Preview Game #65

Nashville vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 2, 2017 – 7:35pm

Lineup Changes

….At the Wednesday’s trade deadline the Canadiens added C Steve Ott; C/W Andreas Martinsen; LW/RW Dwight King and D Brandon Davidson and subtracted C David Desharnais and RW Sven Andrighetto.

.King #21 will be the only newcomer in the lineup against Nashville on a line with Torrey Mitchell and Mike McCarron. With the King exception, the Canadiens lines and pairing will be the same as Tuesday night.

….Davidson has been issued #88, Ott #92; Martinsen #37.

….The Predators acquired RW P.A. Parenteau at the deadline.  He has a minor finger injury and won’t play in this game.

Season Records – Nashville – 63GP (32-22-9) 73pts. 11th in NHL. Canadiens – 64GP (35-21-8) 78pts. First in Atlantic Division – 8th in NHL.

Last Time Out – Nashville-5 Buffalo-4 Tuesday. Canadiens-1 Columbus-0 in overtime Tuesday.

Last Ten Games – Nashville (6-3-1) Canadiens (5-5-0)

Home/Road – Nashville on the Road (13-15-2) Canadiens at Home – (19-13-2)

Head to Head

….Second of two meetings. Canadiens edged the Predators 2-1 in overtime at Nashville Jan. 3rd. Pacioretty with overtime winner. Also Weber. Fiala for Nashville. Price faces 23 shots; Rinne allows two goals on 43 shots including five in overtime.

….The last meeting between the clubs at the Bell Centre was a 2-1 Nashville shootout win Feb. 22nd last season. Craig Smith with the shootout winner. In that game P.K. led the Canadiens with 30:38 ice time and Shea Weber led the Predators at 28:48.

….All time the Canadiens are 11-6-3 with 1 tie in 21 games vs. the Predators.

….The Predators have earned at least a point in their last eight games vs. the Canadiens

….Five of the last six meetings between the teams have been decided in overtime with the Canadiens winning four overtime games and Nashville winning once in overtime and once in regulation time.

….This is Nashville’s sixth visit to Montreal in the last nine years. The Canadiens are 3-2-0 against them in that stretch at the Bell Centre. They are 6-2-2 all-time at home since the Predators entered the league for the ’97-’98 season.

Weber vs. Subban

….Subban has played in 47 games with 8 goals (3 on the power play), 22 assists and 30 points and is minus-6. His points per game is 0.64 and he’s averaged 24:16 per game.

….Weber has played in all 64 games with 14 goals (12 on the power play) 23 assists for 37 points and is plus-9. His points per game is 0.58 and he’s averaged 25:21 per game.

About the Canadiens

….In their 13 February games the Canadiens record was 5-7-1. All five of the wins came in either overtime (4x) or shootout (once). The team scored 21 goals – 1.61 per game. They scored 1 goal or fewer 7 times and were shut out 4 times.

….In 13 February games Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec, Phillip Danault, Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen combined for zero goals and 2 assists.

….Of the fifteen forwards who saw action at various times during the month only four scored goals; Max Pacioretty with 7; Alex Galchenyuk-4; Alexander Radulov-3; Andrew Shaw-2. The defense had the rest – Weber and Markov – 2 apiece plus Nesterov.

….All four of Claude Julien’s wins as Canadiens head coach have come in overtime. Under Julien they are 4-2-0 including wins in the last three.

….Tuesday night Max Pacioretty became the fourth player of the 2007 NHL draft class to register 400 points joining other first round choices Patrick Kane and Jakub Voracek plus Jamie Benn was taken 157th overall.

….Pacioretty leads the NHL in goals over the last 40 games with 26.

….Pacioretty has 17 points in his last 14 games including 10 goals.

….Alex Galchenyuk has 3 goals and an assist in his last three games including the overtime game winners the last two games.

….Shea Weber has a goal and 4 assists his last five games including assists on the overtime winners the last two games.

About the Predators

….The Predators are 5-0-1 over their last six games. In the six games they have scored 28 goals – 4.8 per game.

….P.K. Subban has 12 points over his last 12 games (1g, 11a) including five multi-point games in his last ten.

….Filip Forsberg has 10 goals, 2 assists his last five games. And has a league leading 23 goals in his last 33 games to highest NHL total since December 19th. (In the same 33 game stretch Max Pacioretty has 20 goals to rank second to Forsberg).

….Forsberg was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Feb. 27th after leading the league in goals (8) and points (10) in four games including back to back hattricks.

….Roman Josi has earned two points in four consecutive games for the first time in his career and has at least one point in 10 of his last 11. Over that stetch he has 6 goals, 10 assists.

….Viktor Arvidsson has 15 points (9g 6a) in his last 13 games.


….In 48 appearances this season Carey Price is 27-16-8 with a 2.36GAA and .920 save% with three shutouts.

….In his last four starts Price has a 1.73GAA and .945save% with his first shutout since November 12th.

….In 7 career appearances against Nashville, Price is 2-3-2.

….Pekka Rinne in 48 appearance is 25-15-8 with a 2.55GAA and .914 save%.

….Over Rinne‘s last seven starts his goals against average is 3.57 and his save % is .851.  In 5 of those games he’s given up four goals.

….In nine career games against the Canadiens Rinne is 7-1-1 with 2 shutouts. He has won five straight vs. the Canadiens and has not allowed more than two goals in his last eight starts against them.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Nashville ranks 12th (42/204) 20.6%. Canadiens rank 11th (41/191) 21.5%.

….Penalty Killing – Nashville ranks 12th (35/192) 81.8%. Montreal ranked 19th (43/219) 80.4%.

….The Canadiens penalty killers have given up one goal in the last 15 times short over six games and 2 of 23 over the last eight.

….The Canadiens have produced game winning overtime power play goals in each of their last two games. They have 4 PPG’s in their last 14 opportunities over the last five games.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

62-Artturi Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 65-Andrew Shaw

21-Dwight King 34-Mike McCarron 17-Torrey Mitchell

79Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

26-Jeff Petry 74-Alexei Emelin

8-Jordie Benn 28-Nathan Beaulieu

31-Carey Price

Injuries – none.

Scratches – C Brian Flynn; D Nikita Nesterov; C Andreas Martinsen; C Steve Ott; D Brandon Davidson


Nashville Forward Lines and Pairings

9-Filip Forsberg 92-Ryan Johansen 38-Viktor Arvidsson

56-Kevin Fiala 12-Mike Fisher 15-Craig Smith

33-Colin Wilson 19-Calle Jarnkrok 18-James Neal

55-Cody McLeod 83-Vernon Fiddler 51-Austin Watson

59-Roman Josi 4-Ryan Ellis

14-Mattias Ekholm 76-P.K. Subban

52-Matt Irwin 15-Yannick Weber

35-Pekka Rinne

Injuries – RW P.A. Parenteau (finger); LW Cody McLeod; RW Miikka Salomaki (lower body)

Scratches – D Anthony Bitetto; D Brad Hunt; C Colton Sissons