Canadiens vs. Florida
BB&T Center – Dec. 29, 2015 – 7:35pm
The Lineup –
….The Canadiens will put the same lines and defense pairings on the ice as they used Monday night agai nst Tampa. Tinordi, Emelin and Smith-Pelly are again healthy scratches.
….Ben Scrivens will make his Canadiens debut. His last start was December 20th inBakersfield’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Ontario Reign and former Canadien Peter Budaj. Scrivens stopped 24 of 26 shots.
…After a slow start Scrivens stopped 162 of 171 shots over his final five games with Bakersfield for a .941 save percentage and 1.80GAA
Head to Head –
….….On Nov. 27th the Panthers were 6th in the Atlantic Division, 16 points behind the Canadiens. They then went 12-3-0 while the Canadiens were going 3-10-0 and Florida took over first place in the Atlantic Saturday night while the Canadiens were losing in Washington. The Canadiens win in Tampa put them back in first by a point heading into this game.
….The Canadiens won four of five vs. Florida last season. Four of the games were decided by one goal (two decided in shootouts and one in overtime).
….Over the last two seasons the Canadiens have taken at least a point seven straight meetings; winning 6 and losing once in a shootout. Montreal has also won 9 of the last 12 against them.
….The Canadiens have won four straight at Sunrise, outscoring the Panthers 12-5.
….In the five games against Florida last season Brendan Gallagher had four goals. Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban each had a goal and three assists.
….Jonathan Huberdeau led the Panthers vs. Montreal with six assists. Aleksander Barkov had three goals and an assist.
….The Canadiens have not recorded back-to-back wins since the four game win streak Nov. 20-27.
….The are 1-4-0 on their eight game road trip. In December they are 3-10-0.
….Their win on Monday in Tampa ended a six game losing streak; ended a six game losing streak on the road; ; scored the game’s first goal for the first time in seven games; scored three goals for the first time Dec. 12th (7 games) and Tomas Plekanec ended a 21 game goalscoring drought.
….Alex Galchenyuk has point in four straight games (1g, 3a)
….Max Pacioretty drew an assist on Dale Weise’s game-tieing goal at Tampa giving him one goal and two assist over his last 12 games.
….Pacioretty has 13 points in 22 career games against Florida. At Florida he has 4 points in 12 games and failed to register a point in his last three games at Sunrise.
….In the last meeting between the clubs at Sunrise April 5th, Tomas Plekanec had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win.
….The Panthers are on a six game winning streak during which they have allowed nine goals. They have also won 12 of their last 15.
….The last time they won six straight was part of a seven game stretch in March of 2008. for the first time in seven seasons.
….The Panthers are 3-0 on a six game homestand. All three of the wins have been by a goal (Vancouver, Ottawa and Columbus)
….Defense is the key for Florida. They are second in the league in goals allowed per game at 2.3. They are 16th in scoring goals at 2.6 per game.
….Jaromir Jagr leads the panthers with 25 points. His linemates are Aleksandr Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. Over their last four games Huberdeau has five points and Barkov four including his first two-goal game of the seasons vs. Columbus Saturday.
….Over his last seven games Barkov has 3 goals, 4 assists.
….In eight career games vs. Montreal Barkov has 4 goals, 2 assists.
….Calder Trophy winner Aaron Ekblad leads the Florida defense with nine goals and eight assists. Five of his goals have come in the last ten games. He has a plus-11 rating.
….One day after arriving in the Canadiens camp, Ben Scrivens will get his first NHL start of the season.
….With the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL he had a record of 2-6-1 with a 3.47GAA.
….While with Los Angeles, Toronto and Edmonton he had four career starts against Florida with a 3-1-0 record. His goals against average was 1.51 with two shutouts.
….In 129 regular season games he has a career 42-56-17 record over five seasons.
….Roberto Luongo has a personal five game winning streak during which he has allowed eight goals.
….He has won 15 and lost 14 this season with a 2.20GAA. At home his is 9-7 with a 2.32GAA.
….Against the Canadiens Luongo has a career record of 11-21 with a 2.54GAA.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens failed to score on their only power play opportunity in Tampa. Over the last 12 games they are 2 for 34 – 5.8%.
….As a result the Canadiens have fallen from fourth in the league to 15th at 19.0% (24/126).
….Florida’s power play ranks 20th at 17.7% (22/124)
….Canadiens penalty killers rank 5th in the league at 84.7% (19/124)
….Florida penalty killers are 18th (22/112) 80.4%
Florida Lines and Pairings
11-Jonathan Huberdeau 16-Aleksander Barkov 68-Jaromir Jagr
36-Jussi Jokinen 21-Vincent Trocheck 18-Reilly Smith
73-Brandon Pirri 17-Derek MacKenzie 4Logan Shaw\
42-Quinton Howden 53-Corban Knight 86-Connor Brickley
51-Brian Campbell 44-Erik Gudbranson
33-Willie Mitchell 6-Alex Petrovic
7-Dmitry Kulikov 5-Aaron Ekblad
Scratch – Shawn Thornton
Injuries – C Nick Bjugstad (IR migraines); C Dave Bolland (lower body); D Steven Kampfer (IR knee); C Marc Savard (LTIR concussion)
Canadiens Line Combinations & 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 42-Sven Andrighetto
32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 41-Paul Byron
28-Nathan Beaulieu 76-P.K. Subban
79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry
45-Mark Barberio 6-Greg Pateryn
Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken fingers); D Tom Gilbert (upper body)
Scratches – D Alexei Emelin; D Jarred Tinordi; RW Devante Smith-Pelly