Boston vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Dec. 12, 2016 – 7:35pm
Team Records – Boston 29GP (15-12-2) Third in Atlantic Division – 8th in Eastern Conference Canadiens 28GP (19-6-3) 41pts. First in NHL standings.
Last Time Out – Boston lost 4-1 to Toronto at TD Garden Saturday. Canadiens defeated Colorado 10-1 at Bell Centre.
Season Series – Third of four meetings. Oct. 22nd @ Boston – Canadiens-4 Bruins-2 Gallagher, Mitchell, Danault & Byron (SHG). Moore and Spooner for Boston. Price stopped 19 of 21. Khudobin in goal for Boston. Nov. 8 @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Bruins-2. Byron scored game winner with 1:02 remaining. Canadiens outshot 43-23. Price vs. Zane McIntyre.
Home/Road – Boston on the road (8-5-2) Canadiens at home (14-1-1)
….The Canadiens have won the first two meetings this season.
….In the midst of last season’s post Price-injury slump the Canadiens lost the last two Boston games at the Bell Centre (3-1 Dec. 9th & 4-1 Jan. 19th). The Canadiens won both games in Boston including the outdoor game at Foxboro on New Year’s Day).
….In the 18 games dating back to March 3, 2013 the Canadiens are 15-3-0 vs. Boston. Since Jan. 12, 2013 they have won 9 straight in Boston.
….Against Atlantic Division opponents the Bruins are 7-5-0 – the Canadiens 8-1-2.
About the Canadiens –
….The Canadiens share the overall league lead at 41 points with the Rangers. The Canadiens have played 28 games, the Rangers – 30.
….The nine goal win over Colorado Saturday propelled the Canadiens back into third place in NHL goal differential at plus-29. (Rangers at plus-35; Columbus plus 31)
…..The Canadiens are 4th in the league in goal scoring at 3.21 goals per game. They are 5rd in goals allowed, giving up 2.18 per game.
….At 14-1-1 the Canadiens have the NHL’s best home record – 29 points in 16 games. (St. Louis second with 27 points in 16 games – 12-1-3)
….Max Pacioretty registered the first four-goal game of his career Saturday night against Colorado. (He has had four hattricks). Pacioretty has 8 goals and 3 assists his last eight games and 7 goals and 9 points his last 4 games.
….Pacioretty has 14 goals and 27 points in 33 career games vs. Boston.
….Tomas Plekanec has 6 points (1g, 5a) and is plus-5 in his last three games. In his first 25 games he had a total of seven points (1g, 6a).
….Andrew Shaw has 3 goals, 5 assists over his last eight games. He has 5 goals and 7 assists his last 14 games. He also has the second highest NHL penalty minutes total with 58. (Antoine Roussel of Dallas has 85PIM).
….Shea Weber is plus-18, second to the Islanders Michael Grabner’s plus-19).
….After 8 goals, 10 assist through his first 22 Canadiens games, Weber has not registered a point in his last 6.
….At the Bell Centre this season Alexander Radulov has 17 points (5 goals 12 assists) and is plus-13 in 15 games.
….Radulov has assists on three of the Canadiens seven goals against the Bruins this season. He has only played against them four times in his career with 1 goal, 3 assists.
….Brendan Gallagher has 18 points in 18 career games against Boston 5 goals & 13 assists.
….Paul Byron, another small forward, has played in ten career games vs. the big bad Bruins with 5 goals and 2 assists. In the two games this season he has two goals, 1 assist.
….Bryan Flynn ended a 41 game goal drought dating back to December 12, 2015 with his pair against the Avalanche Saturday night
….The Canadiens have scored a game’s first goal a league-leading 20 times this season. When scoring first they are 16-2-2.
….The big story in Boston is Claude Julien‘s line changes for this game. Through the first 29 games the line of Marchand/Bergeron/Pastrnak had accounted for 30 of the 67 Bruins goals (44.7%). In order to get some secondary scoring, Julien will break up his top line. David Backes joins Bergeron and Marchand while Pastrnak will play with Czech counrtryman David Krejci and Tim Schaller. (see Bruins lines & pairings below)
….The Bruins have lost three in a row (0-2-1) – losing at Washington in overtime and at home to Colorado and Toronto. In the Toronto game they gave up the game’s first two goals and the two previous opponents scored the first three goals. They were outscored 12-6 in the three games.
….The 4-2 loss to Colorado Thursday came 48 hours before the Canadiens handed the Avalanche their 10-1 defeat.
….Last season the Bruins offense produced 236 goals; an average of 2.87 per game – 5th in the NHL. After 29 games this season the Bruins rank 26th , averaging 2.31 goals per game.
….The Bruins power play ranks 26th in the league. They are 4-for-28 their last nine games (14.2%). As usual their penalty killing is excellent – 3rd in the league. As a result their special teams ratio is even – 12 power play goals for and 12PPG against.
….With 18 goals, David Pastrnak is second among the league’s scorers to Sidney Crosby’s 20.
….Patrice Bergeron has struggled since the World Cup. In 26 games he has 4 goals, 4 assists.
….Last season Bergeron led the Bruins power play with 12 goals and 25 points. This year he has two points on the power play.
….Brad Marchand scored 37 goals last season. He scored his first goal since Nov. 29th and 8th of the season against Toronto Saturday . He has an active five game point streak.
….Marchand has only four goals in 29 career games vs. the Canadiens.
….In 62 career games vs. Montreal Bergeron has 20 goals and 47 points. (no points in two games this season)
….Claude Julien is in his 10th season behind the Bruins bench, the longest tenured coach in the league.
….In 20 overall appearances this season Carey Price is 16-3-1 with a 1.79GAA with a .940 save percentage and two shutouts. Since the start of last season Price has a home/away record of 26-5-1 with four shutouts in 32 starts.
….At home this season Price is 13-1-1 with a 1.66 GAA and .944save% with both shutouts.
….Since the start of the 2014-15 season Price is 42-9-5 at home with a .939 save% and 1.81GAA. Over those 56 home games he has allowed one goal or fewer 33 times including 11 shutouts.
….Price has won nine straight games against Boston allowing 14 goals – an average of 1.55 per game. Price’s last loss vs. Boston was 2-1 at the Bell Centre during the lockout-shortened season Feb. 6, 2013.
….Tuukka Rask in 21 games is 14-5-2 with a 1.85GAA, a .930 save% and three shutouts. On the road he is 8-4 with a 1.65 GAA.
….Rask has not started against the Canadiens since a 4-1 Boston win at the Bell Centre Jan. 19th last season.
….Rask has had his problems against the Canadiens – 5-15-3 with a 2.69GAA and .909 save percentage. Two of those five wins came last season against Mike Condon.
Special Teams – Power Play – Boston ranked 26th (12/86) 14.0%. Canadiens ranked 8th (19/88) 21.6% Penalty Killing – Boston ranked 3rd (12/94) 87.2% Canadiens ranked 15th (19/104) 81.7%.
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
63-Brad Marchand 37-Patrice Bergeron 42-David Backes
59-Tim Schaller 46-David Krejci 88-David Pastrnak
43-Danton Heinen 51-Ryan Spooner 27-Austin Czarnik
28-Dominic Moore 20-Riley Nash 55-Noel Acciari
33-Zdeno Chara 25-Brandon Carlo
47-Torey Krug 54-Adam McQuaid
45-Joe Morrow 6-Colin Miller
Injuries – LW Matt Beleskey (knee); D John-Michael Liles (IR concussion); C Frank Vatrano (IR foot surgery).
Scratches – D Kevan Miller ; RW Jimmy Hayes