Dallas vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – March 8, 2016 – 7:35pm
Lineup Changes –
….Brendan Gallagher out with a lower body injury. Sven Andrighetto replaces him on the line with Galchenyuk and Pacioretty.
….Lars Eller considered a game time decision.
….D Morgan Ellis reassigned to St. John’s. Victor Bartley on third defense pair with Mark Barberio.
….Ben Scrivens in goal.
….In the other meeting this season the Canadiens dropped a 6-2 decision at American Airlines Center Dec. 19th. Spezza 1 g, 2a; Benn 2g,1a). Mike McCarron made his NHL debut in that game.
….Dallas has lost four of their last five in Montreal. Their last win at the Bell Centre was Feb. 21, 2012; a 3-0 shutout win (Lehtonen 31 saves).
….The Stars have played at the Bell Centre only five times in the last thirteen years. Their record over that stretch is 1-4-0.
….Since the Stars moved to Dallas from Minnesota they are 4-7-2 at the Bell Centre.
….This game features two of the biggest bargain choices from the 2007 NHL draft…P.K. Subban drafted 43rd and Jamie Benn drafted 129th.
….With the addition of Brendan Gallagher the Canadiens will officially have eight players on their injury list (not including Lars Eller who will be a gametime decision). The last time their injury list was that populated was the final game of the 2011-2012 season when nine players were out .
….The Canadiens finished 2011-’12 without Carey Price, Ryan White, Scott Gomez and Travis Moen, Mathieu Darche – all with concussions; Brian Gionta (bicep surgery);Petteri Nilelainen (upper body);Yannick Weber (knee); Raphial Diaz (groin). They last had 10 out with injuries on April 4th, 2012 when Tomas Kaberle was also out with an upper body problem.
….In 2011-12 the Canadiens lost 439 man-games to injury. With eight player sidelined this game, the total for the season is 202, more than double last season’s 88; a year in which the Canadiens won 50 games and recorded 110 points. The projected final total will be in the neighbourhood of 325.
….The Canadiens chances of making the playoffs are now listed at 1.1%. If 94 points is the playoff cutoff point the Canadiens would have win 14 of their last 16 games. If there is repeat of last year’s 98 point cutoff mark, the Canadiens would have to win all 16 of their remaining games.
…..The Canadiens are 3-6-2 their last eleven games overall – since the All-star break 6-8-2.
…..The game starts a four game home stand. Over their last six at home the Canadiens are 5-0-1.
…..Against Western Conference teams they are 5-16-3. (2-8-2 against the Central Division)
….In his five games with the Canadiens Phillip Danault has won 68.4% of his faceoffs – 39 of 57.
….This will be the Danault‘s fourth game against Dallas this season. He was in three as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.
….Alex Galchenyuk has scored 7 goals in his last six games and has nine goals his last 18 including three two-goal games. Over his first 48 games he scored ten goals.
….In ten career games against Dallas Tomas Plekanec has never scored a goal. He has two assists.
….Stefan Matteau and Mike Brown, acquired at the trade deadline, will be playing their first game at the Bell Centre in a Canadiens uniform.
….The Stars and Blackhawks are tied atop the Western Conference standings with St. Louis two points back. They will play the Hawks Friday and the Blues Saturday, both games in Dallas.
….Dallas is the NHL’s highest scoring team with 215 (3.2 per game) – Washington is second at 214. (The Canadiens have 179 goals – 2.5 per game)
….Despite their lofty position in the league standings Dallas has goaltending issues similar to this year’s Canadiens. Canadiens and Stars goaltenders are tied at 24th in team save-percentage at .903. It’s a recurring problem in Dallas – They were 29th last year at .895. The Canadiens meanwhile were first in the league at .926 last season.
….Dallas is 19-10-6 on the road this season.
….The Stars added defenseman Kris Russell at the trade deadline from Calgary.
….Jason Spezza had a goal in three straight games and six goals in his last seven.
….Jamie Benn is in a season-high six game goal drought during which he has three assists and is minus-9. He has 5 goals, 4 assists his last six vs. Montreal and eight points over the last four vs. them.
….Tyler Seguin has gone four straight games without a point and is minus- during the slump. In his last ten games against the Canadiens he has 7 goals, 9 assists.
….Patrick Eaves returns to the Stars first line after a 7 game absence while recovering from pneumonia. He has three goals in his last four vs. Montreal.
….Former Canadien Travis Moen has missed 22 games with two separate injuries and has been a healthy scratch in 26 including the four. He will be a healthy scratch again against the Canadiens. In his 18 games he has 0 goals, 2 assists.
….Ben Scrivens will start in goal for the Canadiens, his first appearance since March 3rd – a 3-2 loss in Los Angeles in which he stopped 28 of 31 shots.
….Scrivens has a 3-6-0 record this season with a 3.01 GAA and .905 save%.
….Scrivens has two career games vs. Dallas with a 0-1-1 record with a 3.87GAA and .896 save%.
….Kari Lehtonen will make his third consecutive start. He has stopped 56 of 60 shots in his three games, one of them in relief of Antti Niemi vs. Nashville.
….Lehtonen has appeared in 16 career games vs. Montreal with an 8-7-1 record with a 2.54 GAA and .912sv% and two shutouts.
….During the month of February Lehtonen had an .898 save percentage (Niemi was .870 for the month). .
….Antti Niemi was in goal December 19th for the 6-2 Dallas win December 19th.
Special Teams –
….For the first time this season the Canadiens have fallen to the negative side of their special teams statistics. They are currently minus-3; 40 power play goals vs. 43 PP goals against.
….The Canadiens power play is 23rd in the league and currently 0-for-14 and 2 for the last 26. Overall 16.5%. (40/243)
…..Montreal’s penalty killing is tied for 7th at 83.7% (43/257) They have killed 22 of the last 23 times short.
….Dallas is second in the league in power play opportunities with 290. They rank 12th in the league at 19.0% (55/290). Their penalty killing ranks 19th – 80.7% (49/254)
Dallas Line Combinations & Pairings
14-Jamie Benn 91-Tyler Seguin 18-Patrick Eaves
13-Matthias Janmark 90-Jason Spezza 43-Valeri Nichushkin
21-Antoine Roussel 20-Cody Eakin 83-Alex Hemsky
12-Radek Faksa 38-Vernon Fiddler 22-Colton Sceviour
47-Johnny Oduya 4-Jason Demers
2-Kris Russell 33-Alex Goligoski
15-Patrik Nemeth 5-Jamie Oleksiak
Injuries – D John Klingberg (lower body); LW Patrick Sharp (lower body); D Jordie Benn (lower body)
Healthy Scratch – RW Brett Ritchie; LW Travis Moen.
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings – (If Eller in Lineup)
67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto
81-Lars Eller 14-Tomas Plekanec 21-Stefan Matteau
25-Jacob de la Rose 34-Mike McCarron 41-Paul Byron
17-Torrey Mitchell 24-Phillip Danault 13-Mike Brown
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 5-Greg Pateryn
20-Victor Bartley 45-Mark Barberio
Healthy Scratches – LW Lucas Lessio;
Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (lower body); D-Nathan Beaulieu (IR-lower body); C David Desharnais (IR broken foot) D-Jeff Petry (IR sports hernia surgery); LW-Brian Flynn (IR knee); G Carey Price (IR knee); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee); Tom Gilbert (IR left knee surgery)