PREVIEW GAME #79 Canadiens @ Florida (April 3/2017)

Apr 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #79

Canadiens vs. Florida

BB&T Center – April 3, 2017 – 7:35pm

Lineup Changes

….Charlie Lindgren will start in goal for the Canadiens.

….Shea Weber has a lower body injury and will miss this game and Wednesday’s game at Buffalo.  Jeff Petry will be paired with Andrei Markov. Beaulieu with Emelin and Brandon Davidson on the third pairing with Nikita Nesterov.

….Steve Ott replaces Mike McCarron as centre on the fourth line with Andreas Martinsen and Dwight King.

Season Records – Canadiens 78GP (45-24-9) 97pts. First in Atlantic Division – fourth in Eastern Conference. Florida – 78GP (33-34-11) 77 pts. 13th in Eastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-2-1) Florida (3-7-0)

Last Time Out – Canadiens def. Lightning 2-1 in overtime at Tampa Saturday. Florida lost 5-2 to the Bruins in Boston Saturday.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (21-13-4) Florida at home (18-17-3).

Lineup Changes –

….Charlie Lindgren will start in goal for the Canadiens.

….Shea Weber is out with a lower body injury. Jeff Petry will be paired with Andrei Markov. Beaulieu with Emelin and Brandon Davidson on the third pairing with Nikita Nesterov.

….Steve Ott replaces Mike McCarron as centre on the fourth line with Andreas Martinsen and Dwight King.

Head to Head

….Season Series – Final of four meetings. @Bell Centre Nov. 15th Florida-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime). Aaron Ekblad scored the game winner. Pacioretty (PPG), Desharnais & Byron for the Canadiens. Petrovic, Rau &Malgin for Florida. Luongo vs. Price. Canadiens outshot Florida 37-24. @Sunrise Dec. 29th Canadiens-3 Florida-2 (overtime). Phillip Danault with game winner. Pacioretty (PPG) & Gallagher. Demers & Trochek for Florida. Montoya vs. Reimer. Canadiens outshot Florida 41-33. @Bell Centre Mar. 30th Canadiens-6 Florida-2. Byron- 2 goals, Plekanec, Pacioretty, Gallagher & Danault. Smith & Matheson for Florida. Price vs. Berra. Canadiens outshot Florida 33-31.

….The Canadiens have won their last two games vs. Florida. Prior to that they had lost five in a row overall.

At Sunrise over the last five seasons the Canadiens are 6-3-0. Three of the Canadiens six wins were decided in shootout or overtime. Without Carey Price the Canadiens lost both games in South Florida last season. Prior to that they had won six of seven.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens can clinch first place in the Atlantic Division with a win over Florida. Both Ottawa and Toronto are eight points behind the Canadiens with five games left to play. Losses by them would also clinch first place. Toronto plays in Buffalo Monday night. Ottawa is at Detroit.

….The Canadiens have given up the third fewest goals in the Eastern Conference at 191 – 2.45 average per game. They rank 8th in goals-for with 216, an average of 2.77. Their differential of plus-25 is fifth in the conference.

….Over the last four games the Danault/Pacioretty’Radulov line has produced 8 goals, 8 assists.

….The Plekanec/Byron/Gallagher line has been together for eight games. In that stretch they have produced nine goals, eight assists.

….Max Pacioretty has 2 goals and 4 assists his last four games.

….In his last three games Alexander Radulov has 2 goals, 2 assists.

….Phillip Danault has 2 goals, 2 assists his last three.

….Alex Galchenyuk has one goal his last 14 games.

….Radulov has five points in three career games vs. Florida – all assists.

….In 29 career games vs. Florida Pacioretty has 7 goals and 21 points.

….Brendan Gallagher registered a goal and three assists vs. Florida last Thursday. In 17 games against the Panthers he has 15 points – 7 goals 8 assists.

About the Panthers

….After finishing first in the Atlantic Division last season with 103 points, the Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention with their 6-2 loss at the Bell Centre Thursday. (The top three teams in the Atlantic Division last year were Florida, Tampa and Detroit. All three will miss the playoffs this season.)

….The Panthers felt they had a long-shot chance at a playoff berth after a 7-0 home ice win over Chicago on March 25th but then headed out on the road were they were 0-4 and outscored 18-8. In their last two games vs. Montreal and Boston they were outscored 11-4.

….The Panthers fired Gerard Gallant Nov. 27th after an 11-10-2 start to the season. Under Tom Rowe the Panthers are 22-24-10.

….The Panthers have lost 15 of their last 20 games (5-14-1). Eight of the losses were by one goal.

