logo ottawalogo canadiensPreview Game #6 – Eastern Quarterfinal

Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – April 26, 2015 – 6:05pm

 

Ahead of the Game

.P.A. Parenteau will be back in the lineup for the first time since Game One.  Who he replaces will be a gametime decision.

….Of the 33 times the Canadiens have taken a 3-0 lead in a Stanley Cup series, never have they been forced to play a seventh game. Only twice did a series go to a sixth game; 1973 vs. Buffalo and Hartford in 1988.

….Ottawa and Detroit were the only teams in the NHL with five 20-goal scorers this season. Karlsson, Stone, Turris, Hoffman and Zibanejad. In this series that group has collected 4 goals and 17 points.

….The Canadiens had four 20 goal scorers. Pacioretty, Plekanec, Gallagher and Galchenyuk. As a group they have 3 goals (Pacioretty PPG, Plekanec and Galchenyuk) and 6 points.

….Canadiens overall performance has been damaged by their special teams. The Canadiens are now on a 0-for-15 and 29:15 power play slump; 1-for-19 and 5.4% in the series. And against Canadiens penalty killing Ottawa has the second best power play in the playoffs at 31.2%.

….Not for lack of opportunity. The Canadiens have been on the power play 19 times with one goal to show. Ottawa has 5 goals on 16 opportunities which is 42% of their total of 12 for the series.

…..Although he had last change, Michel Therrien made no effort to change his line matchups in Game Five. The Desharnais line was again matched against the Ottawa Pageau/Condra/Lazar line. The Plekanec line continued to play against MacArthur/Turris/Stone.

….Craig Anderson has stopped 120 of the 123 shots directed his way in his three games a .976 save%. The combination of Anderson and Hammond together have a .951 save%.

….Carey Price‘s series save percentage is .922. He allowed five goals in Game Five. Through the first four games he allowed a total of seven.

…RefereesChris Lee (St. John, NB)  864 reg season/41 playoff games.  Brad Watson (Regina) -1107 reg season; 157 playoff games.  Fifth game they’ve worked together this playoffs.  Last game Minnesota/St. Louis Friday, a 4-1 win for the Wild.

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

Ottawa/Canadiens Series Comparison

GP

RECORD

HOME

ROAD

G/GP

GA/GP

PP%

PK%

PIM/GP

S/GP

SA/GP

FO%

5

3-2

2-1

1-1

2.00

2.40

5.3

68.8

13.8

40.8

31.0

49.8

5

2-3

1-1

1-2

2.40

2.00

31.2

94.7

16.0

31.0

40.8

50.2

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)