Boston vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Nov. 7, 2015 – 7:15pm
….The Canadiens have won 12 of their first 15 scheduled games for the first time in their history (12-2-1). Their 25 of a possible 30 points equals the 15-game point total of the 1943-44 Canadiens (11-1-3).
….In 1943 the Canadiens lost their 16th game but then went on to win nine in a row and lose only 3 times in the remaining 34 of the 50 game schedule.
….The Canadiens are 11-1-0 in their last 12 regular season games against Boston during which they have outscored the Bruins 41-24.
….Boston has also lost the last six regulation season meetings in a row including a 4-game season sweep last season and a win in Boston October 10th. That streak started with a 2-1 shootout win March 25th, 2014.
….The last time the Canadiens won more than six in a row vs. Boston was during a 12 game streak between 2006 and 2009.
The Fast Start
….The Canadiens are now 6-0-1 vs. the Atlantic division rivals and 9-0-1 vs. the Eastern Conference.
….The Canadiens lead the NHL in average goals per game (3.67) and fewest goals against per game (1.80).. The differential is 1.87 per game. The Rangers are second with a 1,00 GF/GA average differential.
….The Canadiens have a league best +28 goal differential. The Rangers are second at +13. Boston is at +3.
….The Canadiens have scored a league high 20 times in the third period and allowed only eight. In the first period they’ve outscored opponents 15-3 and in the second 20-15.
….The Habs are in the top three in both special teams rankings – 25.0% on the power play – 3rd. 89.8% on the PK which is second best.
….They have 11 power play goals in their last 31 opportunities – 35.5%.
….Max Pacioretty has six goals and five assists in the six game win streak against Boston. In the four games against them last year he had 7 points (4g,3a). In the Oct. 10th meeting had recorded one assist.
….Pacioretty has failed to score in his last six games during which he has taken only 14 shots on goal.
….Including playoffs, Dale Weise has four goals and three assists in his last nine games against Boston.
….Weise has a four game points streak (5g 1a)
….Lars Eller scored two goals against Boston on October 10th which matches his total for his other 13 games this season.
….Mike Condon will make his fifth consecutive start. He is now 3-0-1 since Carey Price went on injury reserve. Overall he is 5-0-1 to start his NHL career. His 1.50 GAA is best in the league and his save percentage is second only to the Rangers Henrik Lundqvist.
….Condon has yet to give up a first period goal in his six starts.
….Jonas Gustavsson will start for Boston. Gustavsson has a 5-3-1 record in 10 appearances vs Montreal with a .905 save% and 2.51GAA. His last start against the Canadiens was at the Bell Centre April 5, 2014 while with Detroit. He gave up 5 goals on 26 shots
….This season Gustavsson is 3-0-0 with a 2.00GAA and .914sv%. All of his starts have been on the road. His career record is 63-55-21 with a 2.87GAA and .901 save%.
….Tuuka Rask will be in the Boston nets for Sunday’s game at Brooklyn. He has a 3.34GAA in the six straight losses to the Canadiens. He has been on the losing side of 15 of his last 17 starts vs. Montreal and his career record is now 3-14-3. This season Rask is 3-5-1 with a 3.47GAA in nine starts.
….The Bruins 4-1 loss in Washington Thursday ended a 5-0-0 road record to start the season. They are a three games in four nights trip that wraps up against the Islanders Sunday.
….Overall the Bruins have a 6-5-1 record. (5-1-0 on the road.)
….The Bruins have the league’s worst penalty killing – 70.5% (13/44). Their power play is the league’s best at 35.0% (14/40)
….The Bruins are the second highest scoring team in the league behind the Canadiens at 3.58 per game but they rank 28th in goals against at 3.33 per game. Only Calgary (4.00) and Columbus (3.57) are worse.
….The jersey Bobby Orr wore in his final game as a member of the Bruins (Nov. 26, 1975) is up for auction this weekend. At last report the bidding had passed the 50-thousand dollar mark.
….In 56 regular season games against the Canadiens Patrice Bergeron 18 goals and 44 points. In his last 8 meetings against them, he has one goal and zero assists.
….All four of Bergeron‘s goals this season have been scored on the power play.
….The Bruins called up forward 5’9” Frankie Vatrano from their Providence farm team on Friday and sent Alex Khokhlachev down. Vatrano led the AHL with ten goals in his first ten professional games. He was signed as a free agent out of Umass-Amherst last spring.
….Vatrano is expected to play on the Bruins top line with David Krejci and Loui Eriksson.
Boston Line Combinations & Pairings
63-Brad Marchand 37-Patrice Bergeron 14-Brett Connolly
21-Loui Eriksson 46-David Krejci -Frank Vatrano
39-Matt Beleskey 51-Ryan Spooner 11-Jimmy Hayes
25-Max Talbot 41-Joonas Kamppainen 64-Tyler Randell
33-Zdeno Chara 48-Colin Miller
47-Torey Krug 54-Adam McQuaid
45-Joe Morrow 86-Kevan Miller
Healthy Scratches – C Zac Rinaldo; D Zach Trotman;
Injuries – C Chris Kelly (IR broken leg); RW David Pasternak (foot); D Dennis Seidenberg (IR spinal surgery)
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 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
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 Jarred Tinordi;
Unavailable – G Carey Price (IR lower body); RW Zack Kassian (suspension); D Greg Pateryn (AHL conditioning assignment)