Philadelphia vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Oct. 24, 2016 – 7:35pm
Season Records – Philadlephia (2-2-1) 5pts. Canadiens (4-0-1) 9pts.
Season Series – First of three meetings. Game Two at Bell Centre November 5th.
Last Time Out – Philadelphia rally from 2-0 deficit to win 6-3 vs. Carolina Saturday. Canadiens defeat Bruins in Boston 4-2 Saturday.
Ben Scrivens in goal. Brayden Schenn 1g, 2a. Simmonds 1 goal. Gostisbehere 1g, 1a. Canadiens Daniel Caree 1 g 1a. Feb. 2nd @ Philadlephia – Flyers 4 Canadiens 2. Condon in goal vs. Mason. Wayne Simmonds-2 goals including third period winner. Feb. 19th @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Philadelphia-2 (shootout). Paul Byron won thegame in the shootout’s fifth round. Weise 1g, 1a.
Head to Head –
…..The Flyers have lost four straight at the Bell Centre. Their last win in Montreal was April 15th 2013 (7-3)
…..Since the start of the 2010-2011 season the Canadiens are 7-12-1 vs. the Flyers. All seven of their wins have been at the Bell Centre (7-3-0). In Philadelphia over the last six years they have lost 10 straight. (0-9-1).
….The Canadiens will us the same lineup they used in Boston Saturday.
…..On the power play’s first wave, Alexander Radulov will replace Andrei Markov at the point beside Shea Weber. The power play is operating at 14.6%.
….They have outscored opponents 20-8 over five games.
….Their 4 goals per game average leads the NHL. The combination of Al Montoya and Carey Price has allowed 1.6 goals per game which also in the NHL best.
….The 20 Canadiens goals have been scored by 13 different players. The only players without a point are rookie Mikhail Sergachev and Brian Flynn.
….Shea Weber leads all NHL defensemen at plus-8.
….Including playoffs this will be Andrei Markov’s 1,016th game in a Canadiens uniform (934th regular season). No player in Canadiens history has played more games with the team without winning a Stanley Cup. (Tomas Plekanec – 930 including playoffs – 843rd regular season)
….The Canadiens have been penalized 25 times this season. Only Calgary has been forced to kill more penalties (31). The Canadiens penalty killers have allowed only two goals and have one shorthanded; a kill rate of 92.6%.
….So far Kirk Muller‘s influence on the power play is not apparent. The Canadiens have only three PPG in 21 opportunities (14.3%).
….The Canadiens are averaging 14 minutes in penalties a game, the third highest average in the league. The Canadiens are the only team among the top 20 team penalty leaders without a major or misconduct penalty (35 minor penalties – 7 per game)
….The Flyers have averaged 3.8 goals per game but their defense has also allowed 3.8 per game which ranks 24th in the league.
….Former Canadien Dale Weise will served the second of a three game suspension for a hit on Anaheim’s Korbinian Holzer last week.
….Weise is the third member of the Flyers to serve a suspension only 6 games into the season. Radko Gudas was suspended 6 games for a hit on Boston’s Austin Czarnik October 10th and Brayden Schenn started the season on a three game suspension that carried over from last year’s playoffs.
….In 24 career games against Montreal Claude Giroux has 7 goals and 16 points.
…..Jakob Voracek leads the Flyers with seven points in their five games. Matt Read is their top goalscorer with five.
….Carey Price will make his fourth consecutive start. He did not play against Philadelphia last season. His career record against them is 21gp 11-9-0 2.60gaa….
….Steve Mason will start for the Flyers. He was a 4-2 winner vs. Canadiens and Mike Condon last season. He has never lost to Montreal in four career starts. 4-0-0. 1.72GAA .936Save%. Mason has a 3.35GAA and .882 save% this season.
….Mason has a reputation of being something of a ‘homer’. This season he is 0-1-0 with a 3.72GAA and .870 save percentage. Last year he was 9-12-4 with a .909 save percentage while 14-7-6 at home with a .926 save%. He comes off a 6-3 win at home vs. Carolina.
….….Michal Neuvirth was 1-1-0 vs the Canadiens last season. Career 13GP 8-4-2 1 shutout 2.14GAA .926 save%, Neuvirth has a 4.24GAA and .854 save% this season.
Special Teams – Power Play – Philadelphia ranks 11th 4/21 19.0%. Canadiens ranked 19th 3/21 14.3%. Penalty Killing – Philadelphia ranks 21st 4/18 77.8%. Cnadiens ranked 8th 2/25 92.0%.
Down on the Farm – The St. John’s IceCaps filled off nine penalties including 4 five-on-three’s, scored a shorthanded goal and two power play goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Hartford Wolfpack (Rangers) Sunday. After losing their first three games, the finish their six game season-opening road trip at 2-3-1. Charles Hudon has five goals in six games. Sven Andrighetto has 23 goals 3 assists in his last three games and was named AHL Player of the week. Charlie Lindgren has a .961 save percentage in his first two AHL Starts.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 47-Alexander Radulov
41-Paul Byron 51-David Desharnais 65-Andrew Shaw
24-Philip Danault 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
28-Nathan Beaulieu 6-Shea Weber
79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry
74-Alexei Emelin 8-Greg Pateryn
Injuries – D Zach Redmond (broken foot)
Scratches – D Mikhail Sergachev; LW Daniel Carr
Philadelphia Lines & Pairings
10-Brayden Schenn 28-Claude Giroux 17-Wayne Simmonds
11-Travis Konecny 14-Sean Couturier 93-Jakub Voracek
25-Nick Cousins 78-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 24-Matt Read
76-Chris VandeVelde 27-Boyd Gordon 13-Roman Lyubimov
47-Andrew MacDonald 53-Shayne Gostisbehere
55-Nick Schultz 32-Mark Streit
9-Ivan Provorov 23-Brandon Manning
Injuries – -Michael Del Zotto (IR knee); C Scott Laughton (IR knee); LW Michael Raffl (IR abdominal)
Scratches – D Radko Gudas (suspension); RW Dale Weise (suspension)