logo-anaheimlogo-canadiensPrevew Game #23

Canadiens vs. Anaheim

Honda Centre – Nov. 29, 2014 – 10:05 EST

Season Records – Canadiens 22GP (16-4-2) 34pts. First in NHL. Anaheim 22gp (10-8-4) 24pts. 4th in Pacific Division.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game at Bell Centre Dec. 20.

Last Season – The Canadiens were 1-0-1 vs. Anaheim. March 2nd @ Anaheim Anaheim-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout). Galchenyuk 2 goals. Jakob Silfverberg with shootout winner. @Bell Centre March 22nd Canadiens-4 Anaheim-2. Lucas Lessio with GWG.

Last Time Out – Canadiens edge Red Wings 2-1 in overtime Saturday on Galchenyuk GWG. Ducks edged the Sharks 3-2 in San Jose Saturday.

1-anah-pac-gallagHead to Head

….In the last six games at Anaheim the Ducks are 4-0-2 vs. the Canadiens. Three of the games were decided in a shootout – two won by Anaheim. Overall the Ducks have won eight of the last 12 meetings with the Canadiens.

….Former Canadien and Anaheim Duck, Travis Moen announced his NHL retirement Tuesday. Before coming to the Canadiens as a free agent, Moen was part of the famous Anaheim shutdown line with Rob Niedermayer and Sami Pahlson the year the Ducks won the Stanley Cup. He played in five+ seasons in Montreal.

About the Canadiens

…..The Canadiens are two points ahead of their 22 game pace of last season –  (16-4-2) 34 points compared with (15-5-2) and 32 points.  The best start in Canadiens history remains with the 1943-44 edition.   After 22 games their record was 17-2 and 3 ties – 37 of a possible 44 points.  They also won their 23rd game that year.

….It was in the Canadiens 23rd game last season that Carey Price suffered his season-ending injury.  They won that game to run their record to 16-5-2 (34pts).  They overcame the Price injury until the the season’s 27th game when they started a stretch of ten losses in eleven games from which they never recovered.

….This will be the Canadiens 9th road game of the season – Their road record is 4-3-1. (They have played 14 at home)

….The Canadiens have been swept in the three California games each of the last two years. The only win oveer the last three seasons was in a shootout at Anaheim in march 5th 2014.

1-anah-pacioretty…The Canadiens have played 12 games in California over the last four years. They have lost ten of those games, three of them in shootouts (2-7-3).

….Despite recent slippage, the Canadiens still rank fifth in the NHL in goals-scored-per-game at 3.10.

….With the overtime winning goal at Detroit Saturday Alex Galchenyuk has points in 17 of the Canadiens 22 games this season, most in the league. With 22 points in 22 games he ranks 5th in league scoring. (League leader Connor McDavid – 29 pts.)

Alexander Radulov has nine points his last eight games.

….Andrei Markov will celebrate his 38th birthday Dec. 20th at the Bell Centre against Anaheim. With 17 points in 22 games, he is enjoying a career renaissance. He is ranked third behind Brent Burns (20pts) and Shea Weber (18) in scoring among defensemen. After a series of major injuries, he has played in 314 of the last 316 Canadiens games. The two games he missed were healthy scratches in order to rest him before the playoffs.

….Statistically the combination of Alexei Emelin and Shea Weber is the NHL’s most physical pairing. In 22 games this season they have a combined total of 129 hits and 96 blocked shots.

….Shea Weber has played against Anaheim 34 times with 8 goals and 11 assists.

….In eleven career games vs. Anaheim Tomas Plekanec has 2 goals 6 assists; In six games against them, Alex Galchenyuk has 4 goals and 6 points.has points on 9 of the 12 PPG’s (6g 3a).

….Galchenyuk and Radulov have now played in 11 games together (Radulov missed two with a virus) In the 11 games together during which Galchenyuk has 7 goals and 13 points and Radulov 2 goals and 12 points.

….The Canadiens power play has produced 12 goals the last 42 opportunities – 28.6%. Shea Weber

1-anah-ducksAbout the Ducks

….The Ducks ended a three game losing streak with their 3-2 overtime win at San Jose Saturday.

….Anaheim has a record of 3-4-3 vs. Eastern Conference teams this season.

….Ryan Getzlaf ended a 15 game goal drought with the game winner on a power play at San Jose. It was his second goal of the season.

….Linemate Corey Perry has not scored in 14 consecutive games but had two assists at San Jose. The productive member of the line Rickard Rackell has 8 goals and 4 assists in his last 13 games.

