Washington vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Jan. 9, 2017 – 7:35pm
Season Records – Washington – 40GP (25-9-5) 55pts. 4th in Metro Division/5th in Eastern Conf. Canadiens – 40GP (25-9-6) 56pts. First in Atlantic Division./4th in East.
Season Series – Second of three meetings – @ Washington Dec. 17th – Canadiens-2 Washington-1. Lehkonen & Petry for Canadiens. Backstrom PPG.
Last Time Out – Washington shutout the Senators 1-0 at Ottawa Saturday. Canadiens defeated the Leafs 5-3 in Toronto also Saturday.
Last Ten Games – Washington 6-2-2. Canadiens 6-2-2.
Home/Away – Washington on the road – 10-4-4. Canadiens at home – 15-3-2.
,,,,Washington has earned a point in seven of their last nine games vs. the Canadiens (5-2-2) and 20 of their last 24 (16-4-4).
….At the Bell Centre they have earned a point in 12 consecutive games (10-0-2).
….The Capitals trail the Canadiens by one point. The Canadiens have identical win/loss records at 25-9. The one point difference in their points total; the Canadien have one more OT/shootout loss.
….With their 2-1 win at the Verizon Center the Canadiens ended the Capitals longest win streak of the season at six games. The only Washington goal came on a two man advantage.
….The Canadiens won their 13th consecutive game against Toronto Saturday. The longest consecutive win streak in team history is 23 straight in the four seasons between 1974 and 1978.
….With this game the Canadiens reach the midpoint of their season. With one game remaining the Canadiens are already nine points ahead of last season’s 47 pts. (22-16-3) and they are one point ahead of the 41-game/55 points of 2014-15 (26-12-3) when the team finished with 110 points.
….The Canadens are riding a six game points streak – 4-0-2. All points on the road. They also have a
9-4-3 record over the last 16 games all recorded since the injury to Alex Galchenyuk on December 4th in Los Angeles. Seven of those 16 games were decided in overtime.
….Last season the Canadiens reached their 41st game while losing 12 of their previous 15 games.
….The Canadiens are wading their way through a stretch of 8 of 9 games of the road.
….The Canadiens rank in the top five in both goals-for (4th – 124GF -3.08 per game) and goals-against (5th -93GA – 2.30 PG) and 4th in goal differential (plus-31).
….Once again the Canadiens will have nine players who played for AHL-St. John’s this season on their roster including Carr, Scherbak, McCarron, Barberio, Farnham, Andrighetto, Terry, Johnston plus Zach Redmond who was with the IceCaps on a conditioning assignment in late November. Earlier callups defenseman Joel Hanley and forward Charles Hudon brings to eleven the number of players who have played with both the IceCaps and Canadiens this season.
….Alexander Radulov went six games without a point leading up to Christmas Day. IN the six games since then he has 4 goals, 4 assists (all points on the road).
….With two assists vs. Toronto Shea Weber has 2 goals, 5 assists in the six games since Christmas. He has 12 points in his last 13 games.
….Max Pacioretty is tied for second in the NHL with 6 game winning goals, one behind the Kings Jeff Carter.
….With 19 goals Pacioretty is back on track for a potential 40-goal season. He has 14 goals his last 16 games. The 19 goals places him in sixth place in the league.
….Since the beginning of December, Pacioretty leads the NHL in goalscoring (14) and points (19) in 17 games.
….Nathan Beaulieu has 1 goal, 4 assists in a three game point streak and six points in his last five games.
….Right Wing Nikita Scherbak scored on his first career NHL shot on goal Saturday in Toronto. Over the last 25 years, five other Canadiens have scored on their first career shot including Daniel Carr in December 2015; Sven Andrighetto (2014) and Max Pacioretty (2009); Jonathan Ferland (2006 in first shift of a seven game NHL career); Jason Ward (1999). Also scoring for the Canadiens in their NHL debuts over the last 25 years but not on their first shot were Alexander Perezhogin (2005) and Marcel Hossa (2002).
