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Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – Feb. 18, 2015 – 7:05pm

 

Ahead of the Game

.Lineup changes for the Canadiens. Jiri Sekac replaces Manny Malhotra. #64-Greg Pateryn for Mike Weaver.  Pateryn paired with Beaulieu.

.Greg Pateryn has not played a game for the Canadiens since March 13, 2013. He had been called up for three games because of injuries to Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz. He was recalled last season for ten games early last season but did not dress for a game.

 ….Pateryn is one of three members of the Hamilton Bulldogs now on recall.  He joins forwards Jacob de la Rose and Christian Thomas.

.Nine of the Canadiens 18 losses this season (including OT/Shootouts) have come against teams that are currently not in the playoffs. Against playoff teams they are 28 and 10.

.In the Atlantic Division the Canadiens are 12-5-1. Tampa and Buffalo have two wins, Ottawa the other. The Canadiens also lost in OT to Buffalo.

.The Canadiens have won four of the last five meetings against Ottawa.

.Against the Senators the Canadiens are 14-4-5 over the last three seasons. Nine of the 23 games were settled in overtime or shootout.

.The Habs lead the league with a 2.18 goals against average.

.The Canadiens have won six of their last twelve games while scoring two goals or fewer. They lead the league with 12 wins when scoring two or fewer.

.The Senators have lost five of their last seven. They have given up four or more goals in three of their last five.

.Ottawa has won one home game in February (1-3-1).

.Dustin Tokarski is 4-3-0 on the road this season with a 1.95GAA. Tokarski was in Canadiens nets for the 4-1 loss at Ottawa January 15th. Eight of his twelve appearances this season have been on the road. Since the Ottawa game, all three of his appearances have been at the Bell Cenre.

.Andrew Hammond will make his first NHL start in goal for the Senators. He replaced Robin Lehner after he was injured in a goalmouth collision Monday night against Carolina. He allowed two goals on five shots. His only other NHL appearance was against Detroit Feb 27th of last season where he stopped all 11 shots in 35 minutes also in relief of Lehner.

.At AHL Binghamton this season Hammond had a 7-13-2 record with a 3.51GAA and .898save%.

.With Craig Anderson out with a hand injury the Senators were forced to bring Chris Driedger up from ECHL Evansville IceMen to be Hammond’s backup. In 36 Evansville games he has a record of 8-25-2; 3.75GAA and .888 sv%.

.Outside of Lehner and Anderson, Hammond and Driedger are the only other goaltenders under contract to the Senators.

.Max Pacioretty has 12 goals and 8 assists over his last 19 games. He has 5g, 5a his last five vs. Ottawa.

.Tomas Plekanec has 4g, 3a over his last six games. Ten points in his last eight vs. Ottawa (5g,5a)

.The Canadiens continue to rank first in the league in faceoff percentage @ 53.8%.

.Manny Malhotra has been in the last two games after being a healthy scratch for five games. In the two games he has won only 9 of 29 faceoff attempts. Over his last seven games he has won 47 of 100 – 47%.

.Ottawa left winger Mike Hoffman has moved into Calder Trophy discussion with 20 goals, 33 points and plus-19 in 52 games. Hoffman was taken 130th overall (5th round) by Ottawa in the 2010 draft.

 

.The Habs rank fourth in blocked shots, averaging 17.0 per game.

.This is the start of the 13th of 16 back-to-back Canadiens series. (They face Florida Thursday at home) The Canadiens have won the opening game 8 of 12 times. They have swept 5 of the series.

Ottawa Forward Lines and Pairings

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

9-Milan Michalek  7-Kyle Turris   61-Mark Stone

10-Shane Prince 17-David Legwand  90-Alex Chiasson

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

3-Marc Methot   65-Erik Karlsson

2-Jared Cowen  5-Cody Ceci

74-Mark Borowiecki    62-Eric Gryba

30-Andrew Hammond

The Hard Stats –

Season Records – Canadiens 56GP (37-15-4) – 78pts. First in Eastern Conference.    Ottawa 55GP (22-23-10) 54pts.  6th in Atlantic Division

Last Time Out – Canadiens shutout Wings 2-0 in Detroit Monday. Ottawa lost at home to Carolina 6-3, also Monday.

Season Series – Third of four meetings. @Bell Centre Dec. 20 – Canadiens-4 Ottawa-1. Price with 24 saves. Galchenyuk goal, assist. Ottawa scored first goal. Canadien with four straight@Ottawa Jan. 15 – Ottawa-4 Canadiens-1. Senators score last three goals on Tokarski. Outshoot Canadiens 35-26. Pacioretty scored lone Habs goal.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-2-1) Ottawa (4-5-1)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (17-8-1) Ottawa at home – (12-10-5)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 25th 28/168 16.7%. Ottawa ranked 22nd 33/191 17.3% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 4th 26/178 85.4% Ottawa ranked 13th 34/190 85.4%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Dustin Tokarski – 12GP (5-4-2) 2.67GAA .914SV%. Ottawa Andrew Hammond – 1GP (0-0-0_ 5.71GAA .600SV%

From the Clinic Canadiens – D-Sergei Gonchar (concussion); RW-P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion). Ottawa – G-Robin Lehner (undisclosed); LW-Clarke MacArthur (undisclosed); RW-Chris Neil (IR-thumb); D-Chris Phillips (IR-wear & tear); G-Craig Anderson (IR-hand); C-Zack Smith (IR-disclocated wrist)

Head to Head Comparison

Montreal

Ottawa

2.57

Goals Per Game

2.76

2.18

Goals Against Per Game

2.78

28.3

Shots on Goal Per Game

30.16

30.3

Shots Against Per Game

32.49

10.3

Penalty Minutes Per Game

11.53

28

Power Play Goals

33

16.7%

Power Play %

17.3%

26

Power Play Goals Allowed

34

85.4%

Penalty Kill %

82.1%

2

Shorthanded Goals

4

2

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

6