Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Oct. 27, 2016 – 7:35pm
Season Records – Tampa Bay Canadiens 6-0-1 13 pts. Tampa (5-1-0) 10 points.
Last Time Out – Tampa defeated Toronto @ Air Canada Centre Tuesday. Canadiens edged Islanders 3-2 at Brooklyn Wednesday.
Season Series – First of four games. Next meeting Dec. 28th @ Tampa.
Last Season – Canadiens swept four games. Dec. 28th – @ Tampa Canadiens-4 Tampa-3 (shootout). Pacioretty shootout winner. Feb. 9th @ Bell Centre Canadiens-4 Tampa-2. Plekanec – two goals. March 31st @ Tampa – Canadiens-3 Tampa-0. April 9th – Condon’s first career shutout. @ Bell Centre Canadiens-5 Tampa-2. Final game of season. Canadiens lead 4-0. Galchenyuk and Pacioretty each score twice and finish with 30 goals.
….The Canadiens and Lightning are number one and number two in the Atlantic Division.
….The Lightning are averaging 3.83 goals in six games, the Canadiens 3.71 in seven games.
….The Canadiens swept all four meetings last season. It was their first season sweep of the Lightning since the 1997-98 season.
….The year before the Canadiens lost all five games against the Lightning and were outscored 21-8. The Lightning then won the first three games of the playoff series eventually eliminating the Canadiens in six.
About the Canadiens –
…..After seven games last season the Canadiens were 7-0-0 en route to 9-0-0. After seven games two seasons ago the Canadiens were 6-0-1. They won their 8th against the Rangers to make it 7-0-1.
….The Canadiens rank first in the league in goals against per game @1.57 and they are fourth in goals-for at 3.71. The differential of 2.14 is by far best in the league (Edmonton second at 1.43) They have outscored opponents 26-11.
….Shea Weber leads the Canadiens with nine points (3g 6a). Two of his three goals have been game winners.
….Over his last four games Weber has 3 goals, 4 assists and is plus-nin. He is the league leader at plus 12.
….The Canadiens have shown a balanced attack. 13 of the twenty skaters that have seen action with the Canadiens have scored at least a goal.
….After winning only two of six faceoffs vs. the Islanders Alex Galchenyuk’s percentage is now 30.00. Brendan Gallagher, who alternates with Galchenyuk at 41:37 percent.
….With three goals Torrey Mitchell is second on the Canadiens goalscoring list. Brendan Gallagher leads with 4.
….The Canadiens fourth line (Mitchell/Danault/Flynn) has scored five goals over the season’s opening seven games.
…..Per Elias Sports Bureau -The Canadiens are only the fifth team in NHL history to start consecutive sreasons with at least a point in each of their first seven games. The others are the ’83 Oilers (7-0-0) and ’84 (12-0-3); ’02 Tampa Bay (5-0-2) and ’03 (7-0-1); Minnesota ’07 (7-0-1) & ’08 (6-0-1); San Jose ’12 (7-0-1) & ’13 (8-0-1); Canadiens ’15(9-0-0) plus ’16 6-0-1
The P.K. Watch –
….Nashville lost 6-1 in Anaheim Wednesday night. P.K. Subban was minus-one in the game. He has 2 goals, 3 assists and is minus-5 after six games. The Predators have started the season with a 2-4-0 record including 0-3-0 on the road. They play the Kings at LA Thursday night.
About the Lightning –
….This is the second of a six game 11 day road trip for the Lightning which started in Toronto Tuesday.
….Steven Stamkos scored 2 goals, 2 assists vs. Toronto Tuesday equalling a career high for points in a game. He has five goals his past five game and three his past two.
…..Carey Price did not face the Lightning last season. (Mike Condon in three games; Ben Scrivens the other). The last time he was in the nets against Tampa was May 12, 2015 in the second round of the 2015 playoffs.
….Price has a career record of 10-11-5 in 26 appearances against Tampa with 2.53GAA.
….Price is third in the early season GAA statistics (1.68) and third in save percentage .(939).
….Al Montoya leads the league with a .955 save percentage.
….Against the Canadiens Ben Bishop has a career record of 10-3-3 with a 1.80GAA and .932 save percentage in 17 games.
….Bishop has given at lreast three goals in four consecutive starts.
….In the 6-3 win over Toronto on Tuesday, Bishop stopped 40 of 43 shots. Shots on goal were 43-24.
Special Teams – Power Play – Tampa ranks 3rd 7/23 30/4%. Canadiens are tied for 15th 5/26 (19.2%. Penalty Killing – Tampa ranks 9th 2/17 88.2% Canadiens ranked 7th 3/28 89.3%
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
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 8-Greg Pateryn
35 – Al Montoya
Injuries – D Zach Redmond (broken foot)
Scratches = D Mikhail Sergachev; LW Daniel Carr
Tampa Bay Lines & Pairings
90-Vladislav Namestnikov 91-Steven Stamkos 86-Nikita Kucherov
18-Ondrej Palat 9-Tyler Johnson 27-Jonathan Drouin
17-Alex Killorn 51-Valtteri Filpula 21-Brayden Point
13-Cedric Paquette 11-Brian Boyle 23-J.T.Brown
77-Victor Hedman 6-Anton Stralman
5-Jason Garrison 62-Andrej Sustr
89-Nikita Nesterov 55=Bradon Coburn
Injuries – RW Ryan Callahan (IR hip surgery)
Scratched – D Matt Taormina