logo canadienslogo pittsburghPreview Game #20

Pittsburgh vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 20, 20147:35pm


Things To Know

….It’s been 71 years (1943) since a Canadiens team won 15 of it’s season’s first 20 games.  The Habs opened the 1943-44 season with a 15-2-3 record.  After 19 games the Canadiens are 14-4-1.

….The last time the Canadiens posted a seventh win in a row was April 4th 2006 when they came from behind  with a three goal third period (Koivu, Higgins, Aaron Downey) to beat Boston 5-3.  They were to go on and make it eight in a row in Ottawa and finished their season with 10 wins their final 14 games to clinch a playoff berth under Bob Gainey who had earlier fired head coach Claude Julien.

….According to Corsi-plus possession numbers the Canadiens are at 47.8% making them 28th in the league.  The Penguins rank second at 56.3%.

….Pittsburgh has won nine of it’s last ten games.

….Pittsburgh has lost only one game in regulation time  vs. the Canadiens dating back to Oct. 20, 2011 (7-1-2).

….The Penguins lead the league in for/against goal differential at plus-25.  They score 3.6 goals per game (second highest in the NHL) and give up  2.2 goals.  They have the number one power play and rank 5th in penalty killing.

….The best power play in NHL history belongs to the 1976-77 Canadiens at 31.88%,  Pittsburgh is currently at 32.8% (21 for 64).

….Pittsburgh has scored on only 2 of their last 18 power play chances.

….The Penguins have given up one power play goal the last 13 games.

….The Canadiens have the lowest first period scoring total in the league at six.  They lead the league in third period scoring with 26.

….Pittsburgh has scored 22 first period goals.

….The Canadiens have won their last four home games outscoring opponents 18-5.

….During their six game win streak they have given up a goal or fewer 5 times and outscored the opponents 23-7.

….This will be Canadiens 9th game in the last 17 days and their 5th in the last eight days.

….During the six game winning streak Carey Price was 4-0-0 with one shutout, 1.25GAA and a .955 save%.  Dustin Tokarski 2-0 with a 0.96GAA and .967%.  Price was named NHL goaltender Star-of-the-Week.

….Price has a career 3.03 goals against average against Pittsburgh, the second worst mark against any opponent he has faced more than seven times. (Against Washington he is 3.24) In his last eight starts against them he is 2-4-2 and has given up 27 goals.

….Marc-Andre Fleury in his last 8 starts is 7-1 with a 1.71GAA and a .937save%.

….Fleury has allowed at least three goals in his last three starts against the Canadiens.

….Max Pacioretty led the Canadiens in scoring over the last six games with 3 goals and 4 assists.  Tomas Plekanec had 2g, 4a.

….Sidney Crosby has 15 goals, 20 assists in 25 career games against the Canadiens.

….Crosby has been held without a goal for eight games but has 11 assists over that period.  If the Canadiens can keep Crosby from scoring a goal it will be his longest drought since Dec.3-20, 2012.

….Evgeni Malkin has ten points (3g,7a)last 6 games vs. Montreal.

….Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maata will play his first game since having a cancerous tumor on his thyroid removed just two weeks ago.  Originally he was scheduled to miss four weeks.

Projected Pittsburgh Lineup

14-Chris Kunitz  87-Sidney Crosby  17-Blake Comeau

13-Nick Spaling  71-Evgeni Malkin  72-Patric Hornqvist

19-Beau Bennett  16-Brandon Sutter  23-Steve Downie

38-Zach Sill  57-Marcel Goc  27-Craig Adams

7-Paul Martin  58-Kris Letang

8-Olli Maata  10-Christian Ehrhoff

4-Rob Scuderi  47-Simon Despres

29-Marc-Andre Fleury

 The Hard Stats –

Season Records – Pittsburgh 16GP (12-3-1) 25pts.  4th overall league.   Canadiens  19GP (14-4-1) 29pts.  first overall.

Season Series – First of three games.

Last Season – Canadiens won two of three.  @Bell Centre Nov. 23 – Canadiens-3 Pittsburgh-2.  Pacioretty two goals. Price stops 29 of 31. @Pittsburgh Jan. 14 – Pittsburgh-5 Canadiens-1. Price replaced by Budaj after giving up all five.  Jussi Jokinen-two goals.  @Bell Centre –Feb.27 Canadiens-6 Pittsburgh-5 (shootout).  David Desharnais scored the shootout winner plus two assists.  Daniel Briere two goals and assist.  Budaj in goal.

Last Time Out – Pittsburgh edged Rangers 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night.   Canadiens defeated Detroit 4-1 Sunday.

Home/Road – Pittsburgh on the Road (6-1-1)   Canadiens at home (8-2-0)

Special Teams – Power Play – Pittsburgh ranked first  21/64  32.8%    Canadiens ranked 27th  7/54  13.0%   Penalty Killing – Pittsburgh ranked 5th   8/66  87.9%   Canadiens ranked 9th  12/78  84.6%

Goaltending – Pittsburgh – Marc-Andre Fleury 13GP  (11-3-1)  2.13GAA  .925save%.  Canadiens – Carey Price – 15GP (11-3-1)  2.49GAA  .919save%.

From the Clinic Pittsburgh –  D-Derrick Pouliot (IR-shoulder surgery); RW-Pascal Dupuis (illness)  Canadiens – LW-Michael Bournival (IR-bruised shoulder)



3.63 Goals Per Game 2.68
2.19 Goals Against Per Game 2.47
32.56 Shots on Goal Per Game 27.95
29.25 Shots Against Per Game 30.68
14.81 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.84
21 Power Play Goals 7
32.8% Power Play % 13%
8 Power Play Goals Allowed 12
87.9% Penalty Kill % 84.6%
1 Shorthanded Goals 2
3 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 0