Preview Game #70

Chicago vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 14, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Chicago – 68GP (43-20-5) 91pts. Second in Central Division. Canadiens – 69GP (39-22-8) 86pts. First in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Chicago – (8-2-0) Canadiens (8-2-0)

Last Time Out – Blackhawks beat Minnesota 4-2 at Chicago Sunday. Minnesota Canadiens defeat Oilers 4-1 in Edmonton Sunday.

Home/Road – Chicago on the Road (20-11-1) Canadiens at Home (20-9-4)

Lineup Changes – TBA

Head to Head

….Second of two meetings – Nov. 13th @ Chicago – Blackhawks-3 Canadiens-2. Patrick Kane with winning goal. Al Montoya vs. Cory Crawford.

,,,,Chicago is 6-0 in the last six meetings (0-5-1) and outscored the Canadiens 22-10.

….The Hawks have taken at least a point in ten straight games vs. the Canadiens (8-0-2). The last time the Hawks went ten in a row against the Canadiens without a loss is 1966-67 – 3 wins & 7 ties.

….Chicago has won their last two games at the Bell Centre, their only two wins in Montreal dating back to Dec. 3, 2001. Over that stretch the Hawks are 2-3-3 in Montreal. The Canadiens have won 13 of the last 18 home games against Chicago.

About the Canadiens

….At the season’s mid-point the Canadiens led the entire league in goal scoring with 125 goals in 41 games (3.04 per game). In the twenty-eight games since the Canadiens have averaged 2.29 per game (64goals) and have fallen to 14th in the league.

….Over their last 28 games the Canadiens have been outscored 75-64 but have a 14-12-2 record.

….Following the game in Edmonton, the game-winning goal originally credited to Alex Galchenyuk was officially changed to Max Pacioretty, giving him two in the game and 33 for the season. With 33 he is now tied for second in the league with Evgeni Malkin and Patrik Laine. Sidney Crosby leads with 35.

….No member of the Canadiens has led the league in goalscoring since Guy Lafleur‘s 1977-78 60-goal season.

….Over the last six seasons Pacioretty has scored 39 game winning goals, second only to Alex Ovechkin. He is also second to Ovechkin in even strength goals (140). He has 187 total goals (4th most).

….In nine career games vs. the Hawks Pacioretty has 1 goal, 2 assists.

….Over the last three games Paul Byron has 3 goals and 2 assists and is plus-6. In his previous 13 games he had zero points and was minus-4.

About the Black Hawks

….The Blackhawks are 5th in the overall league standings. They trail Minnesota by a point in Central Division and the Western Conference.

….In their 16 games since Feb first the Blackhawks are 13-3-1.

….Chicago ranks seventh in goals per game at 2.96 and eight in goals against at 2.50.

….Chicago allows 31.3 shots per game while producing 30.3 shots per game.

….Artemi Panarin has seven points (2g, 5a) over his last eight games.

….Patrick Kane has 43 assists. Since Feb. 2nd he is third in the NHL with 24 points in 16 games (15g, 9a) trailing only Jack Eichel and Nikita Kucherov. His 73 points are third in the league.

….Kane has reached the 30 goal plateau Sunday against Minnesota.

….This will be the 1299th game of Marian Hossa‘s career which started with Ottawa in 1998. At age 38 he has 22 goals and 39 points in 62 games.


….Carey Price has a career record of 3-3-0 vs. Chicago with a 2.49GAA.

….This season Price is 31-16-5 with a 2.26 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

….Price has won his last six starts. Over that stretch he has a 0.99GAA and .963 save%.

….Over his last nine appearances Price is 7-2-0 with a 1.31 GAA, a .952 save% and one shutout.

….Corey Crawford has a career record of 6-0-2 vs. the Canadiens with a .951 save% and 1.49GAA

….On the season Crawford is 27-15-3 with a 2.54GAA and .919 save%.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Chicago ranked 17th (36/192) 18.8% Canadiens ranked 12th (41/202) 20.3%

….Penalty Killing – Chicago ranked 27th (39/175) 77.7% Canadiens ranked 17th (44/226) 80.5%.

….The Canadiens power play has failed to score in the last five games – 0-for-11.

….Chicago is 10-for-10 on the penalty kill in March.


Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Philip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw

62-Artturi Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 47-Alexander Radulov

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

21-Dwight King 92-Steve Ott 17-Torrey Mitchell

79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry

88-Brandon Davidson – 8-Jordie Benn

31-Carey Price

Injuries – C Brian Flynn (upper body)

Scratches – D Brandon Davidson; D Nikita Nesterov; LW Andreas Martinsen; C Mike McCarron;

Chicago Forward Lines & Pairings

8-Nick Schmaltz 19-Jonathan Toews 14-Richard Panik

72-Artemi Panarin 15-Artem Anisimov 88-Patrick Kane

38-Ryan Hartman 67-Tanner Kero 81-Marian Hossa

11-Andrew Desjardins 16-Marcus Kruger 22-Jordin Tootoo

2-Duncan Keith 7-Brent Seabrook

51-Brian Campbell 57-Trevor van Riemsdyk

27-Johnny Oduya 4-Niklas Hjalmarsson

50-Corey Crawford

Injuries – none

Scratches – D Michal Kempny; D Michal Rozsival; D Dennis Rasmussen; RW Tomas Jurco; C John Hayden