Canadiens vs. Nashville
Bridgestone Arena – Dec. 21, 2015 8:05pm EST
,,.Jeff Petry will miss this game with an upper body injury suffered on that Jamie Benn hit on Saturday in Dallas. Jarred Tinordi will finally make his first start of the season.
….David Desharnais will move up centre Pacioretty and Weise.
….Galchenyuk back to centre between Eller and Carr.
….Plekanec, Fleischmann and Byron on the third line.
….The Predators have at least a point in seven straight games against the Canadiens (4-0-3).
….Four of the last five games between them have been decided in overtime. The Canadiens won three of them. In their two meetings last season each team had a home ice overtime win.
….The last time the Canadiens won a game in regulation time at Bridgestone Arena was March 10, 2003. (It is also the only time the Predators have ever lost to them at home in regulation time)
….Prior to last season’s January 24th overtime win, the last time Nashville defeated the Canadiens on home ice was Nov. 14, 2009.
….The second game in the season series will be played at the Bell Centre Feb. 22nd.
About the Canadiens –
….The Canadiens are 20-11-3 and still in first place in the Atlantic Division, although Boston now leads by winning percentage.
….Since their 9-0-0 start the Canadiens are 11-11-3.
….Since the Carey Price injury the Canadiens are 3-7-1.
….Including Jeff Petry, the Canadiens have five on their injury list bringing man-games-lost to 64. In the Canadiens entire 2014-2015 season they lost only 88 man-games to injury.
….They scored 35 goals in the first nine games. Over their last ten they have only 16, which is an average of 1.60 per game.
….In the current 1-7-0 slump they have 13 goals, which averages to 1.66 goals per game.
….The Canadiens have scored three or fewer in each of their last 11 games.
….They have lost their last three since beating Ottawa and have been outscored 12-3.
….With 10, Dale Weise is now the second highest goalscorer on the Canadiens behind Pacioretty’s 14.
….In 11 career games against Nashville, Weise has 3 goals, 4 assists – hits best success against any NHL team by far.
….Tomas Plekanec has gone 18 games without a goal.
….Max Pacioretty has one point (a goal) in his last eight.
….Alex Galchenyuk has one point in his last six and has not scored in his last nine.
….November Molson Cup winner David Desharnais has not scored a goal since Nov. 22nd and has one assist in his last ten games.
….Tomas Fleischmann has eight goals but only one in his last 12 games.
….P.K. Subban has only one goal this season and has three assists in his last ten games. Two of them have come in the last three games when paired with Nathan Beaulieu.
…Subban has averaged 1.4 giveaways per game, the highest mark in the NHL.
….Jarred Tinordi makes his first start of the season. Last season he was in 13 games and posted two assists and 19 minutes in penalties.
….The Canadiens have a record of 3-3-0 in the first of back-to-back games this season. In the five completed back-to-back series the Canadiens have won both ends twice; split three and been swept once.
About the Predators –
….The Predators have a 16-11-6 record and hold down fifth place in the Central Division. They are within two points of the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
….They ended a three game losing streak with a 3-2 home win over Minnesota on Saturday. They are looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Nov. 14th and 17th.
….After starting the season 11-3-3, Nashville has lost 11 of their last 16 games (5-8-3).
….The Predators defense leads the league in goals from defensemen with 24. Last season they finished with a league-best total of 55.
….Weber has 12 points in December (3g 9a) tieing him for the month’s league lead with the Blue’s Vladimir Tarasenko and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau each with 7goals 5 assists.
….The combination of Josi and Weber has accounted for 22 points in December with six of their 7 goals for the month coming on the power play.
….Josi and Weber‘s 17 goals and 46 points makes them the highest coring pair in the league.
….Among regular NHL centres, Mike Ribeiro has the worst faceoff winning record at 36.2 percent. (Calculated mong those with 300 or more faceoffs.
….Ribeiro has 1 goal and 7 assists in his last five games against Montreal.
….Filip Forsberg has a point in three straight games against the Canadiens (1g, 2a)
….James Neal has points in three of his last four vs. Montreal (3g, 2a)
….Dustin Tokarski will start against Nashville. He relieved Mike Condon early in the third period against Dallas and stopped all four shots he faced. Tokarski has never been in a game against Nashville.
….Condon, who has lost five straight starts, is expected to be in the nets for the second of back to back games at Minnesota Tuesday.
….Overall he has a 2.38GAA and .908 save%. His save% is down from .923 last season.
….Rinne has played more minutes than any other goaltender in the league (1,687)
Special Teams –
….On December first Max Pacioretty‘s game winning goal against Columbus came on a power play. It tied them with Boston for the league PPG lead with Boston at 22 and in power play percentage they ranked 4th in the league at 23.9%. Since then their power play is 1-for-27 and they have slipped from 4th to 13th in the league at 19.3%.
….The Canadiens penalty killing continues to stand up. They rank 4th at 85.2% (17/115).
….The Canadiens are second in the league in goals-shorthanded with 7. (Ottawa has 8).
….The Nashville power play ranks 9th (23/112) 20.5%.
….The Predators penalty killing is second last (29th) at 76.2%.
Nashville’s Forward Lines & Pairings
9-Filip Forsberg 63-Mike Ribeiro 15-Craig Smith
33-Colin Wilson 19-Calle Jarnkrok 18-James Neal
38-Viktor Arvidsson 84-Colton Sissons 11-Cody Hodgson
24-Eric Nystrom 28-Paul Gaustad 20-Miikka Salomaki
59-Roman Josi 6-Shea Weber
5-Barret Jackman 3-Seth Jones
14-Mattias Ekholm 4-Ryan Ellis
Injuries – F Gabriel Bourque (IR upper body); F Mike Fisher (IR lower body);
Scratches – D Anthony Bitetto; F Austin Watson
Canadiens Lines and Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 43-Daniel Carr
15-Tomas Fleischmann 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 34-Michael McCarron
28-Nathan Beaulieu 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 79-Andrei Markov
Jarred Tinordi 77-Tom Gilbert
Injuries – D Jeff Petry (upper body); G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken fingers); RW Devante Smith-Pelly (IR lower body)
Scratches – D Greg Pateryn; RW Sven Andrighetto