Game #6

Canadiens vs. San Jose

SAP Center – Oct. 17, 2017 – 10:35pm

Lineup Changes –

….D Joe Morrow will replace Jordie Benn and will be paired with Brandon Davidson.

Torrey Mitchell will replace Jacob de la Rose on the fourth  line.

Season RecordsCanadiens (1-3-1).Last in Atlantic Division. (1-2-0 on the road. San Jose 1-3-0. Last in Pacific Division. Final game of a five game season-opening home stand.

Last Time Out – The Canadiens lost to Toronto 4-3 Saturday night in overtime. Also on Saturday the Sharks lost to Islanders 4-3 despite 41 shots on goal.

Last Season’s Series – Canadiens 0-2-0 vs. San Jose in 2016-17. @San Jose Dec. 2 Sharks-2 Canadiens-1. Burns & Pavelski for San Jose. Lehkonen PPG. Price stops 28 of 30. Martin Jones 31 of 32. Dec. 16 @ Bell Centre San Jose-4 Canadiens-2. San Jose with 4-0 lead on goals by Schlemko, Marleau, Meier & Karlson. Petry & Flynn for Montreal. Price replaced by Montoya after allowing four goals on 18 shots

Head-to-Head

….Victor Mete was five months old the last time the Canadiens won a game in San Jose.

….Since the Canadiens won in overtime on November 23rd 1999 the Canadiens have lost 10 straight in San Jose. Two of the losses came in overtime (0-8-2). In six of those games San Jose allowed two goals or fewer.

….In the Nov. 23rd 1999 3-2 overtime win, the Canadiens goalscorers were Craig Rivet, Martin Rucinsky and Sergei Zholtok. Jose Theodore stopped 26 of 28 shots.

….In those 10 consecutive losses at San Jose the Canadiens were outscored 40-18 and allowed 12 power play goals in 38 times shorthanded.

….All time the Canadiens have won four of 18 games at San Jose (4-12-2)

….Overall, home-and-away the Sharks have won eight of their last nine meetings with the Canadiens including a stretch of three consecutive shutouts between Oct 2013 and March 2015. The Sharks have not allowed more than two goals in the last eight overall meetings.

About the Canadiens

….In the four seasons since the lockout the Canadiens have played 12 games in California. Their record is 2-10-0. Both of the Montreal wins were recorded in shootouts.

….The Canadiens have scored only seven goals in the season’s first five games. Only four of those goals were scored 5-on-5 (1 PPG; 2 SHG’s)

….With seven total goals, the Canadiens rank 30th in the 31 team NHL. (Carolina has scored 6 goals but they have played in two fewer games)

….The Canadiens have lost four games in a row. Their last five game losing streak was January 9 to 16 of 2016.

….The Canadiens rank third in the league in average shots on goal at 37.8 per game (behind only Florida and Edmonton). They have allowed an average of 28.0 which is fourth fewest on average.

….Brendan Gallagher needs one assist to reach 100 in his career.

….Joe Morrow will make his Canadiens debut. With Boston last season Claude Julien made Morrow a healthy scratch in 38 of the Bruins 55 games before he was fired in February. Although he played in five playoff games against Ottawa, Morrow’s last regular season game was January 22nd. …..Morrow is a former first round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins (23rd overall).

….Career vs. the Sharks Shea Weber has 27 points in 37 games (8g, 19a); In eight games Max Pacioretty has 0-goals, 2-assists. Tomas Plekanec 4 goals and 8 points in 13 games.

About the Sharks

….This will end a five game season-opening homestand for the Sharks. Like the Canadiens, Sharks offense has been miniscule. They have four even-strength goals in their four games. They are tied for 27th in the league with an average of two goals per game.

….Kevin Labanc leads the Sharks with three goals. He is the only member of the team with more than one.

….Team captain Joe Pavelski has one assist in his first four games.

….Brent Burns has scored 73 goals over his last three season. He has one assist this season and no points his last three games.  He is also minus-6 after four games.

….In his last 26 games including the playoffs, Burns has two goals and eight assists.

….In 12 career games vs. the Canadiens Burns has 3 g and 12 points.

Logan Couture has nine (4-5-9) points in 8 games vs. the Canadiens.

.Joe Thornton 38 points in 49 career games vs. Montreal (12g, 26a)

.Joe Pavelski in 13 Canadiens games has 6g, 5a.

.The Sharks have six players on their roster selected in the 6th round or later in the draft including Jannik Hansen (9th round Vancouver); Joe Pavelski, Justin Braun and Joakim Ryan (7th round); Dylan DeMelo and Kevin Labanc (6th round).

Goaltending

….Carey Price has a 1-3-1 record with a 3.45GAA and an .885 save percentage.

….Price has never won a game at San Jose – 0-4-1 with a 3.59GAA and .904 save%. Overall his record vs. San Jose is 2-6-1 with a 2.96GAA in nine starts.

….Martin Jones is 1-2-0 with a 3.92GAA and .881 save percentage to start his season.

….Vs. the Canadiens Jones has a career record of 5-1-0 with a 2.01GAA and .925 save percentage.

….Two of Jones six starts against the Canadiens came while with the LA Kings – in one he recorded a shutout, in the other he gave up six goals for his only career loss against Montreal.

Special Teams

…..Canadiens special teams rank 26th (PP) and 21st (PK).

….Power Play – Canadiens 1/16 ranked 26th – 6.3%         San Jose 4/14 ranked 13th.        Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 21st 3/16 San Jose ranked 20th 3/17 82.4%.

….The Sharks allowed three power play goals in their opening game vs. Philadelphia. Since then they have successfully killed off 12 power plays in a row.

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

45-Joe Morrow 88- Brandon Davidson

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratches – C Jacob de la Rose; D Jordie Benn; D David Schlemko

Injury – D Noah Juulsen (IR shoulder surgery)

San Jose Forward Lines and Pairings

62-Kevin Labanc 19-Joe Thornton 8-Joe Pavelski

48-Tomas Hertl 39-Logan Couture 68-Melker Karlsson

89-Mikkel Boedker 50-Chris Tierney 28-Timo Meier

36-Jannik Hansen 40-Ryan Carpenter 27-Joonas Donskoi

44-Marc-Edouard Vlasic 61-Justin Braun

47-Joakim Ryan 88-Brent Burns

4-Brendan Dillon 72-Tim Heed

31-Martin Jones

Injuries – Paul Martin (ankle surgery)

Healthy Scratches – FWD Barclay Goodrow; FWD Joel Ward; D Dylan DeMelo