logo-canadienslogo-ottawaPreview Game #20

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 22, 2016 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Ottawa 18GP (10-7-1) 21pts. Fourth in Atlantic Divison       Canadiens 19GP (14-3-2) 30 pts. First in League, Conference & Division

Season Series – Second game of five. @Ottawa Oct. 15 Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout). Erik Karlsson scored game winner in fourth round of the shootout after Tom Pyatt tied the game with 2:33 remaining. Jeff Petry two goals plus Lehkonen after Ottawa had taken 2-0 lead. Montoya vs. Anderson.

Last Time Out – Senators lost to Florida 4-1 Sunday in Ottawa. Canadiens edged Toronto 2-1 Saturday at the Bell Centre.

1-ott-andersonHead to Head

….It has been almost a year since the Senators last played at the Bell Centre. Dec 12th 2015 – Canadiens-3 Ottawa-1.

….The Canadiens were 2-1-1 in the four meetings last season.

….Over their last 13 games the series the Canadiens are 5-5-3 and over the past five-plus seasons their record vs. Ottawa 17-6-7. Eleven of the 31 games were decided in either overtime or a shootout (including the October 15th meeting in Ottawa).

About the Canadiens

….This will be the Canadiens 13th home game of the season (11-0-1). They have played only seven on the road where they are 3-3-1. After Thursday’s game against Carolina they play five road games in a row including three in California, which never seems to go well.

….The Canadiens own the second best goals-for/goals-against differential in the league at plus-19. The Rangers are plus-31.

….The Canadiens have won 14 of 19 games despite allowing the 6th highest shots per game total  while ranking 24th in shots generated per game.  On average the Canadiens are outshot 31.6 to 28.6 per game.

….The Canadiens have the 5th best offense in the league and the 2nd best defense (3.16 goals per game vs. 2.16 goals against).

….The Canadiens power play has produced 10 goals 33 opportunities over the last 14 games (30.3%) dating back to the third period of the October 24th game against Philadelphia.

….Michel Therrien has moved Torrey Mitchell up to centre the second line with Max Pacioretty and Andrew Shaw. By a large margin, Mitchell leads the league in shooting percentage. He has 5 goals on 11 shots – 45.5%. (Chicago’s Artem Anisimov is second at 30.8%)

1-ott-markov….Alex Galchenyuk is 7th in the NHL points race 19 points– 7goals, 12 assists. (Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele leads the league with 23 in two more games-played.

….Galchenyuk has points in nine consecutive home games – including 6 goals, 8 assists.

….In their eight games together on the same line since Oct. 29th, Galchenyuk has 5 goals, 5 assists and Radulov 1 goal, 9 assists.

….Paul Byron has five goals and an assist in the seven games since he started playing with Galchenyuk. The five goals equals his total over the previous 42 games.

….Byron ranks fourth in the league in shooting efficiency with 7 goals on 25 shots – 28.0%.

….In the five games the Galchenyuk-Radulov-Byron line has been intact (Radulov missed two), they have totaled 7 goals and 19 scoring points. (In the two games Radulov missed Byron had a goal, and Galchenyuk an assist)

….Andrei Markov is tied for second among NHL defensemen in points with 14; one behind league leader Shea Weber.

….Markov has ten points in his last eight games (2g,8a)

….With 64, Alexei Emelin shares the NHL lead for ‘hits’ among defensemen with Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki.

….No goals for Brendan Gallagher in 13 games, longest slump of his career. In the 13 games he has registered 33 shots on goal. In his first 6 games he had four goals on 19 shots.

….After registering three assists in the season’s first four games.Tomas Plekanec has 1 goal, 1 assist in his next 15. Plekanec has 3 goals his last 46 regular season games dating back to Feb. 9th.

1-ott-priceAbout the Senators

….Ottawa is 4-3-0 on the road this season.

….Ottawa is trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season. In their losses to Nashville and Florida they were outscored 9-2.

…..The Senators have scored 40 goals this season. Only Buffalo and Colorado have scored fewer.  The Senators are fifth in the league at 31.7 shots per game but 29th in the league in goal-scoring at 2.06 goals per game.

….The Senators have scored two goals or fewer in 12 straight games. During that stretch they are 5-5-2 and have been outscored 27-16. In their 18 games the Senators have scored 2 goals or fewer 14 times…and ten times they were limited to one goal.

