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Canadiens vs. Columbus

Nationwide Arena – Jan. 14, 2015 – 7:05pm


Game Notes

….The Canadiens are looking to win a sixth game in a row on the road for the first time in 33 years.   Between Jan 21-Feb. 21, 1982 they won eight road games in succession.  Bob Berry was head coach of the team at the time.  The Canadiens last road loss was December 6th in Dallas.

….The Canadiens’ 13 road wins tie them for second in the league.

….The Canadiens are second in the Atlantic Division three points behind Tampa with three games in hand.

….Since Dec. 9 the Canadiens have a 9-2-1 record.

….Since Nov. 30 the Blue Jackets are 12-3-1 (Their December record was 10-1-1).

….The Habs have allowed 95 goals this season through 41 games – second fewest in the league. Their offense ranks 23rd in the league.

….The Canadiens have played only five games at Columbus in Blue Jackets brief history. Their record there is 3-1-1. In the last meeting at Nationwide Arena they were 3-2 shootout winners Nov. 15, 2013.

….The last time won in regulation time in Columbus was 3-2 Feb. 18th 2007.

….Like the Canadiens, the Blue Jackets have lost their last two games. In the two losses they were outscored 10-4.

….At home the Blue Jackets have lost just two of their last nine games (6-2-1).

….Carey Price, who will be back in Columbus for the All-Star game has played in 22 games this season (third in NHL). His .922 save percentage ranks third among the league’s starters.

….In Price‘s six career starts vs. Columbus Price is 2-3-1.

….Price is making his 16th start the last 17 games he has won eight of his last 11 starts. He has allowed more than two goals only once in his last ten starts.

….Sergei Bobrovsky is 5-2-0 vs. the Canadiens. Five of his seven starts came while he was with Philadelphia.

….Overall the Canadiens have lost two in a row, both at home against Tampa and Pittsburgh.

….P.A Parenteau returns to the Canadiens lineup after missing three games with a mild concussion.

….Mike Weaver returns after missing 12 the first six of which were because of a concussion.

….The Canadiens have one power play goal over their last 21 advantages and seven games.

….The Habs have allowed three goals the last ten times shorthanded.

….At the mid-point of the season P.K. Subban has 8 goals and 27 points. If he equals that in the second half of the season he will break last season’s career best 10 goals and 53 points.

….Max Pacioretty has a four game goal-scoring streak and goals in five of his last 6 games (5g,1a) and is plus-5 in that stretch. His plus-22 rating ranks fourth in the league.

….Dale Weise‘s next point will equal his career season high of 16 points.

….Centre Ryan Johansen has 6 goals and 6 assists over a ten game point streak.

….Columbus has scored more than twice as many power play goals (36) as the Canadiens (16). The Blue Jackets have the second best power play in the league. The Canadiens rank 28th.

….Columbus allows 33.4 shots per game (27th ranked) and generate 27.1 (28th). At minus 6.3 per game the differential is second worst in the NHL behind Buffalo’s 12.2. (The Canadiens give up on average 3.13 more shots on goal per game than they generate)

Projected Columbus Lines & Pairings

43-Scott Hartnell 19-Ryan Johansen 71-Nick Foligno

11-Matt Calvert 17-Brandon Dubinsky 13-Cam Atkinson

37-Sean Collins 41-Alexander Wennberg 9-Jeremy Morin

26-Corey Tropp 55-Mark Letestu 40-Jared Boll

7-Jack Johnson 58-David Savard

4-Kevin Connauton 21-James Wisniewski

29-Cody Goloubef 51-Fedor Tyutin

79-Sergei Bobrovsky

The Hard Stats –

Season Records – Canadiens – 41GP (26-12-3) 55pts. 2nd Atlantic Division. Columbus – 40GP (18-19-3) 39pts. 6th Metropolitan Division.

Season Series – First of three games.

Last Season – Canadiens won twice (once in shootout) Lost the final game march 20th in Columbus.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-2-1) Columbus (5-4-1)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (13-7-1) Columbus at Home (9-10-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 25th 16/117 13.7% Columbus ranked 2nd 34/139 24.5%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 6th 21/143 85.3%. Columbus ranked 20th 30/149 79.9%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 34GP (22-10-2) 2.19GAA .928save% Columbus – Sergei Bobrovsky – 29GP (15-12-2) 2.88GAA .914save%.

From the ClinicCanadiens – No injuries reported. Columbus -RW-Jack Skille (lower body); C-Artem Anisimov (IR-torn tricep); C-Boone Jenner (IR-back stress fracture); C-Brian Gibbons (IR-knee); D-Ryan Murray (IR-knee); RW-Nathan Horton (IR-back)




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