Nashville vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 22, 2016 – 7:35pm
Lineup Changes –
….LW Tomas Fleischmann returns to the lineup after missing two games as a healthy scratch.. Lucas Lessio sits. D Mark Barberio replaces Tom Gilbert who is day to day with a lower body injury. Mike Condon in goal.
….Nashville won the season’s other meeting with the Canadiens 5-1 Dec. 21st at Bridgestone Arena. Dustin Tokarski was pulled in the third period after allowing 3 goals on 14 shots.
….When the teams met Dec. 21st, the Canadiens were still first in the Atlantic Division. Since then the Canadiens are 8-15-1 while Nashville is 10-10-5.
….The Predators have earned at least a point in each of the last eight games with the Canadiens (5-0-3).
….Four of the last six meetings have been decided in overtime or shootout with the Canadiens winning three of the four overtime games; Nashville winning once in overtime and once in a shootout.
… Nashville’s last loss in regulation time at the Bell Centre was just over seven years ago, Jan. 15, 2009. The Predators have earned a point in five of the last six in Montreal (3-1-2). Five of the games were decided by a goal.
….The last time they met in Montreal, Jan. 20, 2015 the Canadiens won 2-1 thanks to P.K. Subban‘s overtime power play winner.
….This is only Nashville’s third visit to Montreal in the last five seasons. They have lost four of the last five in Montreal. The Canadiens are 6-2-1 in the nine meetings at the Bell Centre since the Predators joined the league for the ’97-’98 season.
….With exactly one week to the trade deadline and 23 games remaining in their seasons the Canadiens are eight points out of a wild card spot. There afe five teams between the Canadiens and the final wild card berth.
.….Despite their win vs. Philadelphia Friday, sportsclubstats.com continue to list the Canadiens with only a 5.7% chance of making the playoffs.
….The Canadiens have by far the worst inter-conference record in the league at 5-13-1. No other team East or West has fewer than eight wins against the opposing conference. They are 2-7-1 vs. the Central division.
….The Canadiens have an active four game home winning streak. The Canadiens haven’t won five straight at home since they won their first five Bell Centre games to start the season. Since then their longest home winning streak was two – Nov22 (Islanders); Dec. 1.(Columbus)
….Canadiens penalty killing has given up eight goals over the previous 30 time shorthanded.
….The Predators have a record of 27-21-11 after 59 games which puts them in the final Wild Card berth in the Western Conference.
….Nashville have equaled a franchise record with points in seven consecutive games on the road.
….Overall they have points in their last five games (2-0-3).
….The Predators are 1-10 in overtime this season.
….It’s faint praise considering where Canadian teams are in the standings but Nashville has points in 12 of the last 13 games against teams based in Canada (9-1-3) – 21 of a possible 26 points.
….After scoring ten goals in his first 40 games, Filip Forsberg has six goals in his last seven.
….Forsberg has a point in four straight vs. the Canadiens (1g, 3a).
….James Neal has points in four of his last five vs. the has (3g, 3a).
….Mike Ribeiro has a goal and eight assists in his last six games against the Canadiens.
….Overall Ribiero has 0-goals 8 assists in his last eight games. On the road his record he has two goals, 11 assists in 29 games.
….Ribeiro played in his 1,000th career game February 6th vs. San Jose.
….Mike Condon in 38 appearances has a 14-17-0 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.58GAA.
….Condon has appeared once against the Predators; a Jan. 20th third period mop up role in relief of Dustin Tokarski he allowed one goal on 4 shots in 16:35 ice time.
….Pekka Rinne in 48 games is 21-18-0 with a .905 save% 2.50GAA
….Rinne has stopped 57 of 59 shots his last two starts after posting a 4.00 GAA in his previous four appearances..
….Against the Canadiens he is 5-0-1 with a 0.99 GAA in his last six starts against the Canadiens.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play ranks 17th in the league (36/196) 18.4%. Their penalty killing is 7th (31/186) 83.3%.
….The Nashville power play is 7th in the league (31/186) 83.3%. Their penalty killing ranks 22nd (37/182) 79.7%.
Nashville Line Combinations & Pairings
19-Calle Jarnkrok 92-Ryan Johansen 18-James Neal
19-Filip Forsberg 63-Mike Ribeiro 15-Craig Smith
33-Colin Wilson 12-Mike Fisher 38-Viktor Arvidsson
20-Miikka Salomaki 28-Paul Gaustad 57-Austin Watson
59-Roman Josi 6-Shea Weber
14-Mattias Ekholm 4-Ryan Ellis
8-Petter Granberg 2-Anthony Bitetto
Injuries – D Barret Jackman (upper body); RW Gabriel Bourque (LTIR undisclosed); LW Eric Nystrom (IR broken foot)
Healthy Scratches – C Cody Bass;
Canadiens Lines & Pairings –
27-Alex Galchenyuk 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
67-Max Pacioretty 81-Lars Eller 42-Sven Andrighetto
41-Paul Byron 25-Jacob de la Rose 22-Dale Weise
15=Tomas Fleischmann 17-Torrey Mitchell 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
28-Nathan Beaulieu 74-Alexei Emelin
45-Mark Barberio 6-Greg Pateryn
Healthy Scratches – D Mark Barberio; LW Lucas Lessio
Injuries – C David Desharnais (lower body) D-Jeff Petry (IR lower body); LW-Brian Flynn (IR lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee); Tom Gilbert (lower body)