….Thomas Plekanec leads all Canadiens in scoring vs. Washington with 14 goals, 15 assists in 41 games.
….The Canadiens are ranked eighth in shots per game at 31.1 and give up 30.1 per game ranking them 13th.
….In this game Barry Trotz will coach in his 1400th NHL game. He is two wins short of passing Pat Quinn (684) for seventh place on the all time wins list.
….Alexander Ovechkin needs one goal to tie Rocket Richard‘s career total of 544. He is also four points away from 1,000 career points.
….The Capitals have an active five game win streak after winning 1-0 in Ottawa Saturday. It is their third winning streak of at least five games this season. During their current streak they have outscored opponents 20-9.
….The Capitals offense is ranked 9th in the league at 2.82 goals poer game. In goals allowed they rank first at 2.03 per game.
….Washington’s power play is a surprising 21st in the league at 16.4% rate. Their penalty killing is third at 87.1%.
….T.J. Oshie will miss the game with an upper body injury suffered in Ottawa Saturday. It will bring the Capitals man-games lost to ten this season, fewest in the league; seven of those man-days Oshie‘s shoulder injury in November. Lars Eller missed one game, also in November and Matt Niskanen missed a game in December.
….Alexander Ovechkin has seven points in his last eight games (4g, 3a). He is tied for ninth in the league with 18 goals.
….Ovechkin‘s 30 points are his fewest through 39 games in his career.
….Justin Williams is the hottest Capital with 9 points his last seven games.
….In 40 career games vs. Montreal Ovechkin has 41 points including 22 goals.
….Niklas Backstrom recorded his 500th career assist Saturday against Ottawa.
….Lars Eller will make his first appearance at the Bell Centre since he was traded to Washington at the 2016 draft. He played six seasons in Montreal.
….Carey Price won the Vezina Trophy in 2015. Braden Holtby won the award in 2016.
….Career vs. the Capitals Price has a 6-9-4 record with a 2.97GAA. His 250th career victory came in the 2-1 win at Washington Dec. 17th.
….Price has a 14-5 record with a 1.89GAA at the Bell Centre this season.
….Braden Holtby has recorded shutouts his last two starts and 121:54 dating back to the point where he was pulled from the game at Toronto. It is the first time in his career he has posted consecutive shutouts. Holtby has four shutouts his last eleven starts.
….Holtby is tied for first in the NHL in shutouts with five, tied for second in GAA at 1.93 and third in save percentage at .931 and tied for seventh in wins at 18. Since the start of the 2012-13 season Holtby leads the NHL in wins (153); shutouts (25).
….Holtby has a career record of 8-1-2 vs. the Canadiens with two shutouts; a 1.64GAA and .942save%. His only loss in regulation time vs. Montreal (and Carey Price) was Dec. 17th at Washington and the two other losses were in shootouts after 1-1 ties in regulation time.
….On the road this season Holtby is 6-3-3; one shutout, with a 2.13GAA and .932 save percentage..
Special Teams – Power Play – Washington ranked 21st (20/122) 16.4%. Canadiens ranked 10th (27/127) 21.3%. Penalty Killing – Washington ranked 3rd (18/140) 87.1%. Canadiens ranked 21st (29/147) 80.3%.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec Sven Andrighetto
44-Bobby Farnham 34-Mike McCarron 38-Nikita Scherbak
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
89-Ryan Johnston 45-Mark Barberio
Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand); D -Andrei Markov (groin); RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot)
Scratches – D Zach Redmond; RW Chris Terry; LW Daniel Carr
Washington Lines & Pairings
8-Alex Ovechkin 19-Niklas Backstrom 10-Brett Connolly
90-Marcus Johansson 92-Evgeny Kuznetsov 14-Justin Williams
87-Liam O’Brien 20-Lars Eller 65-Andre Burakovsky
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 – RW T.J. Oshie (upper body)
Scratches – D Taylor Chorney; FWD Paul Carey