PREVIEW – INFO & STATS – Canadiens @ Minnesota (Nov. 2/2017)

Nov 2nd, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #13

Canadiens vs. Minnesota

Xcel Energy Center – Nov. 2, 2017 – 8:05pm EDT

Season Records – Canadiens – 12GP (4-7-1) 9pts. Minnesota 12 GP (7-5-0) 14pts.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Will play again Nov. 9th at Bell Centre.

Last Time Out – Canadiens defeated Ottawa 8-3 Monday.  Minnesota lost 2-1 to Winnipeg at home Tuesday.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (1-5-1) Minnesota at home – (2-2-1)

Head-to-Head

….The Canadiens were 0-2-0 vs. Minnesota last season. Outscored 11-3.

….Minnesota has won their last four home games vs.Montreal.

….At Minnesota last season they were beaten 7-1 Jan. 12th. Nino Niederreiter scored twice; Eric Staal 1g 2a.

….The Canadiens have been swept the last two seasons by Minnesota and have lost five in a row to them while being outscored 19-6. The Canadiens last win at St. Paul was December 3, 2014.

….Since the Wild entered the league in 2000 the Canadiens are 3-5-1 in nine visits to St. Paul. The last time the Canadiens won there was march 20-2011.

….The home team has won seven of the last nine meetings between the teams.

….Eric Staal led the Wild against the Canadiens last season with 2 goals, 2 assists in the two games. He had a goal and 2 assists in the game at Minnesota.

….Tomas Plekanec was part of two of the three goals the Canadiens scored vs. the Wild last season – 1 goal, 1 assist. His goal came with 8.5 seconds remaining at Minnesota with the Wild leading 7-0. Max Pacioretty scored the other goal – shorthanded in Montreal.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have won three of their last four games after a 1-6-1 start.

….Versus the Western Conference this season the Canadiens are 0-5-0.

…..Including their home shutout loss to Los Angeles last Thursday, the Canadiens have scored 18 goals over their last four games (average 4.5). In the eight prior games they had a total of 12 (1.5 per game).

….In the four full games since Max Pacioretty joined Phillip Danault & Andrew Shaw, the line has accounted for a combined 5 goals and 7 assists. Through almost eight earlier games with other linemates the three combined for 1 goal, 2 assists.

….Despite their recent goal production the Canadiens still rank 27th in the league in goals per game at 2.50 while still leading the league in shots on goal per game.

….The Canadiens rank 29th in goals against per game at 3.75.

….Including their home shutout loss to Los Angeles last Thursday, the Canadiens have scored 18 goals over their last four games (average 4.5). In the eight prior games they had a total of 12 (1.5 per game).

….In the four full games since Max Pacioretty joined Phillip Danault & Andrew Shaw, the line has accounted for a combined 5 goals and 7 assists. Through almost eight earlier games with other linemates the three combined for 1 goal, 2 assists.

….Over the past four games, Shea Weber has led the Canadiens with 7 points (2g, 5a); Phillip Danault has 2 goals and six points; Brendan Gallagher – 5 points (2g, 3a); Jonathan Drouin – 4 assists; Galchenyuk and Pacioretty with three goals each.

….In the last four games, the Canadiens power play has scored 4 goals in 19 opportunities (21.5%). Their penalty killer have given up 3 goals on 12 times shorthanded (75.0%). They also have a shorthanded goal.

….Over the last 37 full games including playoffs, Max Pacioretty has logged a total of just over two full games of power play time (120:06) without a goal. He has gone 35 games and 113:01 without a power play point.   Pacioretty’s last power play goal was Feb. 25th vs. Toronto. His last PP point was an assist on a Galchenyuk goal in overtime Feb. 28th vs. Columbus.

….During the 37 game Pacioretty drought the Canadiens have scored 15 power play goals (15/113 – 13.3%)..  Over that stretch Alex Galchenyuk has led the power play with 5 goals and 3 assists. Shea Weber 4 goals, two assists; Brendan Gallagher 2 goals, 3 assists. The other goals were scored by Hudon, Lehkonen Beaulieu and Markov.

….Eight of Pacioretty‘s 35 goals last season were scored on the power play.

….Pacioretty and Galchenyuk has scored goals in three of the last four games. Gallagher has two goals and five of his eight points in the last four games.

….Shea Weber has five of his six assists in his last two games.

….Weber has a career total of 25 points in 42 games vs. Minnesota (6g, 19a). In nine career games Pacioretty has 6 goals and 8 points vs. the Wild.

….Carey Price has lost his last three starts vs. Minnesota including the 7-1 game last January 12the when made just 17 saves.

About the Wild

….This is the fifth of a six game home stand for the Wild, their longest of the season.. They are 2-2-0 so far and have scored 2 goals or fewer in three of the games.

….After finishing second in league goalscoring last season, Minnesota is ranked 12th this year at 3.10 goals per game. They rank 13th at 2.90 goals against per game.

…..Injuries have played into the Wild’s scoring problems. Left wing Zach Parise has missed 10 games following back surgery and centre Charlie Coyle has missed 7 with a broken leg. Nino Niederreiter returned on Thursday after missing six game with a high ankle sprain..

….In his last four games vs. the Canadiens Niederreiter has five points (3g 2a)

….Matt Cullen is celebrating his 41st birthday on this day. He is in his 20th NHL season and the second oldest player in the NHL behind Jaromir Jagr.

….Chris Stewart leads the Wild with six goals. Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal have four each.

.Staal has 42 points in 44 games vs. the Canadiens (21g, 21a).

Goaltending

….Vs. the Wild Carey Price has a career record of 4-5-1 with an .891 save% and 3.01GAA.

….This season Price is 3-6-1 with an .883 save% and 3.64GAA.

….Devan Dubnyk has a 5-1-1 career record vs. the Canadiens. As a member of the Wild Dubnyk is 3-0-0 with a 1.33GAA amd /953 save%.

….Dubnyk has won four straight overall vs.Montreal allowing 7 goals while stopping 111 of 118 shots.

….This season Dubnyk is 3-3-1 with a 3.04GAA and .905 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 19th (7/51) 13.7%. Minnesota ranks 22nd (6/34) 17.6%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 28th (10/42) 76.2%. Minnesota ranks 16th (8/41) 80.5%.

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;

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

Minnesota Wild Lines & Pairings

16-Jason Zucker 9-Mikko Koivu 64-Mikael Granlund

22-Nino Niederreiter 12-Eric Staal 19-Luke Kunn

17-Marcus Foligno 14-Joel Eriksson Ek 10-Chris Stewart

26-Daniel Winnik 7-Matt Cullen 63-Tyler Ennis

20-Ryan Suter 46-Jared Spurgeon

25-Jonas Brodin 24-Matthew Dumba

Gustav Olofsson 4-Mike Reilly

40-Devan Dubnyk

Injuries – LW Zach Parise (IR back & sports hernia surgery); C Charlie Coyle (LTIR broken leg);

Healthy Scratches – D Kyle Quincey; C Landon Ferraro

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