Colorado vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Dec. 10, 2016 – 7:10pm
The Canadiens Roster – Immediately after the St. John’s IceCaps AHL game against Springfield Friday night the Canadiens announced the recall of centre Mike McCarron and defenseman Mark Barberio. McCarron missed two games last week with a wrist injury. He came back to score his 4th goal of the season and register a game-high 8 shots. Barberio, who was re-assigned to St. John’s earlier in the week, recorded 3 assists vs. Springfield.
Season Records – Colorado 25GP (10-14-1) 21pts. Last in Central Division. 13th in Western Conference. Canadiens 27GP (18-6-3) 39pts. First in NHL.
Last Time Out – Colorado defeated the Bruins 4-2 in Boston Thursday. Canadiens beat New Jersey 5-2 at the Bell Centre Thursday.
Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game Feb. 7th at Denver.
Last Season’s Series – Canadiens 0-2-0. Nov. 14 @ Bell Centre Colorado-6 Canadiens-1. Condon gav eup four goals on 11 shots – replaced by Tokarski. Nathan McKinnon 2 goals 13 seconds apart plus 1 assist. Feb. 17th @ Denver Colorado-3 Canadiens-2. Jarome Iginlas scored the tieing and winning goals in come-from-behind victory. Markov and and Eller for the Canadiens. Scrivens vs. Varlamov.
Home/Road – Colorado 6-6-0 on the road. Canadiens 13-1-1 at home.
Head to Head –
….Since the Nordiques became the Avalanche in 1995 the Canadiens are 7-14-4 against them – 5-5-2 at the Bell Centre.
….The last time the Canadiens defeated Colorado at home was Oct. 18, 2014.
….When the schedule was released on June 21st this was listed as one the ten expensive “Optimum” games for Canadiens ticket buyers, ostensibly because Patrick Roy would be returning to Montreal. In August Roy quit as Avalanche head coach and Colorada has crashed in the standings. Still, the inflated ticket prices remain. Of note – Monday’s game against Boston is not an Optimum game.
….The 49 shots on goal Thursday were the most by the Canadiens in regulation time in eight years. On October 25, 2008 the Canadiens outshot Anaheim and Jean-Sebastian Gigure 51-25 and lost the game 6-4. (Price gave up 4 goals on 12 shots and was replaced by Halak). The Canadiens piled up 49 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss at St. Louis January 16th of last season-48 of the shots came in regulation time.
….Versus the Devils the Canadiens scored the first goal of the game for a league-best 19th time this season. Their record when scoring first is 15-2-2.
….Starting with the loss in Chicago November 13th the Canadiens record is 5-5-2.
….Canadiens penalty killers have given up at least one power play goal in six of the last 9 games 7PPG against in 32 times shorthanded. Canadiens penalty killing now ranks 18th in the league. The Canadiens have had to kill 101 penalties. Only Calgary and Winnipeg have been shorthanded more often (108 times).
….The Canadiens power play has slipped recently as well. They have scored 3 times in their last 22 opportunities over the last seven games.
….After scoring one goal, 2 assists in his first 14 games with the Canadiens, Andrew Shaw has 5 goals and 5 assists his last 13 games. Shaw has the hot Canadiens hand right now with 3 goals, 3 assists his last 7 games.
….In ten games vs. Colorado Max Pacioretty has ten points (2g,8a). Andrei Markov has 13 points in 13 games (4g 9a); Shea Weber in 41 Avalanche games 7 goals 14 assists.
….In the 12 games between October 29 and November 22nd Pacioretty scored two goals and 4 assists. He revealed this week that he was playing with a broken bone in his foot. In his last 7 games he has 4 goals, 2 assists.
….After 27 games last season Pacioretty had 13 goals, 12 assists and 25 points. After 27 this season – 19 points on 8 goals, 11 assists.
….After scoring twice vs. New Jersey, Torrey Mitchell now has seven goals this season on 21 shots which is a 33.3 shooting percentage. He scored a career high11 last year with the Canadiens.
….This is the first of back-to-back games to wrap up a four game road trip. The Avalanche will play in Toronto Sunday.
….With this game 20 yar NHL veteran Jarome Iginla becomes the 16th player in NHL history to reach 1500 games. Among active skaters only Jagr has played in more (1,656). He is second in career goals among active players with 614 (Jaromir Jagr has 754.) He has scored 97 game winning goals tieing him with Guy Lafleur for eighth all-time.
