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Calgary vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – 7:05pmNov. 2, 2014-11-01


Game Notes

….After playing seven of the first eleven games on the road, the Canadiens play eight of the next ten at home.

….The Canadiens have started their season with 4 straight wins at home.  The last time they won their first five at home was 1979 at the Forum.  That season they won their first six at home before losing to Philadelphia.

….Line changes for the Canadiens – Alex Galchenyuk will centre Gallagher & Bourque; Dale Weise moves up to play right wing with Desharnais & Pacioretty;  Lars Eller will be on left wing with Plekanec & Parenteau.  Nathan Beaulieu will play beside Mike Weaver on defense as Tinordi sits.

….For the Flames it’s the start of a five game road trip after finishing their homestand at 2-1-2.

….The Canadiens have won eight of their first eleven games and yet have been outscored by opponents by an average of 2.64 to 2.36 and outshot 31.2 to 28.4.

…. The Flames are 3-1-2 in their past six games.

….In seven career games Carey Price has a 3-4-0 record against the Flames with a 2.68 goals-against average, and a .909 save percentage.

….Price shutout out the Flames 2-0 February 4th in their only Montreal visit last season.  It is Calgary’s only loss to the Canadiens in regulation time in the last ten meetings (7-1-2)   dating back to a 4-1 win  Dec. 9, 2008 (Robert Lang had a goal and 2 assists).   The Flames are 16-5-4 the last 25 meetings

….The Canadiens have managed to score three or more goals in only five of their eleven games this season.

….On the other side, the Canadiens have allowed three or fewer goals in six straight games.

….The Canadiens have failed to score a power play goal in nine of their eleven games and rank 26th in the league at 9.4%.  It’s been six games  since they scored with the man advantage;  0 for 14 since Subban scored early in the second period against the Avalanche Oct. 18th.

….The Canadiens have come from behind to win in 7 of their 8 victories.

….In the three games in four nights out west, Andrei Markov, who will turn 36 on December 20th logged a total ice time of 84:24 – 45% of the total of 188 minutes.  He leads the Canadiens and is 8th in the league in average ice time at 25:47 per game.

….Since giving up a total of eight goals the Tampa and Boston games,  Carey Price has posted a .952 save% and a 1.36GAA in his last five starts.

….Like Price, Jonas Hiller had a slow start, giving up seven goals in his first two season starts.  Since then he allowed six in his last five games with a 4-0-1 record.  His season save percentage is .941 and GAA 1.82.

….Tomas Plekanec will have new linemates for this game.  Although leading the team with five goals, he has only one the last eight games and failed to get a point on the three game road trip.

….Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens in shots on goal with 33.  …….Max Pacioretty is fourth in the league in missed shots with 20.  ……Alex Galchenyuk leads the team in hits with 24     .….Tom Gilbert shares the league lead in giveaways with Phil Kessell and Jason Spezza at 14.  He also has blocked 24 shots which ranks 8th.

….After winning 19 of 42 faceoffs during the 3 game road trip (42.5%) Manny Malhotra‘s season faceoff percentage dropped to 61.9%.  He is now third in the league behind Patrice Bergeron and Arizona’s Martin Hanzal.

….In the same three games David Desharnais won 30 of 49 faceoffs (61.2%) and now has a 58.3% success rate.  He finished last year at 50.8%.

….Calgary rookie forward Johnny Gaudreau has two game winning goals and three assists in his last six games.  All six of his points have come in the last six games.

.P.K. Subban has taken nine minor penalties so far this season, one behind the league leaders, Dion Phaneuf of Toronto and Steve Downie of Pittsburgh.

….The Canadiens have taken the most minor penalties in the league, averaging 4.7 per game.  Canadiens penalty killers have allowed 6 power play goals – 86.7% and have scored one shorthanded.

….The Canadiens have yet to score two goals in a first period this season.  They’ve been outscored 11-4 in the opening period.

….The Canadiens have not led a game at the end of the first period and have actually trailed at the end of one in six of their eleven games. In nine of the eleven games their opponent got the first goal.

….The Canadiens have outscored opponents 13-8 in third periods.

….The Canadiens have scored three goals in a game five times—all wins. They’ve scored more than three twice: four times against Toronto and six against Boston.

….In the last two games the Flames have lost through injury forwards Mikael Backlund to an abdominal strain, Mason Raymond (week-to with an upper body injury/shoulder),  Matt Stajan (out for six weeks with a knee injury), and  Joe Colborne (day-to-day with an upper body/wrist injury).

….To help with the injuries the Flames called up 6’2” centre Michael Ferland from their Adirondak farm team.    In his first game Friday against Nashville he suffered a concussion when hit by Anton Volchenkov.  No penalty was called on the play.   The Flames subsequently called up Sven Baertschi.

….There are seven players on the Calgary Flames injury list, five on injury reserve.  The Canadiens have not reported an injury  so far this season.

….Because of the injuries, former Canadiens defenseman Raphael Diaz was used as a forward during practice this week.

The Projected Calgary Lineup

24-Jiri Hudler  60-Markus Granlund  13-Johnny Gaudreau

20-Curtis Glencross  23-Sean Monahan  54-David Jones

27-Sven Baertschi  32-Paul Byron  22-Devin Setoguchi

25-Brandon Bollig  17-Lance Bouma  16-Brian McGratton

5-Marc Giordano  7-T.J. Brodie

4-Kris Russell  6-Dennis Wideman

15-Ladislav Smid  33-Raphael Diaz

1-Jonas Hiller

practicing as a forward this week.  Diaz was a forward in Switzerland until he was 16.….

The Canadiens Probable Forward Lines

Rene Bourque – Alex Galchenyuk – Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Dale Weise

Lars Eller – Tomas Plekanec – P.A. Parenteau

Travis Moen – Manny Malhotra – Brandon Prust

Andrei Markov – Tom Gilbert

Alexei Emelin – P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu – Mike Weaver


Not Dressed – Jiri Sekac, Michael Bournival, Jarred Tinordi


The Hard Facts

Season Records  – Calgary 12GP (6-4-2) 14pts.  6th in Western Conference   –   Canadiens 11GP (8-2-1) 17pts.  First in Eastern Conference.

Last Time Out – Calgary edged Nashville 4-3 Friday at home           Canadiens – Lost 3-2 in Vancouver in overtime.

Home/Road – Calgary on the Road (4-2-0)    Canadiens at Home  (4-0-0)

Special Teams – Power Play – Calgary ranked 14th   8/39  20.5%    Canadiens ranked 26th   3/32  9.4%     Penalty Killing – Calgary ranked 26th   9/36  75%    Canadiens ranked  7th   6/45   86.7%

Goaltending – Calgary – Jonas Hiller 7GP (4-2-1)  1.82GAA   .941 save%    Canadiens – Carey Price 9GP (7-1-1)   2.48GAA  .920save%

From the ClinicCalgary – RW-Joe Colborne (Upper body); C-Mikael Backlund (IR-abdominal); C-Sam Bennett (IR-shoulder surgery); D-Corey Potter (IR-shoulder); LW-Mason Raymond (IR-upper body); C-Matt Stajan (IR-strained knee)      Canadiens – No injuries reported.


2.5 Goals Per Game 2.36
2.17 Goals Against Per Game 2.64
26.33 Shots on Goal Per Game 28.36
30.17 Shots Against Per Game 31.18
10.58 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.18
8 Power Play Goals 3
20.5% Power Play % 9.4%
9 Power Play Goals Allowed 6
75% Penalty Kill % 86.7%
0 Shorthanded Goals 1
0 Shorthanded Goals Allowed