logo-san-joselogo-canadiensPreview Game #24

Canadiens vs. San Jose

SAP Center – Dec. 2, 2016 – 10:35pm EST

Season Records – Canadiens 23GP (16-5-2) 34pts. 1st Eastern Conference/Atlantic Division San Jose – 24GP (14-9-1) 29 pts. First in Pacific Division.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game Dec. 16th at Bell Centre.

Last Season – Canadiens 0-2-0 vs. San Jose. Dec. 15 @ Bell Centre – San Jose-3 Canadiens-1. Feb. 29 @ San Jose – Sharks-6 Canadiens-2. Condon gave up 6 goals on 36 shots. Pavelski 2 goals, 1assist. Gallagher and Mitchell scored for Montreal.

Last Time Out – Anaheim-2 Canadiens-1 @ Anaheim Tuesday. San Jose-4 Los Angeles-1 @LA Wednesday.

1-sjs-byronHead to Head

….The Canadiens have lost their last nine games (0-7-2) at San Jose dating back to a Nov. 23, 1999 3-2 Canadiens win in overtime (Canadiens goalscorers were Craig Rivet, Martin Rucinsky and Sergei Zholtok scored the goals and Jose Theodore stopped 26 of 28 shots.)

…..During their winless stretch they were outscored 37-17 and gave up 11PPG in 35 times shorthanded..

….All time the Canadiens have won four of 17 games at San Jose (4-11-2) and only once in the last seven overall meetings..

….The Norris Trophy Candidates Brent Burns vs. Shea Weber Burns leads defensemen with 21 points. Weber 3rd with 18. Goals – Burns 9 (1st); Weber 8 (2nd). PPG Weber 7 (1st)-Burns-2. Plus/minus – Weber plus-18 (1st); Burns plus-2. Hits – Weber-55; Burns 24. Blocked Shots – Weber 50; Burns-43.

….For the Analyticals – The Sharks have the better Fenwick (puck possession) rating for the season 53.82 to 50.49. The Canadiens have the better PDO (shooting% plus save%) 102.31 to 99.01.

….The Sharks have allowed 2.08 goals per game this season – fewest on-average in the league.  The Canadiens rank third at 2.13 per game.

1-sjs-gallagherAbout the Canadiens

….Over their last eight games the Canadiens are 3-4-1 – 7 of a possible 16 points. During that 8-game stretch they have scored more than two goals twice.

….With Chicago’s overtime win vs. New Jersey Thursday night the Canadiens are out of first place in the overall league standings 35 points to 34. The Canadiens have played two fewer games.

….This is the third of the five game road trip, the second longest road trip of the season (12 days). Over the holiday season they will play 7 consecutive on the road over a 16 day period, broken up by after the first game by the Christmas break.

….The Canadiens have lost three of their last four on the road. Overall their road record is 4-4-1. (They have played 14 at home).

….The Canadiens have scored two goals or fewer in five of their last six games.  Each of those games was decided by one goal.

….The Canadiens rank 25th in the league in shots against per game at 31.8 and rank 22nd in shots-for per game 29.1

.Shea Weber has 27 points in 35 games vs. San Jose including 8 goals and 19 assists.

1-sjs-markov….Andrei Markov has been in 14 games vs. San Jose with 4 goals, 6 assists.

….Max Pacioretty has only two career assists vs. San Jose in 6 games.

….Pacioretty has 5 goals and 15 points in 23 games and is plus-7. Last season after 23 games he had 11 goals and 22 points and was plus-12.

….In his five seasons prior to this one  Pacioretty has averaged 3.6 shots on goal per game. Through 23 games this season he has averaged 2.6.

….Brendan Gallagher has a point in three straight games (1g, 2a). In his previous ten games he had one assist.

….After picking up 17 minutes in penalties in the Anaheim game, Andrew Shaw is now second in the NHL with 58 PIM in 23 games. This season he has 8 minors, 2 majors, 2 misconducts and a pre-season three game suspension. His career high in penalties is 76 minutes in 80 games three seasons ago.

….The Canadiens have been forced to kill 87 penalties in their 23 games to date. Only three teams have been shorthanded more often – Calgary, Winnipeg & St. Louis. As a result the Canadiens rank 8th in total power play goals-against this season with 15.

