logo canadienslogo ottawaPreview Game #5 Eastern Quarterfinal

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 24, 2015 – 7:15pm

 

Ahead of the Game

.The last time the Canadiens held a 3-1 lead in a series was 2008 against Boston. The Canadiens then lost games five and six before Carey Price shut out the Bruins 5-0 in the 7th game. The Habs have had a 3-1 lead 27 times in their history and have never lost.

.The top four goaltenders in this year’s playoffs are Craig Anderson (.974sv%): Vancouver’s Ryan Miller (.972); Chicago’s Scott Darling (.969); Carey Price (.946)

.Carey Price has stopped 64 of 66 shots over the last two games for a .970 save% and 93 of 97 over the last three (.958)

.Price‘s career playoff record vs Ottawa 4-3 with 2.45GAA and .920save%.

.In his two appearances Craig Anderson has stopped 75 of 77 shots. Against the Canadiens his has a 5-2 playoff record with a .957 save percentage. At the Bell Centre he is 2-1.

.With the last change, Michel Therrien will have the opportunity to get the Desharnais/Pacioretty/Smith-Pelly line away from Ottawa’s Pageau/Condra/Lazar. The only points for the Desharnais line were registered on a Game Two power play goal.

.The Senators have scored the first goal in each of the series four games (in game four it was the only goal).

.The Canadiens are 1-for-16 on the power play second worst in the playoffs. The Islanders are now 0-for-12 through five games. During their 17 game 2014 playoff run, the Canadiens power play was 12-for-61 (19.7%)

.Not for lack of opportunity. The Canadiens have had 29:33 of power play time(third most in the playoffs) through four games; an averge of 7:23 per game. They have managed to generate slightly more than one shot per minute of power play time (31 shots).

.Ottawa’s power play ranks fourth in the playoffs at 25% with three power play goals. Two of their three goals came on the Game One Subban five minute slashing penalty (The Canadiens scored a shorthanded goal on the same penalty).

.Among Canadiens forwards Tomas Plekanec has averaged the most ice time in the series at 20:50 followed by Max Pacioretty (20:35) then Plekanec linemates Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.

.Referees – Francois St. Laurent from Greenfield Park Kevin Pollock – Kincardine, Ontario

.Defenseman Jarred Tinordi underwent wrist surgery this week. He is expected to be ready for training camp in September.

.No changes in the Canadiens lineup.  Pateryn will play with Emelin.   One Ottawa change – Alex Chiasson is back on the fourth line replacing Chris Neil.

Ottawa Line Combinations and Pairings

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

68-Mike Hoffman 91-Mika Zibanejad 6-Bobby Ryan

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

9-Milan Michalek 15-Zack Smith 90-Alex Chiasson

3-Mark Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

46-Patrick Wiercioch 5-Cody Ceci

74-Mark Bororwiecki 62-Eric Gryba

41-Craig Anderson

Comparative Statistics

GP

RECORD

HOME

ROAD

G/GP

GA/GP

PP%

PK%

PIM/GP

S/GP

SA/GP

FO%

4

1-3

1-1

0-2

1.75

2.25

25.0

93.8

15.5

32.5

39.5

51.3

4

3-1

2-0

1-1

2.25

1.75

6.2

75.0

12.2

39.5

32.5

48.7

 

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)