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Toronto vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 27, 2016 – 7:15pm


Lineup Changes

….LW Phillip Danault will be in the lineup wearing #24. Michael McCarron #34. Optional skate for Canadiens Saturday morning. Danault and McCarron will be in the lineup somewhere. Defenseman Morgan Ellis #85 will be a healthy scratch.

….Toronto traded goaltender James Reimer to San Jose Saturday afternoon. Jonathan Bernier in goal for the Leafs.

1 tor prv gallagher scoreHead to Head

….This is the fourth of four meetings this season.

….The Canadiens won the season opener 3-1 in Toronto Oct. 7th. October 24th, a 5-3 Montreal win. (Those games were the first and last of the Canadiens record nine-game win streak. The Canadiens won the last meeting 3-2 in an Air Canada Centre shootout – Lars Eller scoring in the 5th round.

….The Canadiens are looking to complete a season sweep of Toronto and record their tenth consecutive win over the Leafs.

….Six of the nine consecutive wins were decided by one goal – four in overtime or shootout. (toronto is 0-5-4 in those games)

….The last time Leafs beat the Canadiens was Jan. 18th 2014 in Toronto– Jonathan Bernier’s only career win vs. Montreal.

….The last time Toronto won at the Bell Centre was a 4-3 victory in the 2013-14 season opener (Oct. 1)

….It’s been 57 years since the Canadiens last won ten straight vs. Toronto – (Jan. 2 to Nov. 12, 1958).

….Toronto has scored a total of nine goals in going 0-3-2 their last five games at the Bell Centre.

About the Canadiens

….This is the Canadiens final game of the month of February. A win vs. Toronto would give them a winning month for the first time since November.

Canadiens Season By Month

October         10-2-0 (1st )

November      8-2-3 (tied for 2nd)

December      3-11-0 (30th)

January        3-8-1 (30th)

February      5-5-1 (15th)

1 tor prv pac….The Canadiens have taken five of a possible six points over the last three games.

….Over their last nine games they are 5-3-1. This follows the 5-2-1 stretch that effectively ended any hopes of a playoff berth.

….Brendan Gallagher has scored goals n five of his last nine games.

….Max Pacioretty has 3 goals, 1 assist in three games vs. Toronto this season and 15 goals 9 assists in 31 career games against them.

….P.K. Subban has 14 points in eleven career games vs. Toronto including 1 goals 4 assists in this season’s three games.

….Alex Galchenyuk has a pair of two-goal outings his last six games.


About the Leafs

….This will be the tenth time in the last eleven seasons Toronto has failed to make the playoffs.

…..Toronto is 21-28-10 this season. Only Edmonton at 22-34-7 has a worse record.

…..The Leafs snapped a four game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Carolina on Thursday. The last time they won back to back games was Feb. 2nd & 4th.

…..Toronto has two wins over their last nine games.

….The Toronto February fire sale has included the trades of veterans James Reimer, Dion Phaneuf, Roman Polak, Nick Spaling and Shawn Matthias. They have also placed defenseman Jared Cowen on waivers.

….On Thursday the Leafs announced that forwards James van Riemsdyk (broken foot) and Joffrey Lupul (sports hernia surgery) are out for the rest of the season

….Toronto will have their top scorer Leo Komarov back after a three game suspension.

….P.A. Parenteau has three goals in his last five games.

….Last season Parenteau scored eight goals and 22 points in 56 games with the Canadiens. He 16 goals and 32 pointrs in 59 games this year with Toronto.

….Toronto ranks 24th in the league in goals against and 28th in goals scored.

1 leafs prvGoaltending

….Mike Condon is 2-0-1 in his last three starts with a goals against average of 1.90 in those games.

….Condon has appeared in one career game vs. the Leafs. Jan. 23 3-2 shootout win. He stopped 17 of 19 shots.

….This will be Condon’s 41st appearance. In 40GP, he is 15-17-5 with a 2.54GAA and .904 save%.

….Jonathan Bernier has one career win vs. the Canadiens. James Reimer traded to San Jose Saturday.

….Bernier’s career record vs. Montreal 11GP (1-7-3) 3.17GAA .896 save%

….This season Bernie is 7-15-3 with a 3.09GAA and .898 save%.

Special Teams

…..The Canadiens power play currently ranks 16th in the league (37/200) 18.5%.

…..Over the last nine games the Canadiens have killed off 21 of 24 penalties. The penalty kill ranks 6th in the league at 83.7% (31/190)

…..Over the last five games at the Bell Centre Toronto’s power play is 0-for-19.

….Toronto’s special teams are at minus-12 for the season.

…..Overall Toronto’s power play is the worst in the league at 14.7% (28/190)

….The Leaf’s penalty killing ranks 19th @ 79.8% (40/198)

Toronto Forward Lines & Pairings

40-Michael Grabner 43-Nazem Kadri 47-Leo Komarov

38-Colin Greening 24-Peter Holland 26-Daniel Winnik

32-Josh Leivo 33-Mark Arcobllo 17-P.A. Parenteau

49-Brendan Leipsic 56-Byron Froese 28-Brad Boyes

44-Morgan Rielly 2-Matt Hunwick

51-Jake Gardiner 20-Frank Corrado

52-Martin Marincin 50-Stuart Percy

40-Jonathan Bernier

Injuries – LW James van Riemsdyk (IR broken foot); LW Milan Michalek (IR broken finger); LW Joffrey Lupol (IR sports hernia); C Tyler Bozak (IR concussion); D Jared Cowen (hip) D Stephan Robidas (IR knee); RW Nathan Horton (LTIR spine)

Unconfirmed Canadiens Starting Lines & Pairings –

67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

27-Alex Galchenyuk 81-Lars Eller 41-Paul Byron

25-Jacob de la Rose 24-Phillip Danault  21 Devante Smith-Pelly

42-Sven Andrighetto 17-Torrey Mitchell 34-Michael McCarron

79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban

74-Alexei Emelin 5-Greg Pateryn

20-Victor Bartley 45-Mark Barberio

39-Mike Condon

Healthy Scratches – D Morgan Ellis; LW Lucas Lessio

Injuries – D-Nathan Beaulieu (IR-lower body); C David Desharnais (IR broken foot) D-Jeff Petry (IR sports hernia surgery); LW-Brian Flynn (IR lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee); Tom Gilbert (IR left knee)