Preview Game #21

Toronto vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 18, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Toronto 20GP (13-7-0) 26pts. 2nd in Atlantic Division. Canadiens 20GP (8-10-2) 18 pts. – 6th in Atlantic Division.

Season Series – Second game of four scheduled meetings. @Bell Centre Oct. 14 – Toronto-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime) Matthews GWG at 0:48 of OT, his second of the game. Price gives up four goals on 22 shots.

Last Ten Games – Toronto is 6-4-0. Canadiens are 6-3-1.

Last Time Out – Toronto defeated New Jersey 1-0 in overtime Thursday. Canadiens lost 5-4 to Arizona Thursday at Bell Centre.

Home/Away – Toronto on the Road (5-4-0) Canadiens at Home (4-4-2)


…..The overtime Toronto overtime win Oct 14 ended a 14 game Canadiens winning streak over the Leafs dating back to January 18, 2014.

…..toronto’s win also ended an eight game home Canadiens winning streak dating back to the season opener Oct. 1, 2013.

….Over the last 15 games (14-0-1) the Canadiens have outscored Toronto 49-31.

About the Canadiens

….This game wraps up the Canadiens six game home stand. So far they are 2-2-1 through the first five games. At home this season the Canadiens have a 4-4-2 record..

….Twenty games into their season the Canadiens are three points short of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

….The Canadiens are near the bottom of the league in almost all key team statistics – 27th in the league standings (18pts.); 28th in goals scored (2.50)per game); 27th in goals against (3.40per game); 29th in goal differential (minus-17); 26th ranked power play (15,28%); 28th in penalty killing (74.63%).

….In addition the Canadiens have the worst shooting % in the league at 6.8%; their .890 goaltending save % is 28th; only two teams have given up more even strength goals than the Canadiens (47) while their even strength goals-for ranks 25th.

….The Canadiens outshot Arizona 37-32 Thursday. It marked the 14th time in 20 games the Canadiens outshot an opponent. In losing 10 of the 14 games they have given up an average of 3.79 goals while scoring 2.71.

….After going seven games without a point Tomas Plekanec has seven in his last nine (2g, 5a).

….Since he became a regular ten seasons ago, Plekanec has missed only 12 of 806 games through either injury or illness. Only twice in his career has he missed more than two games in a single season – 4 games in 2009-10 (groin) and 3 last season (upper body)

….Plekanec’s fight with Arizona’s Brad Richardson Thursday was the first of his career.

….Brendan Gallagher scored ten goals in his 64 games last season. He has eight in twenty games this season to lead the Canadiens.

….At 13 points, Gallagher shares the team lead with Shea Weber (4g, 9a) and Jonthant Drouin (3g, 10a).

….After a seven game goals drought, Paul Byron has a goal in each of his last two games. He continues to lead the Canadiens with a 16.7 shooting percentage.

….After piling up 6 goals and 5 assists in a ten game stretch, Max Pacioretty has not registered a point in his last two games.

….Pacioretty has played in 37 games vs. Toronto with 28 points including 19 goals.

….Shea Weber has 13 points in 14 games vs. the Leafs (4g, 9a);

About the Leafs

…..Toronto has won five games in a row. They are looking to make it six in a row for the first time since December 2014.

….This game opens a stretch of seven games in 12 nights for the Leafs, five of them on the road.

….Toronto has the third best record in the NHL at 13-7-0.

….The Leafs offense ranks third in the league at 3.60 per game. Their Defense is 11th at 3.15 per game.

…..Toronto has been without Auston Matthews for the last four games. In that stretch they were 4-0-0 out outscored their opposition 12-5.

….Matthews scored two goals including the overtime winner vs. the Canadiens Oct. 14th. In five career games vs. the Canadiens he has four goals, one assist.

….Including their October win at the Bell Centre and Thursday’s OT win vs. New Jersey, Toronto is 5-0-0 in overtime games this season.

…..William Nylander won Thursday’s game with 2.2 seconds remaining in overtime. The goal ended a 12 game drought. He now has four in 20 games. Nylander scored 22 goals last season.

….Mitch Marner is off to a slow start with 2 goals in 20 games.

….Ron Hainsey leads the NHL in shorthanded minutes this season (102:40)

….Defenseman Morgan Rielly has a goal and five assists during a five game points streak.


….Charlie Lindgren will start in goal for the seventh consecutive Canadiens game. He has a 1.99GAA and .938 save% in his six starts.

….Lindgren allowed five goals in the 5-4 loss to Arizona Thursday, the first time in his career he allowed more than two in a game.

….In his nine game NHL career, Lindgren is 6-2-1 with 1 shutout; 1.88GAA and .940 save%.

….In 17 starts this season Frederik Andersen is 11-6-0 with 2 shutouts, a 3.04GAA and .909save%.

….Andersen is 5-1-0 in November with a .931 save% and 2.29GAA, In October he was 6-5-0 with an .896 save percentage and 3.46GAA.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Andersen is 2-3-1 in 6 starts -2.71GAA and .910save%. His two wins vs. the Canadiens were both registered at the Bell Centre; this season’s 4-3 Toronto 4-3 overtime win Oct. 14th and Anaheim’s 2-1 win Dec. 18, 2014.

Special TeamsPower Play – Toronto ranks 6th (15/66) 22.7%. Canadiens rank 26th (11/72) 15.3%. Penalty Killing – Toronto ranks 14th (13/70) 81.4%. Canadiens rank 28th (17/67) 74.6%

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

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

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

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 25-Jacob de la Rose 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; C Torrey Mitchell

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).

Toronto Forward Lines & Pairings

11-Zach Hyman 34-Auston Matthews 29-William Nylander

47-Leo Komarov 43-Nazem Kadri Josh Leivo

25-James van Riemsdyk 12-Patrick Marleau 28-Connor Brown

15-Matt Martin 42-Tyler Bozak 16-Mitch Marner

44-Morgan Rielly 2-Ron Hainsey

51-Jake Gardiner 22-Nikita Zaitsev

55-Andreas Borgman 8-Connor Carrick

31-Frederik Andersen

Injuries – C Auston Matthews (upper body); LW Joffrey Lupul (LTIR conditioning); Nathan Horton (LTIR back)

Healthy Scratches -D Roman Polak; C Dominic Moore; RW Nikita Soshnikov