logo canadienslogo phoenixPreview Game #49

Arizona vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 1, 2015 – 1:05pm


Things Worth Knowing

….Canadiens lineup changes – Gonchar will get a rest.  Weaver checks in.  Dumont for Bournival on fourth line.  Tokarski in goal.

….The Canadiens have the best team winning percentage in the Eastern Conference at .698 and are third in the league behind Nashville and Anaheim.  (Nashville – .708; Anaheim -.700; Canadiens -.698; St. Louis – .688; Detroit- .670.)

…The Canadiens have the opportunity to sweep the Super Bowl weekend series for only the sixth time in the 24 years since the tradition started in 1991. The last time they did it was two years ago when they beat Buffalo 6-1 and then Ottawa 2-1.

…This is the 11th of 16 back to back series this season. The Canadiens have swept them four times.

…The Canadiens season is remarkable for it’s consistency. The Canadiens have won eight games in each of the first four months -(October (8-2-1) – November (8-5-1) – December (8-4-1) – January (8-2-1)

…The Canadiens are looking for their second six-game win streak of the season, equalling Dec. 20 to Jan. 3rd.

…Arizona has lost eight of it’s last nine games (1-6-2). They beat Toronto 3-1 Thursday to end an 0-5-2 slump and then lost in Ottawa Saturday.

…The Coyotes have given up five or more goals in a game 14 times this season.

…Arizona has not won a game at the Bell Centre in 19 years, dating back to a 5-4 overtime victory Oct. 28, 1996. It was the first game ever for the Coyotes at the Molson/Bell Centre since the team transferred from Winnipeg. Their record in Montreal is 1-19-1 with 2 ties.  They have been outscored 100-43 over that time.

…The Canadiens have allowed a total of three goals their last four games.

…The Canadiens are 15-3-1 over their last 19 games outscoring opponents 50-30. The have allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of those games.  Their record since December 9th is the best in the NHL.

Carey Price‘s Olympic teammate is having a difficult year in the Arizona nets. He gave up seven goals to Ottawa Saturday and now is 8-2-4 with a 3.49GAA and .888 save%.

…With Teemu Selanne‘s retirement Arizona captain Shane Doan is last active member of the original Winnipeg Jets. Doan is 38 and in his 20th NHL season. He was drafted by Winnipeg 7th overall in 1995 just ahead of the Canadiens who had their sites set on him. With the next pick, the Canadiens were forced to take forward Terry Ryan.

Doan is one of the few active players remaining to have played at the Montreal Forum which closed to hockey almost 19 years ago.  Doan played there as a member of the Jets – Jan. 26, 1997.  Sergei Gonchar (Washington) and Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh) also have memories of the Forum.

Dustin Tokarski will start in goal for the Canadiens. Despite back-to-back starts against Ottawa and the Islanders Jan. 15 and 17, Tokarski has been in only three of the last 22 Canadiens games.

…Saint-Hyacinthe’s Louis Domingue is expected to make his first NHL start for Arizona. He was recalled from Portland of the AHL Saturday and made his debut replacing the struggling Mike Smith in the third period against Ottawa Saturday giving up two goals on 11 shots. While playing for the QMJHL Quebec Remparts, Domingue was taken by the Coyotes 138th overall in the 2010 draft.

…Carey Price’s Olympic goaltending teammate Mike Smith is having an awful year.   He leads the NHl in losses with 21 and his GAA average is 3.49 which is also the worst among NHL regular goaltenders.

…In his three starts since the All-Star break Carey Price has stopped 100 of 102 shots for a save percentage of .980. He now ranks second in the league in save% at .933 and in wins-27. His shutout streak stands at 153:03.

….In his  16 starts dating back to December 9th, Price has a record of 13-2-1.  He has given up 23 goals for a GAA of 1.43 and a .952 save%.  In that stretch he has given up more than two goals once.  He has had 7 one-goal games and two shutouts.

….Vs. Arizona Price has a career record of 6-0-0 with a 1.65GAA and a .945save% allowing only ten goals in the six games.

Probable Starting Arizona Lines & Pairings

8-Tobias Rieder 50-Antoine Vermette 19-Shane Doan

28-Lauri Korpikoski 9-Sam Gagne 10-Martin Erat

22-Brandon McMillan 24-Kyle Chipchura 18-David Moss

38-Lucas Lessio 39-Brendan Shinnimin 44-B.J.Crombeen

23-Oliver Ekman-Larsson 4-Zbynek Michalek

3-Keith Yandle 26-Michael Stone

45-Andrew Campbell 5-Connor Murphy

35-Louis Domingue

The Hard Stats

Season Record – Arizona – 49GP (17-26-6) 40pts. 13th in Western Conference. Canadiens – 48GP (32-13-3) 67pts. Second in Eastern Conference

Season Series – First of two games. Last season the teams split the series; each team winning at home.

Last Time Out – Arizona lost 7-2 in Ottawa Saturday afternoon. Canadiens beat Washington 1-0 in OT Saturday afternoon.

Last Ten Games – Arizona (2-6-2) Canadiens (7-2-1)

Home/Road – Arizona on the Road – (8-14-3) Canadiens at Home (17-5-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Arizona ranked 8th 32/152 2.0% Canadiens ranked 24th 24/146 16.4% Penalty Killing – Arizona ranked 26th 39/168 76.8% Canadiens ranked 5th 24/164 85.4%

Goaltending – Arizona – Louis Domingue  1GP  (0-0-0)  6.67GAA  .818sv%   Canadiens – Dustin Tokarski  10GP (5-3-1)  2,50GAA  .917sv%.

From the ClinicArizona C-Martin Hanzal (upper body); C-Joe Vitale (upper body); LW-Mikkel Boedeker (IR-spleen surgery) Canadiens – RW-P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion)




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