logo-canadienslogo-los-angelesPreview Game #14

Los Angeles vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 10, 2016 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Los Angeles – 13GP (7-6-0) 14pts. Canadiens 13GP (11-1-1) 23 points

Season Series – First of two meetings – Second game December 4 @ Los Angeles

Last Season – Los Angeles won both games. Dec. 17 @Bell Centre – Kings-3 Canadiens-0.  Jonathan Quick 45 save shutout.  Doughty 1g, 1a, Kopitar, Gaborik (ENG). Condon in goal for Canadiens.   Mar. 3 @LA Kings-3 Montreal-2.  Canadiens 15 shots on goal including 2 in the third period.  Kopitar, Pearson, King for LA.  Subban 1g, 1a and Eller.  Scrivens vs. Quick.

Last Time Out – Los Angeles shut out the Leafs 7-0 in Toronto Tuesday. Canadiens edged Boston 3-2 Tuesday at home.

1-la-plekHead to Head

….The Canadiens have lost 5 of the last six meetings vs. the Kings (1-4-1).

….Since the Canadiens defeated the Kings in the 1993 Stanley Cup Final they are 20-11-3 against them.

….Since the Kings joined the NHL in 1967 they have played 70 games in Montreal with a record of 10-49 and 11 ties.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have won their first eight home games of the season. The team record is nine consecutive wins to start the year set Oct. 8 – Nov. 12th 1953 under coach Dick Irvin.

….After 13 games the Canadiens have taken 23 of a possible 26 points. A win against Los Angeles would give them 25 of a possible 28 points. 73 years ago the Canadiens opened the 1943-44 season with 24 of a possible 28 points, the fastest start in club history.

….The Canadiens have allowed 163 shots on goal over their last four games – over 35 in all four games and three times over-40. Overall the Canadiens give up a league leading 34.4 shots per game while recording 27.8 (ranked 27th).

….Canadiens penalty killers have given up 7 PPG in the oppositions last 12 chances over three games leaving them ranked 23rd in the league. Prior to the Columbus game they were ranked third.

….The Canadiens have been shorthanded 52 times this season (4 time average per game). Only three teams have been shorthanded more often this season.

….Alexander Radulov has 6 points his last four games. Two of his team-leading three multi point games this season have come in those four games.

….Radulov was primary on his first seven of eight assists this season. He drew secondary assist on Paul Byron‘s GWG vs. Boston Tuesday.

….In eight career games vs. Los Angeles Radulov has 1 goals 7 assists.

1-la-patch….Max Pacioretty has 0 goals 1 assist his last five games. Over that stretch he has recorded 10 shots on goal – average 2 per game. (His lone assist was on Tomas Plekanec’s SHG vs. Philadelphia). He has one goal over his last ten games. Among Canadiens forwards, Pacioretty has the second worst shooting percentage on the team at 5.6%. (Plekanec 3.6%)

….After 13 games Shea Weber leads the NHL at plus-15. He is tied for the league lead in goals among defensemen with 5 and his 11 points is one behind San Jose’s Brent Burns. His 4 PPG leads all defenseman and he is tied for second overall in PPG’s behind Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine. His three GWG’s also ties him for the league lead.

….(After 12 games with Nashville’s PK Subban has 3 goals (2PPG) and team leading eight points; minus-5)

….Alexei Emelin leads NHL defensemen in hits with 42 (6th overall).

….Torrey Mitchell leads the Canadiens in faceoff percentage at 60.6% (54 wins of 83 attempts)

….David Desharnais started the season with four points in four games. He has no points his last nine with only eight shots on goal and none his last two games.

1-la-habs-goalAbout the Kings

….After being shutout three straight games, the Kings have bounced back with a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh (3-2) and shutout wins vs. Calgary and Toronto. In those games they have outscored opponents 15-2 including 5-0 vs. Calgary & 7-0 in Toronto Tuesday)

….The Kings lead the NHL in fewest shots allower per game @ 24.6. (The Canadiens allow a league leading 34.4 per game)

….Former Canadien Tom Gilbert is eligible to return after serving a three game suspension for boarding Anaheim forward Nick Ritchie last week.

….Marian Gaborik has not played a game this season after breaking his foot during the World Cup. He is due to return next month.

