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Canadiens vs. Colorado

Pepsi Coliseum – Dec. 1. 2014 – 9:05pm EST


Game Notes

….The Canadiens have lost three games in a row. Their last four game losing streak was Jan. 18-25 last season. Prior to the current losing streak they had won eight of nine.

.In the two losses against Buffalo last weekend, the Canadiens outshot the Sabres by 24 (71-55)but were outscored 5-4.

.In their last six games the Canadiens have scored eleven goals. They remain near the top in the East despite allowing more average goals per game (2.48) than they score (2.44) and allow more shots (30.6) than they generate (28.3).  

…..The Canadiens have, on average the oldest defense in the NHL at 32.7 years.  New Jersey is second at 28.3, an average of 4.4 years younger.  

.Colorado has won five of it’s last seven games and three of their last four after starting the season with only 4 wins the first 17.

.In Colorado’s last four games they have averaged four goals.

.Neither team’s power play is anything to write home about. The Avalanche rank 24th (13.4%); the Canadiens 25th (13.2%).  In penalty killing Colorado is 3rd ranked and the Canadiens 10th.  

.The Avalanche enter the game with ten players on their injury list, seven on injury reserve. (list below).  Six players who started the season with Lake Erie of the AHL are now up with the team.    The only injury on the Canadiens is LW Michael Bournival.  

.Since moving to Denver from Quebec City, at home in ten meetings vs. Monreal the Avalanche are 8-1-0 with a tie. The lone win was a 4-2 victory  Feb. 13, 2009 thanks to Jaroslav Halak who stopped 46 of 48 shots to defeat Peter Budaj who allowed three of 22 shots.  

…The win in February 2009 was the Canadiens only victory in Denver since 1982 when they beat the Colorado Rockies who were in their final year of existence before being moved to New Jersey.  

….Overall against the Avalanche the Canadiens are 6-12-4 (5-4-2 at the Bell Centre).  

….Carey Price has a lifetime 2-2-1 record with a 3.18GAA in five games against Colorado.  He made 32 saves in the 3-2 Bell Centre win over the Avalanche October 18th.

….Price is 6-2-0 with a 1.51GAA in his last eight starts.

….P.A. Parenteau plays his first game in Denver since leaving the team for the Canadiens in the Daniel Briere trade in July.  Parenteau joined the Avalanche for the lockout shortened 2012 season on a four year-16 million dollar contract after two good seasons with the Islanders.  

.Rookie Calvin Pickard will make his third start of the season and has been the winning goaltender in the last three Colorado victories. . He was in goal against the Canadiens October 18th.

.Semyon Varlamov, who is on injured reserve with of a groin strain may return to the lineup.

.Daniel Briere has been a healthy scratch in seven games this season. Since coming back he has three goals in five games. He has three game-winning goals.

….Former Canadiens Alex Tanguay has at least one point in seven of his last nine games (4 goals, 5 assists).  

.Defenseman Tyson Barrie had three assists in a 5-2 win Saturday against the Dallas Stars, and has seven points (all assists) in his past seven games.  

….Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal in each of his first two games against the Canadiens but was held off the scoresheet Oct. 18th at the Bell Centre.   He is the second Colorado Calder Trophy winner in three seasons.  Gabriel Landeskog won it in 2012.

….Saturday will be the 19th anniversary of the day Canadiens GM Rejean Houle traded Patrick Roy to the Avalanche, arguably the worst trade in Canadiens history. (Dec, 6,1995 – G-Patrick Roy & RW-Mike Keane for G-Jocelyn Thibault; RW-Andrei Kovalenko & LW-Martin Rucinsky)

.This will be the fourth time Roy has faced the Canadiens as a head coach.  The Avalanche beat the Canadiens 4-1 in Denver Nov. 2nd of last season.Since then the Canadiens have recorded two straight wins, both at home. 

The Avalanche Forward Lines & Pairings

40-Alex Tanguay 9-Matt Duchene 90-Ryan O’Reilly
92-Gabriel Landeskog 29-Nathan MacKinnon 12-Jarome Iginla
25-Maxime Talbot 43-Michael Sgarbossa 48-Daniel Briere
55-Cody McLeod 37-Colin Smith 81-Tomas Vincour

8-Jan Hejda 6-Eric Johnson
4-Tyson Barrie 5-Nate Guenin
2-Nick Holden 22-Zach Redmond

31-Calvin Pickard

The Hard Stats –

Season Record – Canadiens 25GP (16-7-2) Colorado 25GP (9-10-5)

Season Series – Second of two meetings. Oct. 18 @Bell Centre Canadiens-3 Colorado-2. Subban 2 goals and Galchenyuk. 32 saves from Carey Price.Calvin Pickard made 33 saves for the Avalanche.

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost to Buffalo 4-3 Saturday in shootout Colorado beat Dallas 5-2 Saturday.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (7-4-1) Colorado at Home (5-5-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 25th 9/68 13.2%. Colorado ranked 24th 11/82 13.4%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 10th 14/88 84.1%. Colorado ranked 3rd 11/87 87.4%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 19GP (13-5-1) 2.34GAA .922save%. Colorado – Calvin Pickard – 6GP (3-3-0) 2.20GAA ,931GAA

In the ClinicCanadiens – LW-Michael Bournival (IR-shoulder bruise/separation) Colorado – LW-Patrick Bordeleau (IR-back surgery); C-Marc-Andre Cliche (undisclosed); RW-Dennis Everberg (IR-separated shoulder); LW-Jamie McGinn (IR-back surgery); C-John Mitchell (lower body); D-Ben Street (undisclosed); D-Brad Stuart (IR-hamstring strain); G-Semyon Varlamov (IR-groin strain); D-Ryan Wilson (IR-shoulder surgery); RW-Jesse Winchester (IR-concussion)




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