logo canadienslogo floridaPreview Game #70

Florida vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 15, 2016 – 7:35pm


Lineup Changes

….Stefan Matteau returns to the lineup and will play on a line with McCarron and Lessio.

….With Matteau’s return LW Charles Hudon, under late season emergency recall rules, had to be returned to St. John’s.

….Lars Eller (virus) & Nathan Beaulieu have been cleared to play, but will not be in the lineup against Florida. Darren Dietz will again be paired with Victor Bartley. (When Beaulieu returns to the lineup Dietz must be returned to St. John’s as well).

….Mike Condon in goal for Canadiens – Al Montoya for Florida..

….C Gregg McKegg, recalled earlier Tuesday from San Antonio, replaces Quinton Howden on Florida’s fourth line.


1 flor faceoffHead to Head

….Second of four meetings between the teams. Florida won 3-1 at Sunrise Dec. 29th. The final two meetings will take place the first week of April.

….The last time the teams met at the Bell Centre (March 28th 2015) the Canadiens won 3-2 on Max Pacioretty‘s overtime goal.

….The December win ended a three game losing streak against the Canadiens.

….Last season the Canadiens won four of five meetings with Florida. Four of the games decided by one goal – two in shootouts and one in overtime.

….Over the last two-plus seasons the Canadiens have taken at least a point in seven of the last eight games against the Panthers and have won 9 of the last 13.

….Alex Galchenyuk has goals in each of his last two games against Florida and has 4 goals, 2 assist in 12 career games against the Panthers.

…..Alexander Barkov had two goals and an assist vs. the Canadiens in December and has five goals in his last five games against Montreal.

….Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists in the game and has eight assists in a six game point streak vs. the Canadiens.


1 fla glachAbout the Canadiens

….The Canadiens wrap a four game homestand in which they are 2-1-0. They scored seven goals in wins over Dallas and Buffalo to start but before scoring one in the loss against Minnesota.

….Since December 3rd when the Canadiens score two or fewer goals the Canadiens are 4-25-3. For the entire season when they score three or more they are 26-3-2.

….Overall the Canadiens have lost five of their last seven.

….A loss to Florida would drop the Canadiens to .500 for the season. They are currently 32-31-6.

….During first half of the season the Canadiens lost 79 man-games to injury in 41 games, almost half taken up by the 37 missed by Carey Price and Brendan Gallagher. That averaged out to 1.93 players out of action per game. In the 28 games played in the second half of the season the Canadiens have had an average of 5.1 players on their injury list – one quarter of their nightly lineup.

….With Stefan Matteau returning to the lineup, including Eller and Beaulieu there will be ten players unavailable to the Canadiens coaching staff for the game against Florida.

….So far this season 35 different skaters and five goaltenders have dressed for Canadiens games. The team record is 42 in the 2000-2001 season when, under Alain Vigneault and then Michel Therrien they lost 531 man games.

…The year before (1999-2000) they lost 536 man-games; the league record at the time and still the team record. (Vigneault was voted runner up in Coach of the Year voting that season) (The current injury record is 629 games set by the Kings in 2003-2004)

….The Canadiens play their final two sets of back to back games this week. They move on to play at Buffalo Wednesday night and then this weekend will play in Ottawa Saturday followed by one of their rare Sunday games at the Bell Centre against Calgary.  The Canadiens have won three of their last 12 ‘first games’ of back to back series – only one in regulation time (the other two in shootouts).

….Max Pacioretty has a goial and five assists in a four game point streak.

….Kept off the scoresheet on Tuesday, Alex Galchenyuk still has four two-goal games in his last six games and 11 goals and 1 assist in his last nine.

….Defenseman Mark Barberio has four points in his last four games and needs one point to equal his career points high of ten set in 2013-2014 with Tampa Bay.


1 fla prv barkovAbout the Panthers

….Florida is tied with Tampa and one point behind Boston in the Atlantic Division race. The Panthers have a game in hand on the Bruins.

….The Panthers are 3-7-2 in their last twelve road games. They play eight of their last thirteen games on the road.

….Florida is in a slump – 7-7-4 since Feb. 6th. During that stretch they lost five of six before scoring eleven goals in back to back wins over Ottawa and Philadelphia prior to their 3-2 loss to the Islanders Monday. They have lost four of their last five.

….Florida gave up three goals in a 5 ½ minute span in the third period to lose to the Islanders at Brooklyn Monday night.

….Jaromir Jagr played in his 1,616th career game Monday, poassing defenseman Larry Murphy for eighth place on the all-time list.

….Aleksander Barkov has ten goals his last 15 games.

….Vincent Trocheck was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week after a goal and five assists in three games. He was held off the scoresheet in Monday’s game.

….Jonathan Huberdeau has seven points over a four game point streak including two assists Monday.

….Jussi Jokinen had a ten-game point streak (2g, 10a) ended Monday. He leads the team with 37 points and with 50 points is only three points behind Jagr for the team scoring lead.

1 fla prv overheadGoaltending

….Mike Condon makes his tenth start in the last 13 Canadiens games. He is 4-4-2 over that stretch. He has lost four his last five with a 3.16GAA and .899 save %.

….At home this season Condon is 9-10-3 with a 2.16GAA and .916 save%.

….In the second game of back-to-back games Al Montoya starts for Florida.

….On the road Montoya is 6-3-0 with a 2.34GAA and .916save% this season.

….Montoya‘s last appearance was in relief of Roberto Luongo in Florida’s loss to Boston March 7th. Luongo has started the last three including Monday night in Brooklyn. replaced Luongo in the March 7th loss.


Special Teams

….The Canadiens power play has produced three goals in it’s last 34 opportunities – 8.8%. Because of their penalty killing their special teams are still plus-4.

….Montreal power play is 22nd ranked 22nd – 17.1% (38/222). The penalty killing is still ranked 5th @ 84.0% (34/213)

….Florida’s power play is 25th ranked at 16.9% (40/236). Penalty killing is 11th – 81.7% (42/229)


Florida Line Combinations & Pairings

11-Jonathan Huberdeau 16-Aleksander Barkov 68-Jaromir Jagr

36-Jussi Jokinen 21-Vincent Trocheck 18-Reilly Smith

24-Jiri Hudler 27-Nick Bjugstad 28-Teddy Purcell

28-Garrett Wilson   41-Gregg McKegg 22-Shawn Thornton

7-Dmitry Kulikov 5-Aaron Ekblad

51-Brian Campbell 4-Dylan Olsen

46-Jakub Kindl 6-Alex Petrovic

35-Al Montoya

Injuries – D Erik Gudbranson (lower body); C Dave Bolland (lower body); C Derek MacKenzie (foot); D Willie Mitchell (upper body); Marc Savard (LTIR-post concussion)

Healthy Scratches – D Steven Kampfer, C Gregg McKegg, RW Logan Shaw; C Quinton Howden


Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 17-Torrey Mitchell

21- Stefan Matteau 34-Mike McCarron 53-Lucas Lessio

13-Mike Brown 24-Phillip Danault 25-Jacob de la Rose

79-Andrei Markov 45-Mark Barberio

74-Alexei Emelin 5-Greg Pateryn

20-Victor Bartley 54-Darren Dietz

39-Mike Condon


Healthy Scratches – LW/C Lars Eller

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