GAME PREVIEW – STATS & INFO Canadiens @ Chicago (Nov. 5, 2017)

Nov 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #15

Canadiens vs. Chicago

United Center – Nov. 5th, 2017 – 7:05pm

UPDATE Lineup ChangesCharlie Lindgren will face Corey Crawford in the nets.  Charles Hudon injured (upper body(. Replaced by Jacob de la Rose on fourth line with McCarron and Mitchell

Season Records – Canadiens – 14GP (5-8-1) 11pts. Chicago – 14GP (7-5-2) 16pts.

Season Series – Second of two meetings. @ Bell Centre Oct. 10th Chicago-3 Canadiens-1. For Chicago Debrincat, Saad, Anisimov. Plekanec for Canadiens. Canadiens outshoot Hawks 42-25. Price vs. Crawford.

Last Season – Chicago Swept the series winning 3-2 at Chicago Nov. 13th and 4-2 at Bell Centre March 14.

Last Time Out – Canadiens edge Winnipeg 5-4 in overtime Saturday. Chicago shutout. Minnesota 3-0 on the road Saturday.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens 4-5-1. Chicago 4-5-1

Home-RoadCanadiens on the Road (3-6-0) Chicago at home 4-2-1.

Head-to-Head

….Both teams are playing the second of back-to-back games.

….The Canadiens haven’t won a game at the United Centre in 15 years (0-7-0). The last win in Chicago was Feb. 27, 2002. In the 3-2 win the Canadiens got goals from Jan Bulis, Chad Kilger and Stephane Quintal. Jeff Hackett was in goal for Montreal.

….Since the start of the 2009-2010 season Chicago is 10-0-2 vs. the Canadiens.

….Chicago has now beaten the Canadiens eight straight times, the longest win streak against the Canadiens in the 81 year history of the rivalry.

….Carey Price has started only one game of the last six games at Chicago since Oct. 30, 2009. Peter Budaj has started twice, Ben Scrivens, and Al Montoya last season.

-About the Canadiens

….This will mark the end of the third of fourteen sets of back-to-back games this season. The Canadiens are 0-2-0 in second games this season and outscored 7-1. In the opening games they are 1-2-0.

….Each scheduled game in the first four series of back to back games are on the road.

…..Aafter losing seven of their first 8 games, the Canadiens have won four of the six games since returning from their losing California trip. After scoring 12 goals the first eight games (1.5 per game) the Canadiens have 26 the last six – 4.3 per game.

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….The Canadiens power play has produced 7 goals over the last six games (7/26 – 26.9%). However over the last four games, Canadiens penalty killers have allowed 7 goals on 16 times shorthanded.

…..Brendan Gallagher shares the Canadiens scoring lead with Shea Weber at 11 points. Nine of Gallagher’s 11 points have come in his last six games (5g,4a).

.Weber has 9 of his 11 points in the last six games (2g, 7ass)

….At the age of 32, Weber ranks 5th in the league in ice time at 26.20 per game (Washington’s John Carlson leads at 27.12.

….Tomas Plekanec has two goals, 2assists his last three games.

….At Winnipeg Saturday night the Canadiens recorded their second 50-plus shots-on-goal total. Six times in 14 games they have 40 shots or more. Their average is 38.4 per game vs. 30.1 shots against.

….Max Pacioretty ranks third in the league in average shots on goal per game at 4.36 (61 shots in 14 games. (Buffalo’s Evander Kane leads with 4.93 per game; Alex Ovechkin – 4.79)

….Pacioretty is on a four game point streak – 3 goals, 1 assist.

….Andrew Shaw failed to score a goal in his first 12 games of the season. He has three in his last two

About the Blackhawks

….Chicago started the season 4-1-1 then lost five of their next eight before registering back to back shutout wins this week – 3-0 in Philadelphia Wednesday and 2-0 Saturday at Minnesota. Corey Crawford posted both shutouts stopping all 59 shots.

….While the Canadiens offense stumbled out of the gate and only recently has recovered, Chicago’s has been the reverse. They scored 25 goals in their first 6 games (4.2 per game) but have only 18 their last eight (2.25 per game).

…..The last time Corey Crawford played in back to back games was March 3rd & 4th of last season.  Chicago won both games (2-1 vs. the Islanders; 5-3 @Nashville).  Crawford stopped 63 of 67 shots.

….As usual, Chicago’s leading scorer is Patrick Kane with 14 points in 14 games (5g, 9a). Jonathan Toews and Ryan Hartman are second with 10 points (4g, 6a each)

….The Hawks started the season with four rookies on their roster; Alex DeBrincat, Jan Rutta, John Hayden and goaltender Anton Forsberg.

Goaltending

….Charlie Lindgren has a career NHL record of 3-0-0 with a .943 save percentage. His wins have come against Carolina, Florida and Detroit over the last two seasons.

….Lindgren has struggled with a 3-3-2 record at Laval this season. His GAA is 3.35 and save% .852.

….In ten appearances Corey Crawford has a career 8-0-2 record vs. the Canadiens with a 1.49GAA and .954 save%.

….In 12 games this season Crawford has a 7-4-0 record, 1.75GAA and .945 save%.

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 19th (10/58) 17.2%. Chicago ranked 27th (9/63) 14.3%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 29th (14/47) 71.4%. Chicago ranked 6th (9/56) 83.9%.

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

25-Jacob de la Rose 34-Mike McCarron 17-Torrey Mitchell

53-Victor Mete 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

88-Brandon Davidson 8-Jordie Benn

39-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratches – D Joe Morrow;

Injuries –LW Charles Hudon (upper body); 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).

Chicago Line Combinations and Pairings

12-Alex DeBrincat 19-Jonathan Toews 14-Richard Panik

20-Brandon Saad 8-Nick Schmaltz 88-Patrick Kane

10-Patrick Sharp 15-Arte, Anisimov 40-John Hayden

17-Lance Bouma 57-Tommy Wingels 38-Ryan Hartman

2-Duncan Keith 11-Cpody Franson

44-Jan Rutta 7-Brent Seabrook

6-Michal Kempny 5-Connor Murphy

50-Corey Crawford

Injuries – D Gustav Forsling (head); D Michal Rozsival (LTIR concussion); RW Marian Hossa (LTIR severe skin disorder) RW Jordin Tootoo (LTIR upper body)

Healthy Scratches

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