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Philadelphia vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 10, 2015 – 7:35pm


Game Notes

.The Canadiens have won two straight and seven of their last 9. A win in this game and a Tampa loss in regulation at Nashville would put the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference lead with three games in hand over the Lightning.

.The Flyers come to Montreal riding a 5-0-1 streak in which they’ve given up ten goals.

.In their last 16 games against the Canadiens Philadelphia is 10-5-1 dating back to the start of 2010-11. All five of the losses have come at the Bell Centre where the Flyers are 3-5-0 over the last eight.

.Philadelphia is nine points behind the Bruins and the the final Wild Card berth.

.Carey Price is 4-8-0 over his last 12 games vs. the Flyers. In 20 career games against them he is 10-9-0 with a 2.69GAA with 2 shutouts.

.Since January first Price has a 9-2-1 record with a 1.65GAA, a .944save% and two shutouts.  In 19 appearances since December 6th he has allowed two goals or fewer 17 times for a 15-3-1 record with a 1.52GAA  .948save%. .

.At this point the race for this year’s Vezina Trophy is a race between Price and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne. Price leads the NHL with a .932save%, Rinne is at .929. Rinne’s GAA is 2.02. Price – 2.03. Rinne has won 30 games to Price’s 29.

.Ray Emery has started both of the Flyers games against the Canadiens this season allowing 9 goals on 66 shots and losing both. His career record against Montreal is 9-8-1 with a 3.05GAA and one shutout.

.The Flyers have averaged 3.42 goals per game when Emery plays, the highest goal support of any NHL goaltender. (2.04 when Mason was in goal). Emery has been giving up goals at a 3.34 rate.

.David Desharnais has six points in his last three games enough to earn him the NHL’s third star of last week. All but one of the points were scored as part of the re-assembled line with Pacioretty and Weise..

.The line was re-formed for the third period of the game against Buffalo on Tuesday. In the seven periods since, it has been on the ice for 7 of the Canadiens 11 goals amassing 5 goals and 10 assists.

.Dale Weise scored two goals against Philadelphia the last time the teams met in November. Overall, he has three of his nine goals in his last two games and five points over his last three games.

.Alex Galchenyuk has scored 3 goals and 6 assists in 7 career games against the Flyers.

.Jakub Voracek has 3 goals and 13 assists in his last 15 games.

.Vincent Lecavalier is down on the Flyers fourth line. After 39 games he has 7 goals and 16 points. Lecavalier has three years remaining on his five year contract at a 4.5 million cap hit.

.The Flyers penalty killing ranks 29th in the league but they have allowed only two in their last 21 games shorthanded (90.5%)

.In Sunday’s 3-1 win over Washington, Flyer goaltender Steve Mason went to the bench during a second period TV timeout for water and to stretch. During the stretching something popped in his right knee and he had to be helped to the dressing room. Mason underwent arthroscopic surgery this week. His .924 save% was 6th best in the league.

Philadelphia Lines and Pairings

10-Brayden Schenn 28-Claude Giroux 93-Jakub Voracek

24-Matt Read 14-Sean Couturier 17-Wayne Simmonds

25-Ryan White 49-Scott Laughton 18-R.J. Umberger

76-Chris VandeVelde 78-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 40-Vincent Lecavalier

55-Nick Schultz 32-Mark Streit

8-Nicklas Grossmann 47-Andrew MacDonald

15-Michael Del Zotto 22-Luke Schenn

29-Ray Emery

The Hard Stats

Season Records – Philadelphia – 53GP (23-22-8) 54pts. 5th in Metropolitan Division. Canadiens -52GP (34-15-3) 70pts. 2nd in Atlantic Division.

Season Series – Third of three meetings. @Philadelphia Oct.11 – Canadiens-4 Philadelphia-3 (shootout). Flyers blow 3-0 third period lead. P.A. Parenteau -winning goal in shootout. Plekanec with goal/assist. Wayne Simmonds 2 goals for Philadelphia. @Bell Centre Nov. 15 – Canadiens-6 Philadelphia-3. Line of Plekanec/Galchenyuk/Weise with 2 goals 5 assists. Weise two goals. Galchenyuk-3 assists. Plekanec two assists.

Vs. Eastern Conference – Philadelphia (14-16-5) Canadiens (24-7-2)

Last Ten Games – Philadelphia (6-3-1) Canadiens (7-3-0)

Home/Road – Philadelphia on the Road (8-15-4) Canadiens at Home (18-7-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Philadelphia – ranked 3rd 41/173 23.7% Canadiens ranked 22nd 27/156 17.3%. Penalty Killing – Philadelphia ranked 28th 44/178 75.3% Canadiens ranked 5th 26/168 84.5%.

Goaltending – Philadelphia – Ray Emery – 21GP (9-9-1) 3.34GAA .886GAA. Canadiens – Carey Price – 42GP (29-11-2) 2.03GAA .932save%.

From the Clinic Philadelphia D-Braydon Coburn (IR-broken foot); G-Steve Mason (knee surgery); LW-Michael Raffl (pneumonia); C-Zac Rinaldo (8 game suspension-return Feb. 17th) D-Chris Pronger (LTIR-post concussion syndrome); D-Kimmo Timonen (IR-blood clots leg). Canadiens – RW-P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion)




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