Canadiens vs. Winnipeg
MTS Centre – March 5, 2016 – 7:15pm EST
Lineup Changes –
….Alex Galchenyuk moves back to centre between Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty.
….Plekanec with Eller and Andrighetto. McCarron on fourth line with Matteau and Byron
….Second of two meetings this season. At the Bell Centre Nov. 1st the Canadiens defeated Winnipeg 5-1. David Desharnais with a goal and two assists. Tomas Fleischmann two goals. Mike Condon with 18 saves.
….Last season the team’s split. Canadiens won 3-0 behind Carey Price at the Bell Centre. Canadiens lost 5-2 in Winnipeg.
….In that last meeting in Winnipeg Ondrej Pavelec allowed 2 goals on 41 Canadiens shots. Dustin Tokarski 5 on 22 shots.
….Since the team moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg the Canadiens are 9-3-1 vs. the Jets outscoring them 41-22.
….The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 games in the series.
….The Canadiens are 30-29-6 with 66 points. To reach the playoffs they would have to pass five teams in the final 19 games including the Penguins who hold down the final wild card berth and are eight points ahead with 2 games in hand.
….Overall the Canadiens are 22nd in the league.
….It’s clear that all seven Canadian teams will miss the playoffs. Ottawa leads the Canadian group, a point ahead of the Canadiens who are 9th in the current draft seeding. On this date, the Western Canadian teams hold down 4 of the first five draft seeds. . (The last time no Canadian team made the playoffs was 1970. (There were only two Canadian based teams in the league at that time)
….This will be the Canadiens fourth game in six nights – their 5th in 8 played in three different time zones.
….The Canadiens have lost three in a row (0-2-1) and have scored two goals in each of the three losses.
….Since Nov. 28th the Canadiens have averaged 2.12 goals per game which puts their offense at the bottom of the league. In that stretch they are now 12-25-4.
….Overall, and thanks to their opening two months of the season, the Canadiens are 16th in the league at 2.6 goals per game and 20th in goals allowed at 2.7 per game.
….The Canadiens’ power play has fallen to a season-low 24th in the league after rising to 16th three weeks ago. They have two goals in their last 24 opportunities – 8%.
….The defense pairing of Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban has combined for six points over the last two games – Subban 1g, 2a; Markov 3a.
….Max Pacioretty has three goals over his last 19 games but leads the team with 23.
….The Jets record is 26-32-5. (Last season they were 43-26-13 for 99 pts.).
….They Jets are currently tied with Edmonton for the third worst record in the league at 57 points. The Oilers and Jets are one point ahead of Calgary.
….The final four slots in the NHL standings are occupied by western Canadian teams – Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary & Toronto).
….In the interest of tanking, the Jets traded away their captain Andrew Ladd to the Chicago Blackhawks and sent their best goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to their Winnipeg Moose AHL affiliate.
….At home the Jets have lost six in a row and 11 of their last 13. Their last home win was Jan. 26th.
….Overall they have lost three in a row and seven of their last eight (1-5-2) while allowing 3.63 goals per game.
….In their last fourteen games (4-8-2) they have given up four goals seven times and been outscored 50-28.
….Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is on a seven game point streak (1g, 6a).
….Defenseman Josh Morrissey will make his NHL debut in this game. Morrissey was the Jets first round pick in 2013 (13th overall).
….The Jets have four players nominated for the World Cup – Dustin /Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler (Team USA);G Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic); G Connor Hellebuyck (Team North America)
….Mike Condon returns to the nets. His seventh start in the last eight games and 40th start of the season.
….Condon has lost eight of his last ten games.
….Condon‘s season record is 16-24 with a 2.57GAA. He is 8-12 with a 3.01GAA on the road.
….On Nov. 1st Condon stopped 18 of 19 shots in the 5-1 win over the Jets. His record after that game was 4-0…the best career start for a Canadiens goaltender since Wayne Thomas went 7-0 in 1972.
….Ondrej Pavelec is 5-9-1 his lat ten starts.
….Against the Canadiens Pavelec has a career record of 5-9-1 with a 2.79GAA and .907sv% and two shutouts. Prior to his 5-2 win March 26th of last season he had lost seven straight to the Canadiens.
….Pavelec‘s home record this season is 2-6-1.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play now ranks 24th in the league at 17.5% (37/212). (2 for last 24)
….Montreal’s penalty killing remains at 4th – 84.2% (32/203)
….Winnipeg’s special teams are near the bottom of the league in both categories. Their PP ranks 28th and their penalty killing 25th.
….Their special teams differential is minus-21.
….The Jets have given up 53 power play goals, tieing them for most in the league with Ottawa and Arizona.
Winnipeg Line Combinations & Pairings
12-Drew Staffofd 55-Mark Scheifele 26-Blake Wheeler
85-Mathieu Perreault 6-Alex Burmistrov 40-Joel Armia
22-Chris Thorburn 17-Adam Lowry 56-Marko Dano
15-Mark Halischuk 9-Andrew Copp 46-J.C. Lipon
39-Tobias Enstrom 33-Dustin Byfuglien
36-Josh Morrissey 57-Tyler Myers
7-Ben Chiarot 4-Paul Postma
Injuries – RW Nikolaj Ehlers (eye); RW Anthony Pelouso (upper body); C Bryan Little (IR neck vertebrae); D Mark Stuart (IR broken hand); D Grant Clitsome (IR back)
Healthy Scratch – D Jacob Trouba
Canadiens Lines & Pairings –
67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher
81-Lars Eller 14-Tomas Plekanec 42-Sven Andrighetto
25-Jacob de la Rose 24-Phillip Danault 17-Torrey Mitchell
21-Stefan Matteau 34-Michael McCarron 41-Paul Byron
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 5-Greg Pateryn
88-Morgan Ellis 45-Mark Barberio
Healthy Scratches – D Victor Bartley; LW Lucas Lessio; RW Mike Brown
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 surgery)