Canadiens vs. Detroit
Joe Louis Arena – March 24, 2016 – 7:35pm
….David Desharnais returns to the lineup after missing 17 games and will centre a line with Michael McCarron and Stefan Matteau.
….Jacob de la Rose is a healthy scratch.
….Ben Scrivens in goal. Petr Mrazek for the Wings.
….Third of four meetings. Teams have split this season.
….Over the last eight games against Detroit the Canadiens are 7-1-0 and have outscored theWings 28-16.
….At the Bell Centre Oct 17 Canadiens were 4-1 winners (6th of the nine game season-opening win streak). They outshot the Wings 41-22. At Joe Louis arena Detroit ended a seven game losing streak to the Canadiens 3-2 Dec. 12th.
….With their win over Anaheim Tuesday the Canadiens are back to .500 for the season (34-34-8).
….SinceDecember 5th the Canadiens have won six of 25 road games (6-18-1). They were 8-2-2 in their first 12 away games. Their only road wins in their last 12 were vs. Washington and Buffalo (2-9-1).
….Before beating Anaheim, the Canadiens had lost four of five games overall.
….P.K. Subban will miss his seventh straight game since the neck injury vs. Buffalo March 10th.
….Michael McCarron will be playing the game in front of more than 40 relatives and friends. McCarron was raised in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe. Greg Pateryn is from Sterling Heights Michigan and played four years at the University of Michigan. Max Pacioretty also played at Michigan.
….Dating back to the start of last season, Tomas Plekanec has 4 goals, 3 assists in six games vs. Detroit. In his last eight Detroit games it’s 6 goals 4 assists for 10 points.
….After having a goal taken away from him by a scoring change Tuesday against Anaheim, Plekanec‘s drought has now reached 19 games, equaling the second longest of his career.
….Alex Galchenyuk has 13 goals, 2 assists his last 14 games. Seventeen of his career high 27 goals have been scored over his last 25 games. He had ten goals through the first 49 games.
….Max Pacioretty has 4 goals, 11 assists in his last 17 games – in his last nine 1 goal, 8 assists.
….The Red Wings are 36-26-11. Tuesday they were 6-2 losers at Tampa Bay.
….Detroit is 7-2-1 at home since the All-Star break. This is the first of a three game home stand.
….The Wings are 4-6-0 in the month of March and have dropped into a tie with Philadelphia for the final Eastern wild card berth. The Flyers have a game in hand.
….The Wings playoff streak of 24 straight seasons is in jeopardy. It should be noted that they garely squeezed into the playoffs in each of the last five years.
….Detroit has nine games left, five at home. Four of the nine games are against teams not in contention for a playoff berth including the two against the Canadiens.
….The Wings last Stanley Cup season was 2008. They have not gone past the second round of the playoffs since 2009.
….In nine of their last ten March games the Wings have given up the first goal and in 15 times in the last 19.
….Over the last ten games opponents have scored an average of 3.5 goals on them including four or more in five of the ten.
….35 year old Henrik Zetterberg leads with the wings with 45 points which ties him for 91st in the league.
….Rookie Dylan Larkin is the team’s leading goal scorer with 21.
….Pavel Datsyuk has three goals and two assists in his last four games and needs two assists for a career 600.
….6’5” Longueuil native Anthony Mantha will make his Joe Louis debut in his fifth career game. He registered and assist Tuesday for his first NHL point. He was drafted 20th overall in 2013.
….Mantha’s grandfather is Andre Pronovost who started his NHL career with the Canadiens in 1956. After four Stanley Cup wins with the Canadiens he was traded to Boston for Jean-Guy Gendron in November 1960.
….Gustav Nyqvist has two goals in his last 23 games.
….Ben Scrivens will make his second career start vs. Detroit.
….In March Scrivens is 2-2-0 with a 3.21GAA and .914 save%.
….On the road his is 1-6-0 with 3.71GAA and .891 SV% including 5 goals allowed on 44 shots in Ottawa last Saturday.
…..In his last six games Scrivens goals-against-average is 3.52. Overall this season he is 5-7-0 with a 3.07GAA and .906 save percentage.
….Petr Mrazek will make his third start of the season vs. the Canadiens. He is 1-1-0 with a 2.51GAA and .923save% in the first two games.
….Mrazek ,who had missed two games with the flu, replaced Jimmy Howard in 6-2 loss in Tampa Tuesday.
….In March Mrazek is 2-4-0 with a 3.30GAA and .894save%.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play has produced on goal in the last 12 opportunities and over the last thirteen games 2 goals in 34 advantages – 5.9%. For the season the power play ranks 24th at 17.7% (39/234).
….Canadiens penalty killing is now 7th at 83.8% (37/228). They have given up five power play goals their last 22 times shorthanded – 77.3%
….The Red Wings power play ranks 23rd in the league at 17.6%. Last season they had the second best in the league at 23,5%, Detroit penalty killing is 16th in the league – 81.1% (46/244)
Detroit Line Combinations & Pairings
8-Justin Abdelkader 40-Henrik Zetterberg 71-Dylan Larkin
43-Darren Helm 13-Pavel Datsyuk 39-Anthony Mantha
14-Gustav Nyquist 15-Riley Sheahan 21-Tomas Tatar
72-Andreas Athanasiou 41-Luke Glendening 17-Brad Richards
65-Dan DeKeyser 27-Kyle Quincey
55-Niklas Kronwall 52-Jonathan Ericsson
2-Brendan Smith 25-Mike Green
Injuries – D Niklas Kronwall (knee strain); LW Drew Miller (IR knee surgery); RW Johan Franzen (IR concussion)
Healthy Scratches – 26 RW Tomas Jurco; 47 D Alexey Marchenko; 58 LW Teemu Pulkkinen
Canadiens Line Combinations and Defense
67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 41-Paul Byron
81-Lars Eller -14-Tomas Plekanec 17-Torrey Mitchell
21-Stefan Matteau 51-David Desharnais 34-Mike McCarron
53-Lucas Lessio 24-Phillip Danault 13-Mike Brown
79-Andrei Markov 74-Alexei Emelin
28-Nathan Beaulieu 6-Greg Pateryn
71-Joel Hanley 54-Darren Dietz
Healthy Scratch – LW Jacob de la Rose; RW Sven Andrighetto
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 Brian Flynn (IR knee); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee);