PREVIEW GAME #56 Canadiens @ Arizona (Feb. 9/2017)

Feb 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

logo phoenixlogo canadiensPreview Game #56

Canadiens vs. Arizona

Gila River Arena – Feb. 9, 2017 – 9:05pm EST

Roster & Lineup Changes –

….Wednesday Canadiens recall C/W Mike McCarron, LW Daniel Carr from St. John’s IceCaps; assign LW Jacob de la Rose to St. John’s.

….McCarron will centre the fourth line along with Carr and Mitchell.  Pateryn replaces Nesterov with Markov on the third pairing.     Healthy scratches – C David Desharnais; RW Brian Flynn; D Nikita Nesterov

Montreal Canadiens v Colorado AvalancheSeason Records – Canadiens – 55GP (30-17-8) 68pts. First in Atlantic Division – 5th in Eastern Conference. Arizona – 51GP (17-28-6) 40pts. Last in Pacific Division – 29th in Leagues.

….The last Canadiens visit to Arizona the Canadiens were beaten 6-2 Feb. 15th. Martin Hanzal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had 3-points each.

….Arizona has beaten the Canadiens two of the last three at home and outscored the Canadiens 11-6.

….The Canadiens last win at Arizona was March 7, 2015, a 2-0 shutout.

….The Canadiens have won six of the last eight at Arizona.

….Overall the Coyotes have points in six of the last nine meetings (4-3-2) and they are 13-4-2 in their last 19.

1 coyo byronAbout the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are 17-16-7 in their last 40 games after a 13-1-1 start.

….Over each of the Atlantic Division’s last 15 team games the Canadien are tied with Tampa at the bottom with 12 of a possible 30 points (5-8-2). Toronto has gained six points on the Canadiens since the new year (8-5-2 = 18pts). Ottawa has gained four points (7-6-2=16 pts) Florida also has 18 pts. Also over the last 15 games, Detroit-17pts. and Boston fired Claude Julien after 14 points the last 15.

….The Canadiens have been shut out in two consecutive games and a total of 137:11 dating back to Max Pacioretty’s 25th goal at 7:49 of the third period of the Saturday’s game against Washington.

…..The Canadiens offense has produced 21 goals in the last 11 games. Ten of the 21 came in two home games (5 vs. Buffalo and 5 vs. Calgary) In the other nine games the have been shutout three times; limited to one goal 3X; tow goals twice and 3 goals once.

….The Canadiens have lost five of their last six on the road. In the six games they have scored six goals, only one at even strength.

….Overall the Canadiens have lost four straight for the first time this season. In the losses against Philadelphia, Edmonton, Washington and Colorado they have been outscored 11-3. The three goalscorers were Radulov, Pacioretty and Nesterov.

….The Canadiens have won only two of their last eight. (2-4-2)

….Max Pacioretty will try for the third straight game to record the 200th goal of his career. He would become the third player from the 2007 draft to reach 200 goals joining first overall draft choice Patrick Kane (268) and 129th pick Jamie Benn (209). Pacioretty was drafted 22nd overall.

….Alexander Radulov has four multi-point games in his last nine (3g, 6a)

…. After being assigned to St. John’s on February first, Daniel Carr scored 2 goals and 3 assists in three games for the IceCaps. He was re-called  to the Canadiens along with Mike McCarron on Wednesday.

1 coyot habs goalsAbout the Coyotes

….The Coyotes have had four days off since their last game on Saturday.

….Arizona has won 4 of it’s last 7 games including a season-high three game winning streak at the start of the streak.  The three losses were all one-goal decisions.  They are coming off an overtime win at San Jose.

….Arizona ranks 29th in the league in goalscoring (116 GF) and 25th in goals against (161) a ratio of minus-45.

….Radim Vrbata shares the team goalscoring lead with Tobias Rieder at 11.

….Vrbata leads in points with 35 and has 11 points his last 11 games (2g, 9a).

….Oliver Ekman-Larsson is second with 21 points (10g, 17a).

