Preview Game #73

Detroit vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 21, 2017 – 7:35pm

Lineup Changes

….Al Montoya will start in goal after Carey Price worked the back-to-back games over trhe weekend.

….Mike McCarron will be a healthy scratch and Steve Ott will centre the fourth line between Torrey Mitchell and Dwight King.  Otherwise, no changes to the forward lines or defense pairings.  (Detroit & Canadiens lineups below)

Season Records – Detroit 71GP (28-32-11) 67 pts. Last in Atlantic Division and 26th in overall league standings. Canadiens – 72gp (41-23-8) 90pts. First in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Detroit (3-6-1) Canadiens (8-2-0)

Last Time Out – At Detroit Monday – Buffalo-2 Red Wings-1. Canadiens win 4-1 over Ottawa at Bell Centre Sunday.

Home/Road – Detroit on the road (14-16-6) Canadiens at home (21-10-4)


..Season Series – Fourth of five meetings. Canadiens 1-1-1. @Bell Centre Nov. 12th Canadiens-5 Detroit-0. Price with 25 saves for the shutout. Shaw 1g, 2a. Pacioretty & Danault 1g, 1a. Howard started and allowed all 5 goals. Mrazek played the third period. @Detroit Nov. 26th Canadiens-2 Detroit-1 (overtime) Galchenyuk scores game winner in overtime. Price vs. Mrazek. @Detroit Jan. 16th – Red Wings-1 Canadiens-0. Jared Coreau with 18 saves for shutout. Vanek with the goal. Price stops 19 of 20.

….The Canadiens have won the last six games vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre. Detroit’s last win in Montreal was 2-1 in overtime Feb. 26, 2014. The last time Detroit won a Bell Centre game in regulation time was Dec. 4, 2007 (4-1). Dominek Hasek stopped 15 of 16 shots. Since then the Canadiens are 7-0-2 against them at home.

….Over the last thirteen overall meetings with Detroit, the Canadiens 10-3-0 outscoring them 41-25.

About the Canadiens

….This the second of a season-long six game home stand for the Canadiens. When the home stand ends they will play four of their final five games on the road.

….In the 14 games under Claude Julien the Canadiens are 10-4-0. They have scored 29 goals and allowed 30. They have won two straight and 9 of their last 11.

….Among the ten games remaining on the Canadiens schedule, only the Ottawa game next Saturday involves a team that is currently in a playoff position. The other games include; home and away vs. Detroit, Florida and Tampa as well as single home games vs. Dallas and  Carolina and the April 5th game at Buffalo.

….In their last ten home games the Canadiens are 4-5-1.

….The Canadiens have now won seven straight when going into overtime or shootout.,

….The Canadiens have trailed going into the third period 31 times. They have come from behind to win a league-leading eleven times. Pittsburgh is second with 8 comeback wins. Nashville & Buffalo with 7.

….The last time Alex Galchenyuk was over 50% in the faceoff circle was March 4th at Madison Square Garden. In the six games since then he has won only 37 or 87 faceoffs – 42.5%. Among regular NHL centres, Galchenyuk has the third worst season success rate at 42.5%. Only Jack Eichel (40.1%) and Logan Couture (39.5%) are behind him.

….Galchenyuk‘s coaches allow him to take an average of only 1.1 defensive zone faceoffs per game. He is at 33.3% in those.

….Food for thought. Andrew Shaw has been asked to take 309 faceoffs this season (5.3 per game). Overall he has won 54.7% of them and 58.6% in the offensive zone.

….The Canadiens have outscored opponents 75-61 in the third period this season and 9-6 in overtime.

….When scoring the game’s first goal the Canadiens are 29-5-5.

….In his last eight games Paul Byron has 6 goals, 2 assists.

….In his last 22 games Max Pacioretty has 21 points (12g, 9a). He has scored points in only one of his last nine games – the two goal night at Edmonton March 12th.

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

….Shea Weber is the last player to register a hattrick against the Red Wings. He scored three goals on them Dec. 5th 2015 while with Nashville – all on the power play. It’s the only 3-goal game of Weber’s career and the only one by a defenseman in Nashville Predators history.

….Weber has 15 goals and 30 points in 54 career games vs. Detroit – 1 goal, 1 assist in three games this season.

.…In this game Tomas Plekanec will pass Guy Carbonneau for sole possession of 11th on the Canadiens all-time games-played list at 913.

