Ottawa vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Dec. 12, 2015 – 7:15pm
Lineup Changes –
….Max Pacioretty will be back with Tomas Plekanec. Alex Galchenyuk will have Lars Eller and Dale Weise as his wingers. Desharnais/Fleischmann/Carr. Pateryn out/Beaulieu in. Tokarski makes his second consecutive start in goal. (Starting lines and pairings below)
….The Senators come into the game in third place in the Atlantic Division six points behind the Canadiens with a game in hand.
….On Thursday Ottawa dropped a 4-1 decision at Tampa. They are 1-2-0 on a four game road trip that winds up at the Bell Centre.
….The Canadiens were 3-2 losers in Detroit Thursday.
….The teams have split the first two of four scheduled meetings this season. The Canadiens won in Ottawa. Ottawa won in Montreal.
….In the last four-plus seasons the Canadiens against Ottawa the Canadiens are 16-6-6. Ten of the 28 games were decided in overtime or shootout including one of the two this season.
….In the last ten meetings between the teams the Canadiens record is 4-4-2.
About the Canadiens –
….The Canadiens are now two points behind last season’s pace. After 30 games last season the Canadiens had a record of 20-7-3 and 43 points. This season it’s 19-8-3 and 41 pts. The Canadiens beat Los Angeles 6-2 in their 31st game last season for their second straight win. They were to go on and win seven of their next eight through to January 6th when they lost to Tampa Bay.
….Brendan Gallagher broke his fingers on Nov. 22nd vs. the Islanders and Carey Price took himself out of the Canadiens next gameat Madison Square Garden. In the seven games without the two of them the Habs are 2-4-1. That stretch includes a shootout win vs. New Jersey and then an overtime loss to the Devils the next night. Their only other win was 2-1 vs. Columbus last week.
….Six of the seven games were decided by a goal. (Boston won 3-1).
….In each of their last seven games they have failed to score more than two goals: a total of 13 or 1.86 per game.
….During their current 0-4-0 losing streak the Canadiens have scored only seven goals.
….The Canadiens have not lost five in a row since Feb. 19 to 28, 2012 when the team was coached by Randy Cunneyworth. They were 0-5-0 during that streak.
….Thanks to the first 23 games of their schedule, the Canadiens still lead the Eastern Conference with 97 goals.
…..Vs. Ottawa Pacioretty has 4g 3a his last 6 games but one assist in two games this season.
…..Tomas Plekanec has not scored a goal in 14 games dating back over a month to Nov. 7th vs. Boston. He does have 11 assists during that stretch. Over the 14 games he has had 29 shots on goal including two breakaways against Detroit on Thursday. The longest goalscoring drought of his career is 19 games in March/April 2006.
….Alex Galchenyuk has no goals his last five games. Prior to that, while playing mostly with Lars Eller and Sven Andrighetto he had five goals in four games.
….P.K. Subban has failed to register a point in his last five games and has one assist in his last seven.
….After a career-best start to his season, Dale Weise has 0 goals, 3 assists his last ten games.
About the Senators –
…..The Senators have four players with more points than Tomas Plekanec’s team leading. Erik Karlsson leads them with 35 pts (6g 32a). Bobby Ryan has 28 pts. Mike Hoffman 27 (incl. 15 goals). Mark Stone 27 pts.
….In his last ten games against the Canadiens Erik Karlsson has 4 goals, 8 assists.
….37 year old defenseman Chris Phillips will likely be one of those rare NHLer’s of this era to play his entire career with one team. Ottawa general manager Brian Murray said he is having problems coming back from off-season back surgery and probably won’t return this season. Phillips has the Ottawa franchise record for games played at 1,179.
….Defenseman Mark Borowiecki has been used a fourth line left winger in the four games since LW Milan Michalek went down with a broken finger.
….Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored two of Ottawa’s three goals against the Canadiens this season – one of them shorthanded.
….Dustin Tokarski has a record of 0-2-0 vs. Ottawa with a 3.08 GAA against them.
….With the Canadiens Tokarski has started two consecutive games only once before January 15th and 17th of last season vs. Ottawa (L 4-1) and the Islanders (W 6-4). (Carey Price was out with a minor upper body injury).
….Mike Condon has started 19 Canadiens games this season; Carey Price 12; Dustin Tokarski – 1.
….Mike Condon started both games agaisnt Ottawa this season. In his NHL debut in Ottawa October 11th he stopped he stopped 20 of 21 shots in a 2-1 win.. In the other start he stopped 25 of 27 in the 2-1 overtime loss Nov. 3rd at the Bell Centre. Overall he is 1-0-1 against the Senators with a 1.49GAA with a .938 save%.
….Craig Anderson will making the start in the Senators 14th consecutive game. He has allowed two goals in winning his last two starts against the Canadiens including the game Nov. 3rd. Rookie Matt O’Connor started against rookie Condon in the game October 11th.
….Anderson’s season record is 13-8-3 with a 2.76GAA and .916 save%.
….With Anderson starting the last 13, backup Andrew Hammond has been sent to the Senators AHL affiliate in Binghamton New York on a conditioning assignment. Hammond had been out with a concussion and was reactivated this week.
….Anderson has an 8-7-2 record vs. the Canadiens. His start and overtime win against them on Nov. 3rd was his first since last January 15th and his only start against Montreal in the four meetings last season.
….With Andrew Hammond out with a concussion Anderson’s backup has been 6’4” Chris Driedger who was called up from Binghamton Nov. 23rd. Driedger has not played a minute.
….Ottawa goaltending faces a league-high 33.6 shots per game. The Canadiens are near the top of the league at 31.1 shots per game.
Special Teams –
….During the four game losing streak the Canadiens power play is 0-for-12 and has now dropped to 9th in the league at 21.2% (22/104)
…Ottawa’s power play is ranked 5th at 21.3 (19/89)
….The Senators have the league’s best power play on the road
….The Canadiens rank 3rd in penalty killing 14/103 86.4%. Ottawa’s penalty killing is 25th at 77.3% (22/97)
Ottawa Line Combinations & Pairings
68-Mike Hoffman 7-Kyle Turris 6-Bobby Ryan
15-Zack Smith 93-Mika Zibanejad 61-Mark Stone
59-David Dziurzynski 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 90-Alex Chiasson
74-Mark Borowiecki 27-Curtis Lazar 25-Chris Neil
3-Mark Methot 65-Erik Karlsson
46-Patrick Wiercioch 5-Cody Ceci
2 Jared Cowen 45-Chris Wideman
Injuries – G Andrew Hammond (concussion & conditioning assignment); LW Milan Michalek (fractured finger); LW Clarke MacArthur (IR concussion); D Chris Phillips (IR back surgery)
Scratches – C Shane Prince
Canadiens Lines and Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 22-Dale Weise
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 43-Daniel Carr
54-Charles Hudon 32-Brian Flynn 42-Sven Andrighetto
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 77-Tom Gilbert
Healthy Scratches – RW Christian Thomas; D Jarred Tinordi; D Greg Pateryn
Not Available – RW Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR finger surgery); C Torrey Mitchell (IR lower body) RW Zack Kassian (suspension)