PREVIEW GAME #25 Columbus @ Canadiens (Nov. 27/2017)

Nov 26th, 2017 | By | Category: Latest News

Preview Game #25

Columbus vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 27, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Columbus – 23GP (15-7-1) 31PTS. Third in Eastern Conference. Canadiens 24GP (9-12-2) 21pts. 14th in East.

Season Series – Second of three meetings – @Bell Centre – Nov. 14th Columbus-2 Canadiens-1 (overtime) Werenski with OT winner. Byron scored for Canadiens. Bobrovsky vs. Lindgren.

Last Ten Games – Columbus (7-3-1) Canadiens at home (5-5-2)

Last Time Out – Columbus defeated Ottawa 5-2 at home Friday. Canadiens shut out Buffalo 3-0 Saturday at Bell Centre.

Home/Away – Columbus on the road (7-3-1) Canadiens at home (5-5-2)

Lineup Changes – TBA

Head-to-Head

….Over the last six meetings vs. Columbus the Canadiensare 14-1 and have been outscored 24-7. (that includes last season’s infamous 10-0 shutout loss November 4th at Columbus).

….Since the Blue Jackets joined the league in 2000 the Canadiens have a 6-4-3 home record against them with one tie.

….In 14 games vs. Columbus Max Pacioretty has 10 points including 6 goals.

….Shea Weber has played in 51 career games vs. Columbus with 11 goals, 28 assists for 40 points.

….In his last six games against the Canadiens Cam Atkinson has 6 goals, 3 assists. Nick Foligno has 2 goals, 4 assists over his last four.

About the Canadiens

….Five-on-five the Canadiens goal differential is minus-13, ranking them 28th in the league despite being ranked 4th in shot attempt percentage (52.5%) and fifth in shots-for percentage (52.9%)

….The Canadiens are ranked 30th in average goals per game – 2.33.

….The Canadiens are outshooting opponents an average of 35.6 to 31.1. 35.6 per game is the second highest shots on goal average in the league.

….Over the last six games the Canadiens have 2 power play goals in 17 opportunities – 11.8%. Over the last ten games 3-for-26 (11.5%.)

….Over those last ten cames Canadiens have given up five power play goals (5/30).

….With his two points vs. Buffalo, Jonathan Drouin became the Canadiens points leader with 15 points. Brendan Gallagher is the goalscoring leader with 9. He has 14 points.

….Gallagher is still looking for his 200th career point. After back to back games in which he scored 3 goals and an assist, Gallagher has 23goals and 1 assist in his last 11 games.

….Max Pacioretty has failed to register a point in his last six games. Earlier in the season he suffered through a seven game pointless streak.- Oct. 7 to Oct. 20th.