Preview Game #11

NY Rangers vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Oct. 28, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – NY Rangers (11 GP (3-6-2) 11pts. (on road 0-2-0) Canadiens 10GP (2-7-1) 5pts.(at home 1-2-1)

Last Time Out – Rangers defeat Arizona 5-2 at MSG Thursday. Canadiens shut out at home 4-0 by Los Angeles Thursday.

Season’s Series – Second of three meetings. @Madison Square Garden Oct. 8th – Rangers-2 Canadiens-0. Lundqvist stops 34 for shutout. Skjei and Zibanejad with the goals. Canadiens had two goals disallowed in the first period. Final meeting Feb. 22nd @ Bell Centre.

Head-to-Head

….At the Bell Centre, since the start of the 2009-2010 season the Canadiens are 12-2 vs. the Rangers and have outscored them 44-18.

….The Canadiens have won 18 of the last 27 overall meetings with the Rangers, nine of them by shutout.

….Eleven of the last 19 overall meetings between the teams were decided by one goal..

….Since the start of the 2013-14 season the Canadiens and Rangers have played 15 regular season games. In nine of those games shutouts were recorded – Price with five; Budaj one. For the Rangers Lundqvist (2) and Talbot (1)

….It has been ten years (2007-2008) that the Rangers won a season series against the Canadiens. Last season the Canadiens were 3-0-0.

….Since the Rangers 2-0 win over the Canadiens the Rangers have a 2-4-2 record and the Caandiens 1-5-1. Neither team has been able to put together a two game win streak this season.

About the Canadiens

….Ten games into their season, the statistic website sportsclubstats.com today listed the Canadiens with a 4,4% chance of making the playoffs.  (The Rangers chances are listed at 15.2%).

….Historically it has taken an average of  92 points to lock down the final Eastern Conference playoff berth (95 points last season).  On that basis the Canadiens would have to win  Last season it took 95 points to qualify for the final Eastern Conference wild card berth.  To reach that the Canadiens would to go 43-29 through their final 72 games, or a combination that adds up to 87 pts.

….The Canadiens have five of a possible 20 points to start their season, equaling the second worst 10game start in Canadiens history. In 1938-39 the Canadiens opened with a 2-7-1 record. The worst ten game start was 2-8-0 in 1932-33.

….The Canadiens lead the league in shots per game at 38.4 but are last in the league in goalscoring at 1.70 per game.

….The Canadiens rank 30th in goals-against at 3.80 per game (21st in shots against per game at 31.7)

….Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber share the Canadiens goal scoring lead at 3.

….The Canadiens have scored a goal or fewer in five of their ten games this season. They have scored more than two goals twice.

….On the other side the Canadiens have allowed fewer than four goals in four of their ten games.

….Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 43 shots on goal. Charles Hudon, who is still looking for his first career goal, is second with 34.

….Shea Weber leads the team in shot attempts with 72 – 30 of them on-goal.

….In 27 games against the Rangers, Pacioretty has 8 goals 9 assists – 17pts. Tomas Plekanec has 12 goals and 29 points in 43 games.

….Versus the Rangers Gallagher has one assist in nine games.

About the Rangers

….In their 12th game of the season, this is only the Rangers third road game – (0-2-0). Last season the Rangers led the NHL in road wins (27) and points (56).

….Two of the Rangers three wins this season have been recorded against the two worst teams in the league with a combined record of 2-16-2. — Arizona (0-9-1) – Canadiens (2-7-1). (Their other win came against Nashville Oct 21at at home).

….After a five game losing streak and 7 losses the season’s opening eight games, the Rangers have won two of their last three and have at least a point in four of their last five.

….The Rangers have scored at least three goals in four of their last five – a total of 17 goals. (The Canadiens have 17 goals in ten games)

….Ondrej Pavelec will make his second consecutive start in goal for the Rangers. Pavelec was signed to a one-year 1.3 million dollar free agent deal in the off season.

….David Desharnais will play his first game against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre. He has played against Montreal twice – in Edmonton last season and at Madison Square Garden Oct. 8th.

….Desharnais had a four game point streak from Oct. 14-21st (2g, 3a).

….Minimum 50 attempts, Desharnais ranks third in the NHL in faceoff percentage at 62.7%. (64 for 102)

Goaltending

….At the Bell Centre Carey Price has a regular season record is 10-1-1 with six shutouts vs. the Rangers.

….In his last nine Bell Centre regular season starts dating back to the start of 2010-11 Price has allowed 4 goals on the last 271 Ranger shots (.987 save%) over 541:31 (0.44 GAA)

….Overall vs. the Rangers Price is 15-6-1 in 23 appearances with 7 shutouts, a 1.83GAA and .939 sv%.

….In 9 games this season Price is 2-6-1 with a 3.60GAA and .887 save%.

.Ondrej Pavelec makes his second consecutive start after a 5-2 over Arizona Thursday. He made 27 saves in that game.

….Career vs. the Canadiens (with Atlanta/Winnipeg) Pavelec is 6-9-1 with a 2.74GAA, .908 save% and .942 save%

….However, in his last three games against Montreal (with Winnipeg) Pavelec was 2-0-0 with a 1.92GAA and .942 save percentage (5 goals against on 86 shots).

….On the seasonwith the Rangers Pavelec is 1-2-0 with a 3.08GAA and .889save %.

….Henrik Lundqvist has a career record of 15-17-3 vs. Montreal.

.Lundqvist had been in nine of the Rangers first 11 games with a 3.11 GAA and .900 save%.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Rangers rank 13th (8-for-43) 18.6% Canadiens rank 28th (5-for-41) 12.2%.

….Before going 0-for-5 vs. Los Angeles Thursday the Canadiens had scored 5 goals in 22 opportunities in the previous five games.

….Over the last four games the Rangers are 1-for-14 on the power play.

….Penalty Killing -Rangers rank 25th (9/39) 76.9%. Canadiens rank 21st (7/33) 78.8%.

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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 17-Torrey Mitchell

53-Victor Mete 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 8-Jordie Benn

26-Jeff Petry 88- Brandon Davidson

31-Carey Price

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

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

NY Rangers Lines & Pairings

61-Rick Nash 93-Mika Zibanejad 10-J.T. Miller

93-Jimmy Vesey 13-Kevin Hayes 17-Jesper Fast

20-Chris Kreider 51-David Desharnais 36-Mats Zuccarello

40-Michael Grabner 24-Boo Nieves 89-Pavel Buchnevich

27-Ryan McDonagh 42-Brendan Smith

76-Brady Skjei 55-Nick Holden

18-Marc Staal 22-Kevin Shattenkirk

31-Ondrej Pavelec

Injuries – None

Healthy Scratches – C Paul Carey; D Steven Kampfer