Detroit vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Nov. 12, 2016 – 7:15pm
Season Records – Detroit 15GP (8-6-1) 17 pts. 4th in Atlantic Division Canadiens 14GP (12-1-1) 25 pts. League leader.
Season Series – First of five meetings. Next Nov. 26 @ Detroit.
Last Season – Canadiens 2-2-0 vs. Detroit. Win Oct. 17 @ Bell Centre Canadiens-4 Detroit-1. Gallagher, Poetry, Plekanec & Flynn (ENG). Canadiens outshoot Detroit 41-22. Price vs. Mrazek. Loss Dec. 10 @ Detroit – Wings-2 Canadiens-2. Abdelkader and Helm score in third to erase canadiens 2-1 lead. Helm with 2 goals. Andrighetto and Fleischmann for Canadiens. Tokarski vs. Mrazek. Loss Mar. 24th @ Detroit Red Wings-4 Canadiens-3. Wings take 4-0 lead – 2 goals by Sheahan. Canadiens fall short after goals by Plekanec, Byron and Pacioretty. Scrivens vs. Mrazek. Win Mar. 29 @Bell Centre Canadiens-4 Detroit-3 (overtime). Andrighetto and Pacioretty scored in third period to come from behind. Pacioretty 26th and 27th goals. Mrazek starts, replaced by Howard. Condon for Canadiens.
Home/Road – The Canadiens are 9-0-0 at home this season. On the Road the Wings are 3-2-1.
….The last five games vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 5-0-0. The last time the Wings won at the Bell Centre was 2-1 in ovedrtime Feb. 26, 2014.
….The last time the Wings won in Montreal in regulation time was a 4-1 victory Dec. 4, 2007. Since then the Canadiens are 6-0-2 vs. Detroit.
….The game will feature the top two statistical goaltenders in the league. Jimmy Howard leads the league with a .961 save%; Carey Price second at .953.
….With 25 points the Canadiens lead the Atlantic Division by 7 pts. (Ottawa 2nd); lead the Eastern Conference by 5 pts. (Rangers 2nd) and league the league by three points (Chicago 2nd at 10-3-2)
….The Canadiens have won nine straight at home to equal the best season start in the 99 year NHL history of the team recorded in 1953. Chicago ended that streak in the 10th game that year. During that Forum winning streak the Canadiens outscored opponents 35-13.
….The NHL record for consecutive wins at home to start a season is 11 – set by the 1963-64 Chicago Black Hawks.
….The Canadiens have won 12 of their first 14 games for the first time in team history.
….Best starts in team history 2016 (12-1-1) 25 pts; 1943 (11-0-3) 25pts. 1927 (10-1-3) 23pts.
….Shea Weber has 2 goals, 0 assists his last 7 games but is also plus 4 in that stretch. He leads the league at plus-16. (In 14 games as a Canadiens he has never been on the minus side of the ledger)
….Weber has played in 51 career games vs. Detroit registering 14 goals, 14 assists and plus-7.
….Alexander Radulov has 7 points his last five games. Of his nine assists, he has been primary on eight.
….Current linemates Galchenyuk (6), Radulov (3) and Byron (4) have combined for 13 of the Canadiens 46 goals this season. The only others with more than two goals are Weber & Mitchell (5); Gallagher & Danault (4).
….In 16 career games vs. Detroit as a Nashville Predator Radulov had 8 goals, 5 assists.
….In his last ten games vs. Detroit Tomas Plekanec has 7 goals, 5 assists – 12 points.
….In 13 career games vs. Detroit Max Pacioretty has 7 goals, 4 assists including 3 goals in four games last season.
….Canadiens penalty killers have allowed 8 goals the last 17 times shorthanded. In four games they have fallen from 3rd in the league to 23rd.
….The Canadiens have scored 46 goals this season – third highest total in the Eastern Conference (Rangers with 58; Flyers-49).
….The Wings have won their last two starts. Prior to that they had lost five in a row.
….Detroit scores an average of 2.60 goals per game which ranks them 19th in the league. They are 23rd in the league in shots per game at 28.5.
….Longueuil native Anthony Mantha was called up from the Wings Grand Rapids affiliate Thursday. The former first round draft choice shared the AHL goalscoring lead with the IceCaps Charles Hudon at 8.
….Mantha has two career NHL goals in ten games – both were scored against the Canadiens – the first in his NHL debut last season at Detroit, the second at the Bell Centre.
….Mantha is the grandson of former Canadiens left wing Andre Pronovost (1956-1961). Pronovost was 5’9”. Mantha is 6’5”. His grand uncles include Hall of Fame Detroit defenseman Marcel Pronovost, as and Jean Pronovost who scored 391 goals, mostly with Pittsburgh in the 70’s.
