Preview Game #9

Florida vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Oct. 23, 2017 – 7:35pm

Lineup Changes

….Claude Julien has shuffled his left wingers for the top third consecutive game. Paul Byron joins Drouin & Lehkonen. Max Pacioretty with Danault and Shaw and Alex Galchenyuk drops to the fourth line with Mike McCarron and Nikita Scherbak. Charles Hudon remains with Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher.

…..The Panthers claimed goaltender Antti Niemi off waivers from Pittsburgh Tuesday. With Roberto Luongo injured, Niemi will back up starter James Reimer

Season RecordsFlorida – 7GP (3-4-0) 6pts. 6th in Atlantic Division. Canadiens – 8GP (1-6-1) 3pts Eighth in Atlantic Division.

Home/Road – Canadiens at home (0-1-1) Florida on the Road (1-3-0)

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost 6-2 to Anaheim Friday. Washington ended three game losing streak with a 4-1 win at Washington Saturday.

Last Season – Canadiens 3-0-1 vs. Florida. After losing the first meeting in overtime at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens won the last three games.

Head-to-Head

….The Canadiens have won the last three meetings. Prior to that, they had lost five in a row.

….Florida has earned at least a point five of their last six appearances at the Bell Centre dating back to Dec. 14, 2014 (3-1-2)

….Brendan Gallagher led the Canadiens against Florida last year with 2g, 4a in 4 games. Max Pacioretty and Phillip Danault each scored 3 goals against them.

….For Florida Vincent Trochek Jussi Jokinen each recorded three points vs. Montreal.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost seven consecutive games for the first time in 78 years. In the 1939-40 season the Canadiens lost ten in a row between Dec. 16th and January 6th. The Canadiens won 10 of 48 games that season and subsequently cleaned house hiring GM Tommy Gorman and coach Dick Irvin.

…..At 1-6-1 the Canadiens are on their worst season start since the 1941-42 season when they started 1-10-1.

…..This is the sixth time in Canadiens history they have recorded three or fewer total points in the opening eight games of the season. In the other five seasons the Canadiens finished with a sub-.500 season record.

….Despite being second in league in average shots on goal per game (38.4) the Canadines are at the bottom of the league in goals scored with 13 in 8 games (1.5 per game). They are 28th in goals against with 33 (4.13 per game). Their goal differential is minus-20 which is also league worst.

….The Canadiens rank 28th on power play (9.4%) and 24th in penalty killing (76.7%.

….Canadiens goaltending is 29th at 4.13 GAA. In the last three games the Canadiens have allowed 16 goals.

….The Canadiens have yet to win a home game this season (0-2-0). Six of the first eight Canadiens games have been played on the road.

….The Canadiens rank 29th in faceoff win % at 44.5%.

.Jonathan Drouin leads the Canadiens with five points (2g, 3a). Only four members of the Canadiens have have more than two points. In contracts the Panthers have nine player with five points or more.

….Defenseman Karl Alzner is the second leading scorer with 4 points – all assists. Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher have three points each.

….This will be Alzner’s 600th career NHL game and his 548th in a row dating back to March 3, 2010. (5th longest iron man streak among active players)

….Career vs. the Panthers – Brendan Gallagher 7 g, 13pts. In 18 games; Max Pacioretty – 22pts in 30 games including 7 goals. Jonathan Drouin – 5 assists in seven games; Shea Weber 4g, 5a in 16 games.

About the Panthers

….The Panthers recorded their first road win of the season Saturday in Washington after three losses.

….The Panthers rank 10th in the goal in goalscoring (3.43 per game). They rank 3rd shots on goal at 37.6 per game (the Canadiens rank second).

….However Florida ranks 25th in goals-allowed (3.57 per game) and 30th in shots allowed 36.4%.

….Florida’s penalty kill ranks 30th.

….The Panthers have nine players with five or more points this season.

….With an assist Saturday at Washington Jonathan Huberdeau has a point in six of the seven Panthers games this season.

….Huberdeau and Vincent Trochek lead the Panthers with 3 goals, 4 assists. Evgenii Dadonov also has 7 points (2g, 5a). Alexander Barkov has 2 goals, 4 assists.

….Pointe Claire’s Mike Matheson signed an 8 year contract extension last week worth 39 million dollars. The Boston College psychology grad was selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2012 draft.

….Evgenii Dadonov has three multi point games this season. Both of his goals have come on the power play. Dadonov was drafted by the Panthers in the third round 2007. He has spent the last five seasons in the KHL.

….Keith Yandle is set to play in his 642nd consecutive game tonight.

….Goaltender Roberto Luongo was placed on injury reserve after suffering a thumb injury in Friday’s 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh.

Goaltending

….Carey Price is 1-5-1 with a 3.95GAA and .881 save%.

….Versus thePanthers Price has a 10-4-3 career record with a 1.85GAA and .936 save%. It is his 3rd bests record against teams in the league.

….Price is 0-2 with a 3.55 GAA at home.

.Price has allowed 14 goals in his last three starts..

.James Reimer is 2-2-0 with a 3.14GAA and a .914 save%. ….Reimer made 41 saves in the win at Washington Saturday. When making at least 40 saves his career record is 15-2-3.

.In 12 career starts vs.the Canadiens Reimer is 5-4-2 with a 2.50GAA, .915save% and two shutouts.

.Reimer appeared in only one game vs. the Canadiens last season, facing 41 shots in a 3-2 Dec.16 loss. (Reto Berra started twice against the Canadien, Luongo the other game)

.Among goaltenders with at least 30 appearances since December first last season, Reimer is tied for third with a save percentage of .926.

Special Teams

….The Canadiens rank 28th on the power play at 9.4% (3-for-32). Florida’s penalty kill is at 72.4% (8 goals against in 29 times shorthanded).

….Power Play -Florida ranks 14th (6/32) 18.8%. Canadiens rank 28th (3/32) 9.4%. Penalty Killing – Florida ranks 29th (8/29) 72.4%. Canadiens rank 24th (7/30) 76.7%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

41-Paul Byron 92-Jonathan Drouin 62-Artturi Lehkonen

54-Charles Hudon 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shawt

27-Alex Galchenyuk 34-Mike McCarron 38-Nikita Scherbak

53-Victor Mete 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 8-Jordie Benn

26-Jeff Petry 88- Brandon Davidson

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratches – C Torrey Mitchell; D Joe Morrow;

Injury – D David Schlemko (IR hand surgery); D Noah Juulsen (IR shoulder surgery); RW Ales Hemsky (concussion)

Florida Lines and Pairings

11-Jonathan Huberdeau 16Aleksander Barkov 63-Evgeny Dadonov

88-Jamie McGinn 21-Vincent Trocheck 71-Radim Vrbata

23-Connor Brickley 62-Denis Malgin 27-Nick Bjugstad

18-Micheal Haley 17-Derek Mackenzie 74-Owen Tippett

3-Keith Yandle 5-Aaron Ekblad

19-Michael Matheson 6-Alex Petrovic

52-MacKenzie Weegar 13-Mark Pysyk

34-James Reimer

Scratches – D Ian McCoshin

Injuries – G Roberto Luongo (IR thumb); C Jared McCann (lower body) C Colton Sceviour (upper body)