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Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – Jan. 16, 2015 – 7:30pm


Game Notes

….Eight of Dustin Tokarski‘s nine regular season starts as a member of the Canadiens have been on the road.  In those starts his record is 6-2-0 (4-0 in shootouts – 1 shutout) with a goals-against average of 1.68 and a .944 save percentage. (Tokarski has also relieved Carey Price twice – both of those games also on the road)

….Tokarski last started on December 30th (2-1 shootout win @ Florida), his only appearance since Nov. 29th. ( Price has started 16 of the last 17) This will be his 8th start this season.  He has never played against Ottawa.

….Craig Anderson has allowed 2 goals or fewer in four of his last five starts. Saturday against Ottawa he stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 5-1 win at Arizona.

….At even strength Anderson‘s save percentage is .935. Only Pekka Rinne (.939) and Carey Price (936) are better among goaltenders with 25 or more starts.  He is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of this season.

….The Canadiens have won six in a row on the road, their longest road win streak since an eight game run Jan 21-Feb. 21, 1982  In 1981-82 the Canadiens top scorer was Keith Acton followed by Guy Lafleur and Mark Napier – all with over 80 points  – Rick Wamsley, now Ottawa’s goaltending coach shared goaltending with Denis Herron during the streak)

….The Canadiens have the best road winning percentage in the NHL. They have won 14 of 22 games on the road (.636). The New York Islanders have won 15 of 26 road games (.600)

….The Canadiens have earned points in eight of nine games and 11 of the last 13 (10-2-1).

….The Habs are 14-3-5 over the last three seasons against Ottawa. Nine of the games have been settled in overtime or shootout.

….Vs. Ottawa the Canadiens have won the last four meetings averaging 5.2 goals per game (21 goals-for/17 against)

….The Senators have just completed a 1-3-0 road trip.

….At their mid season Ottawa is ten points behind Boston and the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference and in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

….Ottawa’s penalty killing ranks 10th in the league but it has slipped recently. They have allowed power play goals in eight of their last ten games.

….This is the tenth of 16 back-to-back series on the Canadiens schedule this season. Including Wednesday night in Columbus the Canadiens have won the opening game six times. On four occasions they completed a two-game sweep, twice with second game shootout wins.

….The Senators’ season record is at .500 (17-17-8). They were 11-11-5 when they fired Paul MacLean in early December. Under Dave Cameron (6-6-3).

….Max Pacioretty has at least a goal in five straight games (6g, 1a; plus-4), a career high.  He has 8 goals, 7 assists his last 13.

….Against Ottawa Pacioretty has four goals and nine points in his last four games including a hat trick in the final meeting of the teams last April.

….Tomas Plekanec has 5 pts (4g,1a) his last five games vs. the Senators.

….Dale Weise needs one point to equal a career high 16 pts.

….This will be David Desharnais‘ 300th NHL regular season game.

….Veteran defenseman Chris Phillips will be a healthy scratch for the 6th time in the last 15 games under new head coach Dave Cameron.

….Bobby Ryan has a three game point scoring streak (1g 3a).

….Mike Hoffman has 15 goals this season including 7 in his last 11 games. All of his goals have been scored 5-on-5.  

….Ottawa has trouble defending leads. They are last in the league after scoring the first goal with a 9-9-1 record. (Canadiens are first at 16-1-1) When leading after one period Ottawa has blown seven leads (6-5-2) 29th in the league. The Canadiens are 5-1-1 when leading at the end of the first period.

Ottawa Line Combinations and Pairings

16-Clarke MacArthur 7-Kyle Turris 90-Alex Chiasson

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

22-Eric Condra 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 27-Curtis Lazar

9-Milan Michalek 17-David Legwand 61-Mark Stone

3-Marc Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

2-Jared Cowen 5-Cody Ceci

46-Patrick Wiercioch 62-Eric Gryba

41-Craig Anderson

The Hard Stats –

Season RecordCanadiens 42GP (27-12-3) 57pts. Second in Atlantic Division Ottawa – 42GP (17-17-8) 7th in Atlantic Division

Season Series – Second of four meetings. @Bell Centre Dec. 20 Canadiens-4 Ottawa-1. Price with 24 saves. Galchenyuk with goal and assist. Canadiens scored four straight goals after giving up first goal.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-2-1) Ottawa (3-5-2)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (14-7-1) Ottawa at Home (8-5-4)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 24th 19/124 Ottawa ranked 18th 27/151 17.9%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 7th 22/144 84.7% Ottawa ranked 10th 27/154 82.5%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Dustin Tokarski 8GP (4-2-1) 2.23GAA .924save%. Ottawa – Craig Anderson – 27GP (11-10-6) 2.35GAA .928save%.

From the Clinic Canadiens – No injuries reported. Ottawa – D-Mark Borowiecki (IR-leg laceration); C-Zack Smith (IR-dislocated wrist); RW-Chris Neil (IR-knee)




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