Canadiens vs. St. Louis
Scottrade Center – Jan. 16, 2016 – 7:05pmEST
Lineup Changes –
….Dale Weise returns to the lineup after suffering a wrist injury New Year’s Day vs. Boston at Foxboro. He will play with Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn.
….Jacob de la Rose was called up Thursday from St. John’s. He will play on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller.
Defenseman Victor Bartley has joined the team following the Tinordi trade to Arizona. He will be a healthy scratch.
….The Canadiens have won three straight games against the Blues outscoring them 12-3.
….The Canadiens and Carey Price shutout the Blues 3-0 in the first meeting back on October 20th. The win was part of the franchise record 9-0-0 start. Price made 38 saves. Pacioretty, Semin and Torrey Mitchell scored the goals.
….Last February’s 5-2 win was the Canadiens first in St. Louis since Nov. 16, 2008.
….Since 2000 the Blues are 10-5-1 vs the Canadiens.
….The Blues are 4-4-3 at home vs. the East. The Canadiens are 1-5-0 vs. Western Conference teams on the road.
….The Blues currently have seven players on their injury list to bring their total man-games lost to 169.
….Going into this game the Canadiens have 90 man-games lost to injury, two more than all of last year.
….The Canadiens have won four of their last eighteen games. The last time they had a slump that remotely matches that was the 1939-40 season when over a 20-game stretch they were 1-18-1 under head coach Pit Lepine. That team, worst in Canadiens history, won only four of the final 38 games of a 48 game schedule and finished the season 10-33-5.
….In the 18 games since December 3rd the Canadiens have scored 33 goals. They were shutout once and were limited to 1 goal on eight other occasions.
….On November 25th the Canadiens beat the Rangers 5-1 at Madison Square Garden. Since them the Canadiens are 7-14-1. The Rangers are 7-12-3.
….The Canadiens are 10-2 this season with Carey Price in the nets. 13-16-3 without him.
….Max Pacioretty has three goals in his last three games against St. Louis.
….In the Canadiens last visit to St. Louis, Alex Galchenyuk had two goals and an assist in the 5-2 win on February 24th. Brendan Gallagher scored twice.
….The continuing slumps include: Plekanec – 1 goal last 27 games; Desharnais – 1 goals last 21; Lars Eller – 1 goal last 24 games; Tomas Fleischmann – 1 goal last 19.
….The Blues have had serious injury problems. Out of the lineup are goaltender Jake Allen, plus Alexander Steen, Jay Bouwmeester, Carl Gunnarssson, Steve Ott, Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz.
….The Blues have lost six of their last eight games including a 4-1 home ice defeat at the hands of Carolina on Thursday. In four of the eight games they have given up four goals.
….In their 11 games since Christmas the Blues have scored only 22 goals in regulation time.
….Versus Eastern Conference teams this season, the Blues are 7-8-5.
….Kevin Shattenkirk, who is often mentioned to trade talks, leads Blues defensemen with 8 goals and 28 points in 37 games.
….Mike Condon has a 1.52 goals against average over his last four starts. He is 2-2 in the four games.
….This will be his third consecutive start. Ben Scrivens will start Sunday in Chicago.
….This will be Condon’s first career start vs. the B.lues.
….Since Carey Price’s Nov. 25th injury Condon is 3-9-0
….Brian Elliott has not started against the Canadiens since Nov. 6, 2010 when he was with Ottawa.
….Elliott was pulled early in the third period in Thursday’s game against Carolina after the Hurricanes made it 3-0.
Special Teams –
…The Canadiens power play has scored two goals the last 23 opportunities over the last nine games. They have fallen to 18th in the league – 26/145 17.9%.
…Canadiens penalty killers rank 5th in the league 26/145 84.6%
….St. Louis special teams ranking in the league’s top five in both penalty killing and power play. Power play ranked 5th 28/133 21.1%. Penalty killing 3rd ranked – 22/152 85.5%
St. Louis Line Combinations and Pairings
Robby Fabbri -Jori Lehtera -Vladimir Tarasenko
Scotty Upshall -Paul Stastny -Troy Brouwer
Ty Rattie -David Backes -Patrick Berglund
Dmitrij Jaskin -Kyle Brodziak -Ryan Reaves
Joel Edmundson -Alex Pietrangelo
Kevin Shattenkirk -Colton Parayko
Chris Butler -Robert Bortuzzo
Injuries – G Jake Allen (IR lower body); LW Alexander Steen (facial); LW Jaden Schwartz (IR fractured ankle); C Steve Ott (IR hamstring); D Jayt Bouwmeester (upper body); D Carl Gunnarsson (upper body); LW Magnus Paajarvi (upper body);
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk Jacob de la Rose
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 41-Paul Byron
32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 22-Dale Weise
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
74-Alexei Emelin 45-Mark Barbeiro
Injuries – G Carey Pricc (IR knee); D Tom Gilbert (IR lower body)
Healthy Scratches – RW Devante Smith-Pelly; D Greg Pateryn; D Victor Bartley