logo ottawalogo canadiensGame #3 Eastern Conference Quarter-finals

Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – April 19, 2015 – 7:15pm

Ahead of the Game

.Ottawa will replace rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond with veteran Craig Anderson and will sit fourth liner Alex Chiasson in favour of Chris Neil.

.Anderson has not played since back-to-back losses to Toronto and Florida March 28 and 29th during which the Senators gave up eight goals. He has played in four games since January 21st when he suffered a deep bone bruise in right hand (blocker side). In the four starts he was 1-2-1 (the win in a Calgary shootout) with a 3.42GAA and .896save%.

.Anderson was the Senators number one star in the 2013 series win over the Canadiens starting with the opening game in which he stopped 48 of 50 shots. In the five games series he was 4-1 with a 1.80GAA and .950save%.

.Anderson‘s career playoff record is 10-12 with a 2.60GAA and .926save%.

.Carey Price‘s career playoff record is now 19-21 with a 2.72GAA and .910save%.

.Chris Neil has not played since Feb. 14th when he broke the thumb on his left hand.

.Devante Smith-Pelly will remain on the line with Desharnais and Pacioretty. The inconsistent P.A. Parenteau will be a healthy scratch.

.Smith-Pelly led Anaheim in goals and hits during last season’s playoffs. In 14 career playoff games he has five goals, one assist. He has averaged 4.43 hits per playoff game and is tied with Alexei Emelin with nine in this series.

.With his assist on the Game Two overtime winner, stretching back to the regular season Tomas Plekanec has scored 16 points his last 16 games (8 goals, 8 assists). He has scored at least a point in six straight games (5g, 3a).

…..Subban vs. Karlsson.  P.K. Subban shares the Canadiens playoff scoring lead with Brian Flynn 1 goal, 2 assists and plus-3.  Karlson is 0-2 in two games and his plus/minus is even.

.Of the eight series underway, only Anaheim and the Canadiens retained home ice advantage. All of the other series are 1-1.

.In NHL history, teams that win the first two games of a Stanley Cup series go on to win 85.9% of the time.

.The Canadiens have won 55 of 60 series in which they took the first two games – a 91.6 success percentage.

.Ottawa has lost the first two games of a series eight times. They have never come back to win. In Five of the eight of those losing series things were decided in five games or fewer.

.The Canadiens are looking for their first playoff win ever on Ottawa ice (0-2). They were outscored 8-3 in the two 2013 games in Ottawa.

GAME REFEREES – Francois St. Laurent from Greenfield Park.  Dave Jackson from Montreal.  Only the second time this season they have worked together.  Jackson’s second appearance in this series.

.After this game the Canadiens will take a two hour bus 200 km bus ride to Mont Tremblant for the two-day break in the schedule. They will practice Monday and Tuesday at the nearby St. Jovite Arena and then return to Ottawa late Tuesday. Game Three is scheduled for Wednesday.

.After the Hamilton Bulldogs were eliminated from participating in the the playoffs for the fourth consececutive season, the Canadiens called up goaltender Mike Condon, defensemen Darren Dietz and Brett Lernout plus forwards Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon and Christian Thomas. They, along with veteran goaltender Joey MacDonald, will form the Canadiens playoff “Black Aces”.

Ottawa Line Combinations and Pairings

16-Clarke MacArthur 7-Kyle Turris 61-Mark Stone

9-Milan Michalek 91-Mika Zibanejad 6-Bobby Ryan

22-Erik Condra 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 27-Curtis Lazar

68-Mike Hoffman 17-David Legwand 25-Chris Neil

3-Mark Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

46-Patrick Wiercioch 5-Cody Ceci

74-Mark Bororwiecki 62-Eric Gryba

41-Craig Anderson

Series Team Comparison

GP

RECORD

HOME

ROAD

G/GP

GA/GP

PP%

PK%

PIM/GP

S/GP

SA/GP

FO%

2

2-0

2-0

0-0

3.50

2.50

14.3

62.5

19.5

40.5

32.0

51.8

2

0-2

0-0

0-2

2.50

3.50

37.5

85.7

21.0

32.0

40.5

48.2

 

Team Regular Season Comparison (League ranking in brackets)

Ottawa

Canadiens

2.83 (9th)

Goals Per Game

2.61 (20th)

2.54 (13th)

Goals Against Per Game

2.24 (1st)

30.96

(9th)

Shots on Goal Per Game

28.46 (25th)

32.13

(25th)

Shots Against Per Game

30.12 (21st))

16.80% (21st)

Power Play %

16.50% (23rd)

82.9% (11th)

Penalty Kill %

83.7% (7th)