logo canadienslogo carolinaPreview Game #32

Carolina vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 16, 2014 – 7:35pm


Things to Know

.The Canadiens were outshot 44-20 Friday against Los Angeles, the largest shot differential in a win since 49-23 in a 3-2 overtime win at Toronto Dec. 26, 2009 with Jaroslav Halak in goal.

.Carey Price has been winning goaltender in 16 games this season. In eight of them, the Canadiens were outshot. Overall the Canadiens have been outshot in 10 of their 19 victories.

….In his 16 winning efforts, Price‘s goals against average is 1.67.

Price will be starting in the Canadiens seventh consecutive game.

After a 2.94GAA and .907 save% in his first eleven starts of the season, Price has given up 1.94 per game through his last fourteen with a .935 save%.  In that stretch he has two shutouts, four one-goal games and three in which he has allowed two goals..

.In seventeen career starts vs. Carolina, Price has a 10-5-2 record vs. Carolina and a 2.35GAA and a .928save%. In his last nine home starts vs. the Hurricanes he is 6-2-1 with a 1.75GAA. He has two shutouts his last four at home against them.

.Carolina is tied with Edmonton for fewest points in the league with 19.  Carolina has three road wins.  Only Edmonton has fewer (2).  

….The Canadiens have not won three games in a row since their six game win streak Nov. 5-16.  

…The Canadiens are 7-2 their last nine games at home.  Carolina has won three of it’s last 16 on the road.  

.The last nine meetings against Carolina the Canadiens a 6-0-3 outscoring the Hurricanes 32-17. At the Bell Centre the Canadiens have won 3 in a row and six of the last seven.

.Carolina has lost a season-long five games in a row (0-5-0). Eight of their last 11 games win or lose have been decided by one goal.

.The Canadiens have scored three or more goals in 12 of the last 14 games vs. Carolina.

….The Hurricanes have failed to score more than two goals in a game since they beat Pittsburgh 4-2 Nov. 28th. They have managed just one goal in each of the games in their five game losing streak during which they have been outscored 14-5.

.The Hurricanes will be without their top goalscorer Jiri Tlusty (10 goals) plus centre Jordan Staal and left winger Alexander Semin.  @010 fourth round draft choice Justin Shugg will make his NHL debut in this game.  

….Shugg was on back to back Memorial Cup winning teams with Windsor of the OHL in 2009 and 2010 and then was part of Memorial Cup finalist Mississauga in 2011.

.Members of the new “Euro Line” have scored five of the Canadiens ten goals over the last 2 1/3rd games. Jiri Sekac with two; Sven Andrighetto-two and Tomas Plekanec-one.

.Sekac has two goals and two assists during a three game point streak.

.Plekanec has a goal and three assists over his last four.

.Andrighetto in three career games 2 goals, 1 assist.

.Max Pacioretty has four two-point games against the Hurricanes over the last six meetings. Overall he has 7 goals and 4 assists in 14 games against them.

Jeff Skinner goes into the game with 199 career points.

….Eric Staal has 37 points against the Canadiens in 36 games.

.Third game of Canadiens five game home stand. (followed by Anaheim Thursday; Ottawa Saturday)

Carolina’s Shuffled Lines & Pairings

14-Nathan Gerbe 12-Eric Staal 39-Pat Dwyer

53-Jeff Skinner 49-Victor Rask 16-Elias Lindholm

25-Chris Terry 20-Riley Nash 22-Zach Boychuk

24-Brad Malone 18-Jay McClement 52-Justin Shugg

4-Andrej Sekara 27-Justin Faulk

26-John-Michael Liles 6-Tim Gleason

65-Ron Hainsey 47-Michal Jordon

30-Cam Ward

The Hard Stats

Season Record – Carolina 29GP (8-13-3) 19pts.  16th in East.  Canadiens – 31GP (19-10-2) 40pts.   5th in East

Season Series _ First of three games. (Dec.29 @ Carolina & Mar. 19 @Bell Centre)

Last Season – Canadiens won two of three meetings. @Carolina Dec. 31 Carolina-5 Canadiens-4 (Overtime). @Bell Centre Jan. 28 Canadiens-3 Carolina-0. @Carolina Feb. 8th Canadiens-4 Carolina-1. Max Pacioretty scored three goals in the series. David Desharnais-two.

Home/Road – Carolina on the Road – (3-11-2) Canadiens at Home (11-3-1)

Last Ten Games – Carolina (2-8-0) Canadiens (4-5-1)

Special Teams – Power Play – Carolina ranked 14th 18/94 19.2% Canadiens ranked 21st 13/84 15.5%. Penalty Killing – Carolina ranked 14th 14/76 81.6% Canadiens ranked 7th 17/112 84.8%.

Goaltending – Carolina – Cam Ward – 20GP (8-11-1) 2.46GAA .909save%. CanadiensCarey Price – 25GP (16-8-1) 2.38GAA .922save%.

From the Clinic – Carolina – C-Andrej Nestrasil (IR-upper body); LW-Alexander Semin (IR-lower body); C-Jordan Staal (IR-Broken Fibula); C-Jiri Tlusty (upper body). Canadiens – C-Lars Eller (IR-shoulder); D-Mike Weaver (concussion).




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