GAME #16 – ADVANCE INFO & STATS – Las Vegas @ Canadiens (Nov. 7/2017)

Nov 7th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #16

Las Vegas vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 7, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Las Vegas – 14GP (9-4-1) 19pts. Canadiens – 15GP (6-8-1) 13pts.

Season Series – First of Two Games – Second game Feb. 17th at Las Vegas.

Last 10 Games – Las Vegas (6-3-1) Canadiens (5-5-0)

Home/Away – Vegas on the road (3-3-1) Canadiens at home (2-2-1)

Head to Head

….The Canadiens have never played the Vegas Golden Knights.

….The Canadiens lost defenseman Alexei Emelin to the Knights in the June 21st expansion draft. (Emelin subsequently traded to Nashville for a 2019 third round draft pick on July first).

….The Canadiens acquired defenseman David Schlemko from the Knights June 22nd for a 5th round draft pick I n 2019.

….Vegas head coach Gerard Gallant was a Canadiens assistant for two seasons (2012-2014)

….Career vs. the Canadiens James Neal leads the Knights in almost every category – Goals (5); Assists (8); Points (13); Penalty Minutes

About the Canadiens

….With five wins in their last seven games the Canadiens record over the last ten games is now even at 5-5-0. They were 1-3-1 over the season’s first five games.

….At home this season the Candiens are 2-2-1.

….The Canadiens have started their season schedule with 5 home games and 10 on the road Starting with this game, the Canadiens play their next six at home. Additionally, nine of their next eleven and 14 of the next 17 will be played at the Bell Centre leading up to their seven game holiday road trip which will start Dec. 16th at Ottawa.

….The Canadiens have earned points in three of their last four games at Bell Centre (2-1-1)

….The the Canadiens have won their last two starts against Western Conference opposition – at Winnipeg and Chicago.  Prior to that they were 0-6-0.

….The Canadiens defense has allowed three or more goals in 11 of 15 games this season.

….Over the last four games Tomas Plekanec has won 41 of 62 faceoffs – an extraordinary 61,2% In the defensive zone the last four games Plekanec was 16/22 – 72.7%.

….Shea Weber is averaging 8:03 per game on Canadiens special teams including a league leading average of 4:35 per game on the power play and 3:28 on the penalty kill. ( Only Nashville’s Roman Josi has logged more total special teams time at 8:09 per game)

….Karl Alzner will start in his 556th consecutive regular season game breaking a tie with Danny Grant for the 15th longest consecutive games streak in NHL history.

….Jonathan Drouin‘s goal vs. Chicago Sunday ended an eight game goal-scoring drought. However he has a point in four of his last five games.

….Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with six goals. In the points race, Gallagher, Drouin and Shea Weber have 11 apiece.

….Among the 9 forwards currently on the Canadiens top three lines, seven are riding hot scoring streaks. The exclusions are Artturi Lehkonen  and Paul Byron each of whom has contributed in other areas.  In the last five games Byron is plus-4 and Lehkonen plus-3.

….The current Phillip Danault Line Danault 7 points in his last five games (2gm 5a); Max Pacioretty 8 points last 7 games (4g, 4a); Andrew Shaw – 3g, 4a last nine.

…..The current Tomas Plekanec Line – Plekanec 5 points last four games (2g,3a); Brendan Gallagher 9 points in last eight (5g,4a); Paul Byron – 1 g, 1a last six games.

….The Jonathan Drouin LineDrouin has 10 points last 11 games (3g, 7a); Galchenyuk 4 points in last five; Lehkonen 2 goals last 4 games.

About the Knights

….Vegas won eight of their first nine games before losing three in a row which ended Saturday in Ottawa.

….Only the 1917 Canadiens in the first year of the NHL operation have had a better start to their inaugural season than Vegas. Through the first 14 games in 1917 the Canadiens started NHL play with a 10-4-0 record. Vegas through fourteen is 9-4-1.

….Vegas is wrapping up a six game road trip (1-3-1). After losing the first three games they have bounced back with a win in Ottawa Saturday and a shootout loss in Toronto Monday..

….Vegas completes back-to-back games for the second time this season. In their first set, they dropped both ends to the Islanders & Rangers to start their current road trip.

….This is the Knights’ third in a stretch of six consecutive games vs. Canadian-based teams.

….Vegas has a a league leading 5-3-1 record when opposition scores the first goal of a game. When Vegas scores the first goal they are 4-1-0.

