Canadiens vs. Winnipeg
MTS Centre – Jan. 10, 2017 – 7:35pm EST
Season Records – Canadiens – 41GP (25-10-6) 56 pts. First inAtlantic Division. Winnipeg (43GP (20-20-3) 43pts. Fourth in Central Division.
Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game Feb. 18th in Montreal. Last season the Canadiens were 1-1-0 vs. Winnipeg.
Last Time Out – Canadiens lost 4-1 to Washington Saturday. Winnipeg shut out Calgary 2-0 Monday.
Last Ten Games – Canadiens 5-3-2. Winnipeg 6-4-0.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the road – 10-6-4. Winnipeg at home 11-8-1.
….Since the team moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg the Canadiens are 9-4-1 vs. the Jets.
….In the last 12 games in the series, the home team has been a winner 9 times. The last Canadiens win in Winnipeg was 3-0 October 15th 2013.
….The Jets have won the last two home against the Canadiens and three of the last five.
….In their last three home wins over the Canadiens the Jets have scored four or more goals.
….The Canadiens arrive at the season mid-point with a record of 25-10-6 and 56 points. They are nine oints ahead of last season (22-16-3) 47 pts. They are one point ahead of the 41-game/55 points of 2014-15 (26-12-3) when the team finished with 110 points.
….This will be the beginning of the third set of back-to-back games in fifteen days. The Canadiens swept the last back-to-back vs. Nashville and Dallas (both in overtime). In opening games of the two-game sets the Canadiens are 3-4-1 this season. Thanks to a 5-2-0 record in second games they are 8-6-1 overall in these games.
….Starting with their December 4th shootout win at Los Angeles the Canadiens have a record of 9-4-4 (22 of a possible 34 points). Eight of the 17 games were decided in overtime or shootout – four won by Montreal.
….After starting his season as a third pairing defenseman averaging seventeen minutes per game, Nathan Beaulieu has not logged less than 23 minutes his last eleven games. Five times he’s been over 25 minutes and three times over twenty-seven including a team-leading 27:50 vs. Washington Monday.
….Tomas Plekanec‘s PPG vs. Washington Monday ended his latest goal drought at eight games. He has a goal and assist his last two games – 3 goals and 11 points his last 16. He has 10 goals and 21 points in 35 career games vs. Winnipeg/Atlanta.
….Plekanec missed the morning skate because of a virus and will be a gametime decision. Should he be unavailable it will end the current Canadiens ironman streak at 211 games dating back to March 29, 2014. Max Pacioretty becomes the ironman at 124 games with Phillip Danault second at only 92 games. Going into this game the Canadiens have lost 125 man-games to injury or illness.
….The Jets are currently out of the playoff picure; one point behind Los Angeles for the final Western wildcard spot. They are fourth in the Central Division.
….The Jets have never been above .500 this season. Beating Calgary 2-0 Monday moved them to even .500 for the ninth time this season (20-20-3).
….Over an eight day stretch the Jets are playing games in all four of the NHL’s time zones – Buffalo (East); Winnipeg (Central); Arizona (Mountain); Los Angeles (West)
….The injured Patrik Laine leads the Jets in goals and is tied with Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers for the points lead at 37.
….Including Blake Wheeler with 33, the Jets have four players with over 30 points. (Columbus also has four).
….Ehlers is on a five game point streak (5g, 2a).
….Winnipeg is second in the league with five shorthanded goals this season – three of them at home.
….Al Montoya has appeared in only four games vs. Winnipeg compiling a 1-1-0 recrd with a 3.77GAA and .871 save%.
….Montoya played with the Jets two seasons from 2012-14. He compiled a record of 16-9-3 with three shutouts with the Jets.
….Connor Hellebuyck’s season record is 16-13-1 with a 2.65GAA and .913save%.
….Hellebuyck has never appeared in a game vs. the Canadiens.
….Hellebuyck has started Winnipeg’s last five games and ten of the last 12. In his last twelve games he has a 6-4-0 record with a .922 save%.
….At home Hellebuyck is 10-5-1 with a 2.32 GAA and .924save%.
….Carey Price will start the second game of the back-to-backs in Minnesota Thursday.
….Price has allowed 19 goals over his last six starts – 3.2 per game. Only once in the five games has he allowed fewer than three goals. He faced more than 35 shots three times. His record over that stretch is 2-2-2.
….Price is 5th in the league in save percentage (.928) and 6th in goals-against average at 2.12. His record is 20-6-4.
….Price did not face the Jets last season. In 20 career games vs. the Jets he is 12-4-3 with a 2.13GAA and a .926GAA.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 10th (28/132) 79.5%. Winnipeg ranked 19th (23/137) 16.8%,. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 23rd (30/146) 79.5%. Winnipeg ranked 26th (35/156) 77.6%.
….The Jets special teams are minus-12: 23 power play goals vs. 35 PPG against.
…..The Canadiens have scored five power play goals over their last three games.
…..Canadiens penalty killers have held Winnipeg off the board over the last 22 times shorthanded over eight games dating back to Jan. 22 2013.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings (With Plekanec)
(If Plekanec not available – Flynn will centre Byron and Lehkonen; Terry will move to right wing with Mitchell and Andrighetto)
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
(If Plekanec not available – Flynn will centre Byron and Lehkonen;
Terry will replace Flynn on right wing with Mitchell and Andrighetto)
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
89-Ryan Johnston 45-Mark Barberio
Injuries – C Tomas Plekanec (ill -gametime decision); 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
Winnipeg Lines & Pairings
85-Mathieu Perreault 18-Bryan Little 26-Blake Wheeler
27-Nikolaj Ehlers 55-Mark Scheifele 12-Drew Stafford
16-Shawn Matthias 17-Adam Lowry 40-Joel Armia
9-Andrew Copp 19-Nicolas Petan 22-Chris Thorburn
44-Josh Morrissey 33-Dustin Byfuglien
39-Tobias Enstrom 8-Jacob Trouba
7-Ben Chariot 4-Paul Postma
Injuries – RW Patrik Laine (concussion); C Mark Dano (IR leg); D Tyler Myers (IR back)
Scratches – D Mark Stuart; LW Brandon Tanev