….Jakub Silfverberg has 5 goals, 6 assists his last 11 games.

….Anaheim leads the NHL with a 56.9 faceoff percentage. They have two of the top three on their roster – #1 Antoine Vermette 66.5%. (and in the defensive zone – 71.3%) Ryan Kesler #4th ranked at 60.0%.

….Andrew Cogliano has the longest active ironman streak in the NHL at 726 games dating back to Oct. 4, 2007. It is the 6th longest in history and is second only to Doug Jarvis (964) in consecutive games to start his career.


….Carey Price has been in seven career games against against Anaheim and has won once (1-4-1) with a 2.70GAA and .908 save%.. Only Edmonton has posted a better record against Price (1-6-1). His only career win vs. the Ducks was 4-1 October 24, 2013 at the Bell Centre.

….This will be Carey Price‘s fifth consecutive start. During his current stretch he is 3-1-0 – all three wins by a score of 2-1. (He was a 4-3 loser to Ottawa).

….With the overtime win in Detroit Saturday, Price becomes the first goaltender in the Canadiens 99 year NHL history to win 13 of his first 15 season appearances.

….Price ranks first in the NHL in wins with 13; second in save% @ .946 and third in goals against average @ 1.66.

….In 9 of his 13 wins the Canadiens Price allowed one goal or fewer and in each of those games, the Canadiens were outshot by their opponent. With a 6-7-3 record , a 2.62GAA and .915save%.

….This will be only Price’s third start on the road this season. He was a 4-2 winner in Boston Oct. 22nd and a 2-1 winner Saturday in Detroit.

Anaheim Head Coach Randy Carlyle‘s policy is to name his starting goaltender at game-time.

….Laval native Jonathan Bernier has a season record of 4-1-1 in 9 appearances with a GAA of 2.02 and a .936save%. Bernier’s only loss of the season came in Anaheim’s second game.

….Bernier was the winning goaltender Saturday in San Jose, stopping 21 of 23 shots.

….Bernier has a career record of 1-8-3 against the Canadiens with a 3.24GAA and .895 save percentage. (Most of those losses came during three seasons with Toronto)

….John Gibson is considered Anaheim’s number one goaltender. He has been in 16 games with a 6-7-3 record 2.62GAA and .915save%.

….Gibson has started three games vs. the Canadiens with a 2-1-0 record – 2.29GAA & .920 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens ranked 5th (15/67) 22.4% Anaheim ranked 6th (16/72) 22.2%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 13th (14/83) 83.1%. Anaheim ranked 18th (14/78) 82.1%.

Where are they Now?

….LW Jiri Sekac traded to Anaheim for Devante Smith-Pelly now playing for Ak-Bars Kazan in KHL.  Smith-Pelly was moved to New Jersey in return for forward Stefan Matteau.  He has 2 goals in 19 games this season.

….Goaltender Dustin Tokarski was traded to Anaheim for FWD Max Friberg.  Played one game with Anaheim this season and then was assigned to their San Diego AHL affiliate where he has played in 8 games with a 3.55GAA and .874save%.  Friberg now captain of AHL St. John’s IceCaps.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

46-Artturi Lehkonen 51-David Desharnais 65-Andrew Shaw

24-Phillip Danault 17-Torrey Mitchell 43-Daniel Carr

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry

45-Mark Barberio 8-Greg Pateryn

31-Carey Price

Injuries – LW Charles Hudon (fractured sternum) D Nathan Beaulieu (throat); C Brian Flynn (IR upper body);

Scratches – LW Chris Terry; D Zach Redmond;

Anaheim Lines & Pairings

67-Rickard Rakell 15-Ryan Getzlaf 10-Corey Perry

7-Andrew Cogliano 17-Ryan Kesler 33-Jakob Silfverberg

37-Nick Ritchie 50-Antoine Vermette 86-Ondrej Kase

16-Ryan Garbutt 21-Chris Wagner 48-Logan Shaw

4-Cam Fowler 45-Sami Vatanen

47-Hampus Lindholm 42-Josh Manson

Shea Theodore 2-Kevin Bieksa

1-Jonathan Bernier

36-John Gibson

Injuries – D Clayton Stoner (IR lower body); D Simon Despres (IR concussion); C Nate Thompson (LTIR ruptured achilles); LW Joseph Catarossa (IR lower body); LW Nicolas Kerdiles (IR concussion)

Scratches – D Korbinian Holzer