Preview Game #74

Carolina vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 23, 2017 – 7.35pm

Lineup Changes

….Phillip Danault returned to centre Pacioretty & Radulov. Andrew Shaw moved to centre LW Alex Galchenyuk and RW Artturi Lehkonen.

…. The “Julien Rotation” continues – Andreas Martinsen and Mike McCarron on fourth line with Torrey Mitchell. Dwight King and Steve Ott will be healthy scratches. On defense Brandon Davidson draws in replacing Nathan Beaulieu.

Season Records – Carolina 71GP (31-27-13) 75pts. 6th in Metropolitan Division. Canadiens – 73GP (41-23-9) 91pts. First in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Carolina (6-1-3) Canadiens (7-2-1)

Last Time Out – Carolina edged Florida 4-3 Thursday at Sunrise. Detroit-2 Canadiens-1 in overtime Thursday at Bell Centre.

Home/Road – Carolina on the road – (10-17-9). Canadiens at home (21-10-5)


….Season Series – third of three meetings. @Carolina Nov. 18 – Carolina-3 Canadiens-2. Ward vs. Montoya. Canadiens outshoot Hurricanes 33-18. Hurricanes scored three in a row after Canadiens take 1-0 lead. Petry and Shaw for Montreal. Skinner, Teravainen and Rask for Hurricanes. @Bell Centre Nov. 24th – Canadiens-2 Hurricanes-1. Shaw and Pacioretty for the Canadiens. Lindholm for Carolina. Price vs. Ward. Canadiens outshot 32-22.

….Since the start of the 2008-2009 season at the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 12-2-1 vs. Carolina.

….In the last 26 overall meetings between the teams the Canadiens 18-6-2.

….The last time Carolina won in Montreal was Feb. 13, 2012. Since then the Canadiens are 7-0-0 against them at the Bell Centre while outscoring them 22-4. In that stretch they were shut out three times and limited to one goal in the other four games.

About the Canadiens

….In the 15 games under Claude Julien the Canadiens record is 10-4-1 scoring 30 goals and giving up 32,

….In the 12 games following losses in two of the first three under Julien the Canadiens are 9-2-1 outscoring their opponents 31-24 (Average 2.58 to 2.00)

….The Canadiens have won only 3 of their last 10 home games dating back to the first of February (3-5-2). In the ten games they have averaged 1.50 goals per game, fewest in the league.

….The Canadiens have failed to score a goal in 20 of their last 30 regulation-time periods and over the last ten games have been shutout through the first two periods six times.

….Andrew Shaw will centre Alex Galchenyuk and Artturi Lehkonen. While Galchenyuk has the third worst faceoff percentage in the league (42.5%) Shaw has averaged 5.3 faceoffs per game, winning 54.7% and 58.6% in the offensive zone.

….Shaw has 8 points in eight career games vs. Carolina – 4 goals, 4 assists.

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

….Max Pacioretty has registered points in only one of his last ten games (2 goals vs. Edmonton March 12th).

….Versus Carolina Pacioretty has 21 points in 22 games (12g, 9a).

….Tomas Plekanec has 7 points in 41 games vs. Carolina (11g, 26a)

About the Hurricanes

….The Hurricanes have gone eight straight games without a loss in regulation time (5-0-3).

….The Hurricanes are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the eighth straight season. They are seven points behind Boston for the Eastern Conference final wild-card berth with 11 games remaining in their season.

….Since the Hurricanes won the 2006 Stanley Cup they have reached the playoffs only once. In 2008 they reached the conference final before being eliminated by Pittsburgh in four straight games.

….This is the third game of a four game road swing. In the first two games they have taken three of a possible four points.

….The Hurricanes are tied for first in March goals with 38 – 3.16 per game.

….The Hurricanes lead the league with 736 takeaways. Among NHL defensemen the Hurricanes have three in the top ten in takeaways. Jaccob Slavin leads the league with 73, Justin Faulk fourth with 48 and Joe Pesce 6th with 46.

….In his last five games Jeff Skinner has seven goals his last six games – five in the last three.

….Elias Lindholm has points in his last eight games – 3 goals, 6 assists.

….Jordan Staal is fourth in the NHL with faceoff-win percentage at 59.1%.

….Sebastian Aho has points in four straight games – 1 goal, 4 assists. His 21 goals rank him third among all league rookies.

….Jordan Staal is fourth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage at 59.1%.

….Defenseman Jaccob Slavin has 12 points in 13 March games tieing him with Erik Karlsson for most by a defenseman in the month. Slavin recorded a hattrick March 13th vs. the Islanders.


….Carey Price is 8-1-0 and has allowed 14 goals over his last nine games. In the nine games Price has a 1.53GAA and .942 save percentage. In six of those games he’s allowed just one goal.

….Over his last nine games Price has lowered his goals against average from 2.43 to 2.26 while raising his save percentage from .918 to .923.

….In his career vs. Carolina Price has a record of 14-5-2 in 21 starts with 3 shutouts; a 2.04GAA and .936 save%.

….Price‘s season record is 55GP –(33-17-3) with a 2.26GAA, .923save% with three shutouts.

….After being trashed by coach Bill Peters, Eddie Lack has posted wins in three of his last four starts with a .945 save percentage. Lack suffered a concussion in practice in November and another just after Christmas causing him to miss 26 games. As a result he’s made only 14 appearances with a 2.73GAA and .898 save%.

….Lack has never appeared in a game vs. the Canadiens.

….In his last six starts Cam Ward has 3 wins and 3 overtime losses. Despite a save percentage of .905 over that stretch.

….On the season Ward has been in 56GP with a 24-20-2 record and a2.72GAA with a .904 save percentage.

….Ward has been in 33 games vs. the Canadiens with a 17-12-4 record with a .288GAA and .913 save%.


Special Teams

….Power Play – Carolina ranked 21st (36/201) 17.9%. Canadiens ranked 12th (42/212) 19.8%.

….Penalty Killing – Carolina ranked 2nd )27/181) 85.4% Canadiens ranked 19th (46/234)

….The Canadiens have scored one power play goal in their last 21 opportunities over the last nine games.

….In the 15 games under Claude Julien the Canadiens power play has produced 5 goals in 39 advantages (12.8%) while penalty killing has allowed 4 goals in 30 times shorthanded (86.6%).

….Carolina has given up the fewest power play goals in the league (27).

….The Hurricanes are second in the league in penalty kill % and tied for first with 10 shorthanded goals.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

27-Alex Galchenyuk 65-Andrew Shaw 62-Artturi Lehkonen

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

37-Andreas Martinsen 34-Mike McCarron 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); D Nikita Nesterov (lower body)

Scratches – D Nathan Beaulieu; C Steve Ott; LW Dwight King

Carolina Line Combinations & Pairings

23-Brock McGinn 11-Jordan Staal 86-Teuvo Teravainen

20-Sebastian Aho 16-Elias Lindholm 34-Phil Di Giuseppe

53-Jeff Skinner 33-Derek Ryan 21-Lee Stampniak

42-Joakim Nordstrom 49-Victor Rask 34-Phil Di Giuseppe

5-Noah Hanifin 27-Justin Faulk

74-Jaccob Slavin 7-Ryan Murphy

6-Klas Dahlbeck 22-Brett Pesce

31-Eddie Lack

30-Cam Ward

Injuries – C Jay McClement (lower body); LW Valentin Zykov (upper body)

Scratches – D Matt Tennyson

Injuries – C Jay McClement (lower body); LW Valentin Zykov (upper body)

Scratches – D Matt Tennyson