Canadiens vs. Carolina
PNC Arena – April 7, 2016 – 7:05pm
Lineup Changes –
….Mike Brown returns to the lineup on the fourth line with Torrey Mitchell and Paul Byron.
….Charlie Lindgren will start in goal wearing #35.
….This is the third of three meetings. The teams have split the first two meetings. The Hurricanes won 3-2 Dec. 5th at Raleigh. The Canadiens won 2-1 in a shootout at the Bell Centre Feb. 7th.
….Going into the Dec. 5th game at Carolina, the Canadiens led the Eastern Conference and were one point off the best record in the league. A third period power play goal by Jeff Skinner broke a 2-2 tie and gave Carolina the 3-2 win. It followed a 3-2 loss to Washington. Those back-to-back defeats were the start of a streak of nine losses in ten games and marked the beginning of the Canadiens season-long collapse.
….Going into the December 5th game the Canadiens led the Eastern Conference and were one point off the best record in the league.
….The home team has won four of the last five games between the two teams.
….Carolina is 1-5-1 over the last seven games in the series.
….Versus the Canadiens Jeff Skinner has three goals this season. Jordan Staal and Andrej Nestrasil have two assists each.
….Sven Andrighetto has a goal and the shootout winner Feb. 7th.
….Max Pacioretty has 9 goals, 5 assists in his last eleven games vs. Carolina.
….Alex Galchenyuk recorded his only career hattrick vs. Carolina Dec. 16th of last season.
….The Canadiens are 36-38-6. With 78 points they are currently 8th in the draft lottery. Arizona is 7th with 77 points.
….The Canadiens are 0-2-0 in April. They have lost six of their last nine.
….Since the Price injury in late November the Canadiens are 6-20-2 on the road. Overall on the road 15-22-3.
….While compliling their 19-34-4 overall record since Nov. 25th the Canadiens have up a league high 3.14 goals per game.
….For the full season the Canadiens now rank 19th in goal scoring and 22nd in goals-against.
….Charlie Lindgren will make his professional hockey debut. He is the record sixth goaltender to dress for a Canadiens game this season. (Price, Condon, Tokarski, Scrivens and Lindgren plus Fucale who was dressed as a backup only). Three times in Canadiens history five goaltenders played in a single season – 2001-2002, 1995-96 and 1993-94.
….Lindgren will be the 46th player to dress for a Canadiens game this season, equivalent of two full 23 player rosters. He is the 11th to make his NHL debut.
….Lindgren is the first to make his professional hockey debut straight out NCAA college ranks since left wing John Leclair joined them straight out of the University of Vermont in 1991.
….In their last game, Carolina dented the Bruins playoff hopes with a 2-1 shootout win Tuesday.
….The Hurricanes will miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.
….They have 86 ponts in 80 games, their highest points total in five years and a 15 point improvement over last season’s 71.
…..Carolina has won only four of it’s last twelve games.
….At PNC Arena since Dec. 26th the Hurricanes are 13-6-4. They started the season 2-5-3 at home. Since then they are 17-9-4.
….Ron Hainsey was a Canadiens first round draft pick 16 years ago (13th overall-2000). No currently active former Canadiens first round pick has had a longer career.
….Through trades including Erik Staal to the Rangers, the Hurricanes have 11 picks in the 2016 Entry Draft; their own picks plus LA’s first rounder (for Andrej Sekara); Rangers 2nd (for Staal, plus 2nd in 2017); Winnipeg’s 3rd (Jiri Tlusty) and Boston’s third (for John-Michael Liles).
….Jeff Skinner has recorded 50 points for the third time in his career. With 28 goals he is two goals short of reach 30 also for the third time in his career.
….Centre Victor Rask has five goals in his last seven games. He scored 11 goals and 33 points in his rookie season. This year – 21 goals and 47 points.
….Elias Lindholm, the fifth overall selection in the 2013 draft has been finally moved to centre after spending three seasons as a wing.
….Jordan Staal was named the Hurricanes most valuable player by their media.
….The Hurricanes recalled right wing Derek Ryan from their AHL affiliate Thursday. Ryan played last season in the Swedish league after spending three years in Austrian League, all of this after completing a college career at the university of Alberta.
….Carolina ranks 26th in league scoring and are 17th in goals against.
….Charlie Lindgren posted a 30-9-1 record with a 2.08 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in his final season with St. Cloud State Huskies. This will be his debut in professional hockey.
….Cam Ward will be an unrestricted free agent on July first.
….Versus the Canadiens this season Ward is 1-1 with a 1.44GAA and .958 save percentage – 69 saves on 72 shots.
….For the season Ward is 23-26 with a 2.37GAA – 15-13 at home with a 2.41GAA.
Special Teams –
….Over their last 19 games the Canadiens power play is 4-for-53 – (7.5%). Overall 16.8% (41/253).
….Canadiens penalty killers have allowed 13 goals the last 38 times shorthanded. (65.7%). In that time their penalty killing has fallen from 5th in the 13th in the league. They are now at 81.6% (46/250)
….Thanks to excellent penalty killing Carolina’s special teams are plus-7. The penalty killing ranks 5th in the league at 84.2% (32/202). Their power play is 24th at 16.6% (39/235)
Carolina Line Combinations & Pairings
42-Joakim Nordstrom 11-Jordan Staal 36-Patrick Brown
53-Jeff Skinner 49-Victor Rask 20-Riley Nash
25-Chris Terry 16-Elias Lindholm 33-Derek Ryan
14-Nathan Gerbe 18-Jay McClement 24-Brad Malone
74-Jaccob Slavin 27-Justin Faulk
5-Noah Hanifin 54-Brett Pesce
65-Ron Hainsey 76-Ryan Murphy
Injuries – D James Wisniewski (IR knee); Andrej Nestrasil (fractured vertebra); Phillip Di Giuseppe (upper body)
Healthy – D Michal Jordan
Canadiens Combinations and Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher
81-Lars Eller 14-Tomas Plekanec 43-Daniel Carr
24-Phillip Danault 51-David Desharnais 42-Sven Andrighetto
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 13-Mike Brown
79-Andrei Markov 6-Greg Pateryn
74-Alexei Emelin 89-Ryan Johnston
71-Joel Hanley 54-Darren Dietz
Healthy Scratch – LW Stefan Matteau
Injuries – D Brett Lernout (lower body); D- Nathan Beaulieu (broken thumb); LW Lucas Lessio (lower body); 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); C Brian Flynn (IR knee);