Preview Game #23

Canadiens vs. Nashvillle

Bridgestone Arena – Nov. 22 2017 – 8:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens 22GP (8-12-2) 18 pts. Nashville 20GP (12-6-2) 26pts.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game Feb. 10 @ Bell Centre.

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

Last Time Out – Stars-3 Canadiens-1 @ Dallas Tuesday. Predators-5 Winnipeg-2 @ Nashville Monday

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (4-7-0) Nashville at home (7-1-1)

Lineup Changes

….Antti Niemi will make his first start in goal for the Canadiens. After eight straight starts, Charlie Lindgren will be his backup.

…The Canadiens recalled defenseman Jakub Jerabek from Laval. He has been assigned #28. He will start in his first career NHL career game replacing Victor Mete, who will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season..

….Shea Weber will miss his second consecutive game with a lower body injury.


..Last Season – Canadiens were 2-0-0 vs. Nashville. @Nashville Jan. 9 Canadiens-2 Predators-1. (Overtime) Max Pacioretty with the overtime winner. @Bell Centre March 2 Canadiens-2 Predators-1. Canadiens score twice in final ten minutes. Paul Byron scored the game winner with 9 seconds remaining in the game.

….All-time the Canadiens are 12-6-3 with one tie vs. Nashville.

….Last season’s overtime win was only the second for the Canadiens at Bridgestone Arena since March 10th 2003. The 2003 win was also their only regulation win at Nashville since they entered the league twenty years ago.

….Since the start of the 2011-2012 season four of the five games at Nashville have been decided in overtime with the Canadiens winning three of them (Max Pacioretty with 2 OT winners; David Desharnais with the other)

….The Predators have earned at least a point in eight of their last nine overall games vs. the Canadiens.

….Overall Nashville has earned at least a point in 10 of the last meetings with the Canadiens dating back to Nov. 14, 2009.

About the Canadiens

….This is the secondof back-to-back games and the completion of the fourth of fourteen series this season. They are in danger of being swept for the third time. In the other set the took both ends with an OT win at Winnipeg followed by a shutout win in Chicago.

….In the overall league standings the Canadiens are now 27th and are 14th in the 16-team Eastern Conference.

….In losing four in a row (3-0-1) the Canadiens have been outscored 16-6. This follows a 6-2-0 stretch that brought them to within a win of .500. The Canadiens have fallen back to 4 wins below .500.

….The Canadiens are five points removed from the last wild card berth in the East but there are also six teams they would need to pass to reach it.

….Two of Max Pacioretty’s team record 10 overtime winning goals have come against Nashville (last season and 2012) both at the Bridgestone Arena.

….Brendan Gallagher’s next point will be his 200th.

.Jonathan Drouin won only two of ten faceoffs at Dallas Tuesday. In his last four games he has won only 18 of 60 faceoffs (30.0%) and his season win percentage has dropped to 40.7% – 96th among regular league centres.

….Phillip Danault has taken over the Canadiens faceoff lead at 53.9%. Tomas Plekanec at 53.0%.

….Over their last eight games the Canadiens have scored 13 goals. Brendan Gallagher has three of them. Joe Morrow, Max Pacioretty and Paul Byron have two each.

….Drouin has one goal in last 15 games– (0g, 7a)

….Alex Galchenyuk 0-goals last 10 games (4assists).

….Pacioretty – 0 points last four games.

….Phillip Danault 0 goals last 11 games. (4 assists)

….Tomas Plekanec 0 goals last 8 games. (3 assists)

About the Predators

…..Nashville has scored 37 goals in the last eight games. They have won seven of the eight games.

…..The Predators have scored five goals or more in five of their 20 games to date. They have scored at least three in eiht straight.

….Nashville has also allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 10 games.

…..While the Canadiens have been looking for a top centreman for years, Nashville traded for their number one and number two centres. They acquired Kyle Turris from Ottawa as part of a three way trade November 5th of this season. In January 2016 they traded defenseman Seth Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen.

….Nashville has three former Canadiens defensemen on it’s roster. P.K. Subban and Alexei Emelin make up the second Nashville pairing. Yannick Weber is currently out with a lower body injury.

….Emelin came to the Predators in a trade with Vegas who had claimed him in the expansion draft.

….Subban will play in his first home game against the Canadiens. He was injured last season. In his one game against the Canadiens (at the Bell Centre) he has one assist.

….Subban is second among Nashville scorers with 4 goals and 12 assists.

….Defenseman Mattias Ekholm is on four game goalscoring streak, a record for Nashville defensemen. Over the stretch he has 4 goals, 2 assists.

….Filip Forsberg leads the Predators with nine goals and 21 points.-

….Forsberg has a five game point scoring streak (1g, 6a)

….Pekka Rinne‘s .951 career save percentage vs. the Canadiens is his second best against an NHL opponent (vs. Buffalo .961 save%)

….Nashville has the NHL third best power play at 24.1%.

….On home ice Nashville has a league best 40.5% PP success rate (15/37). They have scored at least one power play goal in all nine of their home games.


….Antti Niemi will make his first start for the Canadiens. His only appearance with the Canadiens was the nNov.18th 6-0 loss to Toronto. In 11:01 he gave up one goal on 4 shots.

….Niemi‘s combined record this season with Pittsburgh, Florida and the Canadiens is 0-4-0 with a 6.67GAA and .820save% .

….In 22 games vs. Nashville Niemi has 11-7-3 record with two shutouts, a 2.17GAA and .921save%.

….Pekka Rinne‘s season record is 11-3-2 with a 2.48GAA and .921 save%.

….Vs. the Canadiens Rinne is 6-2-2 with a 1.37GA, two shutouts and a .951 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 29th (12/79) 15.2%. Nashville ranked 3rd (20/83) 24.1%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 8th (17/73) 76.7%. Nashville ranked 9th (16/94) 83.0%.

Projected 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 17-Torrey Mitchell

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8 Jordie Benn 45-Joe Morrow

28- Jakub Jerabek Brandon Davidson

37-Antti Niemi

Healthy Scratch– D Victor Mete;  C Byron Froese

Injuries –D Shea Weber (lower body); 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).

Nashville Forward Lines & Pairings

9-Filip Forsberg 92-Ryan Johansen 33-Viktor Arvidsson

22-Kevin Fiala 8-Kyle Turris 15-Craig Smith

10-Colton Sissons 13-Nick Bonino 19-Calle Jarnkrok

46-Pontus Aberg 89-Frederick Gaudreau 20-Mikka Salomaki

59-Roman Josi 14-Mattias Ekholm

25-Alexei Emelin 76-P.K. Subban

2-Anthony Bitetto 52-Matt Irwin

35-Pekka Rinne

Injuries – D Ryan Ellis (IR knee) LW Scott Hartnell (IR lower body) D Yannick Weber (lower body)

Healthy Scratches – LW Austin Watson (suspended)