logo canadienslogo columbusPreview Game #59

Columbus vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 21, 2015 – 7:15pm


Ahead of the Game

,…The New York Islanders suffered a 3-2 shutout loss to Washington Saturday afternoon. The Canadiens have an opportunity to move into first place in the Eastern Conference with a win in this game. They trail the Islanders by a point with two games in hand.

….The Canadiens actually lead the Eastern Conference in points percentage at .681. The Islanders at .667. Overall the Canadiens are third behind the West’s Predators (.720) and Blues (.690).

….The Canadiens have not lost three in a row since December 3-6. (Minnesota, Chicago & Dallas).

….The Canadiens have been forced into overtime their last four home games.

….The Habs last six losses have come against teams currently not in the playoffs. Overall they are 9-8-3 against non-playoff teams and 28-8-2 against teams currently in a playoff position.

….Against teams from the Metropolitan division the Canadiens are 15-2-1. Vs. the Atlantic Division Columbus is 8-9-1.

….On January 14th the Canadiens scored 3 third period power play goals in 3:53 to come from behind for their 3-2 win. Dating back to that night, the Habs power play has been operating at 23.9% (13/67) in 16 games.

….With a power play goal against the Canadiens Jan. 14th Columbus led the league at 25%. Since then the Blue Jackets have four goals in 37 opportunities and 2 in their last 29.

….There are four rookies in the Canadiens lineup and six who have spent time with Hamilton this season. Alex Galchenyuk will miss his second consecutive game with a flu virus.

….The Canadiens have scored two or fewer goals in nine of their last twelve games despite averaging 33.3 shots per game. Through the season’s first 46 games they averaged 27.6.

….The Blue Jackets have scored 28 goals (25 at even strength) in their last seven games (4.0 average), recording at least three goals in six of those games

….Carey Price in his last 23 starts has a 1.42GAA. His save percentage is .959 over his last 11.

….Price‘s career record vs. Columbus is 3-3-1. In the 3-2 win January 14th at Columbus he gave up 2 goals on 16 shots.

….Curtis McElhinney will make his third straight start in goal for Columbus. He is 5-1-0 over his last six starts with a 1.99 GAA and .943 save percentage. . His only career start against trhe Canadiens was Nov. 15, 2013, a 3-2 shootout loss.

.Sergei Bobrovsky is on the road trip with the Bluejackets but will not dress. He has been out since January 21st with a groin injury.

….Max Pacioretty has two goals and four points his last three games.

….P.K. Subban has six assists over his last five games overall and seven assists in his last five at the Bell Centre.

….Tomas Plekanec has four goals and 3 assists his last eight games. He has 13 shots on goal his last two games.

….Scott Hartnell has four goals and seven assists his last eight games. His seven game points streak is the longest current in the NHL.

….Teammate Ryan Johansen has the league’s longest streak this season – 13 games between Dec. 18 and Jan. 17th scoring 8 goals and 8 assists.

.Brandon Dubinsky has a four game goalscoring streak, the longest of his career. He had only three goals the season’s first 26 games.

….Since the line was put together four games ago, Dubinsky , Matt Calvert and Cam Atkinson have combined for 8 goals, five assists and 13 points.

….Atkinson leads the Blue Jackets with five game-winning goals. He has 4 goals and 6 points in the last seven games and 5-4-9 in the last 11.

….Dubinsky was in a fight with Sidney Crosby Thursday night. He is the only NHLer to fight both Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. He fought Ovechking on Dec. 12th 2010 while playing for the Rangers.

Columbus Line Combinations and Pairings

43-Scott Hartnell 19-Ryan Johansen 41-Alexander Wennberg

11-Matt Calvert 17-Brandon Dubinsky 13-Cam Atkinson

71-Nick Foligno 42-Artem Anisimov 56-Marko Dano

26-Corey Tropp 55-Mark Letestu 40-Jared Boll

7-Jack Johnson 58-David Savard

4-Kevin Connauton 21-James Wisniewski

51-FydorTutin 29-Cody Goloubef

30-Curtis McElhinney

The Hard Stats –

Season Records – Columbus – 56GP (26-27-3) 55pts. 6th Metropolitan Division. Canadiens – 58GP (37-16-5) 79pts. First Atlantic Division.

Season Series – Second of three games. @Columbus Jan. 14 – Canadiens-3 Columbus-2 Three power play goals in 3:53 keyed comeback win. Canadiens outshot them 31-16.

Last Time Out – Columbus edged Pittsburgh 2-1 Thursday. Canadiens lost to Florida 3-2 in shootout Thursday.

Home/Road – Columbus on road (14-13-1) Canadiens at home (20-7-4)

Last Ten Games – Columbus (5-5-0) Canadiens (5-3-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Columbus ranked 6th 39/177 22.0% Canadiens ranked 25th 29/184 15.8%. Penalty Killing – Columbus ranked 17th 38/198 80.8% Canadiens ranked 6th 27/182 85.2%.

Goaltending – Columbus – Curtis McElhinney – 24GP (10-9-1) 2.71GAA ,918sv% Canadiens – Carey Price – 46GP (32-11-3) 1.93GAA .934sv%.

From the ClinicColumbus -G-Sergei Bobrovski (IR-groin); D-Dalton Prout (upper body); D-Ryan Murray (IR-ankle); RW-Jeremy Morin (IR-accelerated heart rate); C-Boone Jenner (IR-stress back fracture); RW-Nathan Horton (IR-spinal injury). Canadiens – D-Alexei Emelin (IR-shoulder); D-Sergei Gonchar (IR-concussion); RW- P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion)

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