Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh
Consol Energy Center – Nov. 11, 2015 – 7:35pm
HEAD TO HEAD –
….The Canadiens are 6-2-0 on the road this season. Pittsburgh is 4-2-0 at home.
….Second of three meetings this season. Oct. 13 Canadiens-3 Pittsburgh-2. Max Pacioretty with two goals. Fleischmann game winner. The final meeting Jan. 9th at the Bell Centre.
….In the last eight games against the Canadiens the Penguins power play has produced 9 goals in 28 opportunties.
….The Penguins have lost their last three at home against the Canadiens. Last time they lost four home games in a row vs. them was Oct 1975 to Oct. 1976.
….Mike Condon will start his sixth consecutive game. He is 4-0-1 since Carey Price suffered his lower body injury in Edmonton.
….With a 6-0-1 overall record, Condon ranks 4th in the league in save% at .940 and third in GAA at 1.57.
….Mark-Andre Fleury has a 1,93 GAA and a .933 save%.
….In his last six games against the Canadiens Fleury has a 1.99GAA and a .930 save%.
ABOUT THE CANADIENS –
….The Canadiens are near or at the top of the league in nearly every team category.
- They’ve scored a league best 3.68 goals per game (59 total goals). They allow 1.81 goals per game (29 total) – 2nd to Rangers 1.60 GAPG.
- The five-on-five goal differential is +15 – number one in the league.
- The Canadiens shooting percentage is 12.0% – first in the NHL.
- The Canadiens team goaltending save % is .938 second only to the Rangers .950.
- The goal differential is a league-leading +30. (Rangers 2nd at +20)
- The Canadiens power play is now #3 at 27.2% and the penalty kill is #2 at 88.9%.
- They have nine players in the scoring double-digits – most in the league.
- Canadiens are tied with St. Louis for best road record at 7-2-0.
….The Canadiens have scored at least one power play goal in each of their last seven games.
….They have the highest scoring line in the Eastern Conference – Fleischmann/Desharnais/Weise – 13 goals. Pacioretty/Plekanec/Gallagher is #2 with 11.
….David Desharnais has a career best 14 points in his first 16 games. He has seven points in his last five.
….Max Pacioretty ended a five point-scoring drought with 2 assist against the Islanders Thursday and scored an empty net toal against Boston on Saturday.
….Pacioretty has 7 goals, 2 assist his last seven
….P.K. Subban in second to the Rangers Kevin Klein (+12) in plus/minus at +11. Last year’s co-league leader Pacioretty is at +10.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS.
….Pittsburgh has a 9-5-0 record. A six game winning streak was ended with a 5-2 loss in Calgary on Saturday.
….The Penguins rank 26th in the scoring at 2.2 goals per game.
….Pittsburgh ranks third in goals allowed – 2.0 per game (Behind only the Rangers and Canadiens)
….Their power play is 20th at 15.9%. Their penalty kill is third at 88.6%.
….The Penguins power play has produced at least a goal in each of their last six games.
….For the third time Sidney Crosby will tryout a new right winger in this game after Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist it’s now Beau Bennett who will join Crosby and LW Pascal Dupuis.
….Bennett had a game-high six shots on goal and a goal in the Oct 13th game against the Canadiens.
….Crosby‘s two goals are his fewest ever through the firsts 14 games of a season. After scoring one goal and 2 assists in his first nine games he has a goal and three assists the last five.
….Against the Canadiens he has 10 goals, 9 assists in his last 15 meetings.
….Evgeni Malkin has four goals and ten assist his last ten games against Montreal.
….Since being placed on a line with Malkin Phil Kessel has 4 goals and 3 assist in seven games and has a point in each of his last three.
….Pascal Dupuis returns to the Crosby line after missing two games as a precautionary measure related to the fear of a return of the lung pulmonary embolisms he suffered in 2014.
….Kris Letang has a team worst minu-10 rating; 5th worst in the league. In all situations he has been on the ice for 16 of the 28 goals the Penguins have allowed.
Pittsburgh Line Combinations and Pairings
9-Pascal Dupuis 87-Sidney Crosby 19-Beau Bennett
57-David Perron 71-Evgeni Malkin 81-Phil Kessel
14-Chris Kunitz 13-Nick Bonino 72-Patric Hornqvist
41-Daniel Sprong 7-Matt Cullen 16-Eric Fehr
28-Ian Cole 58-Kris Letang
8-Brian Dumoulin 12-Ben Lovejoy
3-Olli Maatta 4-Rob Scuderi
Injuries – RW Bryan Rust (IR-arm)
Canadiens Lines & 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; D Greg Pateryn
Not Available – G Carey Price (IR lower body); RW Zack Kassian (suspension)