Preview Game #82

Canadiens vs. Detroit

Joe Louis Arena – April 8, 2017 – 7:10pm

Lineup Changes

….Six regulars did not make the trip to Detroit. Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, Andrei Markov and Alexander Radulov are being rested. Shea Weber and Alexei Emelin are injured.

….The Canadiens brought up defenseman Mikhail Sergachev from OHL-Windsor and will play. He will have #22. He is projected to play on the third pairing with Brett Lernout.

….Charlie Lindgren will be in goal. Al Montoya backup.

….The shuffled Canadiens lines & pairings below.

Season Records – Canadiens 81GP (46-26-9) 101 points -First in Atlantic Division. Detroit 80GP (32-36-12) 76 pts. 26th in the overall league standings.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-3-1) Detroit (4-5-1)

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost to Tampa Bay 4-2 Friday night. Detroit shutout by Ottawa 2-0 Tuesday.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (22-14-4) Detroit at home (16-17-6)

Head to Head

….The last of five meetings Canadiens are 2-1-1 vs. Detroit this season.

….Season Series – @Bell Centre Nov. 12th Canadiens-5 Detroit-0. Price with 25 saves for the shutout. Shaw 1g, 2a. Pacioretty & Danault 1g,1a. Howard relieved by Mrazek in third period. @ Detroit Nov. 26th Canadiens-2 Detroit 1 (overtime) Galchenyuk with OT winner. Price vs. Mrazek. @Detroit Jan. 16th Detroit-1 Canadiens-0. Jared Coreau with 18 saves for the shutout. Vanek scored. Price stopped 19 of 20. @Bell Centre March 21st – Detroit-2 Canadiens-1 (overtime). Anthony Mantha with winner at 4:10 of OT. Also Abdelkader for Detroit. Lehkonen for the Canadiens. Montoya vs. Howard.

….The Canadiens have won eight of the last eleven games at the Joe Louis Arena.

….Over the last 13 overall meetings with Detroit the Canadiens are 10-3-1 outscoring them 42-27.

About the Canadiens

….A win for the Canadiens would tie for the second most in a season (47) since their last Cup-winning season 1992-93 and their fourth most since 1979-80. They won 50 games two seasons ago.

….A win would also give Montreal 103 points, their third most since they notched 115 in 1988-89 and 4th most in the last 35 years. (Two years ago they registered 110 points).

….The Canadiens have won nine of their last eleven road games. Their road record is 22-14-4. Their 22 road wins is the third highest total in the league behind the Rangers 27 and Chicago’s 24.

….Mikhail Sergachev was on the Canadiens roster for the season’s first nine games and played in three played in three before being returned to OHL Windsor where he had 10 goals, 33 assists and was plus-22 in 50 games.

….Brett Lernout will play in his third career NHL game. Lernout was the only member of the St. John’s IceCaps to play in all of the team’s 71 games before his recall on Thursday.

….With four games remaining on their schedule, the Canadiens top farm team is in danger of missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. The St. John’s IceCaps are in 5th place, one point behind Utica who hold the 4th and final North Division playoff spot and a game in hand. The last time the Canadiens AHL affiliate was in the playoffs was 2011 Hamilton Bulldogs under head coach Randy Cunneyworth. Sylvain Lefebvre has coached them the last five seasons.

….After 81 games the Canadiens have scored 89 third period goals ranking them fifth in the league in that department behind Pittsburgh, Washington, the Rangers and Winnipeg. Last season the Canadiens scored a league worst 65 third period goals. Last season they gave up 84.

….The Canadiens have scored 223 goals in their 81 games this season. Last season they scored 221 in their 38-38-6 season. In their 50 win season of two years ago they scored 221 goals. The difference is in the defense. Last season the Canadiens gave up 236 goals, this season 198. Two years ago the defense allowed only 189 goals.

….The Canadiens have scored 88 third period goals, the fifth highest total in the league behind Pittsburgh (100), the Rangers, Washington and Winnipeg. Last season the Canadiens scored a league low 65 in the third period and gave up 84.

….Among those in this game, Tomas Plekanec leads Canadiens scorers vs. Detroit with 9 goals, 7 assists in 22 games. Alex Galchenyuk has 3 goals and 10 points in 15 games.

….Galchenyuk has no goals his last seven games and has one goal over his last 17 games.

