logo canadienslogo calgary flamesPreview Game #73

Calgary vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 20, 2016 – 7:05pm

Lineup Changes

….Joel Hanley was called up from St. John’s Sunday morning and will replace Victor Bartley on the third defense pairing. He will wear #71 for his NHL debut. (Bartley is day to day with lower body injury).

….Sven Andrighetto out with upper body injury (suspected concussion after Dion Phaneuf hit in Ottawa). Jacob de la Rose replaces him in lineup.

….Condon will start his 44th game in goal.

….Calgary will probably play with five defenseman. Derek Engelund who normally plays on the first pairing with Mark Giordano has returned to Calgary for the birth of his second child.  The likelihood of a replacement arriving from their Stockton California farm club in time for the game is remote.

…..Forward Sam Bennett returns after missing four games with a middle body injury.  Niklas Backstrom makes first goaltending start in 15 months and first with Calgary.

1 calg prv byronHead to Head

….Second of two meetings on the schedule. The Canadiens defeated the Flames 6-2 in Calgary Oct. 30th. Dale Weise with a hattrick.

….Paul Byron, who was claimed off waivers from the Flames only three weeks early had a shorthanded goal and an assist.

….The Flames defeated the Canadiens 6-2 the last time they played at the Bell Centre – Nov. 2, 2014.

….The Canadiens have lost 20 of the last 27 games vs. Calgary.

….Over the last 18 games overall in the series the home team is 13-5.

1 calg prv ii weiseAbout the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost 7 of their last ten games.

….After going 7-0-1 over an eight game home stretch the Canadiens have lost two in a row at the Bell Centre.

….Following Saturday night’s loss in Ottawa sportsclubstats.com for the first time listed the Canadiens with a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs. Before the game, in their view it was a 0.1% possibility. (Calgary is also listed at 0.0%)

….The Canadiens rank 18th in the league in goalscoring, averaging 2.6 per game.

….This is the Canadiens fourth Sunday home game this season.  The have won all three so far, the third on in a 2-1 shootout against Carolina on Super Bowl weekend.  They outscored opponents 10-4 in those games.

….The Canadiens have five defensemen on their 10-player injury list. The third defense pairing of Darren Dietz and Joel Hanley has a total of three games NHL experience. The pair is with the team on emergency recall from St. John’s.

….The Canadiens will have nine players in their lineup against Calgary with fewer than 60 games NHL experience.

….Hanley becomes the 41st player to wear a Canadiens jersey this season including 13 defenseman, 23 forwards and 5 goaltenders. The record is 43, set in 2000-2001. Michel Therrien replaced Alain Vigneault as head coach in late November of that season.

….Max Pacioretty‘s six game point streak ended in Ottawa Saturday night. In the streak he had a goal and seven assists. He has 12 points his last 12 games (3g, 9a) and 15 points his last 19 (4g, 11a)

….Alex Galchenyuk has 12 goals and 14 points in his last 12 games. That includes five 2-goal games.

….Tomas Plekanec‘s goal scoring drought has now reached 17 games. (0g 5a).

….Sven Andrighetto has not scored a goal in 15 games (0g 6a)

….After the loss in Ottawa Saturday, the Canadiens will try to avoid being swept for the 7th time in their 16 back-to-back series this season. The Canadiens have split them six times.  After winning both ends in the first two series, the Canadiens swept only once more.  They have split six times.   After winning the first four, the Canadiens have won only 3 of the last 11 ‘second games’.

1 calg prv head to headAbout the Flames

….The Flames have won three of their last five games. They are coming off a shootout loss to Colorado at home on Friday.

….The Flames are 10-23 on the road this season.

….The Flames have scored five shorthanded goals in their last four games. They are the first team sto scored 2 shorthanded goals in 2 out of 3 games since Chicago in November 2007. They scored two SHG in 30 seconds vs. Colorado on Friday

….The Flames rank 11th in the NHL on offense but they are the worst team in the league on defense. They also rank last in penalty killing.

