logo canadienslogo ottawaPreview Game #34

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre = Dec. 2nd, 2014 – 7:15pm


The Game Notes –

…The Christmas trade freeze went into effect at midnight Friday and will last until midnight December 27th. The last time the Canadiens made a trade during the holiday period was December 21st, 1964 when they acquired Dick Duff from the New York Rangers in return for Billy Hicke.

…This is the final of a five game Canadiens home stand. In the first four games they are 3-1 and have outscored their opponents 14-6.

…The Canadiens meet the Senators for the first time 34 games into the season.

…Over the last three seasons the Canadiens are 13-3-5 vs. Ottawa. Nine of the games were settled in overtime or shootout including three last season.

…The Canadiens beat Ottawa the last three times they met last season.

…The Senators are 3-1-1 since December 8th when Dave Cameron replaced Paul MacLean. The win vs. Anaheim Friday gave them two consecutive victories for the first time since Nov. 4-6.

…This will be Ottawa’s 6th game in ten nights

. …After 16 games the Canadiens power play was operating at 7.1% (3/42) and was ranked 28th in the league.  In the 17 games since they are operating at a 22% rate (11/50).

Carey Price will be making his ninth consecutive start. In the current four game homestand Price is 3-1-0, allowing 6 goals for a 1.51GAA and stopping 105 of 111 shots for a .946 save%.

…Over his last 16 starts Price has allowed more than three goals only twice; one or fewer – 6 times. He has stopped 432 of 462 shots over that stretch for a .935save%.

Price has allowed four goals in each of his last three starts vs. Ottawa but is 2-0-1. In 28 starts Price has a career record of 16-6-4 vs. Ottawa with a 2.35GAA, .921save% and 3 shutouts.

Robin Lehner is 1-0-2 in his last four appearances (three starts) vs. Montreal with a 2.83GAA and a .931save%.

…The last time Lehner faced the Canadiens was that watershed March 15th overtime game at the Bell Centre in which he gave up three goals in the final 3:22 including the game-tieing goal by Desharnais with 3/10th’s of a second remaining in regulation time. Francis Bouillon scored the winner a 1:26 of overtime.

...Lars Eller is in the lineup for the first time since he suffered a shoulder injury December 5th at Chicago.

David Desharnais will start the game on left wing with Eller and P.A. Parenteau. The last time he played left wing came as a rookie April 23rd 2011 – Game five of the Boston playoff series. He replaced Mathieu Darche late in the third period with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta. He had 12 shifts in what turned out to be a double overtime 2-1 loss at Boston. Jacques Martin replaced him with Travis Moen in the second overtime before Nathan Horton scored the game winner.

…Last season Max Pacioretty had four goals and 7 points in five games vs. Ottawa.

Erik Karlsson had six points vs. Montreal last season. He has 18 points in 23 regular season games against the Habs.

P.K. Subban has 13 points in his last 13 regular season games vs. Ottawa.

Mika Zibanejad has six goals and 11 points his last 10 games.

Ottawa Forward Lines and Pairings

16-Clarke MacArthur 7-Kyle Turris 61-Mark Stone

68-Mike Hoffman 93-Mika Zibanejad 6-Bobby Ryan

14-Colin Greening 17-David Legwand 9-Milan Michalek

22-Erik Condra 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 90-Alex Chiasson

4-Chris Phillips 65-Erik Karlsson

2-Jared Cowen 5-Cody Ceci

74-Mark Borowiecki 62-Eric Gryba

40-Robin Lehner

The Hard Stats

Season Records – Ottawa – 32GP (14-12-6) 34pts. Canadiens – 33GP (20-11-2) 42pts.

Season Series – First of four games. Next meeting January 15th @ Ottawa.

Last Season – Canadiens won the final three of five games.

Last Time Out – Ottawa defeated Anaheim 6-2 Friday night. The Canadiens lost to Anaheim 2-1 Thursday.

Last Ten Games – Ottawa (4-4-2) Canadiens (4-5-1)

Home/Road – Ottawa on the Road (7-8-3) Canadiens at Home (12-4-1).

Special Teams – Power Play – Ottawa ranked 12th 23/114 20.2%. Canadiens ranked 22nd 14/92 15.2%. Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 12th 19/113 83.2% Canadiens ranked 6th 17/119 85.7%

Goaltending – Ottawa – Robin Lehner 12GP (6-4-2) 2.84GAA .913save%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 27GP (17-9-1) 2.32GAA .932save%,

From the Clinic – Ottawa – D-Marc Methot (IR-back strain); RW-Chris Neil (IR-lower body); C-Zack Smith (IR-dislocated wrist); D-Patrick Wiercioch (lower body). Canadiens – D-Bryan Allen (IR-flu); D-Mike Weaver (IR-concussion); LW-Max Pacioretty (game time decision-concussion)




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