logo-canadiens logo-san-josePreview Game #30

San Jose vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 16, 2016 – 7:35pm

Season RecordsSan Jose 30GP (18-11-1) 37pts. First in Pacific Division 10th in league. Canadiens 29GP (19-6-4) 42pts. First in Atlantic Divison; 4th in NHL

Season Series – Second of two games – @San Jose Dec. 2nd – San Jose-2 Canadiens-1. Brent Burns (PPG) and Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a 2-0 first period lead. Lehkonen PPG) scored for Montreal. Carey Price vs. Martin Jones.

Home Road – San Jose is 8-7-1 on the road. The Canadiens are 14-1-2 at home.

Last Ten Games – The Sharks are 7-3-0 (14 of a possible 20 points) Canadiens are 5-3-2 (12 of 20 pts.)

Last Time Out – San Jose edged the Leafs in Toronto 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday. Canadiens lost to Boston 2-1 in overtime Monday at Bell Centre


1-sharks-head-to-headHead to Head

….In the last seven meetings against the Sharks the Canadiens have scored a total of six goals and have been shutout three times.

….On March 21st, 2015 Carey Price shut the Sharks out 2-0 at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens only win against them at home dating back to Dce. 4, 2010.

….Home and away since December-2010 he Canadiens are 1-6-1 vs. San Jose. They have been outscored 25-9; scoring an average of 1.13 goals per game against them.

….Last season the Canadiens defeated the Canadiens 3-1 Dec. 15th at the Bell Centre. Dustin Tokarksi started and gave up all three goals on 12 shots. Mike Condon finished the game. Marleau, Pavelski and Zubrus scored for the Sharks. Weise for the Canadiens. Martin Jones the winning goaltender.

1-sharks-burnsAbout the Canadiens

….First of back-to-back games. Canadiens at Washington Saturday. Fifth of fifteen back to back games on the schedule. The Canadiens are 2-2 in the first of the two game sets. Overall in back to back games they are 5-3-1.

….The Canadiens rank third in the league in goal differential at plus-28. Only the Rangers (plus-36) and Colorado (+33) are better.

….The Canadiens power play has produced one goal in the last 15 times shorthanded. In the current slump it has slipped to 11th in the league rankings.

….The Canadiens record in one-goal games is 8 wins 9 losses. Among the 9 losses – 3 in overtime and one in a shootout.

….After going six games with a point, Paul Byron has points in his last 4 games including 3 goals and 2 assists. He has 10 goals this season. His career high is 11 set last season after the Canadiens picked him up on waivers in October. With 17 points he is also approaching his career high of 21 set in 2013-14 with Calgary.

….Tomas Plekanec will play in his 200th consecutive game. He is the current Canadiens Iron Man dating back to March 29, 2014.

…. Over his last ten seasons Plekanec has missed only 12 of 849 Canadiens regular season games two of them on a suspension.

….In 36 career games vs. San Jose Shea Weber has 8 goals and 27 points. Andrei Markov in 15 games 4 goals 10 assists.

….After his fast offensive start to the season Weber has one points in his last seven games.

1-sharks-burnsAbout the Sharks

….The Sharks have won their last three games – two of them in shootouts. They have a better record this season (18-11-1) than they had at this time last year (15-14-1).

….This is the third game of a four game San Jose road trip. They have started with shootout wins in both Ottawa and Toronto, the first two Sharks game decided by shootout this season.

….Joe Thornton has scored two goals this season -both of them into empty nets. In 30 games he has 19 points (2 goals, 17 assists). Thornton has gone 42 games without scoring on an NHL goaltender including last year’s playoffs where he was had 0 goals and 10 assists.

….Sharks 2015 first round draft pick Timo Meier (9th overall) will make his NHL debut against the Canadiens. The Swiss-born left wing played his junior hockey at Halifax and part of last season with Rouyn-Noranda where he scored 8 points in five Memorial Cup games.

….In seven career games vs. the Canadiens Logan Couture has nine points (4g, 5a)

….In his first 30 games of this season defenseman Brent Burns has 13 goals, 15 assists and is plus 7. In his last 74 games he has 27 goals, 49 assists and is plus-23.

Carey Price, Alexei Emelin, Logan CoutureGoaltending

….Carey Price is 16-3-2 this season with a 1.80GAA, .940 save% and two shutouts.

….Price has been in eight career games vs. San Jose with a 2-5-1 record; 2.62GAA, .925SV% and one shutout.

….Price is 3-1-1 in five December starts with a 2.15GAA and .913 save%. His lone regulation December came at San Jose (2-1 Dec. 2nd).

….Price‘s next win will be the 250th of his career. Three Canadiens goaltenders have won 250+ games, Hall of Famers Jacques Plante (314); Patrick Roy (289); Ken Dryden (258).

….Martin Jones is 15-10-1 this season with 2 shutouts, a 2.10GAA and .920 save%.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Jones is 4-1-0 with one shutout, a 2.01GAA and .925 save%.

….Jones has won the first two starts of the Sharks four game road trip, stopping 57 of 62 shots for a .919save%. Both of the wins came in shootouts were he stopped all 7 shots he faced.

….In his last 15 games Jones has gone 10-4-1 with a 1.79GAA and a .932 save percentage with two shutouts.

Special Teams – Power Play – San Jose ranks 18th (16/96) 16.7%. Canadiens rank 11th (19/93) 20.4%. Penalty Killing – San Jose ranks 18th (15/19) 81.9% Canadiens rank 16th (19/105) 81.9%/

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 34-Mike McCarron

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 20-Zach Redmond

31-Carey Price.

Injuries – C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot)

Scratched – RW Sven Andrighetto; D Mark Barberio

San Jose Lines and Pairings

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

62-Kevin Labanc 39-Logan Couture 89-Mikkel Boedker

28-Timo Meier 50-Chris Tierney 27-Joonas Donskoi

38-Micheal Haley 57-Tommy Wingels 68-Melker Karlsson

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 – D Dylan Demelo; RW Joel Ward