Torres 15-James Sheppard 57-Tommy Wingel

9-Martin Havlat 10-Andrew Desjardins 37-Adam Burish

44-Marc-Edouard Vlasic 5-Jason Demers

52-Matt Irwin 61-Justin Braun

27-Scott Hannan 22-Dan Boyl

31-Antti Niemi

Game Statistics

Season Records – Canadiens 65GP (35-23-7) 77 pts.  2nd in Atlantic Division – 3rd in East        San Jose 64GP (40-17-7) 87pts.  2nd in Pacific Division – 5th in West.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-3-1) San Jose (6-3-1)

Season Series – Second of two meetings – @Bell Centre San Jose-2 Canadiens-0. Logan Couture scored both goals. Antti Niemi 22 saves.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (17-13-2) San Jose at Home (23-4-4)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens rank 13th 42/218 19.3% San Jose ranked 21st 38/228 16.7% Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 5th 35/222 84.2% San Jose ranked 8th 28/170 83.5%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Peter Budaj 19GP (8-6-2) 2.33GAA .925save%. San Jose – Antti Niemi – 50GP (30-13-6) 2.42GAA .911save%.

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Andrei Markov – six points last five games. P.K. Subban 6 points last five games. San Jose – Brent Burns 3 goals last two games. Joe Pavelski – eight points last five games. Patrick Marleau six points last five games.

From The Clinic. Canadiens – D-Josh Gorges (broken hand); G-Carey Price (lower body); LW-Michael Bournival (IR-concussion); LW-Brandon Prust (IR-upper body). San Jose – D-Brad Stuart (upper body); Tomas Hertl (IR-knee surgery)


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