Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay
Amalie Arena – May 7, 2015 – 7:10pm
Ahead of the Game –
….On the ten occasions the Canadiens have been behind 0-3 in a series they have been eliminated in four straight five times and have never extended the series beyond a fifth game.
….Since 2010 the Canadiens have been in 13 playoff elimination games. Their record in those games is 9-4.
….Six of the last eight straight losses to the Canadiens have come in the last two months.
….Over their last seven games the Canadiens have scored 9 goals including Pacioretty into an empty net. It adds up to 1.28 per game.
….The Canadiens have outshot Tampa 104 to 88 in the series’ three games but have been outscored 10-4.
….The Canadiens power play is now 1 for 28 (0.36%) and zero for the last 25 since Max Pacioretty scored in game two of the Ottawa series.
….Tampa is on the verge of making the Eastern Final for the first time since 2011 when Guy Boucher was their head coach.
….Including playoffs, the Lightning are 35-10-1 at home this season. In the playoffs they are 3-2 (2-2 at home during the Detroit series)
….Hockey in Florida. The secondary (scalper) ticket market in Tampa for this game is averaging 142.75 US$ down 7.3% from the win in Game Three.
….Five-on-five the Lightning have outscored the Canadiens 6-4 in the three games.
….Among the twenty players who played in the final game of last year’s playoffs, only eleven have returned for this playoff season. Gone are Bourque, Vanek, Gionta, Gorges, Briere, Bournival, Bouillon and Budaj. Mike Weaver also played in Game Six of last year’s Rangers series but has not been in the lineup this spring.
….Carey Price has given up ten goals in the series for a 2.97GAA and an .871save%.
….When the Canadiens scored two or more goals in a game Price had a record of 21-7-3 in the regular season and 3-1 in the playoffs.
….In his nine playoff games this spring Brendan Gallagher has 38 shots on goal second only to Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals.
….Alex Galchenyuk has not registered a shot on goal in two consecutive games and has two shots off only seven shot total shot attempts in the series. His ice time the last two games has been in the 13 minute neighbourhood.
….Lars Eller ranks third in the playoffs among regular centres with a 61.5 faceoff percentage behind Washington’s Jay Beagle (66.4%) and Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler (63.0%)
….Ben Bishop has given up 4 goals in the series’ three games stopping 100 of 104 shots. Including Game Seven of the Detroit series Bishop has given up four goals on 135 shots for a .970 save percentage.
….Bishop is the first goaltender to win eight straight starts against the Canadiens in a single season since Boston’s Tim Thomas in 2008-2009.
Referees – Dan O’Halloran (Essex, Ont.) and Dan O’Rourke (Calgary) scoutingtherefs.com tells us the Canadiens are 8-4 when they handle the game. Tampa Bay 9-1. Tampa was 6-0 this season in O’Halloran ref’ed games. The last time Tampa lost in one of his games was 5 April 16, 2014 (Canadiens-5 Tampa-4 in overtime– Game One of series) O’Rourke was part of the crew for Game Three of the Ottawa series (with Brian Pochmara) a 2-1 overtime Canadiens win.