Canadiens vs. Carolina
PNC Arena – Dec. 5, 2015 – 7:05pm
Canadiens Lineup Change –
….LW Daniel Carr will make his NHL debut replacing Devante Smith-Pelle on the fourth line with Brian Flynn and Christian Thomas. Carr was the leading goalscorer among AHL rookies last season with 24. With St. John’s this season he has 8 goals, 9 assists in 21 games and is the leader among IceCaps forwards at plus-7.
Ahead of the Game –
….The Canadiens have defeated the Hurricanes five straight games outscoring them 18-3..
….The Canadiens have taken seventeen of a possible 18 points from the Hurricanes since the start of the 2013-2014 season. (8-0-1). They have scored three or more goals in each of the games.
….The last time the Canadiens lost to Carolina in regulation time was 5-3 on Feb. 13, 2012. The last time they lost to them in overtime was Dec. 31st 2013 – Alexander Semin scored the game winner.
….The Canadiens have also won 13 of the last 17 vs. Carolina.
…..The Canadiens goal differential is a league-leading plus-32. The Hurricanes are minus-24 which places them 29th in the league.
About the Canadiens –
….The Canadiens are 8-1-2 vs. Metropolitan Division rivals this season. Their only loss in regulation time was 3-2 to Washington on Thursday.
….Max Pacioretty has seven goals and five assists his last seven games against Carolina. (Last season in three games he had 2g,4a)
….Lars Eller has a goal and 3 assists his last five games.
….Alex Galchenyuk scored his first career hattrick vs. Carolina on December 16th of last season at the Bell Centre.
….Galchenyuk has five goals and two assists in his last six games.
….David Desharnais has eight points his last six games vs. Carolina and has 5 points his last three points at Raleigh.
About the Hurricanes –
….The Hurricanes have lost eight of their last ten games. Four of those losses were in overtime or in shootout. ….Carolina has worst record in the NHL at 8-13-4. They have lost three straight and have only three wins since the beginning of November. Their goal differential is minus-24. Only Calgary is worse at minus-29.
….During their three game losing streak they have been outscored 13-5 including 5-1 vs. New Jersey in their last game.
….The Hurricanes have score one goal or been shut out in 11 of their 25 games. They rank 28th in goals per game (2.04) and have outscored 49-33 five-on-five. Their power play is a league-worst at 12.2%.
….Defenseman Justin Faulk leads the NHL with 8 power play goals. All of his goals have come on the power play and he has accounted for all but two of the ten power play goals the Hurricanes have scored this season. Faulk also has ten assists for 18 points.
….Vs. Montreal Faulk has 0 goals, 4 assists in his last eleven games.
….The Hurricanes are paying the Staal brothers Eric and Jordan a combined 14.25 million dollars this season. Together they have a total of nine goals.
….Eric Staal has 4 goals and ten assists this season and has not scored in his last 13 games. He has no points in his last five games vs. Montreal.
….Staal can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He has a no-movement clause in his contract but has said he would not block a trade if the Hurricanes want to go in that direction. He’s earning 8.25 million this season. (Brother Jordan is under contract to the Hurricanes until 2023)
….On Friday the Hurricanes made changes. They sent their 2011 first round pick (12th overall) Ryan Murphy to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL and recalled defenseman Jaccob Slavin and forwards Brock McGinn and Phil Di Giuseppe. All three of them will be in the lineup for this game.
….Mike Condon is 2-1-1 since Carey Price’s latest injury. He will make his fifth consecutive start. Overall he is 9-3-3 with a 2.17GAA and .925sv%..
….With 15 starts Condon now has played in three more games than Price this season.
….Cam Ward will start in goal for the Hurricanes. He is 7-8-3 with a 2.53 GAA and .905%. Ward has allowed seven goals on 36 shots while losing his last two starts.
….In his last 12 starts vs. the Canadiens Ward is 4-8-1.
…..At .889 the combination of Cam Ward and Eddie Lack has the second worst team save-percentage in the league.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens are fourth in the league on the power play at 23.1% and second in the league in penalty-killing at 86.8%. and their six shorthanded goals ties them for the league lead.
….Carolina’s power play ranks last in the league at 12.2% and their penalty killing is 29th at 74.6%.
….Over the last five games the Hurricanes are 0-for-13 on the power play while they have given up six power play goals over the same stretch.
Carolina Lines & Pairings
23-Brock McGinn 12-Eric Staal 16-Elias Lindholm
53-Jeff Skinner 49-Victor Rask 34-Phillip Di Giuseppe
42-Joakim Nordstrom 11-Jordan Staal 15-Andrej Nestrasil
24-Brad Malone 18-Brad McClement 25-Chris Terry
65-Ron Hainsey 27-Justin Faulk
26-John-Michael Liles 54-Brett Pesce
5-Noah Hanifin 74-Jaccob Slavin
Injuries – D James Wisniewski (IR-knee); LW Nathan Gerbe (IR-ankle)
Healthy Scratches – D Michal Jordan, RW Kris Versteeg, C Riley Nash.
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
15-Tomas Fleischman 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto
Christian Thomas 32-Brian Flynn 43-Daniel Carr
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
77-Tom Gilbert 74-Alexei Emelin
Healthy Scratch – D Greg Pateryn; RW Devante Smith-Pelly
Not Available – G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Alexander Semin (IR lower body); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR finger surgery) ; C Torrey Mitchell (IR lower body); D Jarred Tinordi (conditioning assignment); G Dustin Tokarski (conditioning assignment); RW Zack Kassian (suspension)