1-sjs-goalAbout the Sharks

….This is the Sharks 6th game the last ten days including two straight back-to-back series.

….The Sharks have won five of their last six to open up a three point lead in the Pacific Division. Prior to that they had lost three in a row.

….San Jose is near the top of the league in both shots-for and shots-against per game. They are 2nd in shots against per game at 25.9 (behind only LA). They are 6th overall in shots generated per game at 31.8.

….The Sharks have outshot opponents in 16 of 24 games this season.

….The Sharks have outscored opposition 21-11 in first periods this season and outshot them 257-180.

….The Sharks signed Brent Burns to an eight-year contract extension Nov. 22nd which will expire in 2025. Since the start of the 2014-15 season Burns leads defensemen with 53 goals – (Shea Weber has 43)

….Over his last six games Burns has 3 goals and six points.

….Logan Couture has five goals, two assists his last six games.

….In seven career games vs. Montreal Couture has ten points (3 goals, 7 assists) including 2 goals and 7 points in four home game

….Defenseman Paul Martin will play in his 800th career game.

….Patrick Marleau has played in 566 consecutive NHL games, all with the Sharks

1-sjs-price-iiGoaltending

….This will be Carey Price‘s 6th consecutive start.

….Price is tied with the Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky for most wins with 13. Four of his 13 wins have been by 2-1 scores. He leads the league with a .947 save% and is third in goals-against average at 1.68.

….Among the league’s starting goaltenders (500+minutes Price is second in even strength save% at .957. Over the last three-plus seasons he is first among goaltenders with 2000 minutes or more

….Including two shutouts Price has allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 13 starts – one or fewer goals in nine of them.

….Price has lost only twice in regulation time this season – at Anaheim Tuesday (2-1) and vs. Ottawa at home Nov. 22nd (4-3).  His record is 13-2-1.

….Vs. the Sharks Price has a career record of 2-4-1 with a 2.70GAA and .924save%. . He did not face the Sharks last season. (Starters were Tokarski & Condon).  He shut out the Sharks2-0  in his last start against them  March 21, 2015.  His last start at San Jose March 2nd 2015 the Canadiens were shutout 4-0.

….Despite losing Tuesday night Price stopped 36 of 38 shots and raised his save percentage by a point to .947 and took over the league save% lead by a point over Minnesota’s Devon Dubnyk.

….This season Martin Jones is 12-8-1 with 2 shutouts, a 2.04GAA and .921 save%.

….Jones won both of his starts against the Canadiens last season giving up a total of 3 goals in 3-1 and 6-2 victories. In his career he has started only four times vs. Montreal. He had two starts against Montreal as a member of the LA Kings – one a shutout and in the other he gave up a career high 6 goals in a Canadiens 6-2 win at the Bell Centre Dec. 12, 2014.

….Jones career record against the Canadiens is 3-1-0 with a 2.25GAA and .911 save percentage and one shutout.

….On June 26, 2015 Los Angeles traded upcoming restricted free-agent Jones to Boston as part of the Milan Lucic deal. Four days later Boston traded Jones back to the Pacific Division to San Jose in return for a 2016 first round draft pick. Against his former team including the 4-1 win Wednesday Jones is 5-1-1 in the regular season and 4-1 including back-to-back shutouts in last year’s playoff series.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens ranked 9th (15/70) 21.4% San Jose ranked 16th (13/72) 18.1% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 17th (15/87) 82.8% San Jose ranked 10th (9/57) 84.2%.

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 32-Brian Flynn

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);

Scratches – D Zach Redmond; LW Daniel Carr

Sharks Lines & Pairings

12-Patrick Marleau 19-Joe Thornton 8-Joe Pavelski

62-Kevin Labanc 39-Logan Courture 42-Joel Ward

89-Miukkel Boedker 50-Chris Tierney 27-Joonas Donskoi

68-Melker Karlsson 40-Ryan Carpenter  57-Tommy Wingels

7-Paul Martin 88-Brent Burns

44-Marc-Edouard Vlasic 61-Justin Braun

4-Brenden Dillon 5-David Schlemko

31-Martin Jones

Injuries – C Tomas Hertl (IR knee);

Scratches – LW/RW Matt Nieto; D Dylan DeMelo; RW Micheal Healey