Boston vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Dec. 9, 2015 – 7:35pm
Head to Head –
….The Canadiens have won both meetings (Oct. 10 & Nov. 7) by a 4-2 score.
….The Canadiens have won seven regular season games in a row vs. Boston dating back to a 2-1 shootout win March 25th 2014. The last time the Canadiens put together a longer streak against them was during 12 consecutive wins between 2006 and 2009.
….The last time the Bruins beat the Canadiens was in Game 5 of the second round of the 2014 playoff series. Since then the Canadiens have beaten them nine straight times (including the final two games of that playoff round).
….In the regular season the Canadiens have won 12 of 13 Boston games scoring an average of 3.31 goals per game.
….The Canadiens average a league leading 3.87 goals per game. Boston is second at 3.78.7.
….In the Nov. 7th game at the Bell Centre Bruins current scoring leader David Krejci crosschecked Tomas Plekanec with 2:03 remaining and the score tied. David Desharnais scored on the power play and Max Pacioretty added an empty net goal. 4-2 final. It was Krejci’s third minor of the game.
….The Canadiens have been idle since Saturday when they lost 3-2 in Carolina. The Bruins played and lost to Nashville at home on Monday.
About the Canadiens –
….The Canadiens are 2-2-1 over their last five games and have scored only two regulation time goals in each of the games.
….Looking for offense, Michel Therrien has juggled his lines (see below). The only forward unit or defense pairing that is intact from a week ago is Subban/Markov.
….In his two meetings against Boston this season, Alex Galchenyuk has been in on five of the eight Canadiens goals – five assists.
….Alex Galchenyuk has 6 goals, 2 assists his last 7 games. In this game he will play on a newly formed line with Max Pacioretty and rookie Sven Andrighetto
… Three of.Lars Eller seven goals this season have come in the two games vs. Boston. In both of those games he was playing with Galchenyuk. (Alexander Semin assisted on the two he scored in the game October 10th – accounting for half of Semin’s 4 points in 15 games with the Canadiens)
….Over the last seven games vs. Boston Max Pacioretty has 7 goals, 5 assists. In two games this season he has 1g, 1a.
….Tom Gilbert leads the Canadiens at plus-11 followed by Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban at plus-10.
About the Bruins –
….The Bruins enter the game ten points behind the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division.
….The Bruins lost to Nashville 3-2 at home Monday. They are 6-2-2 in the last ten games, a streak that included five consecutive wins. However they have only one regulation win in their last four (1-1-2).
….On the road they are 9-2-2.
….David Krejci leads the Bruins with 27 points. Krejci has at least a point in five of his last six games.
….Patrice Bergeron is the Bruins second leading scorer. He has points in eight of his last ten games.
….Brad Marchand is the team’s leading goalscorer with 13 and has a plus-12 rating. He has three in his last 3 games.
….Jimmy Hayes is back in the lineup. He has 0 goals and 1 assist in his last 12 games.
….Max Talbot was called up from the Providence Bruins Wednesday for the third time this season. He has been in seven games with Boston this season and ten games with Providence. With Providence he had 4 goals, 6 assists.
….Tuukka Rask will be in goal for Boston. In his last start he shut out the Canucks in Vancouver. Since he last lost in regulation time he is 4-0-2 with a 1.71 GAA.
….Rask has a 3.34 GAA in six straight losses against the Canadiens
….Over his last 11 starts vs. Montreal he is 1-8-2 with a 2.89GAA and .901 save percentage.
….Rask has also been on the losing end of 15 of his last 17 starts vs. the Canadiens and his career record against them is 3-14-3 with a 2.74GAA and .904save%.
….Mike Condon is 2-2-1 with a 2.22GAA since Carey Price was injured Nov. 25th.
….Condon‘s only start against Boston was Nov 7th when he stopped 29 of 31 shots.
….Dustin Tokarski is scheduled for his first start of the season Thursday in Detroit, the second of back to back games for the Canadiens.
Special Teams –
….The Bruins and Canadiens are 1-2 in the league in terms of power play goals scored. Boston has 23; the Canadiens 22.
….In power play goals against, the Bruins have allowed 22 (most in the league). The Canadiens have given up 13. Only Anaheim (12) and Washington (11) have given up fewer PPG’s.
…..The Canadiens rank third in the league in power play opportunities (99) behind Vancouver and Arizona. Boston ranks 29th in PP advantages (71). The Canadiens have had to kill 95 penalties, ninth in the league. Boston has had to kill 100 penalties. Winnipeg leads at 107X shorthanded
…..Power Play – Boston ranked #1 23/75 30.7% Canadiens #5 22/29 22.2%
…..Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked #3 13/95 86.3% Boston ranked 23rd 22/100 78.0%
Boston Lines and Pairings
63-Brad Marchand 37-Patrice Bergeron 14-Brett Connolly
39-Matt Beleskey 46-David Krejci 21-Loui Eriksson
11-Jimmy Hayes 51-Ryan Spooner 72-Fran Vatrano
36-Zac Rinaldo 29-Landon Ferraro 64-Tyler Randell
33-Zdeno Chara 62-Zach Trotman
45-Joe Morrow 86-Kevan Miller
47-Torey Krug 54-Adam McQuaid
Healthy Scratches – C Max Talbot; D Dennis Seidenberg; D Colin Miller
Injuries – RW David Pasternak (foot); LW Joonas Kemppainen (IR lower body); C Chris Kelly (IR broken leg);
Canadiens Line Combinations & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto
81-Lars Eller 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
15-Tomas Fleischmann 14-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
43-Daniel Carr 32-Bryan Flynn 20-Christian Thomas
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 77-Tom Gilbert
Healthy Scratches – C Charles Hudon; D Greg Pateryn
Not Available – RW Devante Smith-Pelly (IR lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR finger surgery); C Torrey Mitchell (IR lower body); D Jarred Tinordie (AHL conditioning assignment); RW-Zack Kassian (suspension);