logo canadienslogo san josePreview Game #32

San Jose vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 15, 2015 – 7.35pm



Lineup Change –

.Torrey Mitchell returns to the Canadiens fourth line after missing ten games because of lower body injury sustained Nov. 19th vs. Arizona. He will centre Brian Flynn and Sven Andrighetto.

Head to Head

.San Jose has a record of 14-14-1 putting them in fifth place in the Pacific Division.

.The Canadiens are 20-8-3 and still first in the Atlantic Division.

.In the last meeting, the Canadiens and Carey Price shut out San jose 2-0 March 21st ending a four-game losing streak against them.

.The last time the teams met at the Bell Centre was March 21st – a 2-0 win for Carey Price over Antti Niemi. Prior to that we had to go back to Dec. 4, 2010 for the previous home win against them – 3-1 with Darche, Plekanec andCammalleri getting the goals. (The Canadiens have not won at San Jose since November 1999)  

….The Canadiens have scored only two goals in their last four-plus games against San Jose – a stretch of 216;16.  Both of those goals came in the last meeting.  In the stretch they have been outscored 10-2.


.In the last 16 games between the Canadiens and Sharks the road team has won 13 time.

Special Teams –

.Although they have had some good moments the Canadiens have not scored a power play goal in five straight games.

About the Canadiens

.Until the 3-1 over Ottawa Saturday the Canadiens had not scored more than two goals in six straight games including four straight regulation losses and three of those by one goal.

.Over their last ten games the Canadiens are 5-4-1.

.In their last 17 games where the Canadiens have allowed two goals or fewer they are 13-4.

.Versus teams with a losing record they are 17-7.

.Alex Galchenyuk has ten points his last eleven games. (5G, 5A)

.Brian Flynn will play in his 200th career game.

.Torrey Mitchell spent his first four NHL seasons with San Jose after being drafted by them in the fourth round in 2014.

.The Canadiens placed LW Zack Kassian on waivers Tuesday following announcement by the League and NHLPA he has returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health Program.

About the Sharks

.San Jose is in a six game losing streak (0-5-1) during which they have been outscored 20-9.

.Of the nine goals scored during the losing streak only four have come at even strength.

.Six losses in a row is the Sharks longest losing streak since Feb. 2013 when they lost seven in a row.

.This is the first of a five game road trip for the Sharks. They had a perfect six game road trip Nov. 13 to 22nd this season.

.The once offensively potent Sharks now rank 17th in league scoring with at 2.6 goals per game. The rank 14th in shots per game (29.7).

.Joe Pavelski has one goal over his last eight games

.Joe Thornton has two in his last eleven.

.Patrick Marleau has 13 points over his last 13 games (7g, 6a).



.Dustin Tokarski will be in the Canadiens nets for the third straight game. His win over Ottawa Saturday was his first since March of last season.

.Tokarski’s record is 1-1-0 with a 2.61GAA AND .912 save%.

.Martin Jones will be in goal against for the Sharks. He has lost his last five starts. This season in 24 games Jones is 12-10-1 with a 2.29GAA and .918save%.

.At the Bell Centre December, 10th, 2013 while with Los Angeles, Jones became the first and only Kings goaltender to shutout the Canadiens – 6-0 in only his third career start. Carey Price was pulled and replaced by Peter Budaj after allowing four goals on 16 shots.

.Jones was still with Los Angeles the last time he faced the Canadiens and was handed a career worst 6-2 defeat, December 12, 2014.

Special Teams –

.Although they have had their moments, the Canadiens have not scored a power play goal in five straight games. (0-for-16). The slump has dropped them from as high as fourth in the league to tenth overall. On the season the power play is 22/108 20.4%

.Canadiens penalty killers are still ranked 3rd 14/105 86.7%.

.San Jose’s power play ranks 20th 17/96 17.7%. Their penalty killing is 13th 17/92 81.5%/

Projected San Jose Lines and Pairings

48-Tomas Hertl 19 -Joe Thornton 8–Joe Pavelski

68-Melker Karlsson 12-Patrick Marleau 42-Joel Ward

27-Joonas Donskoi 50-Chris Tierney 57-Tommy Wingels

83Matt Nieto 9 -Dainius Zubrus 18-Mike Brown

7-Paul Martin 88-Brent Burns

44-Marc-Edourd Vlasic 61-Justin Braun

4-Brendan Dillon 74-Dylan DeMelo

31-Martin Jones

Injuries – Logan Couture (thigh); Ben Smith (concussion)

Healthy Scratches – Barclay Goodrow; Matt Tennyson

Canadiens Lines and Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 42-Paul Byron

81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 22-Dale Weise

15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais Daniel Carr

Sven Andrighetto -Torry Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn

79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban

74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 77-Tom Gilbert

35-Dustin Tokarski

Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken fingers); RW Devante Smith-Pelly (IR lower body); LW Zack Kassian (indefinite suspension)

Scratched – D Greg Pateryn; D Jarred Tinordi; C Charles Hudon.