STATS PREVIEW GAME #19 – Columbus @ Canadiens (Nov. 14/2017)

Nov 14th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #19

Columbus vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 14, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Columbus 18GP (10-7-1) 21 points. Canadiens – 18 GP (8-9-1) 17 pts.

Season Series – First of three meetings. Next game Nov. 27 @ Bell Centre.

Last Season’s Series – The Canadiens were 1-2-0 . @Columbus Nov. 4th Columbus-10 Canadiens-0. Al Montoya allowed 10 goals on 40 shots. Bobrovsky with shutout. @ Columbus Dec. 23rd -Columbus-2 Canadiens-1. Bobrovsky stops of 37. Montoya 22 of 24. @Bell Centre Feb. 28th Canadiens-1 Columbus-0 (Overtime). Galchenyuk scores PP overtime winner. Price stops 26 for shutout. Bobrovsky for Columbus.

Last Ten Games – Columbus (5-4-1) Canadiens (7-3-0)

Last Time Out – Columbus won 2-1 in a shootout at Detroit Saturday. Canadiens edged Buffalo 2-1 in overtime Saturday.

Home/Away – Columbus on the Road (5-3-1). Canadiens at home (4-3-1)

Lineup Changes – Arrturi Lehkonen is out with a lower body injury. Paul Byron will move over to right wing with Jonathan Drouin and Alex Galchenyuk. Charles Hudon expected to move up to LW with Plekanec and Gallagher.

….Canadiens claim G Antti Niemi off waivers from Florida

Head to Head –

….The Canadiens 1-0 Bell Centre win over the Blue Jackets on Feb. 28th ended a four game losing streak vs. Columbus. Over the last five meetings the Canadiens are 1-4-0 and were outscored 22-6. (That includes last season’s 10-0 shutout loss Nov. 4th at Columbus) ​

….Columbus won two of three last season and outscored the Canadiens 12-2. Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg each recorded 5 points in three games.

….The Canadiens have a 6-4-2 home record with one tie.since the Blue Jackets joined the league for the 2000-2011 season.

….Shea Weber vs. Columbus 39 pts in 50 games (11g, 28a). Max Pacioretty 10 points in 13 games including 6 goals.

….Vs. the Canadiens Cam Atkinson has 6 goals, 2 assists in his last five games against . Nick Foligno is 2-4 his last four.

About the Canadiens

….Arturri Lehkonen’s absence bring the number to six currently on the Canadiens injury list including both of the season’s starting goaltenders, defenseman David Schlemko plus forwards Ales Hemsky and Nikita Scherbak.

….The Canadiens started last season with a 9-0-1 record. That streak was halted when the Blue Jackets handed them a 10-0 defeat in Columbus Nov. 4th. The Canadiens followed with four straight wins leaving them with a 1-13-1 start to their season.

….The 10-0 loss at Columbus last November equaled the worst shutout Canadiens lostt in their history dating back to a 10-0 defeat Jan 4, 1942 at the Detroit Olympia.

…..It was the fifth time in history the Canadiens lost a game by by ten goals and the first since they were defeated 11-1 by Detroit in the Parick Roy game Dec. 2, 1995. (Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was credited with an assist in the game).

….The Canadiens have won 4 of their last 5 games; six of their last eight and seven of ten. In their first eight games of the season they were 1-6-1) . They are trying ot even their season record at .500 for the first time since the season’s opening game.

The Canadiens rank 23rd in the league in goals-for and 27th in goals against, 46.-61 (on average 3.39 GA ro 2,56 GF) At minus-15 the Canadiens goal differential ranks 28th. (Only Pittsburgh???, Buffalo & Arizona are worse)

….Canadiens lead the league in shots on goal at 37.2 average per game. They rank 12th in shots allowed at 31.1.

…..Comparing rookie starts. Charlie Lindgren is 6-1-0 in his first seven NHL starts with 1 shutout, a 1.42GAA and .956 save%. In his first six games  in March 1971 Ken Dryden was 6-0-0  with a .957save% and 1.67GAA. (Rogie Vachon and Phil Myre had been the Canadiens regular 1971 starters).  In his final start of the regular season Dryden stopped 47 shots in a 7-2 win over the Rangers at the Forum leading coach Al McNeil to name him starting goaltender in the playoffs.

….Only three members of the Canadiens are on the plus side of the league plus/minus statistics – Thomas Plekanec, Jordie Benn and Paul Byron are each at plus-1.