….Special teams are a problem with the Kings. The are 0-for-18 on the power play over the last six games. Their power play ranks 28th in the league; their penalty killing – 24th.

….Jeff Carter and Tanner Pearson lead the Kings with five goals each. The team points leaders are Carter, Pearson and defenseman Alex Martinez with 11.

1-la-priceGoaltending

….Carey Price has five career starts vs. Los Angeles with a 4-1-0 record; 2.49GAA and .925save%.

….Price is 8-0 to start the season with one shutout. a 1.63GAA and .953save%. He has allowed 13 goals; four them against Philadelphia Saturday – the only time he’s allowed more than two.

….Price has now won eleven consecutive starts and 21 of his last 23.

….Price‘s 8-0-0 start to the season equals the team record of consecutive season opening wins set by Charlie Hodge in 1960-61.(At the time Hodge was Jacques Plante‘s backup)

….The club goaltending record for consecutive wins during one season is 11 set by George Hainsworth Feb 24 to Mar. 24 1927. Last season Price started the year 7-0-0 before losing in Vancouver.

….The last time Price lost a game at the Bell Centre was April 2nd, 2015 (5-4 in OT vs. Washington). Since then he has been the winning goaltender in 15 consecutive home starts. In that stretch he has a save % of .958 (20GA/476 shots)

1-la-budaj….Peter Budaj‘s season record is 7-3-0 with a 1.86GAA and .919 save%. He has faced more than 26 shots in a game once and has yet to face 30.

….With Jonathan Quick (groin) and Jeff Zatkoff out with injuries Budaj has started ten straight games.

….Budaj has consecutive shutouts for the first time in his career (at home 5-0 vs. Calgary; 7-0 in Toronto Tuesday). His shutout string is now 133:02

….The shutout vs. Calgary was Budaj‘s first in the NHL since he was a member of the Canadiens – Oct. 28, 2013 vs. the Rangers.

….Budaj was Price’s backup for three seasons with the Canadiens. After losing his job to Dustin Tokarski in training camp in 2014 training camp he was traded to Winnipeg and had a terrible season with the Jets St. John’s AHL affiliate. Last season he signed a two-way with Los Angeles and played for their Ontario (California) farm team where he was named the AHL goaltender of the year with a 1.78 GAA and .932 save% in 60 games.

….Budaj has played in only one career game against the Canadiens (with Colorado) – 0-1-0 3.04GAA .864 SV%.

….Budaj is the second Slovakian-born goaltender to play in 300 NHL games (Jaroslav Halak 376 appearances).

….Jeff Zatkoff is 0-3-0 with a 4.38GAA and .839 save%. He injured his groin during the Kings morning skate Oct 22nd and hasn’t played since. He has been in one career game against the Canadiens in relief of Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury in a Canadiens shootout loss Nov. 11, 2015 (0-0-0 0 goals against)

….Jonathan Quick was injured in the Kings season opener and is not expected back until late December at the earliest.

Special TeamsPower Play – Los Angeles ranked 28th 4/39 10.3% Canadiens ranked 1th 8/41 19.5%. Penalty Killing – Los Angeles ranked 24th 10/45 77.8%. Canadiens ranked 23rd 11/52 78.8%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

41-Paul Byron 27-Alex Galchenyuk 47-Alexander Radulov

42-Sven Andrighetto 11-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw

43-Daniel Carr 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 71-Joel Hanley

31-Carey Price

Injuries – D Zach Redmond (broken foot); LW Artturi Lehkonen (IR upper body)

Scratches – D Greg Pateryn; C David Desharnais

Los Angeles Lines & Pairings

70-Tanner Pearson 11-Anze Kopitar 9-Teddy Purcell

74-Dwight King 77-Jeff Carter 73-Tyler Toffoli

23-Dustin Brown 26-Nic Dowd 10-Devin Setoguchi

13-Kyle Clifford 21-Nick Shore 22-Trevor Lewis

24-Derek Forbort 8-Drew Doughty

6-Jake Muzzin 27-Alec Martinez

53-Kevin Gravel 2-Matt Greene

31-Peter Budaj

Injuries – G-Jonathan Quick (IR groin); RW Maran Gaborik (IR broken foot); LW-Andy Andreoff (IR upper body); D Brayden McNabb (IR collarbone);

Scratches – D Tom Gilbert; C Jordan Nolan