Canadiens vs. Washington
Verizon Center – Dec. 17, 2016 7:05pm
Injury Report – Andrew Shaw was scratched from the Friday night game against San Jose with concussion symptoms. Sven Andrighetto, Shaw’s replacement in the game lineup suffered an upper body inury in the second period and did not return. Neither made the trip to Washington and the Canadiens recalled forward Chris Terry from St. John’s,. The Canadiens injury list now numbers five including Shaw and Andrighetto plus Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais and Greg Pateryn.
Season Series – First of three meetings. Next game at Bell Centre Jan. 9th.
Last Season – Canadiens 1-2-0 vs. Washington. Dec. 3 @ Bell Centre Washington-3 Canadiens-2. Condon vs. Holtby. T.J. Oshie with winning goal. Dec. 26 @ Washington Capitals-3 Canadiens-1. Condon vs. Holtby – Jay Beagle GWG. Feb. 24 @ Washington Canadiens-4 Washington-3. Condon in goal for Montreal. Holtby replaced by Grubauer for Capitals. GWG Alex Galchenyuk.
Last Time Out – Canadiens San Jose Friday. Washington
Home/Road Canadiens on the road – 5-5-2. Washington at home – 11-4-0
….Both teams are in the second of back-to-back games. The Capitals played at Carolina Friday night and won in a shootout; the Canadiens lost 4-2 at home to San Jose.
….The Canadiens have lost their last two games (vs. Boston in OT Monday and San Jose Friday)
….Until the Canadiens beat Washinton 4-3 last February the Capitals had earned a point in seven consecutive games vs. the Canadiens (5-0-2). During that stretch the Canadiens managed to score only 11 goals.
….Washington also has earned points in 20 of the last 23 Montreal meetings (16-3-4) and over the last eight seasons the Capitals record is 16-3-4.
….It was the Capitals who, with a 3-2 Bell Centre win last December 3rd started the Canadiens out on their stretch of ten losses in eleven games which ultimately led to their 9-23-2 crash which followed the season’s 19-4-3 start.
….This is the second of back to back games for the Canadiens. On the second half the Canadiens have a record of 3-1-0 this season and have outscored opponents 12-9.
….After Canadiens penalty killers gave up two goals Friday night against San Jose, the team’s special teams differential is now minus-2. They have given up 21 goals on PK while their PP has scored 19.
….Team speed can create power play opportunities but the Canadiens rank only 16th power play opportunities. They have gone on the power play 96 times. Dallas leads the league with 120 advantages.
….Max Pacioetty has seven goals over the last six games.
….Shea Weber has eight goals and 10 assists on the season all of those points coming in the season’s first 22 games. Over his last eight games he has failed to register a point.
….Brendan Gallagher has one goal in his last 24 games after scoring for in the Canadiens first six games of the season.
….The Capitals have won six games in a row including a shootout win on Friday night at Carolina. Over the six games they have outscored opponents 21-11.
….In the last four games the Washington power play has converted 6 of 12 opportunities. The Capitals also have at least one power play in 13 of their last 14 games but still rank 13th in the league just behind the Canadiens.
….The Capitals goal differential is plus-16 which ranks 6th in the NHL but only fourth in the Metropolitan Division.
….Alex Ovechkin scored only his sercond goal in ten games vs. Carolina Friday. .
….Ovechkin has 40 points in 39 career games vs. the Canadiens (22 goals, 18 assists). Last season in three games vs. Montreal he had 0 goals, 3 assists.
….Evgeny Kuznetsov has eight assists over his last six games.
….Nicklans Backstrom leads the Capitals with 26 points.
….Lars Eller will play in his first game against the Canadiens since he was traded for a pair of draft picks in order to pave the way for the Andrew Shaw acquisition.
….Eller has two goals, two assists this season in 27 games.
…Justin Williams scored two goals in his first 23 games. He has five goals in his last five games.
….In 22 games this season Carey Price is 16-4-0 with a 1.95GAA and .935sv%. His GAA ranks 6th in the league; his sv% is fourth.
….Out with injuries Price did not play against the Capitals last season.
….In 18 career starts vs. the Capitals Price is 5-9-4 with a 3.08GAA and .898 save%.
….Price let in four goals in a half game vs. San Jose Friday night. Prior to that he allowed two or fewer game sin seven of eight games.
….A win would give Price 250 in his career. Only Hall of Famers Jacques Plante, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy have more Canadiens wins.
….Braden Holtby has a record of 14-6-0 with an 8th-ranked 2.08GAA and .925 save% (ranked 11th).
….Versus the Canadiens Holtby has never lost a game in regulation time (11GP 8-0-2 with a 1.60GAA and .944 save%.
….In the month of September Holtby is 4-1-1 with a .938sv%.
….Phillipp Grubauer has been in 1 game vs. Montreal in a mopup role last season. Against the Canadiens his record is 0-0-1 – 1.64GAA & .944 save%
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 12th (19/96) 19.8% Washington ranked 13th (18/93) 19.4%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 18th (21/110) 80.9% Washington ranked 8th (16/98) 83.7%
Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 47-Alexander Radulov
62-Artturi Lehkonen 24-Phillip Danault 34-Mike McCarron
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 11-Brendan Gallagher
43-Daniel Carr 32-Brian Flynn 15-Chris Terry
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 20-Zach Redmond
Injuries – RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); LW Sven Andrighetto (upper body); C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot)
Scratched – D Mark Barberio
Washington Lines & Pairings
8-Alex Ovechkin 92-Evgeny Kuznetsov 14-Justin Williams
90-Marcus Johansson 19-Nicklas Backstrom 77-T.J. Oshie
10-Brett Connolly 20-Lars Eller 13-Jakub Vrana
26-Daniel Winnik 83-Jay Beagle 43-Tom Wilson
27-Karl Alzner 74-John Carlson
9-Dmitri Orlov 2-Matt Niskanen
44-Brooks Orpik 88-Nate Schmidt
Injuries – None
Scratches – D Taylor Chorny; LW Andrei Burakovsky