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New Jersey vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 7, 2015 – 7:15pm

 

 

About The Game

….The Canadiens have not lost three games in a row at home in three years – since a four game Bell Centre losing streak Feb. 13-21, 2012.

….Canadiens popgun offense is once again in the spotlight.  The have scored six goals their last four games and since New Year’s Day have 30 goals in regulation time in 13 games.

….The Devils are trying to earn their fourth win in a row for the first time since winning four straight in February of 2013. They are 8-2-2 over their last 12 games.  They have not had 20 shots on goal in any of their last four games but won three straight.

….The second game in 24-hours for the Devils who defeated Toronto 4-1 Friday night.

….Carey Price currently leads all regular NHL goaltenders with a .932 save percentage.  (Pekka Rinne 2nd at .928).  He ranks 5th in the league in total shots faced and fourth in saves.  Since December 6th Price has started 17 games with a 13-3-1 record and a league best 1.52 GAA and .948 save%.

….Against the Devils at the Bell Centre, Price is 2-5-1 with a 3.00 GAA in his last eight games.

….In their last 17 games in Montreal the Devils are 13-3-1 and have outscored the Canadiens 48-30.Martin Brodeur was in goal for all 17 games.  Brodeur, who announced his retirement last week, had an overall  20-9-1 record in Montreal with a 1.64GAA and five shutouts in 31 career starts.

….Goaltender Keith Kinkaid will make his seventh start of the season. Kinkaid gave up 4 goals on 26 Canadiens shots in the 4-1 Devils loss January 2nd. It is only his second NHL start on the road.

….Kinkaid becomes only the second New Jersey goaltender not named Martin Brodeur to start a game at the Bell Centre in the last 18 years. On Dec. 6, 2008 Brodeur was out with a torn biceps tendon and Scott Clemmensen was in for a 2-1 overtime victory. Prior to that was Feb. 1, 1997 when coach Jacques Lemaire rested him in favour of Mike Dunham.

….Regular Devils starter Corey Schneider has never played a game at the Bell Centre and has only one start ever against the Habs. (He has spent his career playing second fiddle to Quebec-born goaltenders Roberto Luongo in Vancouver and Brodeur)

….Patrick Elias became the 91st player in NHL history to score 400 goals Friday night. It ended a nine game scoring drought. In the same game, January 6th in Buffalo he reached the 1000 points and 600 career assists.

….Elias has three goals and three assists his last four games at the Bell Centre.

….Jaromir Jagr has 716 goals and needs one to tie Phil Esposito for fifth in NHL history. Jagr will turn 43 next weekend. He has 2 goals and an assist his last three games.

….Jagr (716) and Elias (400) are the two highest scoring players from the Czech Republic in NHL history.

….Max Pacioretty has four goals in his last five games against the Devils including one each in the last three at the Bell Centre. After scoring seven in a six-game stretch he has two in his last seven games.

….Pacioretty is tied for fifth in league plus/minus at plus-24.  At his current rate he could finish the season at plus-40.  Last season after 50 games   he was minus-2.  Thanks to a late goalscoring surge he finished the season at plus-11

….Alex Galchenyuk passed his season high in points production last week and in closing in on a 20-goal 55 point season at the age of 20. Last year he finished at minus 12. He’s already plus-9.

….Among forwards with more than ten games played,  only Manny Malhotra  has recorded fewer shots-on-goal than Jiri Sekac.  Sekac has a total of 46 shots in 43 games, an average of 1.07 per game.  With 7 goals on 46 shots he leads the Canadiens in scoring percentage at 15.7%.

….The Canadiens have scored the fewest first period goals in the league at 23 (outscored 37-23).   In the second and third periods they outscore opponents 101-74. Only Calgary and Tampa have scored more than the Canadiens 59 third period goals.

….The Canadiens have five more wins and eight more points than they held after 50 games last year when they were en-route to a 100 point season.  At their present rate the Canadiens would finish with 110 points, their highest point total since the inclusion of the inflationary third “loser” point in 2005-2006.

…Over the last 34 games the Canadiens power play has been producing at 19.8% (21/106) after 7.1% (3/42) through the season’s first 16 games.

Kinkaid is the first goaltender in NHL history to have his first three career starts decided in shootouts.

New Jersey Line Combinations and Pairings

14-Adam Henrique 21-Scott Gomez 18-Steve Bernier

8-Dainius Zubrus 23-Michael Cammalleri 68-Jaromir Jagr

26-Patrick Elias 19-Travis Zajak 9-Martin Havlat

15-Tuomu Ruutu 16-Jacob Josefson 20-Jordin Tootoo

6-Andy Greene 5-Adam Larsson

7-Jon Merrill 2-Marek Zidlicky

32-Mark Fraser 10-Peter Harrold

1-Keith Kinkaid

The Hard Stats –

Season Records – New Jersey 51GP (21-22-9) 51pts. Canadiens – 50GP (32-15-3) 67pts.

Season Series – Second of Three Meetings @New Jersey Jan.2 Canadiens-4 New Jersey-2. Bournival 2 goals. Subban 3 assists.

Last 10 Games – New Jersey (6-2-2) Canadiens (6-3-1)

Versus Eastern Conference – New Jersey (16-14-6) Canadiens (22-7-2)

Home/Road – New Jersey on the Road – (10-15-2) Canadiens at Home (17-7-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – New Jersey ranked 9th  29/146  19.9%   Canadiens ranked 25th  24/150  16.0%    Penalty Killing – New Jersey ranked 21st  36/179  79.9%,   Canadiens ranked 5th   26/167  84.4%.

Goaltending – New Jersey – Keith Kinkaid – 10GP (2-3-3) 2.34GAA .922saave%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 40GP (27-11-2) 2.06GAA .932save%.

From the ClinicNew Jersey – RW-Stephen Gionta (IR-broken hand); D-Damon Severson (IR-broken ankle); D-Bryce Salvador (IR-back); LW-Ryan Clowe (IR-head injury). Canadiens – RW-P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion).

New Jersey

Montreal

2.2

Goals Per Game

2.54

2.61

Goals Against Per Game

2.26

24.27

Shots on Goal Per Game

27.58

30.33

Shots Against Per Game

30.46

9.69

Penalty Minutes Per Game

10.54

29

Power Play Goals

24

20%

Power Play %

16%

35

Power Play Goals Allowed

26

80.2%

Penalty Kill %

84.4%

3

Shorthanded Goals

2

5

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

2