Columbus vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Jan. 26, 2016 – 7:35pm
Lineup Changes –
….Ben Scrivens in goal. LW Daniel Carr out with lower body injury. Jacob de la Rose on Eller line.
Head to Head –
….The Canadiens have won the last two home games against the Blue Jackets outscoring them 5-2. The Canadiens edged them 2-1 Dec. 1 at the Bell Centre. Max Pacioretty’s power play goal with 2:09 left won the game.
….The Canadiens are 5-3-2 plus one tie in 11 games at the Bell Centre vs. Columbus.
About the Canadiens –
….Since their January 6th win vs. New Jersey the Candiens are 1-5-1 and have been outscored 20-10 over their last five. The lone victory in overtime at Toronto Saturday.
….The Canadiens have scored an average of 1.3 goals per game in their last seven home games while giving up 2.6. They have scored once in each of their last three losses.
….They have lost 17 of their last 22 games.
…..The Canadiens are 2-7-0 in their last nine home games and have lost the last three.
…..The three game home losing streak is the longest in three years – dating back to an 0-3-1 streak Feb. 13-21 2012.
…..The Canadiens have outshot their opponents in 17 of their 25 losses this season…..The Canadiens are 14-19-4 without Carey Price in their lineup.
….At home the Canadiens power play has produced one goal in the last 28 advantages (3.57%). Overall it is 20th in the league. The Canadiens have the best home penalty killing record. In 23 home games they have allowed only six goals in 66 times shorthanded – 90.9%.
….In the second of back to back games the Canadiens have lost four of the last five. They have lost both ends three of the last five back-to-back series. They split the other two.
….With his two points Monday night, P.K. Subban hasd 11 points over his last 12 games – 3 goals, eight assists.
….Max Pacioretty failed to register a point Monday after scoring six goals in his previous four games vs. Columbus.
….Pacioretty needs one goal to reach 20 for fourth time in his career.
….In two games against Columbus this season Pacioretty has one goal on ten shots. He and Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin are the only players to record at least one shot on goal in every one of their team’s games this season.
….The defense pairing of Subban and Markov have accounted for 13 points over the last five games vs. Columbus – Subban with 3 goals 4 assists; Markov 1 goal 5 assists.
About the Blue Jackets (18-27-5)–
….Columbus has lost six of it’s last seven games on the road (1-5-1). Over those seven road games they have scored 14 goals.
….Since their 0-8-0 start the Blue Jacks are 18-19-5.
….Craig Hartsburg will be behind the bench for the third straight game since John Tortorella suffered two broken ribs in an on-ice practice collision with Rene Bourque.
….Ben Scrivens is 0-3-0 with a 3.77 goals against average in three appearances with the Canadiens.
….With with Edmonton Scrivens was 0-0-2 with a 3.24 GAA vs. Columbus in 2014-15 – both of them shootout losses
….Anton Forsberg is winless in 9 NHL starts. His only victory came January 2nd when he replaced Curtis McElhinny in a shootout victory against Washington.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play is ranked 20th in the league at 17.5% (29/166)
….The Blue Jackets are 23rd at 17.0% (26/153)
….On the penalty kill the Canadiens are third ranked at 23/156 and 85.3%.
….The Columbus penalty killers are 13th ranked at 80.9% (34/178).
Columbus Forward Lines & Pairings –
38-Boone jenner 17-Brandon Dubinsky 13-Cam Atkinson
43-Scott Hartnell 41-Alexander Wennberg 20-Brandon Saad
21-Kerby Rychel 25-William Karlsson 71-Nick Foligno
11-Matt Calvert 9-Gregor Campbell 18-Rene Bourque
27-Ryan Murray 3-Seth Jones
7-Jack Johnson 44-Justin Falk
51-Fedor Tyutin 47-Dalton Prout
Injuries – G-Sergei Bobrovsky (IR groin); G Curtis McElhinney (ankle); D David Savard (IR oblique strain); RW David Clarkson (IR upper body)
Healthy Scratches – RW Jared Boll; D Cody Goloubef
Canadiens Lines and Combinations
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
22-Dale Weise 51-David Desharnais 27-Alex Galchenyuk
15-Tomas Fleischmann 81-Lars Eller 25-Jacob de la Rose
21-Devante Smith-Pelly 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
76-P.K. Subban 79-Andrei Markov
26-Jeff Petry 74-Alexei Emelin
28-Nathan Beaulieu 45-Mark Barberio
Injuries – LW Daniel Carr (lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); C Paul Byron (lower body)
Healthy Scratch – D-Greg Pateryn, D Tom Gilbert