Canadiens vs. Philadelphia
Wells Fargo Center – Jan. 5, 2016 – 7:35pm
Lineup Changes –
….Dale Weise goes on injury reserve. Sven Andrighetto was called up from St. John’s.
….The Flyers will once again dress 11 forwards and 7 defensemen.
….Ben Scrivens in goal vs. the Flyers Michael Neuvirth.
….In the 17 meetings since the start of the 2010-2011 season, the Canadiens are 10-5-2 vs. the Flyers. 2-1-2 over the last five.
….Most of the Flyer losses have come at the Bell Centre. In Philadelphia over the same stretch the Flyers are 7-0-1.
….Over the last 26 games in the series, the home team has won 19 times.
….All three meetings last season were decided with Canadiens wins after overtime. The only game in Philadelphia was decided 4-3 in a shootout on Oct. 11. Flyers blew a 3-0 lead. Parenteau with the shootout winner. All three of the games went to overtime.
….At the Bell Centre Nov. 15 Parenteau and Dale Weise each scored twice in a 6-3 win. Also at the Bell Centre David Desharnais scored in overtime for a 2-1 Feb. 10th.
….Andrei Markov led the Canadiens with six points in last season’s three games vs. the Flyers. (1G, 5A).
….Braydon Schenn and Wayne Simmonds each had two goals and an assist.
….Thanks to their horrible December the Canadiens are now 7 points behind their 40 game pace of last season. Last season they were 26-12-2 for 54 points. This season 22-15-3 and 47 points.
….This is the final game of the Canadiens record-equaling eight game road trip. The Canadiens have won two of the last three after losing their first four.
….In their last two wins the Canadiens have scored nine goals.
….The Canadiens have a plus17 goal differential. The Flyers are minus-23.
….When Brendan Gallagher has played the Canadiens are 17-4-2 this season.
….With eleven, Dale Weise is one of only three players who have passed the ten game threshold for the season. He is the second highest goalscorer on the team behind only Max Pacioretty’s 16.
….With the injuries to Weise, Price and Gilbert the Canadiens man-games injury count reaches 80 at the midpoint of the season. The Canadiens lost 88 man-games to injury all of last season.
….This is the ninth set of back to back games for the Canadiens. In the set’s opening games they are 4-4-0.
….The Flyers are Alex Galchenyuk’s favourite opponent. He has 3 goals, 7assists in eight games against them. In the three games last season he had a goal and 4 assists.
….When an opponent scored the first goal, the Canadiens are 6-11-6 this season.
About the Flyers –
….The Flyers come into this game with a 15-15-7 record after having been swept in a three game road trip to California. This is the third time this season they’ve posted a three game losing streak.
….In the first period of their games this season they have been outscored 34-15.
… They are seven games out of a playoff spot.
….They have lost four of their last five games. In all five of those games they allowed the first goal.
….Philadelphia is the second lowest scoring NHL team with only 78 goals – 2.11 goals per game. Only Anaheim has scored fewer goals at 1.89 per game.
….Flyers captain Claude Giroux has one point his last seven games. Giroux still leads the Flyers scorers with 12 goals and in pooints with 29.
….Giroux ranks eighth in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 57.3.
….Linemate Jakub Voracek has ten points his last eight games (3goals, 7 assists).
….Five time 20-goal scorer R.J. Umberger has not scored a goal in 40 straight games including 22 this season. He has five assists. Umberger is signed for two more seasons at 4.6 million against the cap and reportedly has a no movement clause, which is one of the reasons the Flyers were forced place Sam Gagner on waivers last week.
….Speaking of bad contracts, Vincent LeCavalier has 0 goals and 1 assist in seven games played this season. He has not played since Nov. 12th. He was a healthy scratch in 12 of the Flyers first 19 games this season. Back problems are his most recent complaint. LeCavalier has one year remaining on his 4.5 million dollar annual contract.
….Ben Scrivens will make his second start for the Canadiens. He made 27 saves in a 3-1 loss at Florida Dec. 30.
….Scrivens has faced the Flyers three times in his career with a 2-1 record and a .921 save percentage.
….Michal Neuvirth leads the NHL regular goaltenders in save percentage at .937 and has the fifth best GAA at 2.06. In his 17 appearances he has an 8-5-2 record with three shutouts.
….Last season Ray Emery played in all three games against the Canadiens. Emery is now with the AHL Toronto Marlies.
….Mike Condon, who is expected to start Wednesday vs. New Jersey, has won his last two starts after losing seven in a row. He is 11-12 with a 2.42GAA
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play has dropped to 17th in the league at 18.8% (25/133)
….The Penalty killing remains strong. 4th overall at 84.8% (20/132)
….The Flyers penalty killing ranks 26th in the league at 77.3 percent. On their three game California road trip they allowed six power play goals.
….They are also 27th inpower play percentage at
Philadelphia Line Combinations & Pairings
93-Jakub Voracek 28-Claude Giroux 17-Wayne Simmonds
12-Michael Raffl 14-Sean Couturier 10-Brayden Schenn
76-Chris VandeVeld 78-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 25-Ryan White
24-Matt Read 21-Scott Laughton 20-R.J. Umberger
15-Michael Del Zotto 3-Radko Gudas
55-Nick Schultz 32-Mark Streit
22-Luke Schenn 53-Shayne Gostisbehere
Injuries – C Vincent Lecavalier (IR back)
Scratches – D evgeny Medvedev; D Brandon Manning
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 43-Daniel Carr
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
28-Nathan Beaulieu 76-P.K. Subban
79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry
74-Alexei Emelin Mark Barberio
Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); D Tom Gilbert (lower body) RW Dale Weise (upper body)
Scratches – D Greg Pateryn; D Mark Tinordi; RW Sven Andrighetto