Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 9, 2016 – 7:35pm
Lineup Changes –
….D Nathan Beaulieu will replace Jeff Petry who came out of the Carolina game with a lower body injury. He will be paired with Mark Barberio while Tom Gilbert moves up to play with Alexei Emelin. Beaulieu was a healthy scratch the last two games.
….Ben Scrivens will make his third consecutive start.
….Tampa has won five of their last six games at the Bell Centre.
….The Lightning have earned at least a point in each of the last ten meetings with the Canadiens.
….This is the second of four meetings this season. The Canadiens edged Tampa 4-3 December 28th. Max Pacioretty scored the winner in a shootout. It ended a seven game winning Tampa win streak over the Canadiens.
….The Canadiens were 0-4-1 vs. the Lightning last year and were outscored 21-8 They were 1-1-2 in 2013-14 for a two-season total of 1-5-3.
,,,,,In sweeping all five games last season, Tampa outscored the Canadiens 21-8.
About the Canadiens –
….The Canadiens will try to make it three straight wins for the first time since their four-game streak Nov. 20-27.
….The two game win streak has done little to change the opinion of www.sportsclubstats.com who list the Canadiens with only a 16.5% chance of making the playoffs. By their calculation, only six teams have less chance than the Canadiens of reaching the post season – Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Buffalo, Toronto & Columbus.
….The Islanders hold the final Eastern Wild Card berth with 60 points. The Canadiens have 54 (tied with Ottawa) but the Islanders have three games in hand.
….Dating back to December 15th the Canadiens have scored 44 goals over their last 23 games (1.91 per game). Subban has points on 21 of the 44 (47.7%).
….Subban‘s icetime over the last 23 games averages out to 27:30. (eight times over 29 minutes in a game and 4 times over 30).
….Subban has a point in each of the Canadiens last 12 power play goals (1g 11a). Jean Beliveau has the team record with points on 13 consecutive power plays in 1962-63.
….Dating back to Nov. 28th, it has taken 28 games to score those 12 power play goals (12/96 – 12.5%). In those 28 games Subban has been on the ice for 82.7% of the power play time. (Max Pacioretty is second with 4 PPG and 2 assists in that stretch – Alex Galchenyuk 2g 2a)
….In 31 career games vs. Tampa Max Pacioretty 12 goals, 9 assists for 21 points.
About the Lightning –
….This is the second game in 24 hours for the Lightning. They dropped a 5-1 decision in Ottawa Monday.
….Going into Monday night’s game against Ottawa the Lightning had won 10 of 11 and moved into a tie for second place with Boston in the Atlantic Division. They are two points ahead of the eighth place Islanders and three ahead of ninth place New Jersey.
….Tampa was held to 1 goal Monday night in Ottawa. In their previous 11 games they averaged 3.45 goals per game including six against Pittsburgh on Saturday. The have scored four goals six times in their last 21 games.
…..Since 2009-10 Steven Stamkos ranks second in the league for total goals with 274. Alex Ovechkin has 286 over the same stretch.
….This will be Ben Scrivens’ third consecutive start in goal. The last time he started three straight was April 1, 2 & 4 of last season with the Oilers. He gave up 14 goals in eight periods. He played in 57 games for the Oilers last season.
….Scrivens lost his first four starts with the Canadiens while putting up a 3.84 GAA and .873 save percentage. He gave up two goals in his weekend starts against Edmonton and Carolina stopping 57 of 59 shots (.966 save%).
….The last time Scrivens posted three wins in a row was October 20-27 2014. It was part of a four game winning streak that was capped by a 29-save 4-0 shutout win over the Canadiens. It was the last time he shut out an opponent.
….In five career starts against Tampa he has a 2.70 GAA.
….Ben Bishop has the second best goals against average 2.02 and tenth best save percentage .926 in the league this season. He has allowed 2 goals or fewer in six of his last eight starts and 23 of his last 30.
….Bishop‘s goals against average in his last six starts is 1.76.
….In the Dec. 28th 4-3 shootout loss to the Canadiens he allowed three goals on 34 shots.
….Bishop is 10-1-3 with a 1.62 goals against average in 15 career games against the Canadiens.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play has five goals the last six games. The Canadiens penalty killers have given up five goals over the last five games.
….Tampa Bay’s power play has produced six goals the last six games.
….The Canadiens power play ranks 20th (33/183) 18.0%. Tampa ranks 13th (34/176) 19.3%
….On the penalty kill the Canadiens are 6th (28/171) 83.6. Tampa’s penalty killers are 12th (28/153) 81.7%.
Tampa Bay Line Combinations & Pairings
18-Ondrej Palat 90-Vladislav Namestnikov 91-Steven Stamkos
17-Alex Killorn 3-Tyler Johnson 86-Nikita Kucherov
23-J.T. Brown 51-Valtteri Filppula 24-Ryan Callahan
13-Cedric Paquette 11-Brian Boyle 22-Erik Condra
77-Victor Hedman 6-Anton Stralman
Matthew Carle 62-Andrej Sustr
89-Nikita Nesterov 55-Braydon Colburn
Injuries – Jason Garrison (lower body); Mattias Ohlund (IR knee); Joel Vermin (hand)
Healthy Scratches – RW-Jonathan Marchessault;
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 77-Tom Gilbert
45-Mark Barberio 28-Nathan Beaulieu
Healthy Scratches – D Greg Pateryn
Injuries – D Jeff Petry (lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); RW Paul Byron (IR lower body); LW Lucas Lessio (IR lower body); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee)