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Toronto vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 28, 2015 – 7:15pm



Worth Noting

….The Canadiens have been remarkably consistant through the season. They won exactly eight games in each of the first four months. With this game left in the month of February they again have eight wins (8-3-2).

….The Habs have earned at least a point in 15 of their last 18 games.

.The Canadiens have beaten Toronto four straight times.  All four games were decided by one goal, twice after overtime.    The Canadiens have also beaten them five of the last six meetings.

….Tomas Plekanec has scored the winning goal in three of the last five wins over Toronto.

….The Leafs are 0-12-2 on the road since New Year’s. They have won only 7 of 30 road games this season.

…..Vs Atlantic Division opponents the Leafs are 8-8-2. The Canadiens are 12-6-2.

….Toronto has won it’s last two games, their first back-to-back wins since mid-December. They last won three in a row during a six game win streak Dec. 6 to 16.

….After their sixth straight win on December 16th Toronto had a record of 19-9-3 and were one point behind the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division. Since then they are 6-22-2 and trail the Canadiens by 30 points.

….Toronto’s last seven games have been decided by one goal (2-4-1)

….Over the last 24 times shorthanded the Canadiens have given up one power play goal. Their penalty kill now ranks fourth in the league.

….The Canadiens power play at the Bell Centre ranks 8th in the league. 21 of their 30 PPG’s have been scored at home (21.9%). The Canadiens have the worst road power play in the league.

….Carey Price will play in his 50th game of the season.

….Over his last 15 starts Price is 13-1-1 with a 1.31 GAA. He has allowed two goals or fewer in nine straight starts.

….Jonathan Bernier‘s 47 saves in the 3-2 win over Philadelphia Thursday is one off his career high.

….Bernier has a career record of 1-4-2 vs. the Canadiens.

….Max Pacioretty has five goals his last six games. In his last six games against Toronto he 6 goals and 2 assists.

….Pacioretty has hit the 30 goal plateau in three of the last four seasons. (He scored 15 in the lockout year). The last Canadien to have three thirty goal seasons was do Vincent Damphousse (1993; ’94 &’96)

….With 8, Pacioretty shares the league lead in game winning goals with Alex Ovechkin. He is a league leading plus-34.

….David Desharnais needs one point to reach 200 for his career.

….P.K. Subban has 1 goal 10 assist in his last eight. He has a six game scoring streak against Toronto with eight points.

…..Phil Kessel has 15 points his last ten games at the Bell Centre.

….Kessel has the NHL’s 5th longest active ironman streak at 425 games. He is second to Tim Horton‘s 486 in Leafs history.

….Roman Polak ranks 2nd among NHL defensemen in hits (203). Alexei Emelin leads the Canadiens at 157. With four in his Canadiens debut Thursday, Devante Smith-Pelly now has 151.

….Four Toronto players who played in Montreal Feb. 14th were traded this week; David Clarkson, Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik. Winnik scored the only Toronto goal in that game. Santorelli scored in the shootout.

Toronto Line Combinations and Pairings

21-James van Riemsdyk 42-Tyler Bozak 81-Phil Kessel

19-Joffrey Lupul 43-Nazem Kadri 18-Richard Panik

47-Leo Komarov 11-Olli Jokinen 20-David Booth

22-Zach Sill 24-Peter Holland 67-Brandon Kozun

3-Dion Phaneuf 55-Korbinian Holzer

44-Morgan Rielly 46-Roman Polak

51-Jake Gardiner 12-Stephane Robidas

45-Jonathan Bernier

The Hard Stats –

Season Records -Toronto 61GP (25-31-5) 55pts. Canadiens 61GP (40-16-5) 85pts.

Season Series – Third of four meetings @Toronto Oct. 8th Canadiens-4 Toronto-3. Plekanec scores game winning with 43 seconds remaining. @Bell Centre Feb. 14 Canadiens-2 Toronto-1 (shootout). Desharnais with winning shootout goal. Winnik and Gallagher scored in the first period.

Home/Road – Toronto on the Road (7-18-5) Canadiens at Home (21-7-4)

Last Ten Games – Toronto (3-6-1) Canadiens (7-1-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Toronto ranked 11th 39/208 18.8% Canadiens ranked 24th 30/178 16.8%. Penalty Killing – Toronto ranked 15th 36/196 81.6% Canadiens ranked 4th 27/190 85.8%.

Goaltending – Toronto – Jonathan Bernier 42GP (35-11-3) 1.92GAA .935save% Canadiens – Carey Price – 49 GP (35-11-3) 1.92GAA .935save%.

From the ClinicToronto – C-Trevor Smith (IR-undisclosed); RW-Nathan Horton (IR-back) Canadiens – D-Alexei Emelin (IR-shoulder); D-Sergei Gonchar (IR-concussion/conditioning); RW-P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion/conditioning)

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