logo-canadienslogo-anaheimPreview Game #32

Anaheim vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 20, 2016 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Anaheim 33GP (17-11-5) 39 pts. Tied for first in Pacific Divison Canadiens 31GP (20-7-4) 44pts. First Atlantic Division – Second Eastern Conference.

Season Series – Second of two meetings. Nov. 29 @ Anaheim Anaheim-2 Canadiens-1. Anaheim took 2-0 lead on goals by Rakell and Fowler. Andrew Shaw scored with 2 minutes left.Canadiens outshot the Ducks 40-38. Price vs. Gibson.

Last Time Out – Anaheim at Toronto win 3-2 Monday.    Canadiens win 2-1 at Washington Saturday.

Home/Road – Anaheim on the road (7-7-4)       Canadiens at home (14-2-2)


1-ana-head-to-headHead to Head

….All time the Ducks have a 6-6-2 record at the Bell Centre.

….The Ducks have lost to the Canadiens only twice in the last 13 meetings between the teams. (9-2-2).

….The Ducks won 3-2 the last time they played at the Bell Centre March 22nd.

….Over the last ten seasons the Canadiens are 2-4-0 vs. the Ducks at the Bell Centre and over the last 14 games the Ducks are 6-6-2 in Montreal.

About the Canadiens

….Andrei Markov has not missed a game through injury since he returned from his second major knee surgery on March 10th 2012. In the only two games he wasn’t dressed since then, the Canadiens sat him out of single road games in 2014 and 2015 in order to rest him for the playoffs.

….Since March 2012, Markov has been available for 338 consecutive regular season Canadiens games, 34 straight in the Stanley Cup, he also played 14 games for Russia as well as another 21 for Chekhov in the KHL during the lockout.

….Markov leads Canadiens defensemen with 2 goals, 19 assists for 21 points.

…..This day (Dec. 20th) is Markov‘s 38th birthday.

….The current Canadiens injury list numbers five – Markov, Galchenyuk, Shaw, Desharnais & Pateryn .

1-ana-pacioretty….In the last meeting with the Ducks at the Bell Centre March 22nd, the Canadiens had eleven on their injury list including Subban, Petry, Price, Gallagher, Desharnais, Flynn, Andrighetto, Barberio, Gilbert and Carr. The first star of the game was Mike Brown who scored a goal and assisted on the game winner by Lucas Lessio.

….Over their last 11 games the Canadiens have allowed 23 goals (2.09 per game). Eight of those goals came on opponents power play. Over that stretch their record is 6-3-2.

….Eight of the last eleven games were decided by one goal.

….With their win Saturday in Washington the Canadiens became the fourth team to reach 20 wins for the season.

….The Canadiens scored the game’s first goal for a league-leading 21st time Saturday in Washington. Their record when scoring the first goal is 17-2-2. At the Bell Centre when they score first it’s 12-1-1.

….The Canadiens top three scorers at even strength are Max Pacioretty – 10g, 19a; Paul Byron – 9g, 7a; Torrey Mitchell – 7g, 9a.

….The Canadiens power play is 0-for 10 over the last three games and 1-for 19 over the last six.

….Over the last 11 games the Canadiens power play has scored 4 goals in 34 advantages – 11.76%. At the same time their penalty killing has given up 8 goals in 37 times shorthanded 78.38%. Up to Nov. 24 the PP was operating at 23.44% and their PK at 81.2%.

….Jeff Petry has three goals, one assist in his last four games. Over the four games he has 13 shots on goal, 6 of them vs. the Capitals.

….Max Pacioretty has 7 goals and 10 points over his lat seven games.

….Over his last five games Tomas Plekanec has 1 goal, 6 assists.

….Shea Weber has no points in his last nine games equaling the worst point drought of his career.  He has one assist his last eleven.

1-ana-emelin-iiAbout the Ducks

….Second of back-to-back games for the Ducks who played Monday night in Toronto.

….Also the 5th game of a six game Anaheim 10-day road trip. So far they are 2-2-0 on the road swing with wins in Boston and Toronto and losses in Detroit and Dallas. They wrap up the 12,000 kilometre trip Thursday in Ottawa.

….The Ducks have the NHL’s second-best power play but also the hottest one. They were 2-for-5 vs. Toronto Monday night and now are 8 for 19 over the last five games. .

….On the road the Ducks have scored an average of 2.50 goals per game while giving up 3.16.

….Ryan Kesler has 5 goals and 16 points in 18 career games vs. the Canadiens.

….Ryan Gezlaf ranks second in the NHL in assists at 24. Over his last nine games he has 3 goals, 5 assists.

….Andrew Cogliano will post the fifth longest iron-man streak in NHL history with his 738th consecutive game in this game passing Jay Bouwmeester‘s 737. It is the second longest from the start of a career next to Doug Jarvis‘ 964 and the longest of any kind for the last 23 years when Steve Larmer‘s streak ended at 884. Cogliano entered the league in Oct. 2007 with Edmonton.

….The Ducks have the highest faceoff win % in the NHL at 56.3%. Antoine Vermette is the league leader at 65.6%. Ryan Kesler is 5th at 58.7%.


…..Carey Price has posted one win in eight career games vs. the Ducks (1-5-1) with a 2.62GAA and .915 sv%.

….Over the last three seasons the Canadiens have taken 146 of 198 possible points in games started by Carey Price – (71-22-6) a .737 win percentage.

….Price has given up 43 goals this season – 16 of them while the Canadiens penalty killers have been on the ice.

….In the Nov. 29th loss at Anaheim Price stopped 36 of 38 shots.

….Laval native Jonathan Bernier has a career record of 1-8-3 with a 3.24 GAA and .895 save% vs. the Canadiens.

….At the Bell Centre Bernier has an 0-5-2 record with a 3.56GAA and .886 save%.

….Bernier has appeared in 14 games this season with a 6-2-1 record, a 2.89GAA and .901 save%.

….John Gibson has appeared in 4 games against the Canadiens (3-1-0) with a 1.97GAA and .938save%.

….In the 2-1 win over the Canadiens Nov. 29th Gibson tied a career high in saves (39)and shots faced (40).

Special Teams Power Play – Anaheim ranked 2nd in league (27/108) 25.0%. Canadiens ranked 13th (19/98) 19.4%. Penalty Killing – Anaheim ranked 17th (21/113) 81.4%. Canadiens ranked 19th (22/114) 80.7%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 32-Brian Flynn

41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 11-Brendan Gallagher

43-Daniel Carr 34-Mike McCarron 15-Chris Terry

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

28-Nathan Beauleiu 26-Jeff Petry

20-Zach Redmond 45-Mark Barberio

31-Carey Price.

Injuries – D -Andrei Markov (lower body); RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot)

Scratches – LW Sven Andrighetto

Anaheim Lines & Pairings

67-Rickard Rakell 15-Ryan Getzlaf 10-Corey Perry

7-Andrew Cogliano 17-Ryan Kesler 33-Jakob Silfverberg

37-Nick Ritchie 50-Antoine Vermette 86-Ondrej Kase

74-Joseph Cramarossa 48-Logan Shaw 40-Jared Boll

4-Cam Fowler 45-Sami Vatanen

47-Hampus Lindholm 42-Josh Manson

5-Korbinian Holzer 2-Kevin Bieksa

1-Jonathan Bernier

Injuries – D Clayton Stoner (IR lower body); D Simon Despres (IR concussion); LW Nicolas Kerdiles (IR concussion); C Nate Thompson (IR ruptured achilles)

Scratches – C Stefan Noesen; D Shea Theodore