About the Red Wings

….The Red Wings have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since the 1989-90 season.

….This will be the second last game at the Joe Louis Arena. Their final game will be Sunday versus New Jersey. The Joe Louis Arena opened in 1979. Next season will open for the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.

….Detroit is trying to avoid their first losing season on home ice in 31 years dating back to 1985-86. They are 16-17-6 at home this season.

….Detroit has been forced into overtime a league high 28 times this season. They are 7-12 in overtime and the only team undefeated in shootouts at 9-0.

….Detroit is 8-15-6 vs. the Atlantic Division this season.

….The Wings have won only 2 of their last seven games (2-4-1)

….This will be the 999th game of Henrik Zetterberg’s NHL career. Number 1000 will come on the final day of the Wings season on Sunday. The team captain leads the team with 66 points.

….The Wings have called up 5’9” left wing Matt Lorito from their Grand Rapis far team and will make his NHL debut at age 26 replacing Andreas Athanasiou who has a rib injury.

….Rookie Anthony Mantha, who is third on the Wings with 17 goals is out with a broken finger suffered in a fight earlier in the week. Mantha, who is from Longueuil, scored the overtime winner vs. the Canadiens March 21st at the Bell Centre.


….Charlie Lindgren will make his third career NHL start and first against Detroit.

….In two NHL games Lindgren has a 1.50GAA and .950 save%. He stopped 31 of 32 shots in the April 3rd 4-1 win at Florida. Last April 7th he stopped 26 of 28 in a 4-2 win at Carolina.

….With St. John’s this season Lindgren was 22-17-6 with a 2.62GAA, a .913 save percentage and four shutouts.

.Petr Mrazek will be in goal for the Wings. It will be his 7th career appearance vs. the Canadiens. His record vs. Montreal is 2-1-1 with a 2.63GAA and .912 save%. He has been in two of the four games vs. the Canadiens this season – he relieved Jimmy Howard in the 5-0 Canadiens win in November and was the losing goaltender in the 2-1 overtime defeat at Detroit Nov. 26th.

….Overall this season Mrazak’s record is 18-21-8 in 49 appearances with one shutout, a 3.05GAA and .901 save%.

….Obscure fact – Mrazek is only the second goaltender in hockey history to win his debut with ECHL-Toledo, AHL-Grand Rapids and NHL-Detroit, all in the same season (2012-13). Former Canadien Alex Auld also did it in the 2001-02 season while he was coming up through the Vancouver system.

Special Teams

….Power Play – The Canadiens rank 15th (44/228) 19.3%. Detroit ranks 27th (37/249) 14.9%.

….Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 14th (47/249) 81.0% Detroit ranks 15th (44/231) 81.0%.

….Over the last 16 games the Canadiens power play has produced three goals, all by defensemen – 3-for-34.

….The Canadiens have not scored a power play goal their last 11 times shorthanded over the last five-plus games. Over the same stretch they have allowed 2 power play goals in eight times shorthanded.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

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

21-Dwight King 24-Phillip Danault 37-Andreas Martinsen

17-Torrey Michell 34-Mike McCarron 32-Brian Flynn

28-Nathan Beaulieu 89-Nikita Nesterov

88-Brandon Davidson 26-Jeff Petry

22-Mikhail Sergachev 36-Brett Lernout

40-Charlie Lindgren

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

Scratches – LW Max Pacioretty; RW Alexander Radulov; D Andrei Markov; G Carey Price; C Steve Ott

Red Wings Forward Lines and Pairings

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

22-Matt Lorito 71-Dylan Larkin 8-Justin Abdelkader

43-Darren Helm 51-Frans Nielsen 15-Riley Sheahan

46-Ben Street 85-Tomas Nosek 20-Drew Miller

65-Dan DeKeyser 3-Nick Jensen

55-Niklas Kronwall 25-Mike Green

61-Xavier Ouellet 18-Robbie Russo

34-Petr Mrazek

Injuries – RW Anthony Mantha (broken finger); C Andreas Athanasiou (rib); C Luke Glendenning (IR ankle); D Ryan Sproul (IR knee); D Jonathan Ericsson (IR wrist); RW Johan Franzen (LTIR concussion); C Joe Vitale (IR concussion)

ScratchesLW Evgeny Svechnikov