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Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan. 6, 2015 – 7:35pm


Things to Know in Advance

….Tampa Bay has the NHL’s best offense (3.24 goals per game).  The Canadiens have the league’s third best defense (2.26 goals-against per game)

….This is the fourth game of a four game Tampa road trip. They have won five of their last six.

….The Canadiens have won six in a row and nine of their last ten.  The Habs have not won seven in a row since they rang up an eight game streak almost nine years ago – March 23-April 6, 2006.

….Over their last five against the Canadiens, Tampa is 4-0-1.  The Canadiens only win – 2-1 in a shootout last Dec. 28th.

….Tampa Bay leads the league in goals scored with 133 and goals per game 3.24. (Toronto is second at 3.18 per game)

….Tampa has lost six of it’s last nine on the road (4-3-2) but have won five of their last six overall.

….Without particularly strong power plays, both the Canadiens and Lightning depend on 5-on-5 scoring. In that department Tampa leads the league at 2.34 goals per game. The Canadiens rank 6th at 2.03 per game. The Canadiens power play ranks 26th in the league; Tampa’s 18th.

….Carey Price is tied for fourth in the league in save percentage at .929 and fifth in goals-against average at 2.14.

….In his 21 starts going back to November 8th at Minnesota, Price has a record of 15-6-0 with a league leading 1.72 GAA and a .941 save percentage. Over that stretch he has allowed two goals or fewer 17 times (2 shutouts, 9 one-goal & 6 two-goal games).

….Outside of Price‘s current five game winning streak he has also had a four game and a three game win streak since November 8th.  Three of his six losses came in succession on the road at Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas.

….Despite a 2.04 GAA average in his last five regular season starts, Price has a 1-2-2 record against Tampa.  He was pulled after giving up four on 23 shots October 13th in Tampa.

….Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop has a 2.37GAA and .911 save percentage, a decline from .924 and 2.23 GAA in his 63 games last season. His current save percentage ranks him 25th in the league.

….In nine career starts against the Canadiens Bishop has a record of 6-1-2 with a 1.27 GAA.  Bishop has allowed one goal in each of his last five games against Montreal.

….In his last three starts Bishop has allowed six first period goals.

….For the December 9th game against Vancouver Alex Galchenyuk was moved to centre, David Desharnais to left wing and Nathan Beaulieu was recalled from Hamilton. Since then the Canadiens are 9-1-0.

….In his ten games as a centre Galchenyuk has 9 pts. (4g,5a). In his ten games as a left winger David Desharnais has 4 goals, 2assists. (Prior to that in 29 games – 6goals, 12 assists)

….Max Pacioretty is fifth in the league in plus/minus at plus-20. He has scored goals in his last two games and three of the last four.

….P.K. Subban has four assists his last two games.

….St. Agathe’s Jonathan Drouin will play his first game against the Canadiens and his first at the Bell Centre.  He missed the October game with a fractured thumb.  The former first round draft pick (and Nathan McKinnon junior linemate) has 2 goals and 13 assists in his first 31 NHL games.

….Steven Stamkos has one goal and one assist over his last six games.

….Tampa centre Tyler Johnson‘s 43 points places him in a tie for fourth place in league scoring with Evgeni Malkin. He has six points his last three games. (2g, 4a)

….Johnson and teammate Nikita Kucherov are tied for first place in the league’s plus/minus at plus-26.

….Defenseman Victor Hedman has 2 goals and 6 points over his last four games. He had a career high 4 points in the game against the Canadiens October 13th.

….The Canadiens have scored 14 first period goals this season, fewest in the league. Only Tampa (50) has scored more third period goals than the Canadiens’ 49.

….The Canadiens are 5-0-0 when leading after the first period. When they score the game’s first goal they are 16-0-0.

Tampa Bay Line Combinations & Pairings

17-Alex Killorn 91-Steven Stamkos 14-Brett Connolly

18-Ondrej Palat 9-Tyler Johnson 86-Nikita Kucherov

13-Cedric Paquette 51-Valtteri Filppula 24-Ryan Callahan

27-Jonathan Drouin 11-Brian Boyle  23-J.T. Brown

77-Victor Hedman 6-Anton Stralman

25-Matt Carle 89-Nikita Nesterov

5-Jason Garrison 62-Andrej Sustr

30-Ben Bish0p

The Hard Stats

Season Records – Tampa Bay 41GP (25-12-4) 54 pts. Second in Atlantic Division. Canadiens 39GP (26-11-2) 54 pts.

Season Series – Second of five meetings @Tampa Oct. 13 Tampa-7 Canadiens-1. Steven Stamkos – 3 goals. Victor Hedman four points.

Last Ten Games – Tampa (6-3-1) Canadiens (9-1-0)

Last Time Out – Tampa won 4-2 in Ottawa Sunday. Canadiens defeated Pittsburgh 4-1 Saturday.

Home/Road – Tampa on the road (10-8-3) Canadiens at Home (13-4-1)

Special Teams – Power Play – Tampa ranked 18th 27/149 18.1% Canadiens ranked 26th 16/110 14.6% Penalty Killing – Tampa ranked 15th 24/129 81,4% Canadiens ranked 5th 18/133 86.5%

Goaltending – Tampa – Ben Bishop 30GP (19-6-2) 2.37GAA .911save%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 32GP (22-9-1) 2.14GAA .929save%.

From the Clinic Tampa Bay – D-Radko Gudas (IR-knee); Canadiens – RW- P.A. Parenteau (upper body); D-Mike Weaver (IR-concussion)

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