Chicago vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Jan. 14, 2016 – 7:35pm
Lineup Changes –
….Mike Condon will start in goal for the Canadiens. Tomas Fleischmann returns to the lineup on the Desharnais line. Devante Smith-Pelly will be a healthy scratch and Sven Andrighetto start at right wing on the Galchenyuk line.
Head to Head –
….This the first of two games this season between the Canadiens and Blackhawks. The second game will be played Sunday in Chicago.
….The Blackhawks swept the 2-game 2014-2015 season series vs. the Canadiens and have won three straight in the series. The Hawks have at least a point in each of their last seven games overall vs. the Canadiens the longest streak against them since a ten game run in 1966-67 (3-0 plus 7 tie games)
….Until last season’s 5-0 loss the Canadiens had won six Bell Centre games in a row vs. Chicago dating back to Dec. 3, 2001. The Canadiens have won 13 of the last 17 home games against the Hawks.
….The Canadiens are four wins and seven points behind their pace of last season. After 43 games last year they were 27-14-2 for 56 points. Starting with their 44th game last season the Canadiens won five in a row and eight of the next ten.
….At this stage last season Canadiens defensemen had contributed 18 goals including 9 from P.K. Subban and 5 from Andrei Markov. This season after 43 games the Canadiens defense has scored ten goals with Subban and Markov contributing 2 each. (Canadiens defensemen scored a total of 37 goals last season including 25 even strength. This year they have five goals 5-on-5)
….On December second the Canadiens held an 11 point lead in the Atlantic Division. Since then they have fallen to eight points behind the Florida Panthers who have points in 13 straight games. They are also two points behind Detroit.
….Over their last 18 games the Canadiens goal differential is minus-19 – second worst in the league.
….The Canadiens have alternated wins and losses over the last six games. (3-3-0).
….After a 4-3-0 start to the season against Western Conference teams, the Canadiens are 0-6-0 the last six games and at 4-9-0 now have the worst inter-conference record in the league.
….Since the first of December the Canadiens have produced 5 power play goals in 56 opportunities (8.9%) Over their last eight games it is 2-for-22. On December first the power play ranked 4th in the league at 25.9%.
….P.K. Subban has five points his last six games and snapped his 33 game goal drought with a goal vs. Pittsburgh Saturday.
….Max Pacioretty has 3 goals, 3 assists and is plus-4 over his last six games.
….Pacioretty has never scored a goal against Chicago in 6 career games (0g, 2a)
….Only three players have taken more shots on goal than Pacioretty’s 166. He has 17 goals.
….In ten career games, Tomas Plekanec has also never scored against Chicago (0g, 2a)
About the Blackhawks (28-13-4)–
….Two and a half weeks ago the Blackhawks trailed the Dallas Stars by 13 points in the Central Division. With a win vs. the Canadiens they have a chance to move into a tie for first place with the Stars.
….Chicago has won eight games in a row since Dec. 27th and 15 of it’s last 19. During their eight game win streak they have averaged 4 goals per game.
….The eight game win streak matched their longest win streak since they put together a franchise record 11 game streak in Feb./March 2013.
….The Hawks have just completed a perfect four game home stand and now play nine of 11 of the road. One of those two home games will be Sunday against the Canadiens.
….With a win over the Canadiens Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville would move past Al Arbour into second place among NHL coaches with 783 wins. Before joining the Blackhawks he was head coach at St. Louis and Colorado. Quenneville signed a three year contract extension on Tuesday morning.
….On December 28th, Quenneville re-assembled the line of Andrew Shaw/Jonathan Toews/Marian Hossa. In the eight games since (all wins) Toews has 5 goals, 5 assists; Hossa 2g, 3a and Shaw 2g, 4a.
….Patrick Kane leads the Blackhawks with 63 points, almost twice as many points as Canadiens leader Max Pacioretty’s 33.
….24 year old rookie Panarin is second on the Hawks with 39 points (15g, 24a) which is more than team standbys Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.
….During Kane’s 26 game point streak, linemate Panarin had 7 goals and 24 points.
….Mike Condon will make his first career start vs. Chicago and his third consecutive start. He had a three game win streak snapped vs. Pittsburgh Saturday. Prior to that he had lost seven straight.
….Since Price’s November 25th injury Condon is 3-8-0 with a 2.64GAA in 11 starts and two relief appearances.
….Condon’s rookie record is 12-10-3 with a .910save% and 2.35GAA.
….In his start Corey Crawford was forced to make 41 saves vs. Nashville to record his sixth consecutive win. His season record is 24-10-2 with a 2.20GAA and .927 save%.
….The last time Crawford faced the Canadiens at the Bell Centre he turned aside all 28 shots in a 5-0 shutout win Nov. 4, 2014.
….Crawford has never lost a game in regulation time vs. the Canadiens in five starts (3-0-2). Against the Canadiens he has a 1.38GAA. has a career record of 3-0-2.
Special Teams –
…..The Canadiens power play has produced just 2 goals in the last 22 opportunities over the last eight games. The Canadiens rank 16th in the league 26/144 18.1%.
….Chicago’s power play ranks 4th – 30/135 22.2%.
….Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 6th 22/142 84.5%. Chicago ranked 11the 23/125 81.6%.
Chicago Line Combinations & Pairings
65-Andrew Shaw 19-Jonathan Toews 81-Marian Hossa
72-Artemi Panarin 86- Teuvo Teravainen 88-Patrick Kane
11-Andrew Desjardins 24-Phillip Danault 14-Richard Panik
53-Brandon Mashinter 70-Dennis Rasmussen 28-Ryan Garbutt
2-Duncan Keith 4-Niklas Hjalmarsson
52-Erik Gustafsson 7-Brent Seabrook
57-Trevor van Riemsdyk 32-Michal Rosival
Injuries – C Artem Anisimov (Illness); C Markus Kruger (IR wrist surgery)
Canadiens Lines and Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 41-Paul Byron
43-Daniel Carr 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
74-Alexei Emelin 45-Mark Barberio
Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Dale Weise (IR wrist); D Tom Gilbert (IR lower body)
Healthy Scratches – RW Devante Smith-Pelly; D Jarred Tinordi; D Greg Pateryn