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Canadiens vs. San Jose

SAP Center – Mar. 2, 2015 – 10:05pm EST


Game Notes

.Defenseman Jeff Petry will make his Canadiens debut wearing #26.   RW/LW Torrey Mitchell and RW/C Brian Flynn are expected to join the Canadiens from Buffalo Tuesday in Anaheim.  

….To make room for Petry and the return of P.A. Parenteau to the lineup defenseman Greg Pateryn and forward Michael Bournival have been reassigned to Hamilton.  

….Four players who were in the Sharks lineup in the loss to Ottawa Saturday have been traded including James Sheppard, Tyler Kennedy, Tye McGuinn and Andrew Desjardins.  Ben Bishop was acquired in the Desjardins trade and Chris Tierney has been recalled from Worcester of the AHL. 

.The Canadiens last win over the Sharks at San Jose was 15 years ago, a 3-2 overtime win Nov. 23, 1999. (Sergei Zholtok had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens and Vincent Damphousse had a goal and assist for San Jose}.

.The Canadiens have a four game winning streak going outscoring the opponents 17-5.

.The Canadiens have won 11 of their last 13 road games.

.San Jose has beaten the Canadiens three straight. In last season’s two meetings the Sharks shut out the Habs both times.

.The Sharks have lost eight straight at home (0-6-2). They were 3-8-2 in February.

.San Jose is in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons. Only Detroit has a longer consecutive playoff string at 23. They trail Minnesota by five points for the final wild-card spot in the West and Minnesota has a game in hand.

.Carey Price leads the NHL in wins (36); GAA (1.88); save% (.949).

.Price will be looking for his 11th consecutive road victory. He was NHL Second Star for the month of February going 9-1-1 with a 1.34GAA and a .949 save percentage and two shutouts.

.Price has not played in San Jose since Dec. 2011. His record at the SAP Center is 0-2-1 with a 3.95GAA.

.Alex Stalock gets the start in goal for San Jose. This is the first game of back-to-back. Antti Niemi will get the start inVancouver Tuesday. ….Stalock has allowed 13 goals in his lat three appearances, all losses  He has not won since January 6th. .  He has a 5-7-1 record this season with an .899 and a 2.85GAA.  


.Antti Niemi stopped all 49 Canadiens shots in shutting them out twice last season by 2-0 and 4-0 scores.

.Niemi is 2-6-1 in his last nine starts and has allowed three or more goals in six of those games. In his last eight starts at home he is 0-6-2 with a 3.49GAA.

.Brendan Gallagher has a five game point streak during which he has four goals and four assists.

.P.K. Subban has a goal and 11 assists his last nine games and is tied for the league scoring leading among defensemen with Mark Giordano of Calgary at 48 points.

.Over the last seven games at home San Jose penalty killers have given up 6 goals the last 20 opponent power plays.

.Canadiens are 12-for-12 on the penalty kill their last five games. They have given up one power play goal in the last 27 opponent advantages. That recent success has elevated the Habs into third overall in the NHL PK standings.

San Jose Line Combinations & Pairings

8-Joe Pavelski 19-Joe Thornton 68-Melker Karlsson

12-Patrick Marleau 39-Logan Couture 83-Matt Nieto

48-Tomas Hertl 50-Chris Tierney 57-Tommy Wingels

20-John Scott 21-Ben Smith 89-Barclay Goodrow

44-Marc-Edouard Vlasic 88-Brent Burns

4-Brenden Dillon 61-Justin Braun

52-Matt Irwin 27-Scott Hannan

32-Alex Stalock

The Hard Stats –

Season Record – Canadiens – 62GP (41-16-5) 87pts. San Jose – 63GP (30-25-8) 68pts.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game March 21st at Bell Centre.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-1-2) San jose (2-7-1)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road – (19-9-1) San Jose at home (14-14-5)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 25th 30/182 16.5% San Jose ranked 7th 41/196 20.9% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 3rd 27/193 86.0% San Jose ranked 25th 35/171 79.5%

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 50GP (36-11-3) 1.88GAA .936save%. San Jose – Antti Niemi – 48GP (24-17-7) 2.62GAA .912save%.

From the ClinicCanadiens – D Alexei Emelin (IR-shoulder); \RW P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion/conditioning). San Jose – LW Tye McGinn (IR-upper body); RW Mike Brown (IR-broken leg); LW Raffi Torres (IR-knee surgery)

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