….In 36 career games vs. the Canadiens Iginla has 14 goals and 30 points.
….The Avalanche stopped a 6 game losing streak (0-5-1) with their win in Boston Thursday night.
….On the road Colorado has a 6-6 record. At home they are 4-8-1.
….Colorado ranks 28th in average goals per game at 2.24 (only Arizona and Buffalo score fewer goals per game. (The Canadiens rank 6th at 2.96 per game) Colorado has been shut out in five of their 25 games.
….Colorado ranks 2nd to Anaheim in league faceoff % to Anaheim at 53.8%. (Canadiens rank 25th at 48.4%).
….In 9 career games vs. Montreal Duchene has 2 goals, 8 assists.
….Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado in points with 18 including 7 goals.
….Gabriel Landeskog returns to the lineup after missing ten games with a lower body injury.
….The Avalanche signed Joe Colborne to a two year free agent contract worth 5 million dollars in July. He had a hattrick in the season opener and has not scored a goal in the 22 games since.
….John Mitchell ended a season long 19 game points drought with a goal against Boston Thursday. At one point the Avalanche placed him on waivers.
….Former Canadien Rene Bourque is the second highest Colorado goalscorer with 8 in 23 games. Frustrated with his ineffective play,the Canadiens first waived Bourque then traded him to Anaheim for defenseman Bryan Allen in Nov. 2014. With the Ducks he scored 3 goals in 30 games before being traded for the second time that season to Columbus where he scored 2 goals in 49 games before becoming a free agent. He was at Colorado training camp this fall under a tryout contract and will earn 650 thousand dollars this season.
….This season Carey Price is 15-3-1 with a .940 save% and 1.83GAA. He leads the league in wins and goals against average and is third in save % behind Devan Dubnyk and Mike Condon.
….Against Colorado Price has a career record of 3-2-1 with a 3.15GAA.
…. Price has a record of 25-5-1 since the beginning of last season with a 1.92GAA and .938 save percentage.
….At home this season Price is 12-1-1 with a 1.71GAA and .945save% and two shutouts.
….Over the last two seasons Price is 16-1-1 at home and over three seasons his home record is 41-9-5.
….Calvin Pickard did not play against the Canadiens last season. He started both games vs. Canadiens in 2014-2015, his only career appearances aainst them. His record vs. the Canadiens – 0-2-0 with a 3.55GAA and .908save%)
….In 9 appearances this season, Pickard is 5-2-1 with a 2.39GAA and .922 save%. This will be his second start in a row. Thursday he allowed two goals in the win over Boston.
Special Teams – Power Play – Colorado ranked 18th (13/78) 16.7%. Canadiens ranked 10th (18/86) 20.9%. Penalty Killing – Colorado ranked 24th (20/98) 71.6%. Canadiens ranked 18th (19/101) 81.2%.
On the Farm – The St. John’s IceCaps edged Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida affiliate) 6-5 Friday night at Mile One Centre. Chris Terry 1 goal, 2 assists; Mark Barberio 3 assists; Charles Hudon 1g, 1a. Mike McCarron, Joel Hanley and Stefan Matteau scored the other goals for St. John’s.
The IceCaps record is now 13-11-1.
The teams meet again Saturday night in St. John’s.
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 47-Alexander Radulov
62-Artturi Lehkonen 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 11-Brendan Gallagher
43-Daniel Carr 32-Brian Flynn 42-Sven Andrighetto
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 20-Zach Redmond
Injuries – C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot)
Scratched – C Mike McCarron; D Mark Barberio
Colorado Lines & Pairings
17-Rene Bourque 2-Nathan MacKinnon 12-Jarome Iginla
92-Gabriel Landeskog 34-Carl Soderberg 25-Mikhail Grigorenko
9-Matt Duchene 7-John Mitchell 96-Mikko Rantanen
8-Joe Colborne Blake Comeau 27-Andreas Martinsen
32-Francois Beauchemin 18-Cody Goloubef
28-Patrick Wiercioch 16-Nikita Zadorov
Injuries – D Erik Johnson (IR broken leg);
Scratches – D Eric Gelinas: LW Cody McLeod