logo-tampalogo-canadiensPreview Game #35

Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay

Amalie Arena – Dec. 28, 2016 – 7:35pm

Season Records – ‘Canadiens 34GP (21-9-4) 46pts. (First in Atlantic Division) Tampa Bay – 35GP (17-15-3) 37pts. (Fourth in Atlantic Division)

Season Series – Second of four meetings. Oct. 27th @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Tampa-1. Canadiens score three in the third period – Galchenyuk, Pacioretty & Mitchell (ENG). Killorn for Tampa.

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost at Columbus 2-1 Dec. 23rd. Tampa shutout at Washington 4-0.

Last Season – The Canadiens swept the four-game season series – @Tampa Dec. 28th Canadiens-4 Tampa-3 (shootout). Max Pacioretty scored shootout winner. @ Bell Centre Feb. 9th Canadiens-4 Tampa-2 – Tomas Plekanec with 2 goals, 1 assist. March 31st @ Tampa Canadiens-3 Tampa-0. Mike Condon with the shutout. April 9th @ Bell Centre Canadiens-5 Tampa-2. Pacioretty with GWG

Home Road – Canadiens on the Road – (6-6-2). Tampa at Home (9-5-1)

Head to Head

….The Canadiens have now won 5 straight vs. Tampa. Prior to that the Lightning had won seven straight (including playoffs 9 of the previous 11).

….Over the last two seasons the Canadiens and Lightning have divided season sweeps. In the 2014-15 season the Lightning won all five games outscoring the Canadiens 21-8. Last season the Canadiens won all four, outscoring Tampa 18-7.

….Last season Tomas Plekanec led the Canadiens against Tampa with 4goals, 1assist in four games. Alex Galchenyuk had 3 goals and five points and Max Pacioretty had 2g, 2a.

….Valtteri Filpula had 5 points (1g, 4a) in 4 games vs. Montreal. Nobody else had more than two points.

About the Canadiens

….The last time the Canadiens played a game on Christmas Day was a 4-2 loss Dec. 25th 1971 at Pittsburgh. The NHL is the only major North American professional sport that shuts down completely on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

….Excluding the lockout season when the NHL schedule didn’t open until January, the Canadiens have played post-Christmas games in Florida for ten straight years. Two seasons ago, the Canadiens only played the Panthers. In the nine late December games vs. Tampa since 2005, the Canadiens are 6-3-0. Three of the Canadiens wins were decided in shootouts.

….In the 19 games of this Lightning/Panthers series since 2005 the Canadiens are 11-8-0 including one overtime and three shootout wins.

….This is the start of the seventh back-to-back series of the season. The Canadiens were swept in both ends of last week’s back to back games against Minnesota and Columbus. In the opening game they have a record of 2-4-0.

….Tomas Plekanec has 2 goals and 9 points his last nine games.

….Jeff Petry has 5 goals, 2 assists his last seven games.

….Alexander Radulov has 0-points his last six games. Brendan Gallagher has 0-points his last six games and 0-goals 5 assists in his last 12. Shea Weber has 1 assist his last 14 games.

About the Lightning

….In the month of December the Lightning have a record of 4-6-2. They have won 3 of their last nine (3-4-2).

….This is the first of a five game homestand for the Lightning. Like the Canadiens, this is first of back to back games for the Lightning. They will host Toronto Thursday while the Canadiens are at Florida.

….The Lightning (17-15-3) are three points behind the third place Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division.

….In their final game before the Christmas break the Lightning were without C Stephen Stamkos (out for the season with a knee problem); goaltender Ben Bishop will be out until the end of January. LW Ondrej Palat, who had missed the last five games plus Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov.

…The Lightning recalled forward Michael Bournival from Syracuse for the second time this season. He scored his first goal with the parent team Thursday against St. Louis. The Lightning returned him to Syracuse on Friday. With Syracuse had 5 goals and 13 points in 14 games.

.Jonathan Drouin has 7 goals and 13 points in his last ten games…five points his last two games.

….Defenseman Victor Hedman has one goal and nine assists over his last six games. He leads the team in assists (23) and is second in scoring with 29 points. Hedman is third among defensemen behind Brent Burns‘ 34 points and Erik Karlsson‘s 32.

Goaltending

….Carey Price did not face the Lightning last year (Condon 3X; Bishop once in Canadiens debut). In the first meeting of the season he stoped 30 of 31 shots in the Bell Centre 3-1 win over Tampa.

….Price has been in 27 games against Tampa with a 11-11-5 record with a 2.47GAA and .918 sv%.

….Andrei Valsilevskiy has started the last three (2-1-0) and four of the last five Tampa games (2-2-0). On the season he is 8-5-1 with 2 shutouts, 2.53GAA and .918 save percentage.

….Vasilevskiy has started one career game against the Canadiens. A 5-2 loss April 9th last season. He has a 4.10 GAA and .857 save% against TBY..

….Ben Bishop suffered a lower body injury December 22nd and is expected to be unavailable until the end of January.

….Bishop has been in goal for four of the last five Tampa losses against Montreal allowing 11 goals, giving him 2.55 GAA and .869 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens ranked 13th (21/110) 19.1% Tampa ranked 3rd (29/125) 23.2%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 18th (23/125) 81.6%. Tampa ranked 22nd (24/118) 79.7%

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

28-Nathan Beaulieu 6-Shea Weber

45-Mark Barberio 26-Jeff Petry

20-Zach Redmond 71-Joel Hanley

31-Carey Price

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

Tampa Bay Lines & Pairings

18-Ondrej Palat 9-Tyler Johnson 86-Nikita Kucherov

11-Brian Boyle 51-Valtteri Filppula 27-Jonathan Drouin

17-Alex Killorn 21-Brayden Point 90-Vladislav Namestrikov

15-Michael Bournival 63-Matthew Peca 23-J.T. Brown

77-Victor Hedman 6-Anton Stralman

5-Jason Garrison 62-Andrej Schuster

29-Slater Koekkoek 55-Braydon Coburn

88-Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injuries – C Steven Stamkos (IR knee); G Ben Bishop (IR lower body); RW Ryan Callachan (IR lower body)D Braydon Coburn (undisclosed); Cedrick Paquett (undisclosed)