Canadiens vs. Washington
Capitol One Arena – Oct. 7, 2017 – 7:05pm
Head to Head –
….Both teams won their season opener in a shootout Thursday. The Canadiens 3-2 in Buffalo (Drouin with shootout winner); Washington 5-4 in Ottawa (Kuznetsov SO winner).
….This is the second time in franchise history the Capitals host the Canadiens in their home opener (2014).
….Last season the Canadiens were 1-2-0 vs. Washington. Their lone win came at Washington – 2-1 December 17th. They were 0-2 at the Bell Centre.
….In the three meetings, the Canadiens scored only five goals. Max Pacioretty led Canadiens scorers with 3 points (1g, 2a). Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals with 3 goals, 1 assist. Alex Ovechkin also had 4 points (1g, 3a).
….The Capitals have earned at least a point in nine of their last eleven games against the Canadiens (7-2-2) and 22 of the last 25 (18-4-4).
….Since the start of the 2009-10 season Washington has an overall 18-5-4 record vs. Montreal.
….Crossover – Karl Alzner is the only member of the Canadiens to have previously played for Washington. There are two former Canadiens on the Washington roster – Lars Eller & Devante Smith-Pelly.
….This the first of 14 back-to-back series this season. (They will play the Rangers at MSG Sunday). Last season the Canadiens record in first games was 7-7-1. (9-4-2 in second games)
…..In 43 career games vs. Washington Tomas Plekanec has 30 points (15g, 15a). Mark Streit has 8 goals and 26 points in 40 games and Max Pacioretty 3goals, 10 assists in 26 games.
….The Canadiens are 2-5 in their last seven games vs. the Metropolitan division.
….In the Washington/Canadiens series the road team has won four straight, six of the last seven, eight of 10 and 21 of the last 28. The Canadiens won the only game in Washington last season 2-1. Petry with GWG.
….This will be Karl Alzner’s 542nd consecutive regular season game tieing him with Brendan Morrison for the 17th lonest streak in history. He started his streak on March 3, 2010.
About the Capitals –
….Once the Verizon Centre, Washington’s home is now the Capital One Arena. The naming rights will cost Capital One 100 million dollars in a ten year deal.
….The Capitals opened their season with a 5-4 win at Ottawa on Wednesday. Alex Ovechkin scored three times in the game.
….The Capitals have won 55 or more games in each of the last two seasons – 56 two seasons ago and 55 last season. The only other team in history to post 55 or more wins in consecutive seasons were the Canadiens. They accomplished it three consecutive years – 1976 (58 wins) 1977 (60); 1978 (59)
….Against Atlantic Division teams last season, Washington was 18-4-2 They have earned a point in eight of their last nine games against Atlantic Division opponents (7-1-1).
….The Capitals were 32-7-2 at home last season. They have led the NHL in home wins in each of the last two seasons.
….The Capitals outscored opponents 133-67 at home last season. Their home ice GF ranked third in the league – GA was the league low on home ice.
….Left wing Nathan Walker becomes the first Australian national to play in the NHL when he makes his debut in this game. He was drafted in third round in the 2014 NHL draft. He played last season for the Capitals Hershey AHL affiliate, scoring 11 g and 23 oints in 58 games.
….Alex Ovechkin recorded a hat trick off three straight shots in the third period of the Capitals season opener in Ottawa Thursday. Ovechkin’s 19 career hat tricks in most in NHL since he entered the league in 2005-06.
….Ovechkin now has 561 career goals moving hm ahead of Guy Lafleur to 24th on the all-time list.
….Only 16 of Ovechkin’s 33 goals last season were score five-on-five.
….In 42 career games vs. the Canadiens Ovechkin has 44 points (23g, 21a). He is one of only five active players with at least 20 goals vs. the Canadiens (Jaromir Jagr with 43; Jason Spezza (31); Eric Staal (21); Patrice Bergeron (20).
….Ovechkin‘s 0.55 goals per game average is highest among active players with at least 20 games against Montreal.
….Right wing Tom Wilson will served the second game of a four game suspension for boarding St. Louis forward Samuel Blais in an Oct. 1 pre-season game.
…..Carey Price has a record of 6-11-4 in 21 career appearances vs. Washington with a 3.03GAA and .900 save percentage.
…..Only Edmonton has given Price more difficulty than Washington since he entered the league in 2007. Vs. the Oilers Price has a 2-6-0-1 record with a 3.44GAA.
….Last season Price was 1-2-0 vs. the Capitals with 2.69GAA and .911 sv%
….Braden Holtby has allowed only 14 even strength goals in 14 career games vs. the Canadiens.
….Holtby has a career record of 10-1-2 vs. the Canadiens with a .941 save percentage and a 1.62GAA. It’s his highest personal save percentage and lowest GAA against any NHL team. It’s alsos the second highest save percentage and GAA among active goaltenders with ten ore more career games vs. the Canadiens (Pekka Rinne .951 & 1.37)
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 92-Jonathan Drouin 11-Brendan Gallagher
54-Charles Hudon 14-Tomas Plekanec 62-Artturi Lehkonen
27-Alex Galchenyuk 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw
41-Paul Byron 25-Jacob de la Rose 83-Ales Hemsky
53-Victor Mete 6-Shea Weber
22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry
8-Jordie Benn 32-Mark Streit
Healthy Scratches – C Torrey Mitchell; D Brandon Davidson; D Joe Morrow
Injury – D David Schlemko (bruised hand)
Capitals Lines & Pairings
8-Alex Ovechkin 92-eveny Kuznetsov 13-Jakub Vrana
65-Andre Burakovsky 19-Nicklas Backstrom 77-T.J. Oshie
10-Brett Connolly 20-Lars Eller 39-Alex Chiasson
9-Dmitri Orlov 2-Matt Niskanen
44-Brooks Orpik 74-John Carlson
55-Aaron Ness 4-Taylor Chorney
Healthy Scratches –C Tyler Graovac; D Christian Djoos
Suspension – RW Tom Wilson
Injuries – None