Preview Game #71

Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – March 18, 2017 – 7:10pm

Lineup Changes

….Alexei Emelin will be a healthy scratch for the second time in five games. Brandon Davidson will be paired with Jeff Petry.

….Nathan Beaulieu returns after being scratched against Chicago and will be paired with Jordie Benn.

Season Records – Canadiens – 70gp (39-23-80 86pts. First in Atlantic Division. Ottawa – 69GP (39-23-7) 85pts. Second in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens 7-3-0. Ottawa 8-2-0.

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost at home to Chicago 4-2 Tuesday. Senators lost to Chicago 2-1 at home Thursday.

Home-Road – Canadiens on the Road (19-13-4) Ottawa at home (19-11-7)

Head to Head

….The Canadiens and Senators have identical 39-23 win/loss records.  The one point difference in the standings is “loser points”.  The Canadiens have eight, Ottawa 7 leaving the Senators with their game in hand.

….The Canadiens have not played Ottawa in amost four months and now will play them three times in eight nights.

….The Canadiens have lost both games against Ottawa this season, one in a shootout. @Ottawa Oct. 15 – Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout). Erik Karlsson scored game winning in shootout fourth round. Tom Pyatt tied the game with 2:33 remaining. @Bell Centre Nov. 22nd Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3. Canadiens blow 3-2 third period lead with goals by Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson. Canadiens outshoot Ottawa 39-23. Price vs. Anderson.

….Over the last 6 meetings the Canadiens are 2-2-1 vs. Ottawa. Both losses came in overtime.

….In the last 14 games in the series the Canadiens have a 5-6-3 record and over the last six seasons their record is 17-7-7. Eleven of th0se 32 games were decided in either overtime or shootout.

….The Canadiens have won only five of their last sixteen games in Ottawa.

….Against Atlantic Division opponents this season the Canadiens are 12-3-5 this season. Ottawa has an 11-10-2 record vs. the Atlantic Division.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are 8-4-0 since Claude Julien took over the team on February 14th. They have won 7 of their last nine games.

….This is the 14th of 15 scheduled back-to-back games for the Canadiens this season. In opening games they are 6-6-1. They swept their last back-to-back set (vs. New Jersey and Columbus); winning both games in overtime.

….The Canadiens are 6-1-0 in their last seven on the road.

….Alex Galchenyuk has 3 goals, 7 assists in his last nine games.

….Galchenyuk has four overtime goals this season. The season record for most OT goals is 5, set by Stephen Stamkos in 2011-12 and equaled last season by Jonathan Toews.

….In his last six games Paul Byron has 5 goals, 1 assist.

….Career vs. Ottawa Tomas Plekanec has 43 points in 65 games (17g, 26a).

….In his last 20 games Max Pacioretty has 21 points (12g, 9a).

….Eight of Pacioretty‘s 33 goals have come on the Canadiens power play.

….Pacioretty has 22 points (11g, 11a) in 32 Ottawa games.

….Andrew Shaw is fifth in the league in penalty minutes with 103, including 5 majors (4 for fighting), 2 misconducts, 1 game misconduct and 19 minors. (Ottawa’s Mark Borwiecki leads at 126 minutes)

….Andrei Markov‘s next assist will tie him with Saku Koivu for 6th in Canadiens all-time assists at 450.

….When the Canadiens score the first goal, the Canadiens are 27-5-5.

….Seventy-two years ago today, March 18, 1945 Maurice Richard became the first to scored 50 goals in a season. His 50th goal came with 2:15 remaining in the 50th and final game of the season, a 4-2 win in Boston. 41 of his 50 goals came in the final 22 games of the season. It would be 16 years before Bernie Geoffrion equaled the record in a 70 game season and 36 years before Mike Bossy scored 50 goals in 50 games.

….March 18th is also the 125th anniversary of the 1892 donation of the Stanley Cup by Lord Stanley of Preston, originally presented to “the championship hockey club of the Dominion of Canada.”