….The Senators are 7-1-1 in games decided by one goal. They are 3-6 in games decided by more than one.

….The Senators penalty killing is ranked third in the league. They have killed off the last 33 times shorthanded

….Derek Brassard ending a 15 game goalscoring drought last Thursday vs. Nashville on a power play. He has 2 goals and 5 assists this season.

….Erik Karlsson needs one point for the 400th of his career. Karlsson has not scored a goal in 11 games.

….Bobby Ryan has one assist in his last nine games.

….Including the October 15th meeting with the Canadiens, the Senators have yet to sell out any of their 11 home games this season to date. The team is averaging 14,494 (78.2% capacity) which is 24th in the league and last among Canadian teams. Ten years ago the Senators had the fifth highest per-game attendance in the league and last year averaged over 18-thousand.

. ….Forward Matt Puempl, the last of the three first round picks the Senators had in 2011 (24th), was claimed off the waiver wire Monday by the Rangers. 6th overall pick Mika Zibanejad went to the Rangers during the summer in the Derick Brassard deal. The 21st overall pick Stefan Noeson became part of the trade for Bobby Ryan in 2013. Their second round pick, Shane Price is also gone, traded to the Islanders last season. Out of that draft the Senators did get Jean-Gabriel Pageau (99th) and Ryan Dzingel (204th overall). (2011 was not a notable draft year. Only Nathan Beaulieu and St. John’s defense prospect Josiah Didier remain among the 7 players drafted by the Canadiens in 2011).

….On Saturday they recalled forward Curtis Lazar (a 2013 first round pick) from their Binghamton (AHL) farm team.

1-ott-andersonGoaltending

….Since Nov. 20, 2015 Carey Price is 14-0-1 with a 1.70 GAA and .946 save% with two shutouts.

….This season Price is 11-0-1 in 12 games played. His GAA is 1.58 (3rd ranked) and his save% .950 (2nd in the league).

….At the Bell Centre this season Price is 10-0-1 with a 1.53GAA and .952 save%.

….Price did not face Ottawa last season. His last game against the Senators was March 12, 2015 – a 5-2 loss at the Bell Centre.

….In his last 17 regular season starts vs. Ottawa Price is 11-2-4. His career record in 30 games vs. the Senators is 17-7-4 with 2.39GAA and three shutouts.

….Craig Anderson in 13 games has a record of 8-4-1 with a 2.26GAA; .928 save% and two shutouts.

….In his last four starts against the Canadiens Craig Anderson has allowed a total of 5 goals. That includes the 4-3 shootout win in October; and in his two starts last season, a 5-0 shutout win in December and a 2-1 overtime win in November.

….Mike Condon was acquired from Pittsburgh on Nov. 2nd. With the Senators he has a a 2-1-0 record with a 1.76GAA and .943 save% in three starts. Condon played only 20 minutes for Pittsburgh after being claimed on waivers from the Canadiens. Pittsburgh got a fifth round draft pick from Ottawa in return for him.

….Andrew Hammond cleared waivers Sunday and has been sent to Binghamton of the AHL. At one point in the 2014-15 season in 24 games he posted a 20-1-2 record with a 1.79GAA and .941 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Ottawa ranked 29th 5/53 9.4%. Canadiens ranked 5th 13/57 22.8%. Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 3rd 6/52 88.5% Canadiens ranked 16th 13/74 82.4%

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

67-Max Pacioretty 17-Torrey Mitchell 65-Andrew Shaw

24-Phillip Danault 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

43-Daniel Carr   51-David Desharnais 15-Chris Terry

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 (IR broken foot); LW Artturi Lehkonen (IR upper body); C Brian Flynn (upper body)

Scratches – D Greg Pateryn;  LW Charles Hudon

Ottawa Lines & Pairings

18-Ryan Dzingel 7-Kyle Turris 10-Tom Pyatt

15-Zack Smith 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 61-Mark Stone

68-Mike Hoffman 19-Derick Brassard 22-Chris Kelly

89-Max McCormick 27-Curtis Lazar 25-Chris Neil

3-Marc Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

2-Dion Phaneuf 5-Cody Ceci

74-Mark Borowiecki 6-Chris Wideman

41-Craig Anderson

Injuries – LW Clarke MacArthur (IR concussion) RW Bobby Ryan (broken finger)