Winnipeg Vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Nov. 1, 2015 – 7:05pm
WORTH NOTING –
In the Nets –
….With Carey Price out with a lower body injury, Mike Condon will make his first career start at the Bell Centre. He is 3-0 with a 1.67GAA and .944 save%.
….Jets coach Paul Maurice after receiving the news of the Price injury Sunday morning – “The other guy’s numbers are better, right? Hard to imagine.”
….Ondrej Pavelec started Saturday night in the 3-2 win at Columbus so Michael Hutchinson will make his first career start against Montreal. He 4-0-0 with a 1.75GAA and .949save%.
….Price will be presented with the Molson Cup for October prior to the game. In his seven October wins he was named a star five times including three first-star selections.
….The Canadiens have won their first four home games. They have never opened a season 5-0-0 at the Bell/Molson Centre. The last time they were 5-0-0 was part of a six game home win streak 36 years ago (Oct-Nov 1979) at the Forum.
….At home the Canadiens have outscored opponents 15-4 in their four wins.
….The Canadiens are averaging 3.8 goals per game. Only Boston at 3.9 per game is scoring at a higher rate.
….The Canadiens have outscored opponents 45-23; a differential of 22 and, by far the best in the league. (Washington is second at plus-11).
….The Canadiens lead the league in points (20); goals (45) and are fifth in goals-against (23).
….Starting with the Jets, the Canadiens play seven of the next eight at home.
….Over the last five games the Canadiens have scored 22 goals (eight of them on their power play).
….Another key off-season move by Marc Bergevin was hiring Craig Ramsay to work on the power play which was 23rd ranked (16.4%) last year. The Canadiens have scored on 8 of their last 21 power play opportunities – 38%. (after a 2 for 21 start to the season). The PP is now at 23.8% which is now tied for 6th in the league.
….With his hat trick in Calgary, Dale Weise now has six goals. His career high is 10 set last year. Only Max Pacioretty (43) and Brendan Gallagher (37) have taken more shots on goal this season than Weise’s 30.
….In his last six games Torrey Mitchell has 4 goals, 2 assists and his line has accounted for 6 goals and 5 assists over that stretch.
….Mitchell‘s career season high is 10 goals (’07-’08 rookie year with San Jose). He has five in his first 12 Canadiens games. Vs. Winnipeg he has 3 assists in seven games.
….Devante Smith-Pelly has a three game point streak (1 goal 2 assists).
….Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with four power play goals. He had three on the PP all of last season.
….The Canadiens fourth line (Mitchell/Smith-Pelly/Flynn or Byron) has outscored the Galchenyuk/Eller/Semin-Flynn line 8-6 through the first 12 games. The Plekanec line leads with 17 goals, with Desharnais/Fleischmann/Weise with 10.
….Danish-born forward Nikolai Ehlers had a five game point streak ended in Columbus Saturday night. During the streak he had 3 goals, 2 assists. The rookie’s mother and father arrived in Montreal Sunday from Switzerland to watch him play. Heinz Ehlers is head coach of Lausanne in the Swiss National League which is on it’s annual10-day November break right now.
….Blake Wheeler has a least a point in 10 of 11 games and leads Winnipeg with 6 goals and 13 points.
….Drummonville native Mathieu Perreault says he’s “playing for free tonight” after requesting 24 tickets for friends and family.
Versus the Jets
….Canadiens and Jets split their series last season. The Canadiens won 3-0 behind Carey Price at home. In Winnipeg the Jets won 5-3 in the second meeting with Dustin Tokarski letting in 5 goals on 22 shots.
….The Canadiens have lost two of the last three in the series. Prior to that they had won nine of ten.
….Since the franchise left Atlanta for Winnipeg the Canadiens are 8-3-1 vs. the Jets, outscoring them 36-21.
….Winnipeg is 4-1-0 on the road this season. This is the second game of a four game road trip and a stretch where they play eight of nine away games.
…..This is the second of back-to-back games for the Jets who were in Columbus on Saturday. All six of the Jets road games have been in back to back situations so far this season. They’ll do it again Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto and Ottawa.
….The Jets finished the month of October with a 7-3-1 record.
….With their win over Columbus Saturday night the Jets are 4-1-1 vs. Eastern Conference teams this season. The Canadiens are 2-2-0 vs. the West.
FOR THE RECORD
….Carey Price has shutouts in three of his last six starts against Winnipeg. Career vs. Atlanta/Winnipeg he is 12-4-3. He is 5-1-0 with a 1.17GAA with three shutouts in his last six starts against the Jets. His career record is 12-4-3 with a 2.13 GAA and .926 save%.
….Ondrej Pavelec has lost his last six starts in Montreal. He has a 5-9-1 career record vs. Montreal including losses in his last six in Montreal. In his last ten starts against them he is 2-9-0. Prior to his 5-2 win March 26th he had lost seven straight.
Winnipeg Lines & Pairings
16-Andrew Ladd 18-Bryan Little 26-Blake Wheeler
85-Mathieu Perreault 55-Mark Scheifele 27-Nikolaj Ehlers
6-Alex Burmistrov -Adam Lowry -Drew Stafford
19-Nic Petan 9-Andrew Copp 22-Chris Thorburn
39-Toby Enstrom 33-Dustin Byfuglien
7-Ben Chiarot 57-Tyler Myers
5-Mark Stuart 8–Jacob Trouba
Healthy Scratches – D Adam Purdy; D Paul Postma; RW Anthony Pelouso
Injury – D Grant Clitsome (IR back)
Canadiens Lines and Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 13-Alexander Semin
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
Healthy Scratches – RW Alexander Semin; D Greg Pateryn; D Jarred Tinordi
Injuries – G Carey Price (lower body); LW Michael Bournival (concussion); RW Zack Kassian (suspension)