….Because of injuries, through the first 14 games of their history, the Knights have used four goaltenders; Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion); Malcolm Subban (lower body); Oscar Dansk (lower body) and now Maxime Lagace who came to the Knights with zero NHL experience.

….Subban, Dansk and Lagace have each registered their first career NHL victories this season. ….There are six former first round NHL draft choices on the Vegas roster including goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban; defensemen Shea Theodore and Luca Sbisa plus forwards David Perron and Alex Tuch.

….Through their expansion draft wheeling and dealing, outside of their own selections Vegas has acquired nine selections belonging to other teams over the next three entry drafts. It includes the second round picks of Columbus and the Islanders in 2018 and the Pittsburgh and Dallas second rounders in 2019. They also have two third rounders, a fourth and a fifth.

18-James Neal

….James Neal edged a four game goal scoring drought with his team-leading 8th of the season vs. Toronto Monday.

….Three of Reilly Smith’s five goals this season have been scored on the power play. He has four points in his last four games. He registered 7 shots on goal vs. Toronto.

…..Hardly castoffs…. James Neal has scored 21 goals or more in each of his nine NHL seasons including a 40 goal year in Pittsburgh. Jonathan Marchessault scored 30 goals in 75 games last season with Florida. David Perron has had multiple 50 point season. Reilly Smith in five NHL season has 51, 50 and 40 points seasons and twice has scored more than 20 goals

….Alex Tuch, a former first round draft pick (18th – 2014) came to Vegas as part of a package deal with Minnesota that ensured Vegas selected Erik Haula as Minnesota’s expansion player (and not Erik Staal or Matt Dumba). Vegas also gave up a conditional third round draft choice in the deal.

Goaltending

….Charlie Lindgren will start back to back NHL games for the first time in his career.

….In the NHL Lindgren is 4-0-0 with a 1.24GAA and .960 save%.

….In his career wins vs. Carolina, Florida, Detroit and Chicago Lindgren has stopped 120 of 125 shots – 5 goals allowed in four games.

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….Longueuil native Maxim Lagace will start for Vegas. Lagace started the season fourth on the Knights goaltending chart behind Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion); Malcolm Subban (right leg); Oscar Dansk (IR lower body).

….Lagace is the third Vegas goaltender to earn his first career win this season behind Subban and Dansk. Vegas is the 12th team in NHL history and the first since the 2010-11 season to have at least three different goaltender post their first career win in the same season.

….Lagace was undrafted after four years at QMJHL Prince Edward Island. He signed as a free agent after playing with the AHL Texas Stars last season.

Special Teams

…..Canadiens special teams are minus-4 (10 PPG for – 14PPG against) Vegas’s special teams are pluse-3 (12 goals-for/9 against)

….The Canadiens failed to score a power play goal in the season’s first four games (0-for18). Since then they have scored at least one power play goal in seven of the last 11 games (10/46 – 21.7%) In the last nine games the Canadiens have risen from 27th in the league PP rankings to 20th.

….Power Play – Vegas ranks 11th (12/58) 20.7%. Canadiens rank 20th (10/61) 16.4%. Penalty Killing – Vegas ranks 16th (9/46) 80.4%. Canadiens rank 29th (14/52) 73.1%.

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

45-Joe Morrow 8-Jordie Benn

39-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratches – C Jacob de la Rose; D Brandon Davidson;

Injuries –LW Charles Hudon (undisclosed); 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 (broken foot) –; LW Jeremiah Addison (shoulder surgery).

Vegas Line Combinations & Pairings

81-Jonathan Marchessault 71-William Karlsson 19-Reilly Smith

57-David Perron 56-Erik Haula 18-James Neal

24-Oscar Lindberg 21-Cody Eakin 89-Alex Tuch

13-Brendan Leipsic 41-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 9-Tomas Nosek

88-Nate Schmidt 47-Luca Sbisa

3-Brayden McNabb 5-Deryk Engelland

6-Colin Miller 27-Shea Theodore

33-Maxime Lagace

Injuries – G Marc-Andre Fleury (IR concussion); G Malcolm Subban (lower body); G Oscar Dansk (IR lower body); D Clayton Stoner (IR abdominal) David Clarkson (LTIR ) Mikhail Grabovski (LTIR)

Healthy Scratches – D Jon Merrill; D Brad Hunt; LW William Carrier

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