Canadiens vs. Ottawa
Canadian Tire Centre – Oct. 11, 2015 – 7:05pm
Worth Noting –
….UPDATE – Goaltending has been confirmed. Two rookies will start the game. Mike Condon vs. Matthew O’Connor, each making NHL debut.
….Princeton University graduate Condon will make his NHL debut in Canadiens goal. After moving up to Hamilton from the ECHL Wheeling Nailers he had a 23-19 record with a 2.44 GAA in 48 games. Condon won the backup job from Dustin Tokarski with 92:50 of shutout hockey during the preseason.
….Matthew O’Connor will make his NHL debut. O’Connor led Boston University to the NCAA championship game last season and signed with Ottawa as an undrafted free agent. (Regular Ottawa backup Andrew Hammond is out with a groin injury)
….This is the only game on the NHL’s schedule in the league’s opening Sunday.
….Both teams played Saturday night. Ottawa edged Toronto in a shootout while the Canadiens beat the Bruins 4-2 in Boston.
….This is the first of 16 back-to-back games on the Canadiens schedule. (Last season they were 8-4-4 in the second of back-to-back games)
….First of 14 back-to-back series for the Senators.
….The Canadiens will be looking for their third straight win vs. Atlantic Division rivals to start the season. Ottawa also undefeated with road wins over Buffalo and Toronto; also Atlantic Division rivals.
….Ottawa won 3 of 4 meetings last season (outscoring the Canadiens 14-9) before going down to the Canadiens in six games during the playoffs first round.
….Over the last four seasons the Canadiens are 14-6-5 vs. Ottawa but they lost the last three meetings last season. Nine of the 24 games were settled in either overtime or shootout.
….Ottawa defeated the Canadiens twice late in training camp.
….Ottawa is 50% on their power play (3 for 6). The Canadiens are at 14%. (1 for 7)
….Dustin Tokarski starred for the St. John’s IceCaps in their 3-1 season-opening game in Hartford Saturday night stopping 30 of 31 shots. The IceCaps play the second game of their AHL season Sunday night in Bridgeport Connecticut.
….Tokarski was in goal for two of the three losses to Ottawa last season giving up a total of seven goals.
….Both Karlsson and P.K. Subban have 3-assist games against Toronto so far this season.
….Max Pacioretty scored 4 goals, 2 assists in four games vs. Ottawa last season. He has eight goals and five assists in a seven game point streak against them.
….Paul Byron is expected to debut for the Canadiens on the fourth line replacing Brian Flynn.
….Torrey Mitchell has not been suspended for his slewfoot match penalty on the Bruins Zac Renaldo Saturday night. The last time a member of the Canadiens was handed a slewfoot match penalty was Tomas Plekanec in 2009 at Calgary. He received a two game suspension.
….Fifteen members of the current Ottawa roster were drafted by the organization. The Canadiens ten draft choices on the current team.
Probable Canadiens Forward Lines and Pairings
11- Brendan Gallagher 14-Tomas Plekanec 67-Max Pacioretty
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 13-Alexander Semin
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51 David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 77-Tom Gilbert
Healthy Scratches – Brian Flynn, Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi.
Injury – Michael Bournival (IR concussion)
Confirmed Ottawa Lineup
68-Mike Hoffman 7-Kyle Turris 61-Mark Stone
27-Curtis Lazar 93-Mika Zibanejad 6-Bobby Ryan
16-Clarke MacArthur 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 9-Milan Michalek
90-Alex Chiasson 15-Zack Smith 25-Chris Neil
3-Mark Methot 65-Erik Karlsson
46-Patrick Weircioch 5-Cody Ceci
2-Jared Cowen 74-Mark Borowiecki
Healthy Scratces – C Shane Prince; D Chris Wideman
Injuries – G Andrew Hammond (IR groin); D Chris Phillips (IR back)