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Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – April 4, 2014 – 7:05pm

 

Game Notes

.The Canadiens go into the game tied with Tampa Bay in points and games played. The Habs lead Tampa in ROW (regulation and overtime wins) 37-35 which is the first tiebreaker.

.The Canadiens have won 5 of their last 6 games and 8 of the past 10.

.They have won their last two games against Ottawa by 5-4 scores, both wins coming in overtime.

.Over the last three seasons the Canadiens are 12-3-5 against the Senators. Nine of those games were settled in overtime including three this season. They have earned at least a point in 12 of the last 14 meetings in the regular season.

.Up to their overtime win on January 16th, including last year’s playoffs the Canadiens had lost six in a row In Ottawa.

..The Senators have scored 4 goals in each of their last four games against the Canadiens. Carey Prise was in goal for each of the games.  

….This is the last of a five game Ottawa home stand.  They won the first three before dropping Wednesday’s 2-1 decision to the Islanders.

.The Senators enter the night seven points behind Columbus and the second wild card spot. Chances of a playoff berth are close to none.

.Peter Budaj makes his third start in the Canadiens past 12 games. He has won once in his last five starts. He recorded a 2-1 shootout win his last start March 24th in Boston.

.Against Ottawa, including two starts in last year’s playoffs, Budaj is 0-3-0 with a 5.88 GAA and a .798 save%.

.Craig Anderson will make his third straight start. Over that span he has allowed six goals and has a .944 save percentage.

.Anderson gave up all five goals against the Canadiens January 16th. Prior to that he was 6-2-0 with a 1.88 GAA in his previous eight starts vs. Montreal including last year’s playoffs.  His career regular season record is 6-6-2 with a 2.99 GAA.

.Including his time with Buffalo and the Islanders, Thomas Vanek has failed to score in eleven straight games against the Senators.

..Tomas Plekanec leads Canadiens scorers against the Senators with 2 goals and 3 assists in four games.   Former linemate Brian Gionta has 2 goals, 2 assists while Daniel Briere has scored 3 goals and added an assist.

.P.K. Subban has 13 points over his last 12 regular season games against Ottawa. He has a goal and 4 assists this season.

.Erik Karlsson has 18 points in 22 regular season games against Montreal including a goal and 5 assists in this season’s 4 games.  

Karlsson leads the Senators in scoring by nine points with 20 goals and 70 assists.  He is also minus-18.

.Bobby Ryan is out for the rest of the season with a sports hernia injury. Without him the Senators are 4-1-1.

…Ottawa captain Jason Spezza will return to the lineup against the Canadiens.  He missed the last three games with a minor groin strain.  He was cleared following the morning skate.

Spezza is second in Senators scoring with 61 points but is minus-23.  So-called second line centre Kyle Turris has 55 points and has a plus-21 rating. 

.Ottawa has given up 60 power play goals this season, most in the league. They have been shorthanded a league-high 303 times.

.On special teams the Canadiens are plus-9 (48PPG/39PPGA) Ottawa is minus-14 (46/60)

Probable Ottawa Line Combinations

16-Clarke MacArthur 7-Kyle Turris 61-Mark Stone

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

68-Mike Hoffman 15-Zack Smith 25-Chris Neil

44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 93-Mika Zibanejad 22-Erik Condra

3-Marc Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

4-Chris Phillips 5-Cody Ceci

46-Patrick Wiercioch 62-Eruc Gryba

40-Craig Anderson

 

Game Statistics –

Season Records – Canadiens 77GP (43-27-7) 93pts. 2nd Atlantic Division Ottawa – 76GP (32-30-14) 78 points 6th in Atlantic Division

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (8-2-0) Ottawa (4-5-1)

Season Series – Fifth and final game. Ottawa has a point in every game (2-0-2) and lead series 6 points to 5.   @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 got goals from Briere and Gionta in the third period to tie the game.    @Ottawa Jan. 16 Canadiens-5 Ottawa-4 (overtime) P.K. Subban scores 23 seconds into overtme. Plekanec second goal of the game tid it with eight minutes left.   @Bell Centre March 15 Canadiens-5 Ottawa-4 (overtime) Canadiens trailed 4-1 with four minutes left. Eller, Gionta and Desharnais scored to tie and Bouillon scored in the overtime.

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost at Tampa Bay Tuesday. Ottawa defeated by the Islanders 2-1.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (22-15-2) Ottawa at Home (16-16-6)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 16th 48/268 17.9% Ottawa ranked 12th 46/250 18.4% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked third 39/272 85.7%. Ottawa ranked 24th 60/303 80.2%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Peter Budaj – 22GP (9-8-2) 2.41GAA .910save%. Ottawa – Craig Anderson – 50GP (23-15-8) 3.02GAA .910save%.

Who’s HotCanadiens – Thomas Vanek – five points last four games. Max Pacioretty – four goals last five. Ottawa – Milan Michalek 4 goals last 4.

From the ClinicCanadiens – LW-Brandon Prust (ribs); D-Josh Gorges (thumb surgery); LW-Travis Moen (concussion); D-Douglas Murray (suspension). Ottawa – Bobby Ryan (sports hernia); C-Jason Spezza (lower body); D-Jared Cowen (lower body); Colin Greening (lower body); 

Montreal

Ottawa

2.52

Goals Per Game

2.82

2.45

Goals Against Per Game

3.22

28.64

Shots on Goal Per Game

32.64

30.68

Shots Against Per Game

34.76

12.74

Penalty Minutes Per Game

13.14

48

Power Play Goals

46

17.9%

Power Play %

18.4%

39

Power Play Goals Allowed

60

85.7%

Penalty Kill %

80.2%

6

Shorthanded Goals

5

8

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

10