logo canadienslogo detroitPreview Game #81

Detroit vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 9, 2015 – 7:35pm


Ahead of the Game

….Brian Flynn will replace Max Pacioretty in the lineup.

.Devante Smith-Pelly is expected to start on the line with David Desharnais and P.A. Parenteau.

….While the Canadiens are hosting the Wings, Tampa Bay will play a home game against New Jersey.

….Simply put, in order to clinch first place in the Atlantic Division the Canadiens need to come away with one more point than the Lightning on the night. Otherwise things will go to the team’s 82nd game Saturday night; Tampa hosting Boston and the Canadiens in Toronto.

….With two games remaining in their season there are still five different possible Canadiens first round playoff opponents – Detroit, the Islanders, Pittsburgh, Boston and Ottawa.

….The Canadiens have lost three of their last four and five of the last seven.

….In the 18 games since the first of March the Canadiens are 7-6-5. During the same 18 game stretch Detroit is 6-10-2.

….Influencing the Canadiens decline over the last 18 games is a penalty killing slump. On March first it was third in the league (86.0%). It is now10th overall. They have given up 15 goals in the last 54 times-short-handed, giving up 15 goals in 54 times shorthanded – a league worst 72.2%.

….Detroit has scored almost twice as many power play goals (70) as the Canadiens (39). The Wings ranked 2nd in the league – the Canadiens 23rd.

….The last four game sweep of the Red Wings was in Detroit’s first year in the league 1926-1927 when the team was known as the Cougars.

….In their three wins over Detroit the Canadiens have outscored them 8-2.

….The Canadiens are 0-for-6 on the power play during the series while the Wings are 1-for-11.

…. Detroit’s power play ranks second to Washington at 24.3%. The Canadiens rank 23rd.

….The Canadiens have won five straight meetings against Detroit.

….Carey Price needs a win to become the winningest goaltender in Canadiens NHL history with 43.

….Price has a career record of 6-3-1 vs. Detroit with a 2.38GAA and .922save%.

….Price has won both of his starts against Detroit this season allowing one goal on 53 shots. He shutout out the Wings 2-0 in Detroit February 16th.

….Tomas Plekanec has five goals and seven assists in his last twelve games including four points in the last two games.

….In the three games against Detroit Plekanec 2 goals and 2 assists this season. In 13 career games against them he has 6 goals and 4 assists.

….Jeff Petry is on a five game scoring streak (2g. 3a).

.David Desharnais has eight points in eight career games vs. the Wings including the overtime winning goal Oct. 21st.

….The Canadiens are expecting their 450th consecutive sellout crowd (playoffs included).


….The Red Wings need a win to clinch a playoff berth. If Ottawa loses to the Rangers in regulation Thursday night, Detroit will clinch it’s 24th consecutive playoff berth no matter what happens at the Bell Centre. The Wings have the longest active string of playoff appearances and the fourth longest in history.

….Detroit has lost five of their last seven games on the road.

….Detroit acquired Erik Cole from Dallas at the trade deadline. His season is over with a spinal contusion. In eleven Detroit games he had 3 goals, 3 assists. The injury apparently is rooted in a broken neck he suffered while with Carolina in 2006.

….Jimmy Howard has lost his last four starts against the Canadiens.

….Howard has a career record of 3-4-1 vs. Montreal with a 2.84GAA. His .895save% is the second worst against any NHL opponent (Washington .876).

Detroit Line Combinations and Pairings

43-Darren Helm 13-Pavel Datsyuk 40-Henrik Zetterberg

14-Gustav Nyquist 15-Riley Sheahan 21-Tomas Tatar

90-Stephen Weiss 18-Joakim Andersson 56-Teemu Pulkkinen

20-Drew Miller 41-Luke Glendening 29-Landon Ferraro

18-Jonathan Ericsson 55-Niklas Kronwall

27-Kyle Quincey 65-Dan DeKeyser

2-Brendan Smith 28-Marek Zidlicky

35-Jimmy Howard

The Hard Stats –

Season Record – Detroit – 80GP (42-25-13) 97pts. Canadiens – 80GP (48-22-10) 106 pts.

Season Series – Fourth of four games. @Bell Centre Oct. 21 Canadiens-2 Detroit-1 (overtime). David Desharnais with overtime winner at 0:56. Galchenyuk tied game with 3:09 left in third. Carey Price stops 27 of 28. @Detroit Nov. 16 Canadiens-4 Canadiens-1. Tokarski stops 28 of 29 shots. @Detroit Feb. 16 Canadiens-2 Detroit-0. Carey Price with 25 saves for shutout. Plekanec and Pacioretty ENG.

Last Ten Games – Detroit (4-4-2) Canadiens (5-2-3)

Home/Road – Detroit on the Road (20-15-4) Canadiens at Home (25-9-6)

Special Teams – Power Play – Detroit ranked 2nd 70/288 24.3%. Canadiens ranked 23rd 39/236 16.5% Penalty Killing – Detroit ranked 19th 54/282 80.9%. Canadiens ranked 10th 42/247 83.0%

Goaltending – Detroit – Jimmy Howard 52GP (23-13-10) 2.41GAA .912save%. Canadiens – Carey Price 64GP (42-16-6) 1.93GAA .935save%.

From the Clinic Detroit – LW Justin Abdelkader (hand); RW Tomas Jurco (upper body); LW Erik Cole (spinal cord contusion); LW-Johan Franzen (IR-concussion); G Jonas Gustavsson (IR-concussion). Canadiens – LW Max Pacioretty (concussion).

Team Comparison (League ranking in brackets)





Goals Per Game





Goals Against Per Game



29.66 (18th)

Shots on Goal Per Game

28.44 (26th)



Shots Against Per Game

30.26 (21st))

24.3% (2nd)

Power Play %

16.23% (23rd)

80.8% (19th)

Penalty Kill %

80.3% (10th)