Philadelphia vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Nov. 5, 2016 – 7:15pm
Team Records – Philadelphia (6-5-1) 13 pts. Canadiens (9-1-1) 19 pts.
Season Series – Second of three meetings. Oct. 24 @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Philadelphia-1. A
Last Time Out – Flyers defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime at Brooklyn Thursday night. Canadiens lost to Columbus 10-0 at Columbus Friday night.
Head to Head –
….The Flyers have not won a game in Montreal in 3 ½ years (April 15, 2013) Since then the Canadiens are 5-0-0
….Since the start of the 2010-2011 season the Canadiens are 8-12-1. All eight of the wins have been at the Bell Centre (8-3-0). The Canadiens have lost all 10 games played in Philadelphia over the last seven years.
….This is the second game of a back-to-back weekend and their third in four nights. The Canadiens swept their first of 15 back-back series last week vs. the Islanders and Tampa Bay.
….Prior to the 10-0 fiasco in Columbus the Canadiens had allowed a total of 13 goals in ten games.
….Shea Weber managed to get through Friday night’s game without being on ice for any of the Blue Jacket’s 6 even-strength goals. He leads the league at plus-12.
….Weber has 12 points in 12 career gaes vs. Philadelphia (3G 9A). Weber assisted on the winning goal vs. Philadelphia Oct. 24th.
….Is it the system? Shea Weber through his first ten games with the Canadiens is plus-12. Last season in Nashville through ten games minus-1. In his first ten games with Nashville P.K. Subban is minus-7. Last season through ten Montreal games he was plus-9.
….After giving up four power play goals in 5 times shorthanded in Columbus, the Canadiens’ penalty killing has dropped from third in the league (90.0%) to 14th (81.4%).
….This is the Flyers ninth game in the last 15 days and their third in four nights.
….Philadelphia won it’s last three games, the last two in overtime (Detroit & Islanders)
….Claude Giroux had a ten game point streak snapped on Thursday against the Islanders.
….Giroux has 17 points (7g 10a) in 25 career games vs. Montreal.
….Michael Del Zotto will make his season debut. He missed the first 12 games of the season with a training camp knee injury after wrist surgery ended his season last year. Del Zotto’s last game was Feb. 13th.
….Philadelphia is 3rd in NHL scoring at 3.42 goals per game. They rank second in shots pr game – 32.8. Their problems have been on defense. They are 29th in goals against at 3.58 per game.
….Their special teams reflect their offense/defense disparity 4th ranked on the power play/ 26th on the penalty kill.
….The Flyers lead the league with 21 second period goals and are fourth in third period goals with 15. They have only four first period goals which is third fewest in the league.
….Dale Weise will play against the Canadiens for the first time since he was traded to Chicago last season. He was serving a suspension when the Flyers were in Montreal Oct. 24th. In eight games with the Flyers he has one assist. He was a healthy scratch vs. the Islanders Thursday.
…The Flyers have six players with eight or more points this season. Giroux leads with 2 g, 11a. Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read have scored six goals.
….Carey Price stopped 42 shots in earning his first shutout Wednesday vs. Vancouver.
….Against the Flyers he has a 12-9 record with a 2.53GAA and .919 save%.
….In his 6-0-0 start Price has stopped 186 of 193 shots. He has a 1.17GAA and .964 save%.
….In his 18 NHL starts since the start of last season Price is 16-2-0 with a 1.76 GAA and .944 save% with 3 shutouts.
….Mr. Saturday Night – Since the start of the 2014-15 season Price has started 25 Canadiens games on a Saturday. His record in those games is 23-1-1 with five shutouts and a 1.42 GAA and .952 save%.
….Michal Neuvirth has won three straight starts. He will make his fourth consecutive start.
….Neuvirth‘s season record is 4-1-0 3.30GAA .876 save%. In 13 appearances vs. the Canadiens he has a 6-4-2 record with 1 shutout; 2.14GAA and a .926 save%.
….Steve Mason was in goal for the loss to the Canadiens Oct. 24th. He has a career record of 4-1 with a 1.79GAA vs.Montreal.
Special Teams – Power Play – Philadelphia ranked 4th 12/46 26.1%. Canadiens ranked 14th 7/36 19.4%. Penalty Killing – Philadelphia ranked 24th 9/37 75.7. Canadiens ranked 14th 8/45 81.4%
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings
TBA – The Canadiens did not hold their morning skate Saturday after their late arrival from Columbus. Michel Therrien is expected to make a number of gametime lineup changes. Daniel Carr is expected to be in the lineup perhaps replacing Artturi Lehkonen.
Philadelphia Lines & Pairings
12 Michael Raffl – 28 Claude Giroux – 17 Wayne Simmonds
11 Travis Konecny – 14 Sean Couturier – 92 Jakub Voracek
24 Matt Read – 78 P-E Bellemare – 13 Roman Lyubimov
76 Chris VandeVelde – 10 Brayden Schenn – 22-Dale Weise
23 Brandon Manning – 3 Radko Gudas
9 Ivan Provorov – 32 Mark Streit
15 Michael Del Zotto – 53 Shayne Gostisbehere
30 Michal Neuvirth
Injuries – Scott Laughton (conditioning assignment), Andrew MacDonald (lower body), Boyd Gordon (LTIR, upper body)
Scratches – Nick Schultz (healthy), Nick Cousins (healthy.