Canadiens vs. Vancouver
Bell Centre – Nov. 2, 2016 – 7:35pm
Season Records – Vancouver (4-4-1) 9pts. Canadiens (8-0-1) 17 pts.
Season Schedule – First of two meetings. Second game March 7 @ Vancouver.
Last Season – Canadiens were 1-1-0 vs. Vancouver – Oct.. 27 @ Vancouver Canucks-5 Canadiens-1. Jarred McCann scored twice. Carey Price let in 5 goals on 28 shots Nov. 16 @ Bell Centre – Canadiens 4-Vancouver-3 (Overtime). Tomas Fleischmann scored with 3:08 remaining and David Desharnais at 3:25 of overtime.(Fleischmann assisted)
….In their last seven games at the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 6-0-1l vs. Vancouver. the last time the Canuxka won at the Bell Centre was Dec. 8, 2011. Cody Hodgson scored the winning goal in a shoutout after the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead.
….The Canadiens and Canucks have split their two games each of the last two seasons.
About the Canadiens –
….With a win over Vancouver the Canadiens would assure themselves of their best ten game start in franchise history (9-0-1) 19 pts. surpassing their 18 points in ten games last season (9-1-0).
….(The NHL record for wins to start a season was 10-0-0 set by the 1993 Leafs and the 2006 Sabres.)
….The Canadiens are 5-0-0 at home this season. The last time they won their first six home games was 37 seasons ago (the start of 1979-80),
….The Canadiens record for consecutive wins at home to start a season is nine -Oct. 8 Nov. 12 1953.
….The Canucks 5-1 win last Oct. 27 in Vancouver ended the Canadiens perfect 9-0-0 season start.
….The Canadiens have NHL’s fourth ranked offense – 3.44 goals per game.
….They lead the league in defense after allowing only 13 goals in nine games.
….Shea Weber was named the NHL’s second star for the month of October after scoring 10 points in nine games. He leads all defensemen in points and also leads the league in game winning goals with three.
….The Canadiens power play is starting to make some noise. They have scored power play goals in each of the last four games and in 7 of the nine games.
….The Canucks have the NHL’s worst offense scoring 1.78 goals per game in October. (16GF in 9 games)
….The Canucks started their season with a 4-game winning streak, allowing only five goals. Since then they have lost five in a row (0-4-1) and have been outscored 18-7.
….In seven of their first nine games the Canucks have been limited to two goals for fewer. Before their 5-2 at home to Washington Saturday they were shutout in back to back games.
….This will be the Canucks first game of a six game road trip against Eastern Conference teams. It is also their fourth of 16 scheduled back to back games this season. In those games they are 2-3-1.
….The Canucks’s major off-season signing was free agent Loui Eriksson, the former Bruins 6 years, 36 million dollars. Eriksson has no goals, 4 assists in games. After starting the season with the Sedin brothers he will move to the second line with Brandon Sutter and Markus Granlund against the Canadiens.
….Defenseman Alex Edler leads the NHL in blocked shots with 31.
….Carey Price has won all five of his starts this season and is the fourth goaltender in NHL history to win his first five starts in consecutive season.
….In five starts Price has a 1.40 GAA and .954 save%
….Ryan Miller has lost his last three starts. Lack of offense in front of him has hurt his season stats. He is 1-3-0 but his GAA is 1.74 and save percentage .939. Miller ranks 7th in the NHL in goals against and 9th in save percentage.
…..At the Bell Centre against the Canadiens Miller has a career record of 11-7-1 with a 2.07 GAA – most of those statistics compiled while with Buffalo. Overall Miller has a career record of 27-12-6 in 45 games against Montreal. His second most starts vs. any NHL opponent
Special Teams – Power Play – Vancouver ranked 26th 3/28 10.7%. Canadiens ranked 14th 7/32 21.9%. Penalty Killing – Vancouver ranked 18th 4/21 81.0%. Canadiens ranked 6th 4/35 88.6%
Down on the Farm – After splitting a weekend home series against Rochester, the IceCaps edged Utica (Vancouver) 4-3 in overtime Tuesday. Mark Barberio scored the overtime winner.Nikita Scherbak scored twice for St. John’s. He now has a three game goalscoring streak and a point streak of four games. Over the four game span he has 5 goals 1 assist. Daniel Carr also scored. The IceCaps and Comets will meet again Wednesday night at Mile One Centre. After nine AHL games the IceCaps are 4-4-1. (Note- Scherbak added another goal in the first period against Utica Wednesay)
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
47 Alexander Radulov 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
67- Max Pacioretty 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
Injuries – D Zach Redmond (broken foot)
Scratches – None
Vancouver Lines & Pairings
22-Daniel Sedin 33-Henrik Sedin 36-Jannik Hansen
60-Markus Granlund 20-Brandon Sutter 21-Loui Eriksson
47-Sven Baertschi 53-Bo Horvat 19-Jake Virtanen
14-Alexandre Burrows 50-Brendan Gaunce 15-Derek Dorsett
23-Alexander Edler 8-Chris Tanev
27-Ben Hutton 44-Erik Gudbranson
5-Luca Sbisa 63-Philip Larsen
Scratches – Jack Skille
Injuries – RW Anton Rodin (IR knee surgery); C Jayson Megna (IR shoulder) RW Derek Dorsett (IR shoulder)