Game #12

Canadiens at Columbus

November 2, 2010 7:00pm

The Season So Far – Montreal (7-3-1) Columbus (6-4-0)

In the Standings – Columbus – Last in Central Division; 7th in Western Conference; 13th overall in league. Montreal – First in Northeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference; Third in overall NHL.

Recently – Montreal defeated by Florida 3-1 at home. Last five games (4 wins – 1 loss) Columbus lost to Colorado 5-1 at Denver. (Last 5 – W 3 L2)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road – four straight wins.(4-1-0) Columbus at home (3-3-0)

The Last MeetingNov.24/09 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-5 Columbus-3. Canadiens score three unanswered in the third period.Price stops 33 of 36 shots. Named first star. Marc-Andre Bergeron 2 goals – plus3. Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec – 2 assists each. For Columbus – Antoine Vermette 3 goals. Anton Stralman 1 goals, 1 assist. Rick Nash 2 assists.

Goaltending – Montreal – Carey Price Columbus – Mathieu Garon (2-0-0) 1.50GAA – Steve Mason (5-3-0) 3.30GAA.

Special TeamsThe Power Play Montreal – Tied for last with New Jersey 3 goals in 39 advantages 7.7%. (2 for 15 on the road) Columbus 26th in NHL 5/44 11.4%. Penalty Killing Montreal – ranked 6th. 5GA in 45 times short. 88.9%. Columbus – 15th. 8/48 83.3%.

Who’s Hot – Mathieu Darche 2 goals last three games. Columbus – Kyle Wilson 2 goals 1 assist last three games.  Derrick Brassard 2 goals last three games.

Who’s Not- Montreal – Scott Gomez 0 goals in 9 games. Brian Gionta 0 goals in six games. Cammalleri 1 goal in last 9. Columbus – Rick Nash 1 goals last five games. R.J. Umberberger 1 goal last 6 games.

Injuries – Canadiens – None. Columbus – D-Mike Commodore (IR sprained thumb); LW-Ethan Moreau (IR-broken hand) Andrew Murray (lower body); Kristian Huselius (high ankle sprain)

Note – The Canadiens have not won five in a row on the road since Dec. 31/97 to Jan. 12/98.  Brian Gionta ranks 7th in the league with 44 shots on goal; Rick  Nash is 8th with 43.  Gionta has one goal, nas has scored three times.  Rick Nash is minus-8  –  fifth worst plus/minusin the NHL.  Michael Cammalleri has scored 9 goals in 18 career games against Columbus.