Canadiens vs. Vancouver
Nationwide Arena – Nov. 4, 2016 – 7:05pm
Season Record – Canadiens (9-0-1) 19 pts. Columbus (4-3-1) 9 pts.
Season Series – First of three season meetings. Game two Dec. 23rd at Columbus.
Last Season – Canadiens 1-2-0 vs. Columbus – Dec. 1 @ Bell Centre Canadiens-2 Columbus-1. Max Pacioretty scored GWG with 2:09 remaining. Jan. 25th @ Columbus – Bluejackets-5 Canadiens-2. Cam Atkinson with hattrick and Brandon Saad with 2. Condon in goal. Jan. 26 @ Bell Centre Blue Jackets-5 Canadiens-2. Brandon Dubinsky goal & assist. Scrivens in goal.
Last Time Out – Canadiens shutout Vancouver 3-0 Wednesday @ Bell Centre. Columbus came back to defeat Dallas 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night at home.
Head to Head –
….This is the first game of a back-to-back weekend for both teams. The Canadiens will face Philadelphia Saturday at home. Columbus heads to St. Louis for Saturday night.
….It finally became clear at the end of back to back games against the Blue Jackets last January 25th and 26th that the Canadiens season had crashed. In the home and home series just before the All-Star break the Canadiens were beaten twice by 5-2 scores. They were the 6th and 7th losses in the previous eight games. At the time the Blue Jackets had the league’s worst record
….Since Columbus entered the league the teams have met only 20 times. The Canadiens are 10-6-3 with one game tied.
….At Columbus the Canadiens are 5-2-1. 1-1 last season. It was after their 2-1 win in Columbus December first that the Habs season started to tank. Two nights later in Washington the Canadiens started their 5-18-1 slide capped by those back to back January losses to Columbus.
….The Canadiens are riding an eight game winning streak heading into the game.
….After losing last season’s 10th game in Vancouver last season, the Canadiens followed with a loss in Edmonton two nights later. Carey Price then suffered his first injury (missing eight games) but Mike Condon was 5-1-2 over that stretch.
….The Canadiens offense ranks third in the league at 3.40 goals per game. Defensively they are first, allowing 1.30 goals per game.
….The Canadiens have allowed 30+ shots in seven of their ten games. Their last two games they allowed 38 and 42 but gave up only one goal.
….For the advanced statistically minded, the Canadiens PDO is at a seemingly unsustainable and league-leading 106.1.
….To date the Canadiens fourth line has become equal-partners with the so-called offensive lines by contributing 26% of the goals scored by the forwards (7 of 26) while averaging 12 ½ minutes icetime per game. Centre Torrey Mitchell has five goals on only 9 shots on goal (55.6%). Phillip Danault has 2 goals, 3 assists; Bryan Flynn 0 g, 2a. Mitchell also has won 58 of 98 faceoffs (59.2%).
….Mitchell is the only regular centre with a faceoff% over 50%. (David Desharnais @ 50% even)
….Led by Shea Weber (4), the Canadiens defense has scored eight of the Canadiens 34 goals.
….Greg Pateryn played a year with the USHL-Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets (2007-2008) recording 3 goals and 27 points. The following year he enrolled at the University of Michigan.
….With their win over Dallas in overtime Tuesday the Blue Jackets are above .500 for the first time this season. In that game Sam Gagner tied the game with 16 seconds remaining and Seth Jones won it 46 seconds into overtime.
….The BlueJackets offense is 19th at 2.63 goals per game. They rank 7th on defense allowing 2.38 goals per game.
….Part of the Jackets limited success can be attributed to their power play which currently ranks first in the league at 35%. Their penalty killing is also good at fifth-ranked.
….Nick Foligno leads the Blue Jackets with nine points.
….Sam Gagne has three goals over his last two games.
….Cam Atkinson has 4 goals, 2 assists in nine career games vs. Montreal – all four goals and an assist were registered in last season’s three meetings.
….Zach Werenski leads NHL rookie defensemen and it tied for fourth among overall rookies in points with 8 (2g,8a). He started his NHL career with a four game point streak (2g 3a) playing with Seth Jones. Werenski was drafted 8th overall in 2015 out of the University of Michigan.
….Al Montoya will start for the Canadiens. He is 3-0-1 with a 1.47GAA and .955 save percentage. His career record against the Blue Jackets is 2-2-0 with a 2.95 GAA
….This is Montoya‘s first start since October 26th when he allowed 2 goals on 28 shots in a 3-2 win at Brooklyn.
….Sergei Bobrovsky has started every Columbus game and has a 4-3-1 record with a 2.02 GAA and a .941 save % with two shutouts. This despite giving up five goals in the season opener.
….Bobrovsky has won four of his last six starts. In that stretch he has a 1.50 GAA .954 save% and his two shutouts.
….In 9 career games vs. the Canadiens Bobrovsky is 5-4-0 with a 2.57GAA and .916 save percentage.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 14th 7/35 20.0% Columbus ranked first 7/20 35.0%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 3rd 4/40 90.0% Columbus ranked 4th 3/27 88.9%.
Down on the Farm – The IceCaps are 5-4-1 after ten games – 5-1-1 over their last seven after dropping the opening three games of the season. Former first round pick Nikita Scherbak carries the hot hand. Over his last four games he has 5 goals and 6 points. His season total over ten games is 6 goals 3 assists. He is one goal behind leading goalscorer Charles Hudon (7) and two behind points leader Chris Terry (11). Scherbak will turn 21 on Dec. 30th. The IceCaps play back to back games Saturday and Sunday against the Toronto Marlies at Mile One Centre.
….Mikhail Sergachev made his season debut with the OHL Windsor Spitfires Thursday night in a 4-2 over Saginaw. The scoresheet showed no points and two minor penalties. Another Canadiens draft pick, Jeremiah Addison (7th round 2015) scored one of the Windsor goals.
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 – LW 43-Daniel Carr D 71-Joel Hanley
Columbus Lines & Pairings
20-Brandon Saad 10-Alexander Wennberg 71-Nick Foligno
38-Boone Jenner 17-Brandon Dubinsky 13-Cam Atkinson
11-Matt Calvert 25-William Karlsson 34-Josh Anderson
43-Scott Hartnell 45-Lukas Sedlak 89-Sam Gagner
8-Zach Werenski 3-Seth Jones
27-Ryan Murray 7-Jack Johnson
65-Markus Nutivaara 58-David Savard
Injuries – RW David Clarkson (IR back); D Dillon Heatherington (IR broken wrist)
Scratches – D Dalton Prout; D Scott Harrington; LW Sonny Milano