Preview Game #67

Canadiens vs. Vancouver

Vancouver – Mar. 7, 2017 – 10:05pm EST

Lineup Changes

….Tomas Plekanec joins Alexander Radulov on the injury list. Torrey Mitchell will move up to take Plekanec’s place between Byron and Shaw.

….#88 Brandon Davidson will make his Canadiens debut beside Jeff Petry on defense. Defensemen Alexei Emelin and Nikita Nesterov will be healthy scratches along with forward Mike McCarron.

Season Records – Canadiens – 66GP (37-21-8) 82pts. First in Atlantic Division. Vancouver – 65GP (28-30-7) 63pts. Sixth in Pacific Division

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-4-0) Vancouver (4-5-1)

Last Time Out – Canadiens defeated NY Rangers 4-1 @ New York Saturday. Vancouver-2 Anaheim-1 Sunday at Anaheim.

Head to Head

….Second of two meetings. @Bell Centre Nov. 2nd – Canadiens-3 Vancouver-0. Price faces 42 shots for the shutout. Miller stopped 18 of 21. Beaulieu, Mitchell and Radulov (ENG)

….This is the first game of the Canadiens annual Alberta/BC-Western Canada road trip. Over the last 37 combined meetings in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton the Canadiens are 12-22-1 with two tie games.

….The last Canadiens game in Vancouver was Oct. 27, 2015, a 5-1 loss. The game ended the Canadiens 9-0-0 start to their season.

….Since Nov. 30, 2000 the Canadiens have lost 11 of the last 13 games in Vancouver including eight straight between 2000 and 2010. In the five games since 2012, the Canadiens are 2-1-2 at Rogers Place.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are 6-2-0 under Claude Julien. They started 1-2-0 and are now on a five game winning streak. The Canadiens were 2-6-1 in the nine games before Michel Therrien was let go.

….Against Pacific Division teams this season the Canadiens are 7-3-1. Against the Western Conference they are 12-9-2.

….Tomas Plekanec team leading iron man streak ends at 236 games. In his last eleven Canadiens seasons Plekanec has missed 12 of 927 regular season and playoff games. Only twice did he miss more than one game. In March 2011 he was out four games with a minor groin injury and he was suspended two games for a slewfooting incident in Edmonton in February 2009. In his last five-plus seasons Plekanec has missed three of 443 regular season games.

….Max Pacioretty has 43 points in his last 42 games dating back to Dec. 4th. (26 goals, 17 assists).

….With fourteen games remaining on the schedule, Pacioretty is six points away from tying last season’s point total of 64 points in 82 games. He needs nine points to equal his career high of 67 set in 2014-2015.

….Pacioretty has 19 points in his lat 16 games (10g, 9a)

….Pacioretty has 7 goals and 11 points in 13 career games vs. the Canucks.

….Since the start of the 2013-14 season Max Pacioretty has had 26 multi goal games (including 6 this season), second only to Alex Ovechkin with 35.

….Alex Galchenyuk has three goals and seven points in his last five games.

….In 7 career games vs. the Canucks Brendan Gallagher has 1 goal and 5 assists and is plus-8.

….In the last two games Paul Byron, Brendon Gallagher and Artturi Lehkonen ended long goals scoring droughts. Still slumping are Torrrey Mitchell who hasn’t scored in 39 games, Philip Danault 18 games and Brian Flynn and 16. Also the injured  Tomas Plekanec is goalless in his last 17 and Mike McCarron 12

About the Canucks

….The Canucks are coming off road wins in Los Angeles and Anaheim and are now six points behind St. Louis in the race for the final Western Conference wild-card berth.

….Vancouver is 8-4-2 in their last 14 home games.

….When the Canucks score the first goal they are 15-7-3. When their opposition scores first they are 13-23-4.

….The identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin have received points on the same goal 700 times in their career which ranks them second in NHL history in that department. (Wayne Gretzky/Jarri Kurri are first at 764)

….Daniel Sedin has nine points his last 14 games (2g, 9a). Henrik Sedin has 5 points over his last eight (2g, 3a).

….2009 ninth overall draft pick Bo Horvat leads the Canucks with 20 goals and 45 points -both career highs. He is second on the team in assists with 25. He has 11 points over his last 11 games including 5 goals and 6 assists.

….Markus Granlund has goals in three of the last five games. His career high in goals (17) and assists (11) passes his total of his last three seasons with Calgary and Vancouver.

….Nikolay Goldobin, who was acquired from San Jose for winger Jannik Hansen at the trade deadline, will replace the injured Loui Eriksson on the Canucks second line with Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.


….Carey Price has started four of the five games in the Canadiens win streak allowing only four goals with a .965 save%.

….In his seven starts since Claude Julien took over the Canadiens Price has allowed ten goals and. His record in that stretch is 5-2-0 with a 0.94GAA and .949 save percentage.

….Price‘s season record is 29-16-5 with a 2.31GAA and .922save%.

….Among active goaltenders Ryan Miller ranks 4th in with with 357.

….Against the Canadiens in 46 appearances Miller is 13-6-3 with 3 shutouts, a 2.30GAA and .922 save%.

….Overall this season Miller is 17-19-4 with three shutouts, a 2.67GAA and .916save%.

….Richard Bachman was in goal in the 2-1 win over Anaheim Sunday stopping 43 of 44 shots. It was his first Vancouver start since Oct. 30, 2015.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Canadiens rank 10th (41/195) 21.0%. Vancouver ranks 28th (27/191) 14,1%

….Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 20th (44/221) 80.1%. Vancouver ranks 26th (40/173) 73.4%.

….On the road the Canadiens power play ranks 3rd in the NHL at 23.4% (22/94).

….On the road Canadiens penalty killers rank 27th at 75.0%

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Philip Danault 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 65-Andrew Shaw

21-Dwight King 27-Alex Galchenyuk 62-Artturi Lehkonen

37-Andreas Martinsen 92-Steve Ott 32-Brian Flynn

79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

88-Brandon Davidson 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu – 8-Jordie Benn

31-Carey Price

Injuries – RW Alexander Radulov (lower body); C Tomas Plekanec (upper body)

Scratches – D Alexei Emelin; D Nikita Nesterov; C Mike McCarron

Vancouver Lines & Pairings

22-Daniel Sedin 33-Henrik Sedin 60-Markus Granlund

47-Sven Baertschi 53-Bo Horvat 82-Nikolay Goldobin

50-Brendan Gaunce 20-Brandon Sutter 46-Jayson Megna

26-Joseph Cramarossa 45-Michael Chaput 26-Joseph Cramarossa

23-Alexander Edler 51-Troy Stecher

5-Luca Sbisa 8-Chris Tanev

27-Ben Hutton 63-Philip Larsen

30-Ryan Miller

Injuries – LW Loui Eriksson (knee); G Jacob Markstrom (IR lower body); D Nikita Tyamkin (IR mumps); RW Jack Skille (IR groin); RW Anton Rodin (IR knee surgery); D Erik Gudbranson (IR wrist surgery); RW Derek Dorsett (IR cervical surgery)

Scratches – C Reid Boucher; D Alex Biega