logo canadienslogo chicagoPreview Game #13

Chicago vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 4, 20147:35pm


Game Notes –

….The Canadiens have won six in a row at home against Chicago dating back to a 3-2 Hawks win Dec. 3, 2001.  They have also won 13 of the last 16 against them at the Bell Centre.

….The  Canadiens are trying to avoid losing their third straight game.

….Chicago has lost five of it’s last seven games.  The only two wins have been against Ottawa.

….The Canadiens have scored five goals the last four games.

….The Canadiens have scored the game’s first goal in only two games of their 12 games this season.  They are the only team in the league that has not held a lead at least once this season at the end of the first period.

….The Canadiens rank 22nd in the league in both the Corsi and Fenwick possession numbers.

….Chicago has been shutout the last 94:42 and 64 shots on goal.  They have scored more than two goals once in the last seven games and have been shutout twice in the last four including 1-0 at home against Winnipeg Sunday.

….Chicago has scored on just 5.9% of their shots.  Only Florida (5.6%) and Buffalo (5.2%) have a worse scoring percentage.  In recent years they have been around 9%.

….The Blackhawks are 4 for 24 on the power play over the last seven games but their penalty killing is 19 for 20.

….Patrick Sharp has no points his last five games.

….Max Pacioretty shares the Canadiens lead with five goals and has scored in two straight games.

….Dale Weiss has assists on three of Pacioretty’s five goals.

….After a fast start, Tomas Plekanec has one goal his last nine games and no points in his last four.  He still shares the team goalscoring lead with Pacioretty at five.

….Brendan Gallagher has not recorded a point in seven games, a career low.

….Michael Bournival will make his first start of the season on the fourth line with Brandon Prust and Manny Malhotra.

….It has been reported by TVA that Ak-Bars Kazan had recently acquired the rights to Jiri Sekac.  In reality, Kazan had picked up his rights last June in the dispersal draft after the Prague entry in the KHL folded.  As a free agent, he signed with the Canadiens.

….Carey Price is 3-1-0 vs. Chicago with a 1.49 goals against average – his best record against any team in the league.

….Chateauguay native Corey Crawford has a career record of  2-0-2 against Montreal.  He has lost both career starts at the Bell Centre in overtime by identical 2-1 scores.

….Since coming back from an early season injury on November first Crawford has a .926 save percentage in two games.

….Marian Hossa scored his 1000th career point against Ottawa last Thursday.  Hossa has 466 goals, 534 assists in 1100 games.  He was originally an Ottawa first round draft choice.

….The Canadiens go into the game leading the league in team faceoff percentage at 54.7.  Chicago ranks 6th at 52.8%.  (Malhotra 63.4%; Desharnais 57.4%).

…..From Arpon Basu of NHL.com   “Key statistical categories where the Canadiens find themselves in the bottom third of the NHL.   After 12 games: 5-on-5 goals for and against (21st), goals per game (24th), goals against per game (20th), shots on goal per game (24th), shots on goal against per game (22nd), power play percentage (26th), power play opportunities (26th), times shorthanded (29th) and penalty kill time (29th).

Projected Chicago Lineup

23-Kris Versteeg  19-Jonathan Toews  81-Marian Hossa

10-Patrick Sharp  91-Brad Richards  88-Patrick Kane

29-Bryan Bickell  65-Andrew Shaw  11-Jeremy Morin

20-Brandon Saad  16-Marcus Kruger  28-Ben Smith

2-Duncan Keith  7-Brent Seabrook

4-Niklas Hjalmarsson  27-Johnny Oduya

57-Trevor van Riemsdyk  5-David Rundblad

50-Corey Crawford

 The Hard Facts

Season Records – Chicago 12GP (6-5-1)  13pts.     Canadiens –  12GP (8-3-1) 17pts.

Season Series – First of two games.  They meet again December 5th in Chicago.

Last Season – Split two meetings.  Both games decided in overtime. Jan. 11 @Chicago  Canadiens-2 Chicago-1.  Andrei Markov scored both Canadiens goals including 1:28 of overtime.  Canadiens outshot Chicago 38-20.      April 9 @Bell Centre  Chicago-3 Canadiens-2 – Patrick Sharp scored in overtime.  Weise and Bouillon scored for Montreal.  Budaj in goal.

Special Teams – Power Play – Chicago  ranked 17th  9/49  18.4%   Canadiens ranked 26th   3/33  9.1%.    Penalty Killing  – Chicago ranked 3rd   3/37   91.9%.   Canadiens ranked 8th  7/51  86.3%.

Goaltending – Chicago – Corey Crawford 6GP (3-2-1)  1.78GAA  .926save%.   Montreal – Carey Price – 10GP (7-2-1)  2.73GAA  .913save%.

From the Clinic – Chicago – LW-Daniel Carcillo (sprained knee); LW-Brandon Mashinter (IR-lower body).    Canadiens – No reported injuries


Chicago Montreal
2.25 Goals Per Game 2.33
1.92 Goals Against Per Game 2.92
38.42 Shots on Goal Per Game 27.67
27.42 Shots Against Per Game 31.58
7.17 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.58
9 Power Play Goals 3
18.4% Power Play % 9.1%
3 Power Play Goals Allowed 7
91.9% Penalty Kill % 86.3%
2 Shorthanded Goals 1
3 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 0