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Boston vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – October 16, 20147:30pm


Notes – 

….The Bruins ended a three game losing streak with a 3-2 shootout win over the Red Wings Wednesday night in Detroit.  They have scored only 6 goals in four games.

….To start their season, this will be  the Bruins sixth game in eight days and the second time they will play back to back games.   They move on to Buffalo Saturday making it seven in eleven days before they get two days off.

….Three quarters of the four game season series between the clubs will be completed by November 22 in Boston.  The final meeting of the teams will be in Boston February 8th.

….In each of the four meetings against the Canadiens this season, the Bruins will be playing their second game in 24 hours.  In only one game, (February 8th in Boston), are the Canadiens scheduled to play the night before.

….Dating back to March 25th, the Canadiens have not scored a power play goal in more than a full game of manpower advantage (67:15 and 37 power plays)  The last power play goals was Game 74 – March 25th vs. Buffalo (Daniel Briere).

….Both teams special teams are struggling.  The normally strong power play has 2 goals in 16 opportunities (12.5%) and their penalty killing has allowed 4 in 19 shorthanded situations.  (The Canadiens have allowed 4 in 18 times short)

….Alexei Emelin returns to the Canadiens lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury.  Nathan Beaulieu will set this game out and Jarred Tinordi will play with Mike Weaver on the third defense pairing.

….Simon Gagne played in his first NHL game in 18 months Wednesday night in Detroit.  It was his 800th career game. He started the game on the fourth line and finished on the first line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic.  It was his 800th career game.

….Milan Lucic will draw a lot of attention from the Bell Centre faithful after his performance in the handshake line at the end of the Eastern Conference Semif-final series.  Lucic is off to a slow start with 0 points in five games and only 7 shots on goal.

….The Bruins, the highest scoring team in the East last season,  have only six goals in their five games so far this season.  Reilly Smith has two of them.

….Boston fans loyalties will be tested Thursday night.  The Bruins game will be going head-to-head with the New England Patriots/New York Jets Thursday night NFL game at Foxborough.

….Changes in Boston – Gone are free agent Jarome Iginla  (3 years – 16 million Colorado)  Shawn Thornton (two yrs. 2.4 million Florida); G Chad Johnson (2 yrs. 2.6 M Islanders.  Johnny Boychuk to Islanders in trade.  Signed free agent Simon Gagne.  Re-signed David Krejci (6yrs. 43.5M) and RFA’s Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.

….Carey Price played in only one of the four games against Boston last season, allowing one goal in a 2-1 win Dec. 5.  His career record against Boston is 17-8-3 with a 2.50 goals against average and .919 save percentage.

…. Tuukka Rask was 1-2-1 against Montreal last regular season.  He has a career record  3-10-3 vs. the Habs with a 2.63GAA in 17 regular season games.

….Backup Niklas Svedberg has made two career starts, neither against the Habs.  Svedberg made 28 saves in a 2-1 loss to Colorado Monday, his second NHL appearance.

Patrice Bergeron comes into the game having won 73 of 110 faceoffs, a 66.4% average.

Manny Malhotra has won 21 of 43 faceoffs …a 67.2%.  He is also  tied with Edmonton’s Boyd Gordon for NHL lead in shorthanded face-off wins (10/5 – 66%)  In that department, Bergeron is 7 and 7 (50%).

Probable Bruins Lineup vs. Canadiens
17-Milan Lucic  46-David Krejci  12-Simon Gagne 53-Seth Griffith
63-Brad Marchand   37-Patrice Bergeron   18-Reilly Smith
23-Chris Kelly  34-Carl Soderberg  21-Loui Eriksson
20-Daniel Paille  51-Ryan Spooner 53-Seth Griffith
33-Zdeno Chara  27-Dougie Hamilton
43-Matt Bartkowski  44-Dennis Seidenberg
47-Torey Krug  54-Adam McQuaid
72-Niklas Svedberg

The Canadiens Lineup

Pacioretty    Desharnais   Gallagher

Galchenyuk   Plekanec   Parenteau

Bourque    Eller    Sekac

Prust   Malhotra      Weise

Emelin   Subban

Markov    Gilbert

Tinordi     Weaver


Game Statistics

Season Record – Boston (2-3-0)    Canadiens (3-1-0)

Season Series – First of four meetings. Next meeting Nov. 13 in Montreal.  In Boston Nov. 22 and Feb. 8.

Last Season – Canadiens won three of four during the regular season and the Eastern Conference Semi-final in seven games.

Home/Road – Boston on the Road (1-1-0)   Canadiens at Home – Season Opener (0-0-0)

Special Teams – Power Play – Boston   2 for 16  12.5%.    Canadiens 0 for 14   0.00%.   Penalty Killing – Boston  4/19    79.0%.    Canadiens  4/18   77.8%.

GoaltendingBoston – Tuuka Rask  3GP  (1-2-0)  2.36GAA  .892save%.   Niklas Svedberg  (0-1-0)  2.00GAA  .933save%      Canadiens – Carey Price   3GP (2-1-0)  3.66GAA   .878save%.

From the Clinic – Boston – LW-Anthony Camara (IR-illness); C-Gregory Campbell (IR-abdominal strain); C-Marc Savard (IR-post-concussion syndrome)    Canadiens – No injuries reported

Boston                        Montreal
1.2 Goals Per Game 2.25
2.2 Goals Against Per Game 3.5
29.2 Shots on Goal Per Game 27.75
23 Shots Against Per Game 32.5
14.2 Penalty Minutes Per Game 12.75
2 Power Play Goals 0
12.5% Power Play % 0%
4 Power Play Goals Allowed 4
78.9% Penalty Kill % 77.8%
0 Shorthanded Goals 0
0 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 0