logo chicagologo canadiensPreview Game #80

Canadiens vs. Chicago

United Center – April 9, 2014 – 7:35pm ET


Game Notes –

….The Canadiens have played in Chicago only five times since 2000. The Canadiens last won in Chicago 12 years ago; Feb. 27, 2002. They have been there only three times since. In the last four meetings overall, the Hawks are 2-0-2 against the Habs, including January’s 2-1 Canadiens overtime win.

….The last time the Canadiens played in Chicago was Dec. 21, 2011. Chicago won the game 5-1.

….Chicago lost four of six after losing Patrick Kane to a lower body injury March 20th and then they lost Jonathan Toews on March 30th. But the hawks have rebounded with three wins in a row.

….Chicago now trails Colorado for second place by four points in the Central Divison.

….The Canadiens are 10-2-0 since March 15th. Over that time they have averaged 3.7 goals. Prior to that they were tied for 23rd in the league, scoring 2.4 a game through the season’s first 64 games.

….Thomas Vanek has played in 15 games for the Canadiens with 14 poingts (6G,8A) including two por play goals and 2 game winners. He has 2 goals, 6assists his last five games including two three-point games.

.Max Pacioretty has nine goals, six assists over the last ten games and is tied for third in the league with 39 goals.

….Josh Gorges returns after missing 16 games with a broken hand. He ranks third among team defensemen in average ice time and has a plus-7 rating.

….While Gorges was out with his injury, P.K. Subban, who had been his defence partner, was minus-7 with 0 goals and 12 assists

….Peter Budaj has a career 4-5-1 record against Chicago with a 3.09 GAA. All of his appearances came while he was with the Colorado Avalanche.

….Corey Crawford in three career starts agains thte Canadiens is 1-2-0 despite a .947 save percentage.

….The Blackhawks lead the league in goals per game and are second in average shots on goal.

….Andrei Markov who, along with defense partner Alexei Emelin, will not be dressed for this game, has 4 goals his last three games against Chicago.

….The Canadiens power play continues to struggle. They have not scored in 17 straight opportunities over the last five games. After scoring at a 24% rate through the first 30 games of the season, they have been at 13% through the last fifty games. Over the last 12 games in which the Canadiens have won ten times, their power play has produced 6 goals in 47 chances (12.7%).

Probable Chicago Line Combinations

10-Patrick Sharp 65-Andrew Shaw 81-Marian Hossa

23-Kris Versteeg 26-Michal Handzus 20-Brandon Saad

29-Bryan Bickell 28-Ben Smith 11-Jeremy Morin

52-Brandon Bollig 16-Marcus Kruger Joakim Nordstrom

2-Duncan Keith 7-Brent Seabrook

17-Sheldon Brookbank 4-Niklas Hjalmarsson

8-Nick Leddy 32-Michal Roszival

50-Corey Crawford

Game Statistics –

Season Records – Canadiens – 79GP (45-27-7) Second Atlantic Division Chicago 79GP (45-19-15) Third in Central Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (8-2-0) Chicago (6-4-0)

Season Series – Second of two games. @Bell Centre Jan. 11 – Canadiens-2 Chicago-1 (overtime). Andrei Markov’s second goal in OT was game winner.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (23-15-2) Chicago at Home (26-7-7)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 18th 48/273 17.6% Chicago ranked 7th 50/250 20.0%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked third 41/281 85.4% Chicago ranked 20th 45/242 81.4%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Peter Budaj (10-8-2) 2.49GAA .910save% Chicago – Corey Crawford – 57GP (31-15-10) 2,22GAA ,918save%.

Who’s HotCanadiens – Max Pacioretty goals in six of last eight games. Points in eight of ten (9g 6assists). Mike Weaver – 4 game point streak and plus-12 last ten games. Chicago – Patrick Sharp 3g, 2a last five games. Ben Smith-3 game goalscoring streak. Jeremy Morin – 2 goals, 2 assists last three games.

From the ClinicCanadiens – LW-Travis Moen (concussion); LW-Brandon Prust (upper body) RW-Dale Weise (upper body). D-Dale Murray (suspension).   Chicago –RW- Patrick Kane (left leg) C-Jonathan Toews (upper body); G-Nikolai Khabibulin (rotator cuff surgery) D-Johnny Oduya (lower body).





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