….Ekman-Larsson has 7 PPG’s this season and 37 since the start of the 2013-2014 season. Among NHL defnesemen only Shea Weber with 39 has scored more.

….In 43 games, Martin Hanzal has 10 goals, 9 assists.

….Shane Doan is one of nine players in NHL history to play at least 21 seasons with the same franchise. Leading the way in Alex Delvecchio who played 24 seasons in Detroit followed by Stan Mikita (Chicago) and Steve Yzerman (Detroit) at 22. Henri Richard spent 20 seasons with the Canadiens.

….Doan is also the longest tenured captain in the NHL at 13 seasons. He snapped a 16 game goal drought at San Jose Saturday.

….Ryan White has three goals his last five games. In 141 games with the Canadiens over five years he scored five. He has never scored against the Canadiens.

….After the dismissal of Claude Julien on Tuesday, Dave Tippett is now the second longest tenured coach in the NHL at eight seasons (540 games) behind only Chicago’s Joel Quennville (618). Third on the list is Michel Therrien who was hired before the 2012-13 season and will coach his 485th game.

….2013 12th overall draft choice Max Domi has played two games since returning to the Arizona lineup after missing two months with a broken hand.

1 coyo priceGoaltending

….Carey Price has never lost a game against Arizona in eight career starts 8-0-0 with a 1.49GAA and .949save%. .

….Over his last five road starts Carey Price is 0-5-0 with a 3.45GAA and .874 save%. In that stretch he has been supported by a total of three goals and the Canadiens were shut out twice.

….On the season Price has been in 41 games with a 23-13-5 with a 2.39 GAA and .920 save%. Price is ranked 13th among goaltenders in both save% and GAA.

….Mike Smith has been in 33 games this season with a record of 12-15-6 with a 2.86GAA and .917sv%.

….Smith‘s record vs. the Canadiens is 10 GP 4-2-3 0-shutouts. 2.06GAA. .933save%.

….Smith set a career high and franchise record for saves with 58 vs. Columbus Dec. 3rd. Also the most saves this season by an NHL goaltender and the fourth time in the last 25 years that a goaltender had to make 58 saves or more in a regular season game.

….In his 33 games this season Smith has faced 40 or more shots seven times.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Arizona CoyotesSpecial TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 6th (36/164) 22.0% Arizona ranks 25th (24/154) 15.6%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 23rd (40/193) 79.3% Arizona ranks 26th (39/170) 77.1%.

….The Canadiens power play is 0-for 11 over the last five games.

….Canadiens penalty killers have allowed a power play goal in six of the last seven games. Over the same stretch the power play has scored 3 goals. (Special Teams at -3)

….Only Calgary has played shorthanded more often than the Canadiens this season and the 40 power play goals-against ties them for fourth-most in the league.

….Canadiens special teams are now minus-5 for the season.

….Arizona’s special teams ratio is minus-15.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

62-Arturri Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 41-Paul Byron

42-Sven Andrighetto 14-Tomas Plekanec 65-Andrew Shaw

43-Daniel Carr  34- Mike McCarron  17- Torrey Mitchell

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry

8-Greg Pateryn 79-Andrei Markov

31-Carey Price

Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand);

Scratches –  C David Desharnais; RW Brian Flynn; D Nikita Nesterov

Arizona Lines & Combinations

8-Tobias Rieder 11-Martin Hanzal 17-Radim Vrbata

29-Brendan Perlini 18-Chirstian Dvorak 19-Shane Doan

16-Max Domi 91-Alex Burmistrov 88-Jamie McGinn

67-Lawson Crouse 48-Jordan Martinook 25-Ryan White

23-Oliver Ekman-Larsson 2-Luke Schenn

33-Alex Goligoski 26-Michael Stone

6-Jacob Chychrun 5-Connor Murphy

41-Mike Smith

35-Louis Domingue

Injuries– D Alex Goligoski (ill); RW Brad Richardson (IR broken leg); C Dave Bolland (IR back & ankle); D Chris Pronger (LTIR concussion)

Scratches – C Peter Holland; D Kevin Connauton; RW Josh Jooris

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