logo canadienslogo nashvillePreview Game #45

Nashville vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan. 20, 2015 – 7:35pm


About The Game

….After 44 games the Canadiens are 6 points ahead of last year’s pace. At this stage last year they had 53 points (24-15-5). This year 59 pts (28-13-3)

….In their nine games since the Christmas break the Canadiens are 6-2-1 and have outscored their opponents 25-18.

….This is only Nashville’s second visit to Montreal in four years. They have won the last two games at the Bell Centre; three of the last four and three of a total of eight games in Montreal since coming into the league.

….Overall the Canadiens are 5-2-1 vs Nashville at the Bell Centre.   In the last meeting the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead and needed David Desharnais’ overtime goal to win 4-3, Dec. 21, 2013.  Five of the last nine games between the clubs have gone to overtime.  The Canadiens have won four of them.

….Last season Nashville’s offense ranked 9th in the Western Conference with goal differential of minus-26. This year they are second in the West already with a plus-34 differential.

….The Predators are trying to avoid their first back-to-back losses of the season.  (They were beaten 5-2 by Detroit Saturday)

….In 16 games against Western Conference opponents the Canadiens are 8-7-1.   Nashville is 9-5-0 vs. the East.

….Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to Detroit was Nashville’s ended a five game win streak and was their first loss in regulation time since Dec. 23 in Boston.

….Neither team is noted for it’s power play. Nashville ranks 24th in the league, the Canadiens 23rd – each at 15.9%.

….The Canadiens have scored five power play goals their last three games matching their PPG total for the previous 13 games.

….Max Pacioretty has an active seven game points scoring streak (7g,3a)  

….Since the start of the 2011-2012 season Pacioretty has 85 even-strength goals. Only Steven Stamkos has more at 101. His 108 total goals are the sixth highest total in the NHL over that stretch. In that time his 3.67 average shots on goal per game since 2011 is fourth among active players.

…..Pacioretty is the second U.S. Born player to have three 20 goals seasons with the Canadiens (Chris Higgins 2005-2008)

….Tomas Plekanec has six points his last three games and nine points his last seven games (3g 6a). In his previous 18 he totaled eight pts.

….P.K. Subban continues on a path to a career high season in both goals and points. He scored his tenth goal Saturday in his 44th game. At his current pace he will finish with 18 goals and 57 pts. His career high is 14 goals (2010-11) and 53 pts (last season)

….Dale Weise has 3 goals, and 4 assists in nine career games against Nashville, by far the most against any NHL team.  Calgary & Edmonton are second with 3 points.With his goal Friday he tied his career season high for goals (6) and points (16) set last season.

.Carey Price has a career record of 1-3-0 and 2.49GAA and .36 save percentage vs. Nashville. His only win came in the last meeting – that 4-3 overtime victory in Nashville Dec. 21, 2013.

…Going into this game, among goaltenders with 20-or-more starts Price ranks fourth in the league in wins (23); third in save percentage (.927) and fourth in GAA 2.19.

….Pekka Rinne will be out of Nashville’s lineup three to five weeks with a sprained knee. In his four most recent games against the Canadiens he had allowed three goals.

….The last time the Canadiens played Nashville Rinne was out with a hip bacterial infection. Marek Mazanek started the game and gave up 3 goals on 5 shots. Carter Hutton played the final 44 minutes allowing only the overtime goal by David Desharnais.

….Hutton made his second straight start since Rinne was hurt Saturday against Detroit. He was pulled for Mazanec 12 minutes into the first period after allowing three goals on four shots.

….Hutton made 40 starts last season with Rinne out of the lineup. (Rinne missed 51 games). Friday’s win vs. Washington was his first win in six starts this season.

….Hutton and Mazanek have career save percentages of .907 and .901 respectively.

….Nashville centre Mike Fisher needs one point for 500. He has 4 goals, 3 assists his last 6 games.

….Mike Ribeiro has 4 goals 17 assists his last 22 games     He has eleven points in nine games against the Habs since leaving the club.

….Defenseman Mattias Ekholm has four goals his last eight games.

The Nashville Line Combinations and Pairings

9-Filip Forsberg 63-Mike Ribeiro 15-Craig Smith

33-Colin Wilson 12-Mike Fisher 18-James Neal

7-Matt Cullen 19-Calle Jarnkrok 57-Gabriel Bourque

24-Eric Nystrom 28-Paul Gaustad 13-Olli Jokinen

59-Roman Josi 6-Shea Weber

64-Victor Bartley 3-Seth Jones

14-Mattias Ekholm  20-Anton Volchenkov

30-Carter Hutton

Only changes for the CanadiensMike Weaver out –Tom Gilbert in on defense third pairing.  Carey Price will make start after missing two games.


The Hard Stats

Season Records – Nashville – 44GP (30-10-4) 64pts. Second in Western Conference. Canadiens 44GP (28-13-3) 59pts. Fourth in Eastern Conference

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game Mar. 24 @ Nashville.

Last Ten Games – Nashville (7-1-2) Canadiens (7-2-1)

Special Teams – Power Play – Nashville ranks 24th 23/145 15.9% Canadiens ranked 23rd 21/132 15.9%. Penalty Killing – Nashville ranked 20th 26/126 79.4% Canadiens ranked 6th 23/151 84.8%

Goaltending – Nashville – Carter Hutton 8GP (1-4-2) 3.04GAA .892save%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 35GP (23-10-2) 2.19GAA .927save%.

From the Clinic Nashville -G-Pekka Rinne (IR-sprained knee); D-Ryan Ellis (IR-lower body). Canadiens – RW-P.A. Parenteau (concussion)




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