logo-st-louislogo-canadiensPreview Game #26

Canadiens vs. St. Louis

Scottrade Center – Dec. 6, 2016 – 8:05pm EST

Season RecordsCanadiens 25GP (17-6-2) 36pts. First in NHL St. Louis – 25GP (14-7-4) 32pts. 2nd in Central Divison – 6th in NHL.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the road 5-5-1. St. Louis at home 11-1-3.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game Feb. 11th at Bell Centre

1-blues-gallchenyukLast Season – Canadiens 1-0-1 vs. Blues. Oct. 20 @ Bell Centre Canadiens-3 St. Louis-0. Price with a 38-save shutout. Jan. 16th @ St. Louis – Blues-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime). Canadiens lose despite outshooting Blues 49-22. Condon vs. Brian Elliott. Jori Lehtera scores at 2:04 overtime. Plekanec 1g,1a; Pacioretty & Subban for Canadiens.

Last Time Out – Canadiens edge Los Angeles 5-4 in shootout Sunday. Blues lose to Winnipeg 3-2 in overtime at home.

Head to Head

….Over the last two seasons against St. Louis the Canadiens are 3-0-1 outscoring them 15-7. Prior to that the Blues were 7-0-1 overall.

….At St. Louis the Canadiens are 2-1-2 dating back to Nov. 2008. Two of the five games were decided in shootouts and another in overtime.

….The St. Louis power play has produced 0 goals in 27 advantages over the last eight games vs. the Canadiens .

About the Canadiens

….Sunday vs. Los Angeles Max Pacioretty’s posted his first two-goal game since the final game of last season (Apr. 9th vs. Tampa Bay).

….In his last four games against the Blues Pacioretty has three goals, one assist.

….Canadiens penalty killing has become a recent issue. They have given up at least one PPG in five of the last seven games – 6 PPG against in 25 times shorthanded – 76%. In that stretch they have fallen from 15th to 21st in league rankings.

David Backes, Mark Barberio

….Starting with the Nov. 13th 3-2 loss at Chicago the Canadiens record is 4-5-1.

….In 60 games vs. St. Louis Shea Weber has 8 goals and 24 points.

….Alexander Radulov has played 16 games against the Blues with 5 goals, 9 assists.

….The slumps continue – Brendan Gallagher 1 goals in 19 games; Tomas Plekanec 0 goals last 13 and 1 goals last 21. David Desharnais 1 goal last 19 (but 2 assists vs. Los Angeles and 1 goals 3 assists last 9 games)

….In 24 games and over 300 minutes of ice time this season Desharnais has registered zero registered ‘hits’.

About the Blues

….The Blues have the league’s third best home record this season at 11-3-1. The Canadiens are best at 12-1-1.

….The Blues have points in 12 straight games at home.

….The Blues are 4-0-1 at home vs. Eastern Conference teams this season.

….Just over a week after the Canadiens suffered a 10-0 defeat at the hands of Columbus, the Blues were beaten 8-4 by the Blue Jackets. It was their third loss in a row and fifth in seven games. Since then the Blues have won seven of nine. (7-1-1)

….Three of the last four Blues games have gone to overtime. In those games they are 1-1-1 with an overtime loss to Winnipeg the latest.

….As usual under Ken Hitchcock, special teams play an important role in St. Louis. The Blues power play is ranked 8th in the league and their penalty killing 2nd. Their special teams are plus-8.

….Since Hitchcock was hired in Nov. 2011 St. Louis has posted the NHL’s best regular season record (238-110-40) and their home record is second best to Chicago. They also are 2nd overall in shots allowed per game (27.1) and goals allowed per game (2.27). Los Angeles is first in those two categories.

….Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko was named the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday after scoring three goals and an assist last week. He posted a hattrick against Tampa Bay last Thursday.

….Tarasenko leads the Blues in goals (13) and assists (14) and points (27). He is tied for 4th in the league in goalscoring and tied for third in points.

Alexei Emelin, Mike Condon, Jori LehteraGoaltending

….Al Montoya has been in six games against the Blues with a 1-3-1 record and 2.99GAA.

….Montoya has not started a game since Nov. 18th at Carolina.

….Montoya has been in 7 games this season with a 3-3-1 record – 3.13GAA and .903 save%. He has one shutout.

….In the 22 games since Carey Price returned from his early season bout with the flu, Montoya has started four games, all on the road. Six of his 7 starts have been on the road.

….Jake Allen has appeared in 19 of the Blues 25 games this season with a record of 12-3-3; a .907 save% and 2.47GAA.

….Allen has been on the losing side in all three career starts vs. the Canadiens – giving up 12 goals for a 4.00GAA and .865 save%. In all three games, Carey Price was the winning goaltender.

….Allen is 7-0-0 with a 2.24GAA and .922save% over his last 7 starts. At home he is 9-0-2 with a 1.78GAA and .932save% with one shutout.

….Blues backup Carter Hutton has a 2-0-0 record vs. Montreal with a 1.62GAA and .933 save% – all with Nashville.

….Hutton was in goal for the overtime loss to Winnipeg on Saturday. His season record is 2-4-1 wit h an .888 save%.

ABOUT PRICE –

….After giving up four goals in Los Angeles Carey Price still remains first in the league in wins (14-3-1), 2nd in save % at .942 and third in goals-against average – 1.82.

….The last time Price faced the Blues (Oct. 20th, 2015) he stopped 38 shots in a 3-0 shutout win. He has won three straight vs. St. Louis allowing three goals. It was the first Canadiens shutout of the Blues since January 1984 – Rick Wamsley.

….In nine career games against the Blues Price has a record of 4-3-2 with a 2.39GAA and one shutout.

 

Special Teams Power Play – Montreal ranked 5th (18/79) 22.8%. St. Louis ranked 8th 20/90 22.2%. Penalty Killing – Montreal ranked 21st (18/94) 80.9% St. Louis ranked 2nd (12/92) 87.0%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 51-David Desharnais 47-Alexander Radulov

65-Andrew Shaw 17-Torrey Mitchell 11-Brendan Gallagher

62-Artturei Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron

43-Daniel Carr 24-Phillip Danault 32-Brian Flynn

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry

45-Mark Barberio 8-Greg Pateryn

35-Al Montoya

Injuries – LW Charles Hudon (IR fractured sternum); D Nathan Beaulieu (IR throat); C Alex Galchenyuk (knee)

Scratched – D Zach Redmond;

St. Louis Lines & Pairings

17-Jaden Schwartz 20-Alex Steen 91-Vladimir Tarasenko

15-Robby Fabbri 26-Paul Stastny 57-David Perron

12-Jori Lehtera 21-Patrik Berglund 64-Nail Yakupov

10-Scottie Upshall 28-Kyle Brodziak 75-Ryan Reaves

19-Jay Bouwmeester 27-Alex Pietrangelo

4-Carl Gunnarsson 22-Kevin Shattenkirk

6-Joel Edmondson 55- Colton Parayko

34-Jake Allen

40-Carter Hutton

Injuries – RW Dmitri Jaskin (illness); D Robert Bortuzzo (lower body)

Scratched – RW Ty Rattie;