logo-canadienslogo-minnesotaPreview Game #33

Minnesota vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 22, 2016 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Minnesota 31GP (19-8-4) 42pts. Second in Western Conference. Montreal 32 GP (21-7-4) 46pts. Second in Eastern Conference

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game @ Minnesota Jan. 12th.

Last Season’s Series – Canadiens 0-2-0 vs. Wild @Minnesota Dec. 22nd Minnesota 2 Canadiens-1. Condon vs. Kuemper. Coyle with winning goal. @ Montreal March 12 Minnesota-4 Canadiens-1. Dubnyk vs. Condon. Mikael Granlund GWG.

Last Time Out – Minnesota shut out Colorado 2-0 Tuesday at home. Canadiens defeated Anaheim 5-1 at Bell Centre.

Home/Road – Minnesota on the Road (7-5-4) Canadiens at Home (15-2-2)

 

Montreal Canadiens' Torrey Mitchell moves in on Minnesota Wild's goalie Devan Dubnyk during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Graham Hughes /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Head to Head

….Minnesota’s 4-1 win March 12th was their first in Montreal since Dec. 17th, 2009.

….The Wild have lost six of their last eight Bell Centre games.

….The home team has won six of the last seven meetings between the clubs.

….In the two games last season the Wild outscored the Canadiens 6-2. No member of the Canadiens had more than one point against them. Barberio and Carr scored the goals.

….Versus Eastern Conference teams the Wild is 9-3-1. The Canadiens are 6-4-1 vs. the West.

Montreal Canadiens' Andrei Markov moves in on Minnesota Wild's goalie Devan Dubnyk during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal on Saturday, March 12, 2016. (Graham Hughes /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

About the Canadiens

….Over the last 12 games the Canadiens have allowed 24 goals, an average of 2.00 per game. The Canadiens record over that stretch is 7-3-2.

….In the eight games since they lost 2-1 games to Anaheim and San Jose, the Canadiens record is 5-1-2. The only loss in regulation time was the home game against San Jose. Over the eight games they have outscored their opposition 32-18.

….Eighteen of the Canadiens thirty-two games have been decided by one goal. In those games their record is 9-5-4. Eight of those games ended in 2-1 scores. In those the Canadiens are 5-2-1.

….This is the first of back-to-back games (@Columbus Friday). In first games they are 2-3-0 and they are 4-1-0 in the second. They have swept one series and split the other four.

….Jeff Petry has goals in three consecutive games. He has 4 goals, 3 assists his last five games off 18 shots on goal.

….Tomas Plekanec has two goals, 6 assists his last seven games and ten points his last 12..

….Paul Byron has 4 goals and 7 points in his last seven games

….Byron equaled his career high with his 11th goal vs. Anaheim in his 32nd game. He scored 11 goals in 62 Canadiens games last season. He is two points away from his career high 21 points set in 2013-14 with Calgary.

….Mike McCarron has an assist in two of his three games with the Canadiens.

1-wild-pominvilleAbout the Wild

….On December third the Wild had a record of 11-8-4 through 23 games. Over their last eight games they are 8-0-0 outscoring opponents 27-10. In each of the eight games they have allowed 2 goals for fewer including Tuesday night’s shutout, one goal four times and two in the other three.

….The Wild leads the NHL in team GAA at 1.85 and save% at .939.

….The last time the Wild suffered defeat in regulation time was 5-4 in Vancouver Nov. 29th. Since then they are 7-0-1. They have points in 13 of their last 15 games (10-1-3).

….The Wild record for consecutive wins is nine – set in March 2007.

….This also the first of back-to-back games for the Wild. The will play at Madison Square Garden Friday night.

….Minnesota has opened he scoring in it’s last five games and 11 of their last 13. They are 12=4=3 when they score the first goal.

….In 42 games against the Canadiens Eric Staal has 38 points (19-19 = 38).

….The signing of Staal ranks with Alexander Radulov as the best of the off-season free agent signings. Staal, at age 32 signed a three year contract at 3.5 million dollars. He leads the team in points with 25 (10g, 5a). Four of his goals are game winners.

Goaltending

….Carey Price is 18-4-2 in 24 starts this season. His .936sv% and 1.87GAA each rank third in the league. With 18, he is second to Sergei Bobrovsky in wins.

….Price has a career record of 4-3-0 in 7 appearances against Minnesota with a 2.43GAA and a .914 sv%.. He did play against them last season.

….Over his last three seasons Price has a home record of 43-11-5 including 14-3-1 this season.

….In his career Al Montoya has never lost to Minnesota – 5-0-0 with a 1.18GAA and .958 sv%.

….Devan Dubnyk leads the league in GAA (1.55), save% (.948) and shutouts (5). In 25 appearances, he is 16-6-3.

….Dubnyk is coming off an 18-save shutout at home against Colorado Tuesday night.

….In his last seven starts Dubnyk is 7-0-0 and has given up nine goals.

….Dubnyk has not allowed more than three goals in a game this season.

….Dubnyk played in eight games with Hamilton at the end of the 2013-14 season after the Canadiens got from Nashville in early March 2015 for future considerations.

Special TeamsPower Play – Minnesota ranks 17th (15/87) 17.2%. Canadiens rank 11th (21/104) 20.2%. Penalty Killing – Minnesota ranks 5th (14/94) 85.1%. Canadiens rank 17th (21/104) 20.2%.

Projected 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

Minnesota Lines & Pairings

11-Zach Parise 12-Eric Staal 3-Charlie Coyle

22-Nino Niederreiter 9-Mikko Koivu 64-Mikael Granlund

16-Jason Zucker 44-Tyler Graovac 29-Jason Pominville

7-Chis Stewart 42-Pat Cannone 10-Jordan Schroeder 63-Kurtis Gabriel

20-Ryan Suter 46-Jared Spurgeon

25-Jonas Brodin 24-Matthew Dumba

6-Marco Scandella 5-Christian Folin

40-Devan Dubnyk

Injuries – D Victor Bartley (IR torn triceps); C Eric Haula (lower body)

Scratched – D Nate Proesser; RW Kurtis Gabriel