Los Angeles vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Dec. 17, 2015 – 7:35pm
….First of two meetings this season. The Canadiens play in LA March third.
….The Kings lead the Pacific Division with a record of 19-9-2 and 40 points. The Canadiens lead the Atlantic with 43 points (20-9-3).
….Since the Canadiens defeated Los Angeles in the 1993 Stanley Cup final, they are 20-9-3 against them overall.
….Los Angeles has lost 13 of it’s last 15 games at the Bell Centre (2-13-0).
….Since Los Angeles joined the NHL as part of the original 1967 expansion they have played 69 games in Montreal and won only nine times (9 wins – 49 losses – 11 ties)
….The teams split the two meetings last season. The Canadiens won 5-2 Dec. 12th at the Bell Centre. The Kings were 4-3 shootout winners in LA March 5th.
….The Canadiens are have won one of their last six games and have only two wins in regulation time in their last eleven games.
….In those six games the Canadiens have averaged a league high 33.3 shots per game but in scoring only 11 games, they have a league low 5.5 shooting percentage.
….On December first the Canadiens had an 11 point lead in the Atlantic Division. Boston has now pulled to within five points with two games in hand.
….Despite their current offensive woes, the Canadiens are still the third highest scoring team in the league at 3.13 per game average.
….This game caps a three game homestand in which they are 1-1-0.
….The eight game road trip which starts Saturday in Dallas will equal the longest consecutive stretch of road games in the history of the franchise. The Canadiens started the 1967-68 season with eight road games while the finishing touches were being made on the renovation of the Forum.
….Andrei Markov played 17:07 vs. San Jose his fewest minutes since 17:04 in the final game of the 2011-12 season vs. toronto. Markov has played in 255 of the last 257 games. He missed one game in each of the last two season because he was rested prior to the playoffs.
….Tomas Plekanec has not scored a goal in 16 games.
….The Kings hold a nine point lead on second place San Jose in the Pacific Division.
….The Kings are 2-1-1 after four games of their current six game road trip.
….Los Angeles has lost their last two games (in overtime at Buffalo on Saturday and 5-3 at Ottawa Monday). They have not lost three in a row since the first three games of the season. ….Only Washington has a better defensive record than the Kings, who give up 2.17 goals per game. Washington is at 2.13. Offensively, the Kings rank 17th.
….The loss in Ottawa was the first time the Kings were beaten by more than one goal since November 2nd.
….The loss in Ottawa was their first in regulation time in ten games (7-1-2). In those ten games the Kings have allowed more than two goals twice.
….The Kings have won seven of their nine games that have gone to overtime including 5 of six in the 3-on-3 and two of three in a shootout.
….The Kings game in Ottawa Monday was their third in four nights. The team spent the next two days at Mont Tremblant and practiced at the Ste. Jovite Arena before busing to Montreal Wednesday evening.
….Jeff Carter leads the Kings in scoring. He has 15 points in 14 away games this season.
….Canadiens overall goaltending ranks seventh in the league at a .919 save percentage. Los Angeles is 5th at .922.
….Mike Condon has won only two of his last eight starts and over that stretch has a .900 save percentage. He hasn’t had much help. The Canadiens have scored more than two goals just once in those eight starts.
….In his last six starts Condon has allowed 15 goals.
….Condon has never faced the Kings.
….Jonathan Quick gave up five goals Monday in Ottawa, the most since a 5-1 loss to San Jose in the season opener.
….The loss in Ottawa ended a personal six-game winning streak.
…..Against Montreal Quick is 2-2-0 with a 2.71GAA and .872 save percentage.
….Quick now ranks fifth all-time among U.S. Born goaltenders in wins with 228. He passed Tim Thomas in October. Fourth on the list is former Bruins great Frank Brimsek at 252. The all-time leader is John Van Biesbrouk with 374.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens have not scored a power play goal on their last 18 opportunities and their PP has now fallen to 11th in the league. They have killed off 15 of their last 17 penalties.
….Overall the Canadiens power play is 22/110 20.0%. The PK is 3rd 14/105 86.7%.
…..The Kings are 3 for their last 25 with the man advantage. And have allowed goals goals in the 19 times they were shorthanded over the last six games.
….LA’s power play ranks 20th in the league 16/88 18.2% Their penalty killing is 5th 17/110 84.5%
Los Angeles Line Combinations and Pairings
17-Milan Lucic 11-Anze Kopitar 12-Marian Gaborik
49-Michael Mersch 77-Jeff Carter 73-Tyler Toffoli
70-Tanner Pearson 21-Nick Shore 23-Dustin Brown
15-Andy Andreoff 19-Jordon Weal 71-Jordan Nolan
3-Brayden McNabb 8-Drew Doughty
6-Jake Muzzin 27-Alex Martinez
10-Christian Ehrhoff 5-Jamie McBain
Injuries – LW Kyle Clifford (IR facial); C Trevor Lewis (IR undisclosed); D Matt Greene (IR upper body); LW Dwight King (IR foot)
Canadiens Line Combinatios and Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
81-Lars Eller 26-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
43-Daniel Carr 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
28-Nathan Beaulieu 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry
79-Andrei Markov 77-Tom Gilbert
Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken fingers); RW Devante Smith-Pelly (IR upper body).
Scratches – D Greg Pateryn; D Jarred Tinordi; C Charles Hudon.