….Against Atlantic Division opposition this season Florida is 10-13-5.


….45 year old Jaromir Jagr scored the 765th goal of his career in Saturday’s loss to Boston. He, along with Thomas Vanek, Jakub Kindl and goaltender Reto Berra will be unrestricted free agents on July first.

….Jagr has 93 points in 86 career games vs the Canadiens (43g, 50a).

….Jagr has six points (2g,4a) over his last nine games. He leads the Panthers in assists even strength at 23.

….Jagr and Arizona’s Shane Doan are the only players remaining active in professional hockey who played in the Montreal Forum before it closed 21 years ago.

….Cap Rouge native Jonathan Marchessault has 10 goals in his last 13 games and leads the team with 29. He is looking to become the first member of the Panthers to score 30 goals in nine years (David Booth – 31g – 2008-09)

….This will be the 300th career game for St. Jerome’s Jonathan Huberdeau. Huberdeau has nine points over his last nine game (3g, 6a). He has 12 points in 15 career games vs. Montreal (1g, 11a)

….Centre Vincent Trocheck has not scored in 16 games. He has 22 goals for the season.

….This will be the final week of Shawn Thornton‘s 14 year career that included Stanley Cups in Anaheim and Boston. He has indicated he will be retiring.  He turns 40 in July. Thornton is the Panthers Masterton Trophy nominee for 2017.

….Thornton and Alexei Emelin mixed it up both physically and verbally in last Thursday’s game at the Bell Centre. Thornton will turn 40 in July.


….Charlie Lindgren will make his second career NHL start.

….Lindgren appeared in 45 games with St. John’s this season with a 22-17-6 recor, a 2.62GAA and .913 save percentage. He registered four shutouts.

….Lindgren‘s only other start came last April 7th eight days after he signed a Canadiens contract as a free agent out of NCAA St. Cloud State. He gave up a goal on the first NHL shot he faced and then settled down to make 26 saves in a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

….Reto Berra has been in 6 NHL games this season – 3 of them starts. His record is 0-4-0 with 3.54 GAA and .870 save percentage.

….Berra is third on the Panthers goaltending depth chart. Both Roberto Luongo and James Reimer are out with injuries.  Current backup Adam Wilcox has yet to play in an NHL game.

….Berra gave up 6 goals on 33 Canadiens shots at the Bell Centre last Thursday. It was his third career start against the Canadie. His record is 1-2-0. He was in goal for a 6-1 Colorado win at the Bell Centre Nov. 14th of last season and while with Calgary he lost 2-0 at Montreal Feb. 4, 2014.


Special Teams

….Power Play – Canadiens rank 14th (44/221) 19.9%. Florida ranked 25th (43/256) 16.8%.

….Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 14th (47/245) 80.8%. Florida ranked first (34/235) 85.5%.

….The Panthers have allowed only 34 power play goals. Only Carolina (28) has allowed fewer.

….The Canadiens power play is 0-for-12 over the last 6 road games.

….Canadiens penalty killers have given up 2 PPG’s the last 16 times shorthanded over 7-plus games – 87.5%.

….The last Canadiens forward to score a power play goal was Alex Galchenyuk in overtime Feb. 28th. Since then the Canadiens have scored three PPG’s in 30 opportunities over fourteen games (10%). All three of them by defensemen and all against Ottawa – Nathan Beaulieu, Shea Weber and Andrei Markov.

 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

21-Dwight King 92-Steve Ott 37-Andreas Martinsen

79-Andrei Markov 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 74-Alexei Emelin

88-Brandon Davidson 89-Nikita Nesterov

40-Charlie Lindgren

Injuries – D Shea Weber (lower body); G Al Montoya (lower body). D Jordie Benn (day-to-day); C Torrey Mitchell (ill)

Scratches – C Steve Ott; C Brian Flynn;

Projected Florida Line Combinations & Pairings

11-Jonathan Huberdeau 21-Vincent Trocheck 68-Jaromir Jagr

36-Jussi Jokinen 27-Nick Bjugstad 18-Reilly Smith

26-Thomas Vanek 7-Colton Sceviour 81-Jonathan Marchessault

22-Shawn Thornton 48-Michael Sgarbossa 17-Derek MacKenzie

3-Keith Yandle 55-Jason Demers

19-Michael Matheson 6-Alex Petrovic

13-Mark Pysyk 46-Jakub Kindl

20-Reto Berra

Injuries – C Aleksander Barkov (upper body); G Roberto Luongo (hip); G James Reimer (head); C Denis Malgin (concussion);D Aaron Ekblad (neck).

Scratches – D Ian McCoshen; D Mackenzie Weegar

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