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Arizona vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 19, 2015 – 7:35pm



Head to Head

….Last season the Canadiens split their season series. Feb. 1 at the Bell Centre Arizona won 3-2 (Canadiens blew a 2-0 lead). At Arizona the Canadiens won 2-0 March 7th.

….Arizona has won one game at the Bell Centre over the last 20 years. That lone win was February 1st of last season; 3-2 behind St. Hyacinthe native Louis Domingue who was making his NHL debut. Prior to that the Coyote won 5-4 in overtime Oct .28, 1996 – the first time they came to Montreal after the team was moved from Winnipeg. Overall in Montreal the Coyotes are 2-19-1 with 2 ties and they have been outscored by the Canadiens 103-45.

….Arizona is 6-4-1 on the road this season. The Canadiens 8-1-1 at home.

….The Coyotes are11th in the league at 2.78GF per game. The Canadiens are 2nd at 3.53.

….The Coyotes give up a 24th-ranked 3.00 goals per game. The Canadiens rank 3rd at 2.16.

1 arizona previewAbout the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have scored 16 power play goals in their first 19 games. They did not score their 16th power play goal until their 38th game of last season (vs. New Jersey January 2nd) Their 17th power play goal came on Game #42, January 14 when they scored 3 PPG against Columbus.

….After being nearly perfect in the first periods of the early season, the Canadiens have fallen behind in the first period of each of the last four games.

….The Canadiens have allowed 12 goals their last three games.

….Over the last five games members of the Plekanec/Pacioretty/Gallagher line have totaled 7 goals and 11 assists.

….Brendan Gallagher has three goals four assists in the five game point streak.

.Max Pacioretty has registered 14 shots on goal the last two games (8 vs. Vancouver). His goal vs. Vancouver was his second in the last ten games. He also has four assists.

….P.K. Subban has five assists over his last five games. He has only one goal this season.

….There is a four-way tie for the team scoring lead at 17 points including three linemates (Pacioretty – 9g, 8a / Gallagher 8g 9a / Plekanec 7g, 8a – plus Subban 1g 16a).

….The Canadiens have a league leading 10 players in double figures in point production.

….Only three members of the Canadiens are on the down side of plus/minus – Galchenyuk, Eller and Semin are all minus-1.

Feb 1, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski (35) and Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy (5) watch the puck during the first period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

From the Coyotes

….This is the third game of a four game road trip. They lost the first two games in Columbus and Brooklyn by identical 5-2 scores. Prior to that they had a three game win streak (Anaheim, Los Angeles & Edmonton.

….Over their last nine games the Coyotes have given up an average of 3.56 goals per game and have posted a 4-5-0 record.

….Thirteen of the Coyotes 19 points have beeen registered on the road. They have lost the first two games of their current road trip in Columbus and then at Long Island on Monday. Prior to that they had a three game win streak vs. Anaheim, Los Angeles and Edmonton.

….39 year old Shane Doan is the longest serving captain in the NHL – 12 seasons. He was named captain of the Coyotes in the fall of 2003. Zdeno Chara has second longest tenure at nine years (2006).

….In his 21st season, Doan is also the last active player from the original Winnipeg Jets; drafted 7th overall in 1995).

….Only two players remain in the NHL who played in the Montreal Forum – Doan and Jaromir Jagr. Doan played at the Forum on Jan. 26, 1997 as a member of the Jets.

….Defenseman Chris Pronger is technically on the Arizona roster although he hasn’t played since 2011 because of concussion issues and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame recently. Acquiring Pronger and his 4.94 million dollar cap hit from Philadelphia allowed the Coyotes to get closer to the salary cap floor. Pronger still has another year remaining in that contract. As part of the deal they gave up FWD Sam Gagner and got D Niklas Grossman in return.

….Even with the Pronger salary, the Coyotes are 10.88 million under the league salary cap.

….Max Domi (Michael McCarron‘s former London junior linemate) leads the Coyotes with eight goals.

….Anthony Duclair (acquired from the Rangers in the Yandle deal) is second with 7 goals.

…..6’6” centre Martin Hanzal leads the Coyotes with 17 points, including 14 assists while playing with Anthony Duclair and Tobias Rieder. His career assists high is 27 in his rookie season 2007-08.

….Rieder once scored 113 goals and 177 points in 34 games for his under 16 team at Landshut Germany before coming to North America to play with the OHL Kitchener Rangers.

….D Oliver Ekman Larsson has a career high six game point streak (2g, 4a). He has points in 11 of his last 14 games.

….Antoine Vermette has no points in his last five games vs. Montreal. He has failed to score in his last 12 games overall.

Mike Condon Will Make Ninth Consecutive Start

Mike Condon Will Make Ninth Consecutive Start

Goaltending –

….Mike Condon will make his ninth straight start, In his eight consecutive starts he is 5-1-2. Condon has lost once in regulation time in nine career NHL starts (7-1-2 with a 2.14 GAA). He has allowed seven goals in his last two starts.

….Through Condon‘s first seven games (6-0-1) Condon had a 1.67GAA and .940 save percentage and did not give up more than two goals in a game. In his last three starts he is 1-1-1 with a 3.56GAA and .859save%.

….In nine career starts vs. the Canadiens Mike Smith is 3-2-3 with a 2.96GAA and .932 save%.

….In his last start he gave up five goals on 21 shots in Columbus. In his last 12 starts he is 4-5-1 with a 3.83GAA and .872 save%.

….Smith is 4-3-1 on the road this season with a 2.88GAA and .904sv%.

Special Teams

….The Canadiens now rank 4th among league power plays 16/67 23.9%. They are also tied with the Rangers for fourth place in penalty killing statistics 9/66 86.4%.

….Arizona’s power play is last (30th) in the league 9/72 12.5%. Their penalty killing ranks 13th 13/65 80.9%.

…The Canadiens are tied with Ottawa for the league lead with 4 shorthanded goals. They have allowed 3 shorthand goals.

Arizona Line Combinations & Pairings

8-Tobias Rieder 11-Martin Hanzal 10-Anthony Duclair

16-Max Domi 12-Brad Richardson 89-Mikkel Boedker

24-Kyle Chipchura 15-Boyd Gordon 22-Craig Cunningham

48-Jordan Martinook 50-Antoine Vermette 19-Shane Doan

23-Oliver Ekman-Larsson 26-Michael Stone

34-Klas Dahlbek 4-Zbynek Michalek

25-Phillip Samuelsson 5-Connor Murphy

41-Mike Smith

Injuries – RW Steve Downie (upper body); D Niklas Grossman (IR lower body); C Joe Vitale (IR orbital bone fracture); D Chris Pronger (LT IR post concussion syndrome since 2011)

Healthy Scratches – LW John Scott; D Stefan Elliott

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 17-Torrey Mitchell

41-Paul Byron 32-Brian Flynn 21-Devante Smith-Pelly

79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban

28-Nathan Bealieu 26-Jeff Petry

6-Greg Pateryn 77-Tom Gilbert

39-Mike Condon

Healthy Scratches – RW Alexander Semin; D Jarred Tinordi;

Not Available – G Carey Price (IR lower body); D Alexei Emelin (lower body); RW Zack Kassian (suspension)