Carolina vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 7, 2016 – 2:35pm
The Lineup –
….Michel Therrien indicates he will go with the same lineup that defeated Edmonton 5-1 Saturday afternoon, which includes Ben Scrivens making his second consecutive start in goal.
Head to Head –
….Both Andrei Markov and Eric Staal will play in their 900th career games. Markov, who was selected in the 6th round of the 1998 draft (162nd) made his NHL debut in 2000-2001. Staal, a 2003 second overall draft choice, debuted in 2003-2004.
….The morning of the Canadiens Dec. 5th meeting with the Hurricanes, Carolina ranked 30th in the league. Including their 3-2 win that night, Carolina has a subsequent record of 16-8-4. Over the same period the Canadiens are 6-19-1.
….At the Bell Centre the Canadiens have won five straight vs. Carolina. The Hurricanes last win in Montreal was Feb. 13, 2012.
….The last time the teams met at the Bell Centre was March 19th. Carey Price with the shutout in a 4-0 win.
….Second of three games. Carolina edged the Canadiens 3-2 December 5th at Raleigh. Jeff Skinner’s power play goal at 12:28 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie. Carr and Andrighetto scored the Canadiens goals.
….The loss ended a five game winning streak in the series.
….The Canadiens still have defeated the Hurricanes five of the last six games while outscoring them 20-6.
….Since the start of the 2013-14 season the Canadiens have taken 17 of a possible 20 points from Carolina (8-1-1).
….The Canadiens have not won consecutive games since their four game winning streak Nov. 20-27 a stretch of 29 games. During that streak they also won consecutive home games for the last time. The last time the Canadiens went that long without recording two in a row was the infamous 1939-40 season when they went 38 games without putting together two straight.
….In their last eight games they are 2-6 and have allowed four or more goals in six of those games.
….The Canadiens are ranked fourth in the league in fewest shots allowed at 27.7 per game. (Carolina gives up the second fewest shots – 26.7 per game)
….The Canadiens power play has produced a goal in each of the last five games. However their penalty killers have given up five goals the last four games. The Canadiens also allowed a shorthand goal to Edmonton Saturday.
….The Canadiens are now dead even – 142 goals-for and 142 goals-against. Which means 2.68 goals per game average (12th ranked) and 2.68 goals against (11th ranked). In the standings they are one win over .500 – 25-24-4.
….Max Pacioretty has 0 goals, 1 assist and is minus-10in his last seven games. In his last ten games against Carolina he has 8 goals, 5 assists.
….P.K. Subban has two goals, six assists on a five-game points streak. He has no points his last six games against Carolina. With 36, Subban ranks fourth in the league in assists behind only Erik Karlsson (48), Patrick Kane (44), and Evgeny Kuznetsov (37).
….Alex Galchenyuk scored his first career hattrrick vs. Carolina Dec. 16th of last season.
About the Hurricanes – 24-21-8 56pts
…..The Hurricanes were the first Carolina franchise to win a professional sports championship when they won the Stanley Cup in 2006 when they defeated Edmonton in the seven-game final. The Carolina Panthers will try to be the second in Super Bowl-50 vs. Denver.
….After losing their first three games of 2016 the Hurricanes are 8-3-1. Over those 12 games they have scored at a 2.92 per game rate. They have won four of their last five. And have scored five goals in three of their last four games.
….The Hurricanes defeated the Jets 5-3 Thursday in Winnipeg, scoring four goals in the first period.
….Carolina ranks 23rd overall in scoring at an average of 2.4 per game. They are 19th in goals-against – 2.7 per game.
….This will be Eric Staal‘s 900th career NHL game.
….Eric Staal has no points in his last six games vs. the Canadiens.
….Jordan Staal has 5 goals, 10 assists his last 13 games.
….Jeff Skinner scored two goals against the Canadiens December 5th including the game winner. He has points in four straight games – 2g 3a.
….Including the Carey Price statistics, Canadiens goaltending now ranks 23rd in the league with a .903 save%.
….Ben Scrivens will make his second consecutive start after stopping 23 of 24 shots in the 5-1 win over Edmonton. It will be his career start against Carolina. Vs. the Hurricanes he is 2-2-0 with a 2.54GAA and .925 save percentage.
….In five appearances with the Canadiens Scrivens is 1-4-0 with a 3.27GAA and .867 save percentage.
….Cam Ward made his first start in six games Thursday in Winnipeg after suffering a concussion January 15th.
….Ward is 15-16 with a 2.43GAA. He is 6-8 and 2.62 on the road.
….Ward has a 6-3-2 recent record with a .928 save percentage and 1.89GAA. He recently missed six games with a concussion.
….Vs. the Canadiens Ward has a career record of 16-13 with a 2.62GAA but over his last six starts against them he is 1-5-0 with a 3.95 GAA and .873 save percentage. . Over his last 13 starts vs. Montreal he is 5-8-1..
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play ranks 16th in the league (33/181) 18.2%. The have scored five power play goals the last five games.
….Canadiens penalty killing ranks 6th (28/169) 83.4% but the Canadiens have allowed 5 power play goals the last four games.
…..Carolina’s power play is operating at 16.4% (27/165) – 28th in the league. Their penalty killing is 14th ranked (25/132) 81.1%.
Carolina Line Combinations & Pairings
32-Kris Versteeg 12-Eric Staal 16-Elias Lindholm
15-Joakim Nordstrom 11-Jordan Staal 15-Andrej Nestrasil
53-Jeff Skinner 49-Victor Rask 34-Phillip di Giuseppe
14-Nathan Gerbe 18-Jay McClement 20-Riley Nash
65-Ron Hainsey 27-Justin Faulk
26-John-Michael Liles 74-Jaccob Slavin
5-Noah hanifin 47-Michal Jordon
Healthy Scratches – LW Chris Terry; C Brad Malone; D Ryan Murphy
Injuries – D-James Wisniewski (IR knee); D Brett Pesce (IR-foot).
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
27-Alex Galchenyuk 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
15-Tomas Fleischmann 81-Lars Eller 42-Sven Andrighetto
32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry
45-Mark Barberio 77-Tom Gilbert
Healthy Scratches – D Nathan Beaulieu; D Greg Pateryn
Injuries – G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Paul Byron (IR lower body); LW Lucas Lessio (IR lower body); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee)