PRE-GAME #17 – INFO & STATS -Minnesota @ Canadiens (Nov. 9/2017)

Nov 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #17

Minneosta vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 9, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records -Minnesota – 14GP (5-7-2) 12pts.    Canadiens – 16GP (7-8-1) 15pts.

Season Series – Second of two meetings. @ Minnesota Nov. 2nd Wild-6 Canadiens-2. Matt Cullen 1g, 1a; Mikko Koivu & Mikael Granlund 2 assists each. Gallagher two goals plus Andrew Shaw. Price allowed 5 goals on 26 shots.

Last Ten Games – Minnesota – (4-6-0)     Canadiens (6-4-0)

Home/Away – Minnesota on the road (2-4-1)      Canadiens at home (3-2-1)

Lineup Changes – The Canadiens re-assigned centre Mike McCarron to the Laval Rocket Sunday and recalled centre Byron Froese. He is expected to be on the fourth line with Jacob de la Rose and Charles Hudon.  Froese was named Laval captain at the start of their season. With the Rocket  Froese had 3 goals and 11 points in 13 Laval games. He has been assigned #42.

Otherwise Canadiens lineup expected to be unchanged.  Charlie Lindgren will start in his third straight game.

Head to Head

….The Canadiens are trying to avoid being swept in the two-game season series for the third straight season.

….Montreal has lost 6 consecutive games to the Wild. In that stretch they have been outscored 25-8.

….In the last three home & away meetings dating back to the start of last season the Minnesota is 3-0-0 vs.the Canadiens while outscoring them 17-5..

….The last time the Canadiens defeated Minnesota at the Bell Centre was Nov. 8, 2014 (2-1). Since they they have lost twice – 4-1 two seasons ago and 4-2 last year. Prior to that Minnesota lost six in a

….The home team has won eight of the last ten meetings between the teams.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have won a season-high three in a row and five of their last six.

….The Canadiens have played 16 games. They won one of their first eight games (1-6-1) and followed that with a 6-2-0 record. .

….In their first eight games the Canadiens scored 13 goals; in the next eight – 31.

….On defense the Canadiens allowed 33 goals in the opening eight games and 24 in the next eight.

….The Canadiens have earned points in four of their last five home games (3-1-1).

….After losing the first six games vs. Western Conference teams the Canadiens have won the last three, Winnipeg, Chicago and Vegas.

….Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with 7 goals and 12 points in 16 games. Over his last nine games he has 10 points including six goals.

….Gallagher’s centre Tomas Plekanec has 2 goals, 3 assists in his last five games.

….Max Pacioretty is on a six game points streak. Over that stretch he has four goals, four assists.

….In the eight games since the line was formed the combination of Pacioretty/Danault/Shaw has combined for 10 goals and 14 assists – Pacioretty with 5 g, 4a; Danault 2g, 6a; Shaw 3g, 4a.

About the Wild

….This is the third game of a four game Minnesota road trip which will end Saturday in Philadelphia.

….Minnesota’s only win the last five games was last thursday 6-2 home ice win over the Canadiens.

….Since the Wild defeated the Canadiens Minnesota is 0-3-0. They followed the 6-2 win over Montreal with a 2-0 loss to Chicago at home and then lost 5-3 in Boston and 4-2 Wednesday night in Toronto.

….Like Vegas on Tuesday night, the Wild will be playing the Canadiens in their second game in 24 hours. Minnesota after playing in Toronto Wednesday night. This will also be Minnesota’s third game in four nights, all on the road..

….Minnesota was one of the NHL’s best road teams last season. This season they have won only two of 7 games (2-4-1).

….With two assists vs. Toronto Wednesday night, Eric Staal took over the the scoring lead with the 11 points – 5g, 6a. Jason Zucker scored both Wild goals his 4th and 5th tto give him 10 oints.

….Defenseman Jared Spurgeon has registered five points the last seven games. He is second on the Wild leads the Wild with eight assists and is tied for second on the team with ten points.

….Minnesota goalscoring ranked second in the league last season. This season they are ranked 21st averaging 3.00 per game. With 44 goals against, they are minus-2 in goal differential.

….Injuries to key forwards have hurt the Wild. LW Zach Parise has missed 13 games after back surgery. Centre Charlie Coyle has been out ten games with a broken leg. Earlier Nino Niederreiter missed six games with a high ankle sprain and Mikael Granlund with 5 games with groiin issue..

Goaltending

….Charlie Lindgren is 2-0-0 this season with a .971 save percentage and a 1.00GAA.

….In his brief career Lindgren is 5-0-0 with a 1.39GAA and a .955 save%. He has never started against Minnesota.

….At 5-0-0 Lindgren is the third goaltender in Canadiens history to start his career with a five consecutive wins (Ken Dryden 1970-71) and Wayne Thomas 1972-73). Thomas went on to win his first seven career Montreal starts.

….With backup Alex Stalock back in Minnesota for the birth of his second child, Devan Dubnyk will play his second game in 24 hours.

….Dubnyk has a 6-1-1 record against the Canadiens. He has won five straight against Montreal, including all 4 starts as a member of the Wild. In that five-game stretch he has allowed 10 goals on 148 shots for a save% of .932..

….In his three appearances since his win over the Canadiens last Thursday Dubnyk is 0-3-0 with an .895 save percentage.

….Dubnyk has appeared in 11 games this season with a record of 4-6-0, a 3.29 GAA and a .903 save%

….To back up Dubnyk, Niklas Svedberg was recalled from Iowa where he was 3-6-1 with a 2.84GAA and .904 save% in ten games.

-Special Teams

….Canadiens special teams continue to be an issue. Their penalty killing ranks 29th in the league; their power play 24th..

…..Power Play Minnesota ranked 19th (8/45) 17.8%. Canadiens ranked 24th (10/63) 15.9% Penalty Killing – Minnesota ranks 9th (9/52) 82.7%. Canadiens ranked 29th (14/54) 74.1%.

Possible 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   25-Jacob de la Rose    42-Byron Froese

53-Victor Mete 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

45-Joe Morrow 8-Jordie Benn

39-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratches –  D Brandon Davidson; C Torrey Mitchell

Injuries – G Carey Price (knee); 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).

Minnesota Forward Lines & Pairings

10-Jason Zucker 12-Eroic Staal 10-Chris Stewart

22-Nino Niederreiter 9-Mikko Koivu 64-Mikael Granlund

26-Daniel Winnik 14-Joel Eriksson Ek 63-Tyler Ennes

17-Marcus Foligno 7-Matt Cullen 19-Luke Kunin

20-Ryan Suter 46-Jared Spurgeon

25-Jonas Brodin 24-Mathew Dumba

27-Kyle Quincey 23-Gustav Olofsson

42-Devan Dubnyk

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

Healthy Scratches – D Mike Reilly;

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