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Canadiens vs. Columbus

Nationwide Arena – Feb. 25, 2015 – 7:05pm


Ahead of the Game

.RW-Devante Smith-Pelly will make his debut taking Christian Thomas spot in the lineup.  He’ll  be eased in on the fourth line with Malhotra and Bournival. With Anaheim he had 5 goals, 17 assists and was plus-1 in 54 games. His 147 hits would make him second on the Canadiens behind Alexei Emelin’s 157.

….Pierre Lebrun of ESPN.com reports through his sources that the Canadiens outbid Boston for Smith-Pelly.

.Smith-Pelly played on 2012 Junior Team Canada with Nathan Beaulieu, Brendan Gallagher and Michael Bournival.

.The Canadiens are trying to become the third NHL team to record 40 wins, joining Nashville (41) and the Islanders (40).

.If the Canadiens were to maintain their season-long pace they would finish with 53 victories and 113 points. The Canadiens haven’t won more than fifty games in a season since 1988-89 (53), also the last year they had 110 points (115)

.The Canadiens have won seven of the last ten games and earned at least a point in 14 of their last 17.

.In winning ten of their last twelve on the road the Canadiens have limited the opposition to 1.6 goals per game.

.This is the second meeting between the Blue Jackets and Canadiens in five days. The Canadiens are looking for a season sweep. They are now 4-1-0 over their last five meetings vs. Columbus and 4-1-1 all-time in Columbus.

.Since losing 3-1 to the Canadiens Saturday night, the Blue Jackets lost 4-3 to the Rangers in a shootout Sunday at New York and lost 4-2 to Buffalo Tuesday at home. (10 goals against in their last three games).

.Columbus has lost six of their last nine at Nationwide Arena.

.Carey Price is looking for his team-record tenth road win in a row. During the nine game road win streak he has given up a total of ten goals for a 1.11GAA and a .960save%.

.The last goaltender to win ten in a row on the road was San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov from Nov. 21 to Feb. 11, 2010. (The league record is 17 set by Boston’s Gilles Gilbert 1975-76).

.Price has lost only one game in regulation since January 10th (12-1-2 over 15 starts). In that stretch he has three shutouts and given up more than two – once with a save percentage of .946.

.Price‘s career record is 4-3-1 vs. Columbus.

.Curtis McElhinney is 4-1-0 with a 2.60GAA in his last five home starts. He has lost both of his career starts against the Canadiens.

.Since Sergei Bobrovsky was sidelined by a groin injury, McElhinney is 10-10-2 with a 2.69GAA and .918 save percentage.

.Max Pacioretty has two goals in each of the two games vs. Columbus this season. In his last eleven games he has 12 points.

.Brendan Gallagher has four goals in his last 3 games – 17 for the season.

.Alex Galchenyuk has three goals his past five – 18 for the season.

.P.K. Subban has failed to score a goal in 15 games. He has 8 assists his last seven games and 11 over his last ten games. When Subban scores at least one point in a game, the Canadiens are 24-4-4.

.On January 14th the Canadiens scored 3 power play goals in the third period to beat the Blue Jackets 3-2. Including that game the Canadiens power play has operated at 20.8% in 18 games (15/72).  

.The Canadiens have the NHL’s worst power play record on the road at 11.2%. Brendan Gallagher’s power play goal in St. Louis Tuesday ended a 0 for 14 road stretch over six games.  (Three of the Canadiens nine road PPG this season came against Columbus Jan. 14th)

.Over the last eleven games the Canadiens have given up one power play in 22 times shorthanded (95.4% kill rate)

.The Blue Jackets power play has produced one power play goal in it’s last 23 opportunities over ten games and is 2 for 40 over their last 15 games.

Columbus Line Combinations and Pairings

71-Nick Foligno 19-Ryan Johansen 41-Alexander Wennberg

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

43-Scott Hartnell 42-Artem Anisimov 56-Marko Dano

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

7-Jack Johnson 58-David Savard

3-Jordan Leopold 21-James Wisniewski

51-Fydor Tutin 29-Cody Goloubef

30-Curtis McElhinney

The Hard Stats –

Season RecordsCanadiens – 60GP (39-16-5) 83pts. First in Eastern Conference. Columbus – 59GP (26-29-4) 56pts. 13th in East.

Season Series – Third of three games. Canadiens have won both. @Columbus Jan. 14 – Canadiens-3 Columbus-2  Three power play goals in 3:53 keyed comeback win. Canadiens outshot them 31-16. @Bell Centre Feb. 21 – Canadiens-3 Columbus-1. Pacioretty with two goals. Price stopped 31 of 32 shots including all 21 in the second and third periods.

Vs. Eastern Conference – Columbus – (17-18-4) Canadiens (28-8-3)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (18-9-1) Columbus at Home (14-14-2)

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

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 25th   30/176   17.0% Columbus ranked 6th   39/188   20.7%.    Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 6th   27/188   85.6%. Columbus ranked 17th   40/208  80.8%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 48GP (34-11-3) 1.91GAA .935save%. Columbus – Curtis McElhinney – (10-10-2) 2.69GAA .918save%.

From the ClinicCanadiens – D Sergei Gonchar (conditioning); RW- P.A. Parenteau (conditioning); D Alexei Emelin (IR-shoulder). Columbus – RW Jack Skille (IR-shoulder surgery); 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)

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