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Boston vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 13, 20147:35pm


Stuff You Should Know

….The Canadiens are looking for their fourth win in a row.  They are currently 2-0-0 on a four game home stand that ends Saturday night against Philadelphia.

….The Bruins saw a five game winning streak come to an end 6-1 in Toronto Wednesday.

….The Canadiens will have completed three-quarters of the four game season series against Boston next week in Boston (November 22nd).  The final meeting will be February 8th also in Boston.

….In each of their four meetings against the Canadiens, the Bruins will be playing their second game in 24 hours.  In only the February game will the Canadiens be playing their second game in two nights.

….Prior to losing in Toronto Wednesday night, the Bruins took advantage of a soft spot in their schedule to run up a five game winning streak.  Their wins were against  New Jersey, Edmonton, Florida, Ottawa & Buffalo.

….The Bruins were the highest scoring team in the Eastern Conference last season.  They currently rank 6th.

….The Bruins usually solid penalty killing has come off the rails.  They currently rank 26th in the league at 76.5%.  Last season they were 8th overall in the league at 83.6 %.

….The Canadiens power play is now on an 0-for-24 streak.  Their power play has gone 43:53 since P.K. Subban scored 11 games ago –  October 18th vs. Colorado.

….The Canadiens have scored only 3 power play goals this season, one of those was into an empty net with Milan Lucic in the penalty box late in the game October 16th.

….#55 – Sergei Gonchar will be in the lineup for the Canadiens.  He practiced Thursday morning alongside Tom Gilbert and when the team worked on the power play he was paired with Andrei Markov (two left hand shots).   That leaves P.K. Subban with Gilbert on the second PP unit, both righthand shots.

….Fourteen  of Sergei Gonchar’s 22 points with Dallas last season came on their power play.  In his 1256 game career, 423 of his 798 points have come on the power play (102 goals, 321 assists).

…At 40 years 214 days, Gonchar is the second oldest player to wear a Canadiens uniform. Goaltender George Hainsworth was  41 years and 177 days when he retired at the end of the 1936-1937 season.

….This not Gonchar‘s first taste of the Canadiens/Bruins rivalry.  Washington traded him to Boston at the deadline in 2004 and the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs in a seven game series.  Gonchar had a goal and 4 assists. In the trade Washington acquired Shaone Morrisonn and first- and second-round selections in the 2004 draft for the 29-year-old Gonchar

…..Andrei Markov‘s next goal will be the 100th of his career.

…..Brandon Prust‘s ice time vs. Winnipeg was 19:02, the most in his 106 regular season games as a member of the Canadiens.

….Through most of last season and the playoffs the Canadiens faced the Bruins top line of Krejci/Lucic/Iginla which combined for 73 goals..  Boston’s #1 line for this game will be Chris Kelly/Seth Griffith/Milan Lucic (total goals through 17 games – nine)

Chris Kelly Carey Price….Carey Price has a career record of 18-8-3 vs. Boston. Including last year’s playoffs,  Price has won five of six home starts against the Bruins with a 1.49GAA.

….In his last two starts (vs. Minnesota & Wnnipeg) Price has stopped 59 of 60 shots.  In those two starts he has seen his save percentage rise from .907 to .918.

…. In 18 regular season games against Montreal Tuukka Rask has a career record of 3-11-3 with a 2.80GAA and .902save%.  In the 6-4 loss to the Canadiens in October he gave up five goals on 23 shots before being pulled in the third period.

….In Toronto Wednesday night, Rask was pulled early in the second period after giving up four goals (three of them in a 3:32 span) on 16 shots in a 6-1 loss.  Rask has allowed four goals or more in four of his 12 starts this season.

….Niklas Svedberg was expected to get the start in Montreal but Rask played only 23:32 in Toronto which could mean Rask would be asked to return  against the Habs. Svedberge’s only career appearance against the Canadiens was the 12:20 of work in relief of Rask October 16th.  He faced only two shots.

….If Rask plays in both ends of the back-to-back games, which he has done twice this season, his record in the second game is 0-2 with an .851 save%.

….Among regular NHL centres, Manny Malhotra and Patrice Bergeron are 1-2 in faceoff percentage.  Malhotra is at 63.7%.  Bergeron 62.6.

….Since Zdeno Chara injured his knee October 23rd against the Islanders the Bruins are 6-2-0.

….’Boston has called up forward Alex Khokhlachev from their Providence farm team.   Hehas five goals and 11 points in 12 games for them.

….The slumping Bruins include Daniel Paille who has at zero goals and just 12 shots on net 17 games and Simon Gagne has just one point in 12 games for the Bruins

….David Krejci will miss his eighth game of the season.  He is out with a hip injury.

….Brad Marchand needs one assist to reach 100 for his career.  Simon Gagne needs two points to reach 600 for his career.

….Once again Milan Lucic will hear it from the Bell Centre crowd.  He was fined 5-thousand dollars for a lewd gesture directed at the fans after being penalized for boarding Alexei Emelin in the October 16th game.

The Boston Lines and Pairings

17-Milan Lucic  23-Chris Kelly  53-Seth Griffith

63-Brad Marchand  37-Patrice Bergeron  18-Reilly Smith

25-Matt Fraser  34-Carl Soderberg  21-Lui Eriksson

12-Simon Gagne  11-Gregory Campbell  20-Daniel Paille

44-Dennis Seidenberg   27-Dougie Hamilton

45-Joe Morrow  54-Adam McQuaid

47-Tory Krug  62-Zach Trotman

40-Tuukka Rask

The Canadiens Alignment

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 The Hard Stats

Season RecordBoston  17GP (9-5-2)  20 pts.  6th in Eastern Conference.   Canadiens – 16GP (11-4-1) 23 pts.   2nd in Eastern Conf.

Season Series – Second of four games.  @Bell Centre Oct. 16th – Canadiens-6 Boston-4.  Brendan Gallagher and P.A. Parenteau each had two goals.  Max Pacioretty with a goal and two assists.

Home/Road –  Boston on the road (4-3-0)   Canadiens at home (6-2-0)

Goaltending – Boston – Tuukka Rask  12GP (8-4-0)  2.44GAA  .909save%.   Canadiens – Carey Price -13GP  (9-3-1)  2.56GAA  ,918save%

Special Teams – Power Play – Boston ranks 9th  10/45  22.2%   Canadiens rank 28th   3/42   7.1%     Penalty Killing – Boston ranks 26th   12/51  76.5%  Montreal ranks 8th  9/64   85.9%

From the Clinic Boston  –  LW-Anthony Camara (IR-illness); D-Zdeno Chara (IR-torn PCL); C-David Krejci (hip); D-Kevan Miller ((IR-dislocated shoulder); C-Marc Savard (IR-post concussion syndrome); D-David Warsofsky (IR-groin).    Montreal – LW-Michael Bournival (IR-bruised shoulder)


Boston                          Montreal
2.88 Goals Per Game 2.25
2.31 Goals Against Per Game 2.63
30.25 Shots on Goal Per Game 28.13
27.31 Shots Against Per Game 31.44
9.81 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.13
10 Power Play Goals 3
23.8% Power Play % 7.1%
9 Power Play Goals Allowed 9
80.9% Penalty Kill % 85.9%
2 Shorthanded Goals 2
0 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 0