Preview Game #81

Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 7, 2017 – 7:35pm

Lineup Changes

….Defensemen Shea Weber, Alexei Emelin & Jordie Benn are out with injuries. Brett Lernout will be paired with Nathan Beaulieu; Nikita Nesterov with Andrei Markov and Jeff Petry with Brandon Davidson.

….Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn will be healthy scratches. The fourth line will be McCarron between Dwight King and Andreas Martinsen.

….Carey Price vs. Andrei Vasilevskij in goal.

Season Records – Tampa Bay 80GP (40-30-10) 90pts. Fifth in Atlantic Division. Canadiens (46-25-9) 101 pts. First in Atlantic Division.

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

Last Time Out – Tampa Bay defeated Leafs 4-1 at Toronto Thursday. Canadiens lost 2-1 at Buffalo Wednesday.

Home/Road– Tampa on the Road (18-16-6) Canadiens at Home (24-11-6)


….Season Series – Fourth of four scheduled meetings. @Bell Centre Oct. 27 – Canadiens-3 Tampa-1. Canadiens scored three in third period to come back. Galchenyuk, Pacioretty & Mitchell (ENG). Killorn for Tampa. @ Tampa Dec. 28th – Tampa-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime). Tyler Johnson’s second goals was the game winner. Tampa came back with two in third period to tie. Radulove, Weber & Chris Terry for the Canadiens. Price vs. Vasilevskiy. Apr. 1st @ Tampa – Canadiens-2 Tampa-1 (overtime). Radulov scores game winner 0:51 OT. Also Danault. Gourde for Tampa. Price vs. Vasilevskiy.

….The last time Tampa played at the Bell Centre was Oct. 27th – the eighth game of the Canadiens schedule.

….The Canadiens have won three consecutive home games against Tampa outscoring them 12-=5.

….The last Lightning win at the Bell Centre was March 30, 2015 – a 5-3 victory. It was Tampa’s 4th consecutive win in Montreal.

…..In the last seven overall games vs. Tampa the Canadiens are 6-0-1.

….In three games vs. Tampa this season Max Pacioretty has 4 points (1g,3a). In 27 career games vs. Tampa he has 22 points (11g, 11a).

….In four career games against Tampa Alexander Radulov has 3 goals, 0 assists.

….Vs. the Canadiens Victor Hedman has 1 goal, 3 assists in three games. In 26 games against the Canadiens Hedman has a career record of 8 goals, 18 assists.

About the Canadiens

….Over their last six games (5-1-0) the Canadiens have given up eight goals. (20GF/8GA). Members of the top three lines have contributed in the goalscoring – Pacioretty 2g, Radulov 3g from the first line; Plekanec and Gallagher 2 each and Byron one from the second line; Lehkonen with 3 goals from the third line.

….The Canadiens lost two of the first three games under Claude Julien. Since then Canadiens have been a league leading 14-4-1. Julien’s overall coaching record is 15-5-1.

….The Canadiens are 18-4-6 vs. Atlantic Divison opponents this season outscoring them 80-56.

….The Canadiens have won 33 of 44 games in which they scored the first goal (33-6-5). When leading after two periods they have won 26 of 30 games (26-1-3).

….The Canadiens have outscored opponents by 23 goals in the third period this season – 88-65.

….There are four players on the Canadiens injury list going into their final weekend of the season. They will finish the year with fewer than 220 man-games lost to injury. Last season that number was 348.

….This will be Brandon Davidson‘s 100th career NHL game.

….Andrei Markov is still looking for his 573rd career point the one that will put him ahead of Guy Lapointe into second place for most by a defenseman in Canadiens history behind only Larry Robinson. He has failed to register a point the four games since tieing Lapointe.

….This is the start of the 15th and final set of back-to-back games on the Canadiens schedule. The Canadiens have swept the last two sets (three of the four wins in OT or SO). They are 7-6-1 in the opening games and 15-10-3 overall to date.

….Paul Byron has 2 goals, 3 assists his last five games. In his 16 games since the beginning of March he has 13 points including eight goals.

….Alexander Radulov has scored points in five straight games – 3 goals, 3 assists.

….Max Pacioretty has 2 goals 5 assists in his last six games.

