logo canadienslogo ottawaPreview Game #68

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre March 15, 2014 – 7:15pm


Game Notes

.Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens. In the twenty days since the Olympic gold medal game, Price has missed eight games and has had one full practice.

.With Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski in net the last eight games, they Canadiens allowed 28 goals – including 13 during the current three-game slide.

.Price has a 15-6-4 record vs. Ottawa with a 2.28 GAA and a .923 save-percentage .

.The Canadiens have scored only seven goals in their last five games and have won once (1-4-0),

..Five-on-five the Canadiens are 29th in the NHL with 100 goals.

.The Canadiens power play has had a 13.7 percent efficiency rating since it was ranked 2nd in the NHL on Dec. 3. In the last three games their power play is 1 for 21.

.The Canadiens have killed the last eight penalties. In the previous six games opponents were 7 for 22.

.It’s uphill for Ottawa to gain a playoff berth. They are five points behind Detroit and Philadelphia but also have to get past New Jersey and Washington.

The Senators have gone 2-4-1 in their past seven games and have allowed 29 goals in that span, an average of 4.14 per game.

.The Senators have allowed 40 or more shots in 14 games this season, including their last two games. Only the Toronto Maple Leafs (19) have had more.

.Prior to killing all three shorthanded situations vs. Nashville Monday, Ottawa’s penalty killers had given up at least one power play goal in six straight games. Their penalty killing is ranked 26th in the league.

.The Senators have not scored fewer than three goals in their past six games versus Montreal.

Thomas Vanek has nine shots on goal in three games for the Canadiens and one assist.

.Vanek does not have a goal in 10 straight games versus Ottawa

.After being held without a point in his Senators debut March 5, Ales Hemsky has six assists in two games.

.Hemsky has two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak at the Bell Centre, all with Edmonton.

.Robin Lehner has been in three career games vs. the Canadiens with a 1-0-1 record, .951save% and a 1.85GAA.


.Lehner has played only once at the Bell Centre. Oct. 16, 2010 he was backup to Brian Elliott in the 2010-11 season and had to go in for 4 minutes and 22 seconds in the third peruid after Elliott broke a skate blade. He faced three shots and was back on the bench. The Canadiens won 4-3 


.P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson lead their team in scoring. Only one other NHL defenseman is a team scoring leader – Nashville’s Shea Weber.

.Daniel Briere‘s most productive night of the season came against Ottawa January 4th while playing on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. He had two goals and an assist.

Ottawa Line Combinations

9-Milan Michalek 19-Jason Spezza 83-Ales Hemsky

16-Clarke MacArthur 7-Kyle Turris 6-Bobby Ryan

68-Mike Hoffman 93-Mika Zibanejad 22-Eric Condra

14-Colin Greening 15-Zack Smith 25-Chris Neil

3-Marc Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

4-Chris Phillips 5-Cody Ceci

2-Jared Cowen 62-Eric Gryba

40-Robin Lehner

Game Statistics

Season Records – Ottawa – 65GP (28-25-12) 12th in Eastern Conference Canadiens – 67GP (35-25-7) – Seventh in Eastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Ottawa (4-4-2) Canadiens (5-4-1)

Last Time Out Ottawa overcame a 3-0 deficit with three third-period goals Monday before falling 4-3 to Nashville in overtime. Canadiens lost to Boston 4-1 Wednesday at the Bell Centre.

Season Series – Fourth of five meetings. @Ottawa Nov. 7  Ottawa-4  Canadiens-1 – Canadiens led 1-0. 28 seconds later Bobby Ryan scored, then Methot, Borowiecki and Turris.  @Bell Centre Jan.4  Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime). Clarke MacArthur scores 58 seconds into overtime. Canadiens get goals from Briere and Gionta in the third to tie the game. Briere with two goals and assist. @Bell Centre Jan. 16 Canadiens-5 Ottawa-4 (overtime) P.K. Subban scores 23 seconds into overtime. Tomas Plekanec’s second goal of the game tied the game with eight minutes left.

Home/Road – Ottawa on the Road (15-13-6) Canadiens at Home (18-11-5)

Special Teams – Power Play – Ottawa ranked 13th 41/218 18.8% Canadiens ranked 14th 42/226 18.6% Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 26th 51/256 80.1% Canadiens ranked 5th 35/230 84.8%

Goaltending – Ottawa – Robin Lehner 25GP (7-11-4) 3.05GAA .912save% Canadiens – Dustin Tokarski – 2GP (1-0-0) 2.91GAA .922save%

Who’s Hot – Ottawa – Jason Spezza 2g 6assists last five games. Ales Hemsky 6 assists last two games. Canadiens – David Desharnais – 4g, 7 assists last 11 games. Max Pacioretty 7g 4ass last 11.

From the Clinic – Ottawa – G-Craig Anderson (shoulder); RW-Mark Stone (IR-arm) Canadiens – Carey Price (IR-groin); LW-Michael Bournival (IR-concussion); D-Josh Gorges (IR-thumb surgery).




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