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Canadiens vs. Minnesota

XcelEnergy Center – Dec. 3, 2014 – 7:05pm

Things to Know 


…..There will be a moment of silence before the game to honour the passing of Jean Beliveau and the Wednesday’s funeral for former Minnesota North Stars player and coach Murray Oliver.

…The Canadiens will wear #4 on their helmets.

The Canadiens are 3-2-1 in six visits to Minnesota since the Wild entered the league in 2000.

.This will be Minnesota’s third game in four nights. Second game of a four-game homestand. They have played four of the last six on the road.

.Against the feared Western Conference the Canadiens are 6-3-1 in 10 games. Against the Central Division 5-1-0. Their only loss was 5-0 at home to Chicago.

.In his last three games against Minnesota, Max Pacioretty has five goals and an assist.  In his last two games he recorded a hattrick (in an 11 minute span) in the 6-2 win November 19th 2013 and added a goal in the 4-1 win at the Bell Centre this season.   .

..Eight of Pacioretty‘s 12 goals this season have been scored in the third period.  

.P.K. Subban has 5 goals and 5  assists in five career games against the Wild.  He has never taken a penalty against them.  

….In two games at Minnesota, Subban has four goals and two assists and is plus-4.  March 20, 2011 he recorded his only career hattrrick in an 8-1 Montreal win.

….Ryan Suter will not be in the Minnesota lineup.  He missed Tuesday practice and it was feared he had been stricken with mumps.  He has since been cleared.

….Suter is the NHL leader in ice time averaging more than 29 minutes a game.  He is also the team leader in assists and plus/minus at plus-10..

.Montrealer Marco Scandella will replace Suter on the top pairing alongside Jared Spurgeon.  

.Four Wild defensemen have come down with what is now being called the ‘Anaheim Mumps’  or it’s symptoms this season – Jonas Brodin, Scandella, Keith Ballard and Christian Folin.  

.Carey Price is 2-2-1 since his season-best four game winning streak ended.

.Starting with his win over the Wild November 8th, Price is 7-2-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average. In that stretch his goals against average has gone down from 2.94 to 2.37 and his save percentage has gone from .907 to .921.

.Darcy Kuemper has allowed four goals in each of his last two starts. He has also failed to finish his last two starts at home.  He is 0-1-0 with a 4.86GAA and an .825save% in two games vs. the Habs.  (Only one start).

Kuemper is 0-1-0 with a 4.86 GAA and a .825 SV% in two games (one start).

.Mikko Koivu scored his only goal of the month of November on Saturday night against Dallas. His previous goal was scored October 30th.

.Thomas Vanek signed a three year – 19 million dollar free agent contract during the Off-season.  He has two goals and 12 assists in 23 games this season while averaging 16:36 ice time.  He is plus-2.

 ….Vanek last season raned 20th in the NHL in shots-on-goal.  This season he currently ranks 213th.

….Jason Pominville has not scored a goal for the Wild since he recorded the only Minnesota goal Nov. 8th in Montreal. 

.Last week Montreal native Marco Scandella signed a five-year – 20 million dollar contract extension.  

….Scandella‘s overtme goal against Dallas Saturday was his second overtme winner in twelve days.  Five of Scandella’s 12 career goals have been game winners.

….Nino Niederreiter is tied for 7th in the NHL with 11 goals while averaging only 14:05 ice time.  Ten of those goals have come in the last 16 games.  

.Neiderreiter, a first round draft choice, came to the Wild in a deal that sent Cal Clutterbuck and a third round 2013 draft pick to the Islanders.

.Minnesota’s power play is the second worst in the league (ahead of Buffalo) at 9.6%. With a recent spurt the Canadiens have moved from 27th in the league to 23rd.

.Minnesota has the second best penalty killing at 88.7%. The Canadiens rank 10th.  ….At home Minnesota penalty killing is 93.945.  They have allowed just two goals in 33 shorthanded situations over ten games.  

.A homecoming for Canadiens defenseman Tom Gilbert who played his youth hockey with the Wild’s Zach Parise in the Twin Cities area. 

.Michael Bournival is traveling with the team. He is close to a return after suffering his shoulder bruise/separation on November 5th against Buiffalo. He’s played in only two game this season.

The Minnesota Lines & Pairings

11-Zach Parise 64-Michael Granlund 29-Jason Pominville

16-Jason Zucker 9-Mikko Koivu 3-Charlie Coyle

22-Nino Niederreiter 21-Kyle Brodziak 26-Thomas Vanek

18-Ryan Carter 56-Erik Haula 14-Justin Fontaine

6-Marco Scandella 46-Jared Spurgeon

5-Christian Folin 25-Jonas Brodin

39-Nate Prosser 2-Keith Ballard

35-Darcy Kuemper

The Hard Stats –

Season Records – Canadiens – 26GP (17-7-2) 36pts. Minnesota – 23GP (13-9-2) 28pts.

Season Series – Second of Two games. @Bell Centre Nov. 8 Montreal-4 Minnesota-1 Jiri Sekac and Lars Eller each had a goal and an assist and goaltender Carey Price made 31 saves

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (8-4-1) Minnesota at Home (7-2-1)

Last Time Out – Canadiens edge Colorado 4-3 Monday night. Minnesota lost 3-2 to St. Louis Saturday night in a shootout.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-3-1) Minnesota (6-3-1)

Special Teams – Power Play -Canadiens ranked 23rd 10/70 14.3% Minnesota ranked 29th 7/73 9.6% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 10th 14/89 84.3% Minnesota ranked 2nd 8/71 88.7%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 20GP (14-5-1) 2.37GAA .921 save%. Minnesota – Darcy Kuemper – 18GP (10-7-0) 2.37GAA .911save%

In The Clinic Canadiens – LW-Michael Bournival (IR-shoulder bruise/separation). Minnesota – LW-Matt Cooke (IR-hip flexor)




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