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Canadiens vs. Detroit

Joe Louis Arena – Nov. 16, 20147:05pm


Things to Know in Detroit

….The Canadiens are looking for their second straight win in Detroit.  They beat them 5-4 March 27th.

….Overall the Wings have won 9 of the last 12 vs. Montreal at Detroit.  beat the Wings last time they played in Detroit March 27th.

….Overall in the series the Canadiens have won three straight and are 4-1-1 in the last six.

….The Red Wings are 5-0-1 in their last six at home including a 4-1 over Chicago on Friday.

….It’s been over 4 ½ years since the Canadiens put together a six game winning streak (March 6-16, 2010)

….The Canadiens managed only 4 power play goals through the season’s first 16 games.  In the two games since the arrival of Sergei Gonchar, they have doubled it.

….Sergei Gonchar became the 16th and first Russian-born defenseman in NHL history to reach 800 NHL points with his two assists against Philadelphia.

….Dustin Tokarski starts in goal for the Canadiens in the second of back-to-back games.  Tokarski is 2-1-0 this season with a 2.01GAA and a .929save%.  He has never faced Detroit.

….Jimmy Howard is 5-1-2 with a 2.07 GAA in eight home games this season.

….Howard in his last four appearances against the Canadiens is 1-2-1 with a 3.53GAA.  His career record vs. Montreal is 3-2-1 with a 2.92GAA and an .895save%.

….Backup Jonas Gustavsson is 1.88 in his first seven career starts against the Has but then gave up five in a loss at the Bell Centre April 5th.

….Johan Franzen has three goals, two assists in a five game point streak.  He also has scored a goal in three straight games.

….Pavel Datsyuk returned to the Wings lineup Friday against Chicago after missing two games with a groin injury.  In nine games this season he has five goals, six assists.

….The Canadiens power play has gone 4 for 8 in the two games since Sergei Gonchar joined the team.

Dale Weise has three goals and an assist in his last two games which matches his point total for his first 13 games of the season.  He marked his first career two-goal game against Philadelphia Saturday.

….Max Pacioretty has six points his last four games.   Against Detroit he has five points the last six games.

….David Desharnais has seven points in six games vs. Detroit.  Vs. Detroit on October 21st he scored the game winner at 56 seconds of overtime.

….The Canadiens lead the league in faceoff percentage at 55.2%. Manny Malhotra leads individually at 63.7% ahead of Patrice Bergeron’s 60.8.  Second on the Canadiens is David Desharnais at 55.7%.

….The Canadiens are third in the league in blocked shots at 333.  Calgary leads at 350 followed by Buffalo at 334.

The Detroit Lines and Pairings

14-Gustav Nyquist  40-Henrik Zetterberg  93-Johan Franzen

8-Justin Abdelkader   13-Pavel Datsyuk    26-Tomas Jurco

21-Tomas Tatar  15 -Riley Sheahan  43-Darren Helm

20-Drew Miller   41-Luke Glendening   18-Joakim Andersson

52-Jonathan Ericsson  55 -Niklas Kronwall

27-Kyle Quincey  65-Dan DeKeyser

23Brian Lashoff 2–Brendan Smith

35-Jimmy Howard

 Scratched – FWDs Daniel Cleary, Andrej Nestrasil and D-Jakub Kindl

The Hard Stats

Season Record – Canadiens – 18GP (13-4-1)  27 pts.  First in Eastern Conference.   Detroit – 16GP (8-3-5)  21pts.

Season Series – Second of four games – @Bell Centre – Canadiens-2 Detroit-1 (Overtime)  David Desharnais scored in overtime after Galchenyuk scored with 3:59 remaining in the third to tie it.  Zetterberg for Detroit.  Price stops 27 of 28 shots.  Howard 34 of 36.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (5-2-1)   Detroit at Home (6-1-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 23rd – 7/50 – 14.0%.   Detroit ranked 18th – 11/62  17.7%    Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 9th – 11/72  84.7%.  Detroit ranked  7/57   87.7%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Dustin Tokarski  4GP (2-1-0)  2.01GAA  .929save%.   Detroit – Jimmy Howard – 13GP (7-2-4)  1.95GAA   .926

From the Clinic Canadiens – LW-Michael Bournival (IR-bruised shoulder);     Detroit – G-Jonas Gustavsson (IR-separated shoulder); C-Stephen Weiss (IR-groin)


Montreal Detroit
2.61 Goals Per Game 2.75
2.56 Goals Against Per Game 2.19
28.44 Shots on Goal Per Game 29.94
30.78 Shots Against Per Game 26.75
11.72 Penalty Minutes Per Game 8.63
7 Power Play Goals 11
14% Power Play % 17.7%
11 Power Play Goals Allowed 7
84.7% Penalty Kill % 87.7%
2 Shorthanded Goals 0
0 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 1