About the Red Wings

….This is the second of back-to-back games for the Red Wings. Monday night they lost 2-1 in Detroit which ended a 2 game win streak.

….The Wings are 3-6-1 in March and three points out of the Eastern Conference cellar and 26th in the overall league standings.

….Detroit is 6-12-5 against Atlantic Division rivals this season.

….The Wings will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1990. Their 25 year run is the longest active run in North American major league sports and he third longest in NHL history. (By comparison, over the last 25 seasons the Canadiens have missed the playoffs eight times).

.With his team leading 21st goal Monday night against Buffalo, Tomas Tatar equaled his total in 81 games last season. Tatar has 4 goals and 2 assists his last 3 games and six goals and nine points in his last six games.

….Henrik Zetterberg assisted on Tatar’s goal for his 60th point of the season. It’s the 8th time in his career he has reached 60 points. The 60 points leads the team and is 22 more than Tatar who is second on the team.

….In 54 games this season Anthony Mantha has 14 goals, 19 assists. He has not registered a point in 6 games.

….Detroit has given up the first goal in 41 of their 71 games with a record of 13-25-3. When they score the first goal they have a 15-7-7 record.


….Al Montoya will start in goal for the first time since he suffered a 5-0 loss to Calgary March 9th as a late replacement for Price who had come down with the flu.

….Montoya has an 8-6-3 record with a 2.71GAA and .910 save%.

….In his 18 appearances this year Montoya has allowed 48 goals – almost 1/3rd of them in two games (5-0 Calgary & 10-0 at Columbus). Excluding those two games Montoya has a credible 2.10GAA and .927 save%.

….This will be Montoya‘s 4th career appearance vs. Detroit. He is 1-1-0 against them with a 2.06GAA and .928 save%.

….Montoya‘s  last appearance against Detroit was Feb. 8th of last season as a member of the Florida Panthers. He stopped 28 of 31 shots in a 3-0 Panthers loss at the Joe Louis Arena. His other decision came as a member of the Winnipeg Jets three seasons ago – a 4-2 win Nov. 4, 2013 at Winnipeg. His other career appearance against Detroit came as a 23 minute shutout relief appearance after Roberto Luongo had given up 5 goals in a 5-4 loss at Sunrise Jan. 15, 2015.


….Jimmy Howard has a career record of 2-3-2 at the Bell Centre. Both wins came in extra time – 3-2 in a shootout Nov. 21st 2009 and in overtime Feb. 26, 2014. He allowed five goals on 25 Canadiens shots in his start at the Bell Centre this season Nov. 12th. Petr Mrazek replaced him for the third period.

….Howard missed 32 games between Dec. 27th and March 8th with a knee injury. In the three starts since his return he is 2-1-0 and given up six goals.

….On the season Howard has been in 20 games with a 7-8-1 record, a 1.97GAA and .933 save%.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Detroit ranks 29th (31/228) 13.6%. Canadiens rank 12th (42/209) 20.1%.

….Penalty Killing – Detroit ranks 14th (39/208) 82.0%. Canadiens rank 17th (45/233) 80.7%.

….The Nathan Beaulieu goal Sunday against Ottawa ended an 0-for-18 power play drought. It was their first PPG in March.

….The Wings were 0-for-4 on their power play against Buffalo Monday. Prior to that they scored four on their previous ten opportunities. For much of the season they had the worst power play in the league. They now rank 29th.

….On the road the Wings power play is at 9.5% – 30th in the league (10/105)


Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex 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

74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 8-Jordie Benn

35-Al Montoya

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

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

Detroit Line Combinations & Pairings

14-Gustav Nyquist 40-Henrik Zetterberg 21-Tomas Tatar

15-Riley Sheahan 51-Frans Nielsen 39-Anthony Mantha

72-Andreas Athanasiou 71-Dylan Larkin 8-Justin Abdelkader

41-Luke Glendening 83-Thomas Nosek 20-Drew Miller

55-Niklas Kronwall 25-Mike Green

65-Dan DeKeyser 3-Nick Jensen

61-Xavier Ouellet 18-Robbie Russo

35-Jimmy Howard

Injuries – C Darren Helm (leg); D Ryan Sproul (LTIR knee); D Jonathan Ericsson (LTIR broken wrist); C Joe Vitale (IR concussion)

Scratches – None