About the Lightning

….Tampa enters the game tied with the New York Islanders and three points behind Toronto with two games remaining for each team. A loss of any kind would eliminate the Lightning from the playoffs. Tampa will finish it’s season in Buffalo. (Toronto will play back to back weekend road games in Pittsburgh and Columbus while the Islanders are at New Jersey Saturday and home to Ottawa Sunday).

….This is the only game on the NHL schedule and the second of back-to-back games for Tampa

….Tampa has won six of it’s last seven games on the road.

….The Lightning have registered points in seven of their last eight games overall.

….On January 26th Tampa was tied for last place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 22-22-5. Since then their record is 18-8-5.

….Since February 4th Tampa is 18-6-4, the league’s third best point percentage at .714 behind Chicago (.759) and Washington (.724). (Over that same stretch which includes Michel Therrien’s 1-4-1 record in his final six games as head coach, the Canadiens are 16-10-2 – a .607%.)

….Vs. the Atlantic Division Tampa is 17-7-4 this season.

….When they score the first goal Tampa is 21-9-2. When leading after two periods they are 25-3-1.

….Nikita Kucherov has scored a league leading18 goals, 13 assists since February 21st (five points more than Patrick Kane) He is tied for second in the league with Brad Marchand at 39 goals – a career high. (Sidney Crosby has 43)

….Victor Hedman is tied for third in the league in assists with 55 (behind Connor McDavid -67 and Nicklas Backstrom-62). Hedman has 70 points one point behind Norris Trophy candidate Erik Karlsson.

….This will be the 200th career game for Vladislav Namestnikov.


….Carey Price has allowed 21 goals in his last 14 starts and is 11-3-0 dating back to February 28th. In that stretch his goals against average is 1.49 and save percentage .945. In those 14 starts he has lowered his goals against average from 2.42 to the current 2.20.

….For the season in 61 starts Price is 37-19-5 with a 2.20GAA and .924 save% with three shutouts. He ranks 4th in goals-against average and save percentage and 5th in wins.

….Price has a career record of 12-11-6 in 29 career appearances against Tampa including a 2.47GAA and .917 save%. He has never shut them out.

….Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in a back-to-back start. He started in Toronto Thursday night – a 4-1 win.

….This will be Vasilevskiy‘s 4th career start against the Canadiens and second at the Bell Centre where he gave up 4 goals on 28 shots in a 5-2 loss last April 9th.

….Vasilievskiy‘scareer record against the Canadiens is 1-1-1 with a 2.98 GAA and .895 save%. . In his threand third this season.

….In his two starts against the Canadiens this season Vasilevskiy was a 4-3 winner on December 28th and lost in overtime 2-1 April first, both games at Tampa.

Special Teams

….Power play – Tampa Bay ranked fourth (62/267) 23.2%. Montreal ranked 13th (44/224) 19.6%.

….Penalty Killing – Tampa ranked 13th (48/253) 81.0%. Canadiens ranked 14th (47/247) 81.0%.

….Tampa has scored 62 power play goals this season, most in the league.

….The Canadiens have scored 44 power play goals (18 fewer than Tampa). Over the last 15 games the Canadiens power play has produced 3 power play goals (3/33 – 10%). All three PPG goals were scored by defensemen.

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

21-Dwight King 34-Mike McCarron 37-Andreas Martinsen

79-Andrei Markov 89-Nikita Nesterov

88-Brandon Davidson 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu 36-Brett Lernout

31-Carey Price

Injuries – D Shea Weber (lower body); G Al Montoya (lower body). D Jordie Benn (day-to-day); D Alexei Emelin (lower body)

Scratches – C Mike McCarron; C Torrey Mitchell; C Steve Ott

Tampa Bay Forward Lines & Pairings

18-Ondrej Palat 21-Brayden Point 86-Nikita Kucherov

73-Adam Erne 90-Vladislav Namestnikov 27-Jonathan Drouin

17-Alex Killorn 65-Yanni Gourde 19-Cory Conacher

61-Gabriel Dumont 33-Greg McKegg 15-Michael Bournival

77-Victor Hedman 59-Jake Dotchin

55-Braydon Coburn 62-Andrej Sustr

6-Anton Stralman 28-Luke Witkowski

88-Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injuries – D Jason Garrison (lower body); C Tyler Johnson (knee); C Cedric Paquette (leg); RW Ryan Callahan (LTIR hip surgery); C Steven Stamkos (IR knee)

Scratches – RW Joel Vermin;