Preview Game #14

Canadiens vs. Winnipeg

Bell MTS Place – Nov. 4, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 13GP (4-8-1) 9pts. Winnipeg 12GP (7-3-2) 16pts.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game April 3rd at Bell Centre.

Last Season – Series split. @ Winnipeg Jan. 11th – Canadiens-7 Winnipeg-4. Danault 2 goals. Scheifele-2 goals forWinnipeg. Montoya vs. Hellebuyck/Hutchinson. @ Bell Centre Feb. 18th Winnipeg-3 Canadiens-1. Armia, Perreault, Laine for the Jets. Markov for the Canadiens Canadiens outshot 33-20. Price vs. Hellebuyck.

Last Time Out – Thursday Canadiens lost at Minnesota 6-3. Winnipeg defeated Dallas 5-2 Thursday at home.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-6-1) Winnipeg (7-1-2)

Home Road – Canadiens on the Road (2-5-1)  Winnipeg at home (4-2-0)

Lineup Changes – Carey Price out with “minor” lower body injury. Charlie Lindgren recalled from Laval (AHL). Left wingers juggled. Galchenyuk moves to Drouin line; Byron to Plekanec line and Hudon to fourth line with McCarron. Danault line remains intact.

Head to Head

….Since the team moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg the Canadiens have a10-5-1 vs. the Jets.

….In the last 14 meetings the home team has won nine times.

….the Jets have won four of the last seven meetings overall.

….Ten of the last 15 games have been decided by three goals or more.

….Over the last ten games the Jets have scored one power play goal vs. the Canadiens in 28 advantages (3.6%). The Jets have only four power play goals vs. Montreal since the team relocated in 2011,

….Jonathan Drouin centred the Jets Nikolaj Ehlers during the 2013-14 season at Halifax. They combined for 78 goals and 212 points

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are 0-7-0 vs. Western Conference opposition this season.

….Montreal has won two of eight road games this season (OT in Buffalo & Ottawa). On the road they have been outscored 35-19. (average 4.37 GA to2.37GF)

….Over their last five games the Canadiens are 3-2-0 while outscoring opponents 21-18. In the first eight games of the season they were 1-6-1 and outscored 33-13.

….This will be the second game of a three-in-four-nights stretch of the schedule and the third of 12 such stretches this season. Through the first two 3-in-4 series, also all on the road, the Canadiens are 1-5-0 and started this three game set with a loss at Minnesota.

….It is also the first of back-to-back games. The Canadiens are 0-4-0 in those games this season.

….The Canadiens have been outscored 22-13 in the first period this season.

….Both of the Canadiens special teams are ranked near the bottom of the league – power play 29th, penalty killing-27th.

The Hot Hands

….Brendan Gallagher has 5 goals, 3 assists his last six games.

….Shea Weber 2 goals 7 points in five games;

….Phillip Danault 2g, 4a last three and 2 goals 6 assists last 7.

….Charles Hudon 2 goals & 4 points last two.

….Tomas Plekanec 1g, 2a last two games.

About the Jets

….Winnipeg started the season 0-2-0 giving up 13 goals. In the next ten games they’ve allowed 21 and have taken 16 of a possible 20 points with at least a point in nine of the ten games (7-1-2). The have at least a point in six straight.

….The Jets have outscored opponents 20-9 in the first period this season.

….Winnipeg has scored 14 goals over their last their last three games.

…..They have allowed two goals or fewer in five straight games.

….Mark Scheifele recorded his second hat trick in his NHL career on Thursday vs. Dallas. His other three-goal game came against the Canadiens March 5, 2016 at Winnipeg.

….Scheifele shares the Jets scoring lead with Blake Wheeler at 15 points. Scheifele 7g, 8a); Wheeler 4g 11a)

….Three members of the Jets have recorded hat tricks this season, Scheifele, Nikolaj Ehlers and Blake Wheeler.

….In 9 career games vs. the Canadiens Scheifele has 6 goals and eight points.

….Patrik Laine‘s goal vs. Dallas Thursday was his first in five games. He has five goals, 2 assists in 12 games.

….In his only game against the Canadiens Jan 11th Laine had a goal and assist.


….Al Montoya makes his fourth appearance of the season. He has allowed 10 goals on 79 shots. 3GP (1-1-0) 3.77GAA >873GAA.

….In five appearances vs. the Jets Montoya is 2-1-0 with a 3.83GAA and .867 save%.

….Montoya played two full seasons with Winnipeg (2012-’13/ 2013-’14) where, 35 appearances he posted a 16-9-3 record with 2.41GAA, .916save% and 3 shutouts.  His only Jets start against the Canadiens was a 2-1 win at the Bell Centre Feb. 2, 2014

-….With Carey Price out, Charlie Lindgren will be backup. In the AHL he has a record of 3-3-2 with a 3.35GAA nad .885 save% with one shutout.

….Connor Hellebucyk has appearned in only two career games vs. the Canadiens with 1-0-0 record 3.24GAA and .852 save%.

….In Hellebucyk‘s only home start against the Canadiens (Jan. 11th 2017) he gave up 3 goals on 7 shots in 14:01 and was replaced by Michael Hutchinson. The Canadiens won the game 7-4. In his other start he was a 3-1 winner (Feb. 18th) stopping 19 of 20 shots.

….Hellebuyck‘s 1.92GAA ranks third in the NHL. His .938save% is fourth. He has yet yet to suffer a regulation loss.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens ranked 29th (7/52) 13.5% Winnipeg ranked 17th (7/40) 17.5%. Power Play – Canadiens ranked 27th (11/48) 76.1%. Winnipeg ranked 18th (8/41) 80.5%.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 62-Artturi Lehkonen

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

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

54-Charles Hudon 34-Mike McCarron 17-Torrey Mitchell

53-Victor Mete 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

88-Brandon Davidson 8-Jordie Benn

35-Al Montoya

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

Injuries –G Carey Price (lower body); RW Nikita Scherbak (IR knee surgery); D David Schlemko (IR hand surgery); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion); Season Opening IR -D Noah Juulsen (shoulder surgery) –; LW Jeremiah Addison (shoulder surgery).

Winnipeg Line Combinations & Pairings

81-Kyle Connor 55-Mark Scheifele 26-Blake Wheeler

26-Nikolaj Ehlers 18-Bryan Little 29-Patrik Laine

16-Shawn Matthias 18-Andrew Copp 13-Brandon Tanev

48-Brendan Lemieux 15-Matt Hendricks 40-Joel Armia

44-Josh Morrissey 8-Jacob Trouba

39-Tobias Enstrom 33-Dustin Byfuglien

5-Dmitry Kulikov 57-Tyler Myers

37-Connor Hellebucyk

Injuries – C Adam Lowery (upper body); C Mathieu Perreault (lower body)

Healthy Scratches – D Ben Charot; C Marko Dano