Game #5

Canadiens vs. Toronto

Bell Centre – Oct. 14, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Toronto 3-1-0     6pts. (1-0-0 on the road) Canadiens 1-3-0    2pts. (0-1-0 at home)

Last Season – Canadiens 3-0-0 vs. Toronto. All three games decided by one goal. @Bell Centre Oct. 29th – Canadiens 2 Toronto-1. Galchenyuk, Weber (PPG) Kadri for Toronto Price stops 37 of 38 shots. @Bell Centre Nov. 19th Canadiens-2 Toronto-1. Byron & Galchenyuk (PPG) Nylander for Toronto. Price stops 31 of 32. @ Toronto Jan. 7th – Canadiens-4 Toronto-3. Scherbak first career goal in debut, Radulov 1g 1a, Feb. 25th @ Toronto Canadiens-3 Toronto-2 (overtime) Shaw with GWG in OT. Pacioretty & Galchenyuk. Matthews with both Toronto goals.Price stops 32 of 34 shots.

Head-to-Head

….The Canadiens have won 14 straight games vs. Toronto; four of those wins decided in overtime or shootouts. During the streak the Canadiens have outscored Toronto 46-27.

….This is the third longest Canadiens win streak against a single opponent in team history and the longest losing streak against a team in Toronto history.

….the Last time Toronto defeated the Canadiens in the regular season was Jan. 18, 2014 in Toronto.

….Thte Canadiens are 8-0-0 in their last eight Toronto games at the Bell Centre. The last Toronto win in Montreal was the 2013-14 season opener (4-3).

About the Canadiens

….The last time the Canadiens opened their season with a 1-3 record to start the season was 2011-12 (2-1-1). They lost seven of the first eight games (1-5-2) and never recovered, finishing the season in the Eastern Conference cellar (and 29th in the overall standings) resulting in the firing of GM Pierre Gauthier and coaches Jacques Martin plus Randy Cunneyworth and ultimately the selection of Alex Galcheyuk third overall in the 2013 entry draft.

….In their four games the Canadiens offense has produced four goals on 155 shots, a conversion rate of 2.6%.

….That Canadiens have averaged 39 shots on goal through four games. Their lowest shot total was 34 in the shutout loss vs, the Rangers October 8th.

….The Canadiens are 31st in the league in goals scored.

….During the 14 game win streak over Toronto, Max Pacioretty has scored 11 goals. In his last 15 games against them 15 games against them he has 13 goals, 5 assists.

….Going back to his sophomore season, no NHL player has scored more goals against Toronto than Pacioretty (18) – Overchkin & Patrice Bergeron have 14 each Stamkos/Moulson (14)

….Alexander Radulov was the Canadiens top scorer vs. Toronto last season – 1g 5a. Alex Galchenyuk was second with 5 points – 3g, 2a.

About the Leafs

….Since he took over the Leafs in May 2015, Mike Babcock has been behind the bench for eight of the 14 consecutive losses vs. the Canadiens. (0-6-2)

….Toronto is first in the league in goals per game at 22; an average of 5.5 per game. They have allowe an average of four per game

….Of the 14 goals Toronto has allowed, 10 of have come at even srrength. Four have been scored on opponents power plays.

….Toronto has given up 14 goals in ther last three games.

….Of the eight players on the Toronto roster originally drafted by the club, 5 were taken in the top eight selections including Auston Matthews (first overall); Marner (4th); Reilly (5th)/, Kadri (7th), Nylander (8th).

Goaltending

….Carey Price is on an 11-0-0 run vs. Toronto. In that stretch he has 1.88 GAA and .944 SV%.

….Last season Price was 4-0-0 vs. Toronto with a 1.50GAA and .950 SV%

….In 37 career games vs. Toronto Price is 23-13-1 with four shutouts, a 2.45GAA and .924 SV%.

….Price has lost his last three starts. In those games he has allowed a total of 9 goals on 64 shots, a save % of .859.

….Frederik Andersen has a 1-3-1 career record with the Canadiens with a 2.65GAA and .909 save%. His only career win vs. the Canadiens came as a member of the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 at the Bell Centre Dec. 18, 2014.

….Last season Andersen was 0-3-1 with a 3.08 GAA and .899 save% vs. Montreal.

….Andersen has a 3-1-0 with 3.97GAA this season. His save percentage is .871.

Special Teams

….Canadiens are 0 for 14 on their power play. They are one of four teams yet to score a power play goals this season (Islanders, Los Angeles & Anaheim are the others)

….Toronto’s power play ranks second in the league behind Washington.

….Power Play – Canadiens 0/14 0.00% – last in NHL. Toronto 8/24 – 33.3% ranked 2nd. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 22nd (3/14) 78.6%. Toronto – 4/22 81.8% – Ranked 17th.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 92-Jonathan Drouin 62-Artturi Lehkonen

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

54-Charles Hudon 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw

27-Alex Galchenyuk** 17-Torrey Mitchell 83-Ales Hemsky

53-Victor Mete 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8-Jordie Benn 88- Brandon Davidson

31-Carey Price

** – Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec have have suffered ‘flu-like symptoms’ over the last 24 hours.   Each is expected to play. If Plekanec is not available, Jacob de la Rose will centre Byron and Gallagher.

Healthy Scratches – C Jacob de la Rose; D Joe Morrow); D David Schlemko

Injury – D Noah Juulsen (IR shoulder surgery)

Toronto Forward Lines & Pairings

11-Zach Hyman 34-Auston Matthews 29-William Nylander

25- James van Riemsdyk 42-Tyler Bozak 16-Mitch Marner

12-Patrick Marleau 43-Nazem Kadri 47-Leo Komarov

15-Matt Martin 23-Eric Fehr 28-Connor Brown

44-Morgan Reilly 2-Ron Hainsey

51-Jake Gardiner 22-Nikita Zaitsev

55-Andreas Borgman 8-Connor Carrick

31-Frederik Andersen

Injuries – none

Healthy Scratches – C Dominic Moore; LW Josh Leivo; D Calle Rosen