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Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh

Consol Energy Center – Oct. 13, 2015 – 7:05pm

Worth Noting –

….The Canadiens were 1-1-1 vs. Pittsburgh last season. The Penguins are 9-2-2 in the last 13 games against Montreal.

….The Canadiens won their first three games last season. In their fourth game they were beaten 7-1 at Tampa Bay.

….The Canadiens have not won their season’s first four games since 1977-78. They have accomplished it only three times in their history (1955; ’70; ’77)

….In their first three games, all against division rivals on the road, the Canadien have outscored opponents 10-4.

….The 0-2-0 Penguins have scored one goal in two games (Phil Kessel – unassisted).

….Pittsburgh has not lost it’s first three games since 2005-2006. The last time they failed to get a point through three games was 2001-2002 when they lost their first four games outright.

….Against the Canadiens, since the start of the 2011-12 season the Penguins have a 9-2-2 record and have averaged 3.54 goals per game.

….The Canadiens have failed to score in their last 12 power play opportunities. (1-for-14 overall = 7.1%) Pittsburgh’s power play is 0-for-7 through two games.

….Carey Price is 2-0 with a 1.50GAA and .948 save%.

….Last season vs. Pittsburgh Price was 1-1-1 with a 2.24 GAA and .922 save%..

….Over his last eight starts against the Penguins Price is 2-4-2 with a 3.42 GAA and .888%. In 24 career starts against Pittsburgh he is 10-10-3 record with a 2.93 GAA and .908 save%.

….The only major category in which Price didn’t lead the league last season was shutouts. Marc-Andre Fleury had nine; Price eight.

….In his last 12 starts since the start of 2011-2012 against the Canadiens Fleury is 8-2-2 overall with a 2.34GAA. In his last seven home starts against them he is 5-1-1.

….Max Pacioretty has 8 goals, 5 assists in his last 12 games against Pittsburgh.

….Sidney Crosby has at least a point in all 15 home games he’s played against the Canadiens; 12 goals, 12 assists – 24 points. He has six goals in his last eight.

….Crosby has not recorded a shot on goal in his first two games of the season (his only shot attempt was blocked).  His linemates have combined for 13 including Phil Kessel with 9 and Chris Kunitz – 4.

….Evgeni Malkin has 36 points in 28 career games vs. Montreal (13 goals, 23 assists)

….Kris Letang has ten assists in his last eight games against Montreal.

….Phil Kessel, who has the only Penguins scoring point this season in two games, has 17 goals and 43 points in 49 games against the Canadiens – all with Toronto.

Canadiens Forward Lines and Defense 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

32-Brian Flynn 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

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratches – Paul Byron, Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi.

Injury – Michael Bournival (IR concussion)

Pittsburgh Lines & Pairings

14-Chris Kunitz  87- Sidney Crosby  81-Phil Kessel

57-David Perron  71-Evgeni Malkin 72 -Patric Hornqvist

61-Sergei Plotnikov  13-Nick Bonino 19-Beau Bennett

11-Kevin Porter  7-Matt Cullen  41-Daniel Sprong

28-Ian Cole  58–Kris Letang

3-Olli Maata  12-Ben Lovejoy

8-Brian Dumoulin  4-Rob Scuderi

29-Marc-Andre Fleury

Healthy Scratches – FWD Bobby Farnham; D Adam Clendening; D Tim Erixon

Injuries – LW Pascal Dupuis (lower body) ; RW Eric Fehr (elbow); RW Tom Kuhnhackl (undisclosed)