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Los Angeles vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 12, 2014 – 7:35pm

 

Things to Know About the Canadiens & Kings…..

…The last time the Canadiens played a Friday night home game was March 23, 2012 vs. Ottawa. (Canadiens won 5-1. Eric Cole scored the game’s first three goals)

The Kings defeated the Canadiens 6-0 at the Bell Centre 367 days ago (Dec. 10,2013). Carey Price let in four goals on 16 shots before Peter /Budaj replaced him. The Canadiens lost the second game March 3rd 2-1 in overtime.

.Over the Canadiens last eight games they have scored a total of 16 goals, one of them into an empty net. In four of the eight they were held to one goal or fewer. They rank 18th in league goalscoring with 77 in 30 games played.

….Homers?  The Canadiens are 10-3-1 at home where they average 3.1 goals.  On the road they average 1.8 goals per game.

….The Kings meanwhile have averaged three goals per game over their last 15 games (45 goals in 15GP).

.This is the third game of a five game road trip for the Kings.

.Prior to last December’s victory, Los Angeles had not won in Montreal since Dec. 11, 1999.

.The Kings won both meetings last year, but since 1993 the Canadiens are 19-8-3 against them.

.The Kings ended a two game losing streak Thursday night with their 5-3 win in Ottawa. In their two losses they scored one goal.

.Los Angeles has scored 24 first period goals, 8th in the league. The Canadiens have scored 9 putting them in a last place tie with Buffalo.CThe Habs have been outscored 8-2 in the first period over their last 9 games.  

….The Canadiens are 10-for-10 when they score the first goal of a game.

….When they are bad!!  The Canadiens have given up four goals or more eight times this season. They have given up five goals twice; 6 goals once and seven goals once.  

….The Canadiens have been shutout 4 times this season and and scored one goal in a game four times. 

.In four starts against Los Angeles Carey Price is 3-1-0 with a 2.63GAA and a .910save%..

.Price will be starting the Canadiens sixth consecutive game.    

….Price has faced 710 shots this season.  Only Corey Schneider has faced more.  .

….Martin Jones has shutouts his last two starts (Arizona & Minnesota).  His goals against average is 2.44.   He was in goal for the 6-0 shutout win at the Bell Centre last December, the Kings first win in Montreal in 14 years.  It is his only start against Montreal.

 …Jones is one of only four NHL goaltenders to record six shutouts in his first 26 career games.  (The most recent was Steve Mason of Columbus in 2009).

….Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent after four years with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL.  He was backup to Jake Allen on the 2010 silver medal winning World Junior Team Canada and played three seasons with the Kings Manchester AHL farm team.    

.David Desharnais has one goal his last 23 games.  The last 5-on-5 goal he scored was April 4th in Ottawa.  One of his two goals this season came on a power play, the other during a 4-on-4 overtime.

….P.K. Subban has six points his last six games.

.Over the last three seasons the Kings finished 10th, 7th and 13th in the overall league standings but still managed to win two Stanley Cups make the Western final in the other year.  

….Over the last three seasons the Kings have played their regular season plus 64 playoff games, by far, the heaviest workload in the league. 

….Including the playoffs, the Kings have played by far the most games in the NHL – 

.Against Eastern Conference teams this season Los Angeles is 6-5-2. Vs. the Atlantic Division 4-2-0.

.The Los Angeles power play is 3-for-25 over their last eight games.

.The Kings are 12-0-3 when scoring gthe first goal.

.The Kings are second in the league in total hits with 896. They recorded 31 in Thursday’s game in Ottawa.

.Los Angeles is tied for second in the league with five shorthanded goals. (Toronto has six)

.Jeff Carter has is two points – both assists in his last ten games.  

….Anze Kopitar scored his first goal in ten games at Ottawa Thursday night.  He has scored only six this season. 

….Jake Muzzin, who is paired with Drew Doughty on defense, recorded a career high three assists Thursday against Ottawa.  In his last 16 games he has 1 goal and 13 assists.  

….Jonathan Quick is 1-2-0 vs. the Canadiens in three career starts, giving up eight goals on 68 shots for a 2.68GAA and an .882save%.  

 

Los Angeles Line Combinations and Pairings

12-Marian Gaborik 11– Anze Kopitar 14– Justin Williams

70-Tanner Pearson 77– Jeff Carter 73– Tyler Toffoli

22-Trevor Lewis  28– Jarret Stoll 23– Dustin Brown

13-yle Clifford 10 – Mike Richards 74 – Dwight King

6-Jake Muzzin 8– Drew Doughty

27-Alec Martinez 44– Robyn Regehr

3-Brayden McNabb 2– Matt Greene

31-Martin Jones  

 

The Hard Stats

Season Records – Los Angeles 29GP (15-9-5) 35pts. 9th in Western Conference. Canadiens 30GP (18-10-2) 38pts. Fifth in Eastern Conference.

Season Series – First of two games. Second game March 5th at Los Angeles.

Last Ten Games – Los Angeles (5-4-1) Canadiens (4-5-1)

Home/Road – Los Angeles on the Road (4-5-4) Canadiens at Home (10-3-1)

Special Teams – Power Play – Los Angeles ranked 20th 16/96 16.7%. Canadiens ranked 25th 11/81 13.6%. Penalty Killing – Los Angeles ranked 8th 16/102 84.3%. Canadiens ranked 9th 17/107 84.1%.

Goaltending – Los Angeles – Jonathan Quick 22GP (11-7-4) 2.09GAA .931save%.   Martin Jones – 7GP  (3-2-1)  2.44GAA  .914save%. Canadiens – Carey Price 24GP (15-8-1) 2.40GAA .920save%.

From the ClinicLos Angeles – D-Slava Voynov (suspended-domestic violence). Canadiens – D-Bryan Allen (IR-illness); C-Lars Eller (IR-shoulder); D-Mike Weaver (concussion)

Los Angeles

Montreal

2.62 Goals Per Game 2.43
2.07 Goals Against Per Game 2.53
30.9 Shots on Goal Per Game 27.97
30.28 Shots Against Per Game 30
11.69 Penalty Minutes Per Game 11.4
16 Power Play Goals 11
16.7% Power Play % 13.6%
16 Power Play Goals Allowed 17
84.3% Penalty Kill % 84.1%
5 Shorthanded Goals 2
1 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 1