….Henrik Zetterberg has two goals, four assists his last five games.
….Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 5 goals.
….The Red Wings have reached the playoffs 25 consecutive seasons dating back to 1990, the longest string of consecutive playoff appearances among any of North America’s major professional sports teams.
….Carey Price is 9-0-0 to start the season. He leads the NHL in wins. His GAA is 1.56, save% .953 and has one shutout.
….Price now has the longest season-opening win streak in Canadiens history – beating Charlie Hodge in 1960 (8-0-0).
….Price is two wins away from the Canadiens all-time record for home & away consecutive wins during a season. George Hainsworth won 11 straight Feb. 24 to Mar. 24, 1927.
….The last time Price lost a home game was Apr. 2, 2015 in overtime vs. Washington. Since then he has won 16 consecutive games, allowing 21 goals on 500 shots for a .958save percentage.
….In twelve career games vs.Detroit Price has an 8-3-1 record; 2.31GAA and .921 save%. Last season he was in one game vs. the Wings, a 4-1 win at the Bell Centre Oct. 17 stopping 21 of 22 shots.
….Since the start of last season Price is 19-2-0 with a 1.89GAA; .942 save% with 3 shutouts. (He was also 5-0-0 at the World Cup)
….The last time Price lost a game was 4-3 Oct. 29, 2015 at Edmonton (the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead and Price suffered his first to two season injuries). Since then he is 12-0-0 with a 1.72GAA and .947 save%.
….Price has allowed two-or-fewer goals in eight of his 9 starts this season (Philadelphia scored four last Saturday).
….In his 7 appearances Howard’s teammates have scored a total of 14 goals in support. His two losses were 1-0 vs. the Bruins and 2-1 vs. Edmonton, both of them at the Joe Louis Arena.
….At the Bell Centre Howard has a 2-2-2 record with an average of 2.83 and .886 save% in six games. His two wins were in extra time…3-2 in s shootout Nov. 21 2009 and 2-1 in overtime Feb. 26, 2014.
….Peter Mrazek started all four games against the Canadiens last season.
Special Teams – Power Play – Detroit ranked 18th 9/54 16.7%. Canadiens ranked 13th 8/43 18.6%. Penalty Killing – Detroit ranked 17th 9/46 80.4% Canadiens ranked 23rd 12/57 78.9%
Down on the Farm – After winning four of six at home, the St. John’s IceCaps kicked off another 6 game road trip with a 3-1 loss at Springfield (Florida Panthers) Friday night. Stefan Matteau extended a his goalscoring streak to four games on a late power play. Three of his five goals this season were scored into an empty net. The IceCaps season record is 6-6-1.
Charlie Lindgren, making his 6th straight start, stopped 30 of 32 shots and suffered his second consecutive loss as a pro after winning his first 6 with St. John’s and his one start with the Canadiens last season. In 8 appearances Lindgren has 6-2 record with a 2.25GAA and .933 save%.
Charles Hudon shares the league goalscoring lead with Anthony Mantha with eight.
The IceCaps play a 5.00pm game at Albany (New Jersey Devils) Saturday. (At this writing the IceCaps led 3-2 after two periods) Yann Danis in goal for St. John’s. In the game Nikita Scherbak scored his 7th goal of the season (one behind the league leaders) and added an assist. Scherbak has points in 7 of his last 8 games (6G 3a) and in his 14th game totals 7 goals, 5 assists.
Canadiens 2013 second round draft pick Zach Fucale has played in three games for the ECHL Brampton Beast with a 2-1-0 record – 3.24GAA and .870save%. Earlier in the week 2013 fifth round draft pick Connor Crisp was assigned to Brampton by St. John’s.
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
Injuries – D Zach Redmond (broken foot); LW Artturi Lehkonen (IR upper body)
Scratches – D Greg Pateryn; C David Desharnais
Detroit Lines & Pairings
71-Dylan Larkin 40-Henrik Zetterberg 14-Gustav Nyquist
21-Tomas Tatar 51-Frans Nielsen 39-Anthony Mantha
15-Riley Sheahan 43-Darren Helm 8-Justin Abdelkader
59-Tyler Bertuzzi 41-Luke Glendening 29-Steve Ott
65-Dan DeKeyser 25-Mike Green
55-Niklas Kronwall 2-Brendan Smith
52-Jonathan Ericsson 53-Aleksey Marchenko
Scratches – LW Drew Miller; D Ryan Sproul; D Xavier Ouellet
Injuries – RW Johan Franzen (LTIR post concussion); LW Thomas Vanek (IR strained hip); RW Tomas Jurco (IR back surgery); LW Andreas Athanasiou (IR knee sprain); C Joe Vitale (IR back surgery)