….The Flames have lost defenseman Dennis Wideman for the rest of the season with a torn tricep. Earlier he missed 19 games because of an abuse of officials suspension on Jan 27th.

….Both Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie have equalled career highs in points. Giordano has 48 points and Brodie 41. are looking to set career highs in points.

….Giordano has scored goals in three striaght games. He has ten points (4g 6a) in his last eight.

….At the Bell Centre Giordano has 3 goals 3 assists in his last six games.

….Josh Jooris has three goals in his last two games vs. Montreal. Overall he has one goal and three assists in his last 27 games.

1 calg condonGoaltending

.Mike Condon’s only start against the Flames was October 30th when he stopped 30 of 32 shots.

….This will be Condon‘s 48th appearance and 44th start in goal this season. He has a record of 17-21-6 with a 2.61 GAA and .905 save %..

….At home Condon is 9-14 with a 2.24GAA.

….38 year old Niklas Backstrom will make his first start in goals since a 7-2 loss to Pittsburgh on Jan 13, 2015. At the time it was his 8th straight loss with the Wild. With that, Minnesota picked up Devan Dubnyk from Arizona and Backstrom became a third stringer. He was acquired from Minnesota Feb. 29th.

.Backstorm has made three career appearances against the Canadiens – all at the Bell Centre. His record is 1-1-0 with a 2.45GAA. He was also in the 2009 All Star Game at the Bell Centre, his only All Star appearnace.

.Backstrom‘s only complete game against the Canadiens was a 3-1 win Dec, 17/09. On March 20-2011 he relieved Jose Theodore after he had given up 5 goals on 19 shots. Canadiens won 8-1. He lasted only 1:36 of the first period in his other start before coming out of the game with a groin injury. The Canadiens won the game 5-4 in a shootout.

…./This will be Backstrom’s first appearance outside of a Wild uniform where he is the team’s all time goaltending leader in game’s played (409), wins (194) and shutouts (28). He had a no trade contract with the Wild and agreed to the trade only if Calgary guaranteed a couple of starts before the season ended.

Special Teams

….The Canadiens power play was 0-for-4 vs. Ottawa Saturday and now has 2 goals in 32 opportunities over the last eleven games (6.25%) and 4 for the last 44 advantages (9.1%)

….The power play is now 24th overall at 16.8% (29/132) The penalty kill ranks 6th – 83.9% (36/223)

….Calgary’s power play ranks 28th and their penalty killing 30th in the league. The power play is 15.8% (37/234). The penalty killing at 74.9% (49/195)

. Calgary Line Combinations & Pairings

13- Johnny Gaudreau 23-Sean Monahan 16-Josh Jooris79-Michael Ferland

17-Lance Bouma 11-Mikael Backlund 67-Michael Frolik

79-Michael Ferland 93-Sam Bennett 8-Joe Colborne

52-Brandon Bollig 18-Matt Stajan 64-Garnett Hathaway

13th  FWD – Freddie Hamilton

6-Mark Giordano – ?????

7-T.J. Brodie 27-Dougie Hamilton

3-Jyrki Jokipakka 33-Jakub Nakladal

32-Niklas Backstrom

Healthy Scratch -none

Injuries – D Derek Engellund (personal); D Dennis Wideman (IR torn triceps muscle); D Ladislav Smid (upper body); G Kari Ramo (IR knee)

Canadiens Line Combinations and Defense

67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 13-Mike Brown

81-Lars Eller -14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron

53-Lucas Lessio 34-Mike McCarron 17-Torrey Mitchell

21-Stefan Matteau -24-Phillip Danault 25-Jacob de la Rose

79-Andrei Markov 74-Alexei Emelin

28-Nathan Beaulieu 6-Greg Pateryn

71-Joel Hanley 54-Darren Dietz

39-Mike Condon

Healthy Scratch – Jacob de la Rose

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