Canadiens at Boston
Nov. 11, 2010 7.00pm
Where They Stand – Canadiens – 15 games – (9-5-1) First in Northeast Division Win percentage .633. Boston – 12 games – (8-3-1) Second In Northeast. Win percentage .708.
Recently – Canadiens shutout Vancouver 2-0 Tuesday. Boston beat the Penguins 7-4 in Pittsburgh Wednesday ending a two-game losing streak.
Home/Road – On the road the Canadiens are 5-2-0. At home the Bruins are 2-2-1.
Last Five Games – Canadiens (2-3-0) Boston (3-1-1) All three wins on the road at Ottawa, Buffalo, Pittsburgh.
Historically – First of six meetings. The Canadiens won five of six meetings with the Bruins last season, including all three matchups at TD Garden to improve to 14-5-2 there over the last six regular seasons. Top Scorers in the Season Series – Metropolit 4 goals 2 assists. Gomez 0 goals 4 assists. Michael Cammalleri 3 goals in 2 games. For Boston – Sturm, Bergeron, Chara – 3 points each. Carey Price 3-0 vs. Boston 1.97GAA – .971save%. Exhibition Season – Sept. 22/2010 @Bell Centre – Boston-4 Canadiens-2. Price gives up four goals on first eight shots and is booed by a segment of the crowd. Patrice Bergeron 2 goals, plus Horton and Boychuk. Lapierre SHG and Plekanec PPG.
Goaltending – Montreal – Carey Price league leading 15th start. (8-5-1) 2.28GAA. Save%.918. Career vs. the Bruins Price is 9-2-2 with a 2.39 goals-against average while posting a 5-1-1 mark on the road. Boston – Tim Thomas 8-0-0. 1.39GAA .959save%. Thomas has set the franchise record of eight consecutive winning decisions to start a season. Thomas has a 1.39 GAA in nine games in 2010-11, but is 2-4-1 with a 3.25 GAA in his last seven home meetings with Montreal. Tuukka Rask is 0-2-1 with a 3.24 GAA against the Canadiens at TD Garden
Special Teams – Power Play Montreal 30th in NHL 4goals 51opportunities 7.8%. Boston 9th in NHL 22.2% 10/45. Penalty Killing – Montreal 5th in league 7/62 88.7%. Boston -NHL first 4/44 90.9%.
Who’s Hot – Montreal – Carey Price -2nd shutout Tuesday. Jaroslav Spacek 1 goal 2 assists last two games; Hamrlik & Gionta 1 goal 1 assist each last two. Andrei Kostitsyn has seven goals and 13 assists in 21 career games against the Bruins while getting 10 points in the last 10 games in Bosston. Boston – Michael Ryder – 2g 3ass last 4 games. Brad Marchand 2g 3ass last 4. Marc Recchi 1g 2ass vs. Pittsburgh Wednesday. Nathan Horton leads the tBruins with seven goals and 13 points, and has five points in his last five games against the Canadiens, all while playing with Florida.
Injuries – Montreal – none. Boston – Marc Savard (IR-post concussion syndrome); Trent Whitefield (IR (IR-torn achilles tendon); Marco Sturm (IR-torn ACL/MCL); David Krejci (concussion); Johnny Boychuk (broken arm).
Notes- Before allowing two goals in Pittsburgh, the Bruins had allowed only four first period goals during their first 11 games. Through 15 games the Canadiens have outscored their opponents 11-10 in the first period. This will be the Bruins second game of a stretch that sees them playing five games in seven days. For the Canadiens, the only away game during a stretch of five of six games at home.