logo canadienslogo tampaPreview Game #67

Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 9, 2015 – 7:35pm


Ahead of the Game

.Tampa is two points behind the leading Canadiens in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens hold a game in hand.

.This game pits the league’s number one offense (Tampa 3.28 goals per game) against the number one defense (Canadiens allow 2.17 per game).

.Versus the Atlantic Division opponents Tampa is 13-3-2 – the Canadiens 13-6-2.

.Including this game, the Canadiens are playing three of their next eleven games over three weeks against Tampa.

.Tampa has scored 12 goals during a three game winning streak at home vs. Buffalo, Toronto and Dallas. . They lead the league with a plus-45 goal differential.

.The Lightning has outscored the Canadiens 11-3 in the two games this season most because of Carey Price‘s worst start of the season on October 13th. Price – 4 goals on 23 shots; Tokarski 3 goals on 18 shots. Canadiens outshot 41-17 including 18-1 in the third.

.Tampa has beaten the Canadiens four straight regular season games. Over the last six meetings against Tampa the Canadiens are 1-5-0 and outscored 18-7. The only win was in a 2-1 shootout in Tampa Dec. 28, 2013. At the Bell Centre Tampa is 3-0-0.

.In first periods this season Tampa Bay outscores the Canadiens 66-33. In the third period Tampa has an 86-78 edge.  

…..Carey Price has five shutouts in his last 16 starts and is second to Marc-Andre Fleury’s league-leading eight.  Price leads the league all of the other three major goaltending categories – GAA (1.89); Save-percentage (.936) and wins (37).  

.Price has an 0-3-1 record over his last four starts against Tampa with a 3.25GAA.  His career record vs. Tampa is 10-7-4.

….Ben Bishop has been in goal for both Tampa wins over the Canadiens this season allowing thrtee goals with a .923f save %.  In ten career starts vs. Montreal he has a 7-1-2 record  with a 1.50GAA and a .941 save percentage.  He has allowed one goal in five of his last last six games vs. the Canadiens with a 1.12GAA.  

 …..Bishop is on a current 5-1-0 stretch with a 1.84GAA.  

……Since the Canadiens last meeting with Tampa January 6th, one quaerter of the Canadiens lineup has been turned over.  The five new additions include defenseman Jeff Petry and forwards Torrey Mitchell, Brian Flynn, Devante Smith-Pelly and Jacob de la Rose.  (Off the roster since the January 6th game are Sekac, Bournival, Andrighetto, Bryan Allen and the injured Alexei Emelin).    


Tampa Bay Line Combinations and Pairings

17-Alex Killorn 91-Steven Stamkos 24-Ryan Callahan

18-Ondrej Palat 9-Tyler Johnson 86-Nikita Kucherov

13-Cedric Paquette 51-Valtteri Filppula 90-Vladislav Namestnikov

27-Jonathan Drouin 11-Brian Boyle 10-Brenden Morrow

77-Victor Hedman 6-Anton Stralman

55-Braydon Coburn 5-Jason Garrison

8-Mark Barberio 62-Andrej Sustr

30-Ben Bishop

The Hard Stats

Season Records – Tampa Bay 67GP (41-20-6) -88pts Canadiens – 66 GP (42-18-6) 90pts.

Season Series – Third game of five. @Tampa Bay Oct. 13 Tampa-7 Canadiens-1. Steven Stamkos three goals. @Bell Centre Jan. 6 Tampa-4 Canadiens-2. Tyler Johnson -2 PPgoals.

Last Ten Games – Tampa Bay (7-3-0) Canadiens (5-3-2)

Home/Road – Tampa on the Road (15-14-5) Canadiens at Home (22-7-4)

Special Teams – Power Play – Tampa ranked 13th 43/233 18.4% Canadiens ranked 25th 31/189 16.4%. Penalty Killing – Tampa ranked 8th 35/207 83.1% Canadiens ranked 6th 31/204 84.8%.

Goaltending – Tampa Ben Bishop – 50GP (32-11-3) 2.39GAA .913save% Canadiens – Carey Price 53GP (37-13-3) 1.89GAA .936save%.

From the ClinicTampa – RW-J.T. Brown (upper body); D Matt Carle (IR-abdominal); D Mattias Ohlund (LTIR-knee) Canadiens – D Alexei Emelin (IR-shoulder)

Head to Head (NHL Ranking in Brackets)

Tampa Bay


3.28 (1st)

Goals Per Game

2.59 (22nd)

2.58 (13th)

Goals Against Per Game

2.17 (1st)

29.61 (20th)

Shots on Goal Per Game

28.42 (25th)

27.64 (4th)

Shots Against Per Game

30.33 (22nd)


Penalty Minutes Per Game



Power Play Goals



Power Play %

16.4% (25th)


Power Play Goals Allowed


83.1% (8th)

Penalty Kill %

84.8% (6th)


Shorthanded Goals



Shorthanded Goals Allowed