Preview Game #22

Canadiens vs. Dallas

American Airlines Center– Nov. 21 2017 – 8:35pm

Season Records – Canadiens  – 21GP (8-11-2) 18 pts. – 6th in Atlantic Division.    Dallas – 20GP (10-9-1) 21pts.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game March 13 @ Bell Centre.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (5-4-1) Dallas (5-4-1)

Last Time Out – Canadiens shutout 6-0 at home vs. Toronto Saturday. Dallas beat Edmonton 6-3 at home Saturday.

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (4-6-2)     Dallas at home (7-2-0)


..Last Season – Canadiens were 2-0-0 vs. the Stars. @Dallas Jan 4 Canadiens-4 Stars-3.    @Bell Centre Mar. 28 – Pacioretty, Gallagher, Lehkonen and Lehkonen for MTL.  McKenzie for Dallas. Price stops of 27 of 28.   Canadiens-4 Dallas-1 (Overtime). Pacioretty with 2 goals including OT winner.Beaulieu with goal and 2 assists, Radulov.  Seguin, Klingberg and Lindell for Dallas.  Montoya stops 39 of 42.

In the two game last season Max Pacioretty led the Canadiens with 3 goals and four points.

….The Canadiens have won 6 of the last 8 overall meetings against Dallas.

….At Dallas the Stars have won three of the last five meetings and has points in eight of the last eleven (7-3-1).

About the Canadiens

….This is the first of back-to-back games (at Nashville Wednesday) and the 4th of fourteen this season. The Canadiens were swept in the first two back-to-back series this season and then swept their most recent with an OT win at Winnipeg followed by a shutout win in Chicago.

By the Numbers – The Canadiens One-Season Collapse

.After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 32 points. (15-4-2) This season 18 points. Minus 14)

.After 21 games last season the Canadiens had 15 wins. This season  Minus-8

.After 21 games last season 65 goals. This season – 50. Minus-15.

.After 21 games last season the Canadiens had allowed 46 goals. This season -74.

.The PP was a 22.7% at this point last season – now 15.1%.      Penalty killing 82.5% – now 75.7%.

.Shooting % was 10.7%.   6.5% this season.

….Throughout all of last season the Canadiens allowed four goals or more 4 times. They have already allowed four or more 11 times.

….Canadiens goaltending is now worst in the league at .886 save percentage; Canadiens shooting percentage is last in the league at 6.5% despite ranking 13th in shots against per game. (Tampa leads at 12.4%)

….The Canadiens have lost three games in a row and four of the last five. (1-3-1). Prior to that they had won five of six (4-1-1) and crept to within a win of .500. They are again 3 wins below .500.

….The website now list the Canadiens with a 3.5% chance of making the playoffs. Only Arizona (0.1%) and Buffalo (1,5%) are listed with less chance.

….With the 6-0 loss Saturday against Toronto, the Canadiens goal differential is now minus-23 (51/74). It is third worst differential in the league ahead of only Buffalo (minus-26) and Arizona (minus-28).

….On Nov. 4th at Winnipeg the Canadiens scored three power play goals iincluding the overtime winner n their 5-4 victory In the six games since they have one power play goal in 15 opportunities and have fallen from 19th to 29th in the league PP rankings

….Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Jonathan Drouin share the Canadiens scoring lead with 13 points. Gallagher has the goalscoring lead with 8 followed by Max Pacioretty with 7.

….After scoring 6 goals and 3 assists over a ten game stretch, Pacioretty has gone three games without a point.

….Paul Byron has two goals his last three games.

About the Stars

….Dallas has lost three of their last four games. A three game losing streak ended with a 6-3 home ice win Saturday afternoon.

….This is the first of three games in four nights for Dallas. They play in Colorado Wednesday and then are back home to Calgary Friday. It’s the second 3-in-4 in aweek and third of the season. In the six games under that circumstance Dallas has a 1-4-1 record.

….Under Ken Hitchcock, the Dallas power play has improvd from 20th in the league to second at 27.4%. Last season under head coach Lindy Ruff, they had the league’s worst peanlty kjilling. This season they rank 11th.

….Seven of Dallas’ 11 wins have come at the American Airlines Center. (7-2-0) they are 3-7-1 on the road.

….The Stars have scored 58 goals in their 20 games and allowed 61. Their differential is minus-3.

….Alexander Radulov has 7 goals and 19 points in his first 20 games at Dallas. He has points in 11 of his last 12 games.

….Tyler Seguin has recorded at least a point in 14 of the 20 Dallas games this season.

….Jamie Benn has 4 goals and 7 points in his last six games.

….Five of Benn‘s goals have come on the Dallas power play, third in the league. Seguin has four power play goals.

….Benn has 10 points in nine career games vs. Montreal (5g, 5a).

….Jason Spezza has 2 points over his last ninge games (1g, 1a). In 20 games he has recorded 2 goals, 6 assists.

….In 60 games vs. Montreal Spezza has 68 points (31g 37a).

….Ben Bishop started the season with a 6-1-1 record. In his eight decisions since he is 3-5-0 with a.888 save% and 3.15GAA. Over his last eight starts he has allowed 24 goals including one game in which he gave up six goals, two 5-goal games and one at four.

….Former Canadiens Greg Pateryn was a healthy scratch for the season’s first nine games. He has now played in 11 consecutively. (0g, 0a/ minus-1)


….Charlie Lindgren is 3-3-1 with a 2.49GAA and .923 save% this season. He has given up ten goals on 59 shots over his last two starts.

….Ben Bishop will start for Dallas. He is 8-6-0 this season with a 2.78GAA and .904 save%.

….Vs. the Canadiens Bishop has a career record of 10-4-3 with a 1.81GAA and .931 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 29th (11/73) 15.1% Dallas ranks 2nd (17/62) 27.4%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 29th (17/70) 75.7%. Dallas ranks 21st (12/72) 83.3%.

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 (concussion); 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).

Dallas Line Combinations & Pairings

13-Mattias Janmark 14-Jamie Benn 47-Alexander Radulov

17-Devin Shore 91-Tyler Seguin 25-Brett Ritchie

21-Antoine Roussel 46-Gemel Smith 90-Jason Spezza

40-Remi Elie 12-Radek Faksa 18-Tyler Pitlick

23-Esa Lindell 3-John Klingberg

2-Dan Hamhuis 29-Greg Pateryn

5-Jamie Oleksiak 28-Stephen Johns

30-Ben Bishop

Injuries – G Kari Lehtonen (personal); D Marc Methot (IR knee surgery); C Martin Hanzal (hand)

Healthy Scratches – C Gemel Smith; D Julius Honka