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Canadiens vs. Florida

BB&T Center– March 29, 2014 – 7:05pm


Game Notes

..20-goal scorer Tomas Plekanec will not be in the Canadiens lineup. He is back in Montreal attending to family matters.

..Roberto Luongo will not be in goal for Florida. He suffered a neck injury in a goalmouth collision Thursday against Carolina. Dan Ellis will replace him.

.The Canadiens have won four in a row including road wins in Boston, Toronto and Boston. They have won seven of the last eight taking 14 of a possible 16 points.

.At the same time the Tampa Bay Lightning have also earned 14 of a possible 16 points their last eight games. Tampa plays Buffalo Saturday night. They are two points behind the Canadiens but hold two games in hand.

.The Canadiens are looking to match their season-long winning streak of five games Nov. 30 to Dec 7th.

.Florida has outscored the Canadiens 7-4 in winning two out of three meetings this season. Florida is 3-1-1 the last five games at Sunrise.

.Peter Budaj was in goal for both losses against Florida.

.Carey Price was in goal for the 2-1 January 6th win at the Bell Centre. In his last six starts against the Panthers he is 4-1-1 with a 0.98GAA and two shutouts.

.Thomas Vanek has five goals and three assists in his past six games.

.Max Pacioretty has never scored a goal against Florida. In 16 games against them he has 50 shots on goal and eight assists.

.Florida is last in the league in both power play and penalty killing. Their differential is minus-33.

.The Canadiens are plus-11. Ranked 3rd in penalty killing and 13th on the power play.

.Florida is 0 for the last 11 on the power play and have given up four goals the last ten times shorthanded.

.In losing four of it’s last five games Florida has been outscored 17-5.

.Florida will miss the playoffs for the 12th time in the last 13 seasons. They are 15th in the 16 team Eastern Conference.

Florida Panthers Line Combinations

20-Sean Bergenheim 27-Nick Bjugstad 24-Brad Boyes

14-Tomas Fleischmann 67-Vincent Trocheck 19-Scottie Upshall

17-Jesse Winchester 73-Brandon Pirri 42-Qujinton Howden

21-Krys Barch 23-Scott Gomez 12-Jimmy Hayes

7-Dmitry Kulikov 51-Brian Campbell

55-Ed Jovanovski 47-Colby Robak

44-Erik Gudranson 4-Dylan Olsen

39-Dan Ellis




Game Statistics

Season Records– Canadiens 75GP (42-26-7) Florida – 74GP (27-39-8)

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-3-0) Florida (3-6-1)

Season Series – Fourth and final game. Florida leads 2 games to one. @Bell Centre Dec. 15 – Florida-2 Canadiens-1. Panthers take 2-0 lead on goals by Winchester and Bjugstad. Galchenyuk for the Canadiens. Budaj in goal. Habs outshot 25-18. @Sunrise Dec.29 Florida-4 Canadiens-1 Florida scores last 3 goals breaking 1-1 tie Kulikov, Campbell, Barkov, Bergenheim (ENG) for Florida. Prust for Montreal. Budaj in goal. @Bell Centre Jan.6 Canadiens-2 Florida-1 Desharnais & Gionta for Montreal. Bergenheim for Florida. Tim Thomas vs. Carey Price.

Last Time Out – Canadiens edged the Red Wings 5-4 in Detroit Thursday. Florida shut out by Carolina 3-0 Thursday at home.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (21-14-2) Florida at Home (14-16-5)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 13th 48/259 18.5% Florida ranked 30th 25/246 10.2% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 3rd 37/259 85.7% Florida ranked 30th 58/229 74.7%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 54GP (31-18-5) 2.39GAA .924save% 5 shutouts. Florida – Dan Ellis 3GP (0-2-0) 4.92GAA 0-shutouts

Who’s Hot Canadiens – Max Pacioretty 3 goals last four games. Thomas Vanek 1 goal, 2 assists vs. Detroit. Eight points last 6 games. Florida – Vincent Trocheck  points in two of his past three games.

From the Clinic Canadiens LW- Travis Moen (concussion), LW-Dale Weise (hand) LW-Brandon Prust (upper body),D-Josh Giorges (broken hand). Florida – G-Roberto Luongo (neck); D- Tom Gilbert (groin) Alex Petrovic (upper body) ; Aleksander Barkov (knee); Tomas Kopecky(upper body); Jonathan Huberdeau (upper body).




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