About the Senators

….After a six game winning streak the Senators have lost their last two games (2-1 in overtime vs. Tampa Tuesday and 2-1 vs. Chicago Thursday).

….Since January 15th the Senators have picked up 37 points in 28 games and gained eleven points on the Canadiens in the standings. (The Canadiens have 26 points in 26 games since mid January)

….In 33 career games against the Canadiens Erik Karlsson has 28 points; 8 goals and 20 assists.

….Dion Phaneuf has 28 points in 38 games vs. the Canadiens (9g, 19a).

….Jean-Gabriel Pageau has 9 points in 12 games vs. Montreal (6g, 3a).

….Kyle Turris leads the Senators with 23 goals in 66 games. Erik Karlsson leads in points with 63 in 69 games.

….Erik Karlsson has three goals, eight assists in his last ten games.

….Mike Hoffman has ten points (2g, 8a) his last ten games.

….When the Senators score the game’s first goal they are 26-4-2.


….In 53 games this season Carey Price has a 31-17-5 record with a 2.27GAA and .922 save%.

….Vs. the Senators Price has been in 31 games with a 17-8-4, three shutouts, 2.45GAA and .917save%.

….The loss to Chicago Tuesday was Price‘s first in seven games (6-1-0). Three of the wins came in overtime and another in a shootout.

….Price has won five in a row on the road. In the five games he has given up seven goals for a 1.37GAA and .951save%. His overall road record this season is 12-8-2 in 22 starts with a 2.51GAA and .913save%.

….After giving up two goals in New York and Toronto Price has given up one goal in each of his last three road starts.

….Craig Anderson has been in 30 Ottawa games this season with a 21-8-4 record, 2.23GAA and .930save%.

….Career vs. Montreal Anderson has appeared in 21 games vs. Montreal with a 10-8-2 with 0 shutouts, a 3.07GAA and .900save%.

….Anderson is 6-0-0 and has given up ten goals in his last six starts.


….Mike Condon is 18-12-6 on the season with a 2.52GAA and .914 save%. He has one win in his last five starts (1-3-1)

….Condon has never played against the Canadiens. With the Canadiens last season he was 21-25-6 with a 2.71GAA and .903save%.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Canadiens ranked 12th (41/204) 20.1% Ottawa ranks 21st (38/215) 17.7%.

….Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 19th (44/227) 80.6%. Ottawa ranked 12th (39/215) 81.9%.

….The Canadiens power play has not produced in six games (0-for-13). Over the same six games Canadiens penalty killers given up one goal in eight times shorthanded.

….On the road the Canadiens power play ranks 6th in the league (21.8%). However, their road penalty killing ranks 27th at 76.1%.

….In their last ten games at home Ottawa’s power play is 3-for-32.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 27Alex Galchenyuk 47-Alexander Radulov

62-Artturi Lehkonen 24-Philip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw

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

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

79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

88-Brandon Davidson 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu – 8-Jordie Benn

31-Carey Price

Injuries – C Brian Flynn (upper body); D Nikita Nesterov (upper body)

Scratches – D Alexei Emelin;  LW Andreas Martinsen; C Mike McCarron;

Ottawa Forward Lines & Pairings

18-Ryan Dzingel 7-Kyle Turris 15-Zack Smith

14-Alexandre Burrows 19-Derick Brassard 9-Bobby Ryan

68-Mike Hoffman 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 10-Tom Pyatt

24-Viktor Stalberg 22-Chris Kelly 57-Tommy Wingels

3-Marc Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

2-Dion Phaneuf 5-Cody Ceci

74-Mark Borowiecki  6-Chris Wideman

41-Craig Anderson

1-Mike Condon

Injuries – RW Mark Stone (lower Body); ; RW Chris Neil (broken finger); LW Clark MacArthur (LTIR concussion).

Scratches – D Jyrki Jokipakka; C Chris DiDomenico; D Fredrik Claesson