….From the analytics department: the Canadiens rank third in the league with a 53.3% Corsi possession statistic. (Columbus is 4th at 52.98%)

….Over his last ten games Max Pacioretty has 11 points including six goals. The point streak started in the first game of his reunification with centre Phillip Danault.

….In the ten games since Danault became his centre, Pacioretty has recorded 50 shots on goal, an average of 5 per game and scored six goals. In his eight games with other centres he posted 35 shots – and scored one goal.

….Pacioretty now leads the NHL in shots on goal at 85 – (3 more than Evander Kane and Vladimir Tarasenko).

….The Canadiens have won four of their last five games. Pacioretty has the game winning goal in three of the four wins. (vs. Winnipeg, Vegas and Buffalo). In those five games Pacioretty has 3 goals, 4 assists.

….Brendan Gallagher shares the spoints scoring lead with Pacioretty and Weber at twelve. Ten of Gallagher’s team-leading points have come in his last eleven games (6g, 4a)

….This will be Paul Byron‘s 300th career game.

….The Canadiens rank 29th in the league’s penalty killing statistics. Before giving up a PPG vs. Buffalo Saturday they had killed off eight straight penalties over the previous three games.

About the Blue Jackets

….With their 2-1 shootout win at Detroit Saturday the Blue Jackets ended a four game losing streak (0-3-1).

….Columbus has scored only goal regulation goal in each of it’s last three games.

….Six of the Blue Jackets 18 games have gone to overtime. At 5-0-1 the Blue Jackets lead the league in overtime wins and points.

….Columbus is 4-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season and 12-4-2 against them dating back to January of last season.

….Artemi Panarin scored only one goal in his first fourteen games as a member of the Blue Jackets. He has two goals in his last four games.

….St. Agathe’s Pierre-Luc Dubois was the third overall pick in the 2017 Entry draft. He will play his first game against the Canadiens. In his rookie season he has 2g, 2a in 18 games.

….Defenseman Seth Jones is second on the Blue Jacks in points with 12 (3g, 9a).

….Columbus ranks second in fewest NHL penalty minutes per game at 6.78 (Canadiens tenth fewest at 8.56 per game..

….Columbus has the worst power play in the NHL at 9.6%. Their last five games they are 0-for-13.


….Charlie Lindgren is 3-1-0 with a 1.24GAA and .964 save%. He has allowed five goals in his four starts this season. This will be his fifth consecutive start.

….Lindgren has a 6-1-0 lifetime record with 1 shutout, a 1.42GAA and .956 save%.

….Sergei Bobrovsky gave up only two goals and stopped 95 of 97 shots in three starts against the Canadiens last season . While posting last season’s 2-0-1 record he had a 0.65GAA and .979 save%. vs. Montreal.

….In 12 career games vs. the Canadiens Bobrovsky is 7-4-1 with one shutout, a 2.08GAA and .933 save%.

….This season Bobrovsky’s .925save% ranks 10th in the league; his 2.24GAA is 6th and his nine wins is third.

Special Teams Power Play – Columbus ranks 31st (5/52) 9.6%. Canadiens rank 19th (11/67) 16.4%. Penalty Killing Columbus ranks 16th (9/46) 80.4%. Canadiens rank 28th (15/60) 75.0%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 41-Paul Byron

54-Charles Hudon 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

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

25-Jacob de la Rose 17-Torrey Mitchell 42-Byron Froese

8 -Jordie Benn 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

53-Victor Mete 45-Joe Morrow

39-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratch– D Brandon Davidson;

Injuries –RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); G Al Montoya (upper 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).

Columbus Lines & Pairings

9-Artemi Panarin 71-Nick Foligno Oliver Bjorkstrand

38-Bonne Jenner 17-Brandon Dubinsky 13-Cam Atkinson

64-Tyler Motte 18-Pierre-Luc Dubois 77-Josh Anderson

Sonny Milano Jordan Schroeder 37-Markus Hanikainen

8-Zach Werenski 3-Seth Jones

7-Jack Johnson 58-David Savard

27-Ryan Murray 65-Markus Nutivaara

72-Sergei Bobrovsky

Injuries – C Alexander Wennberg (undisclosed) : C Zac Dalpe (IR upper body); LW Matt Calvert (R upper body); LW Lukas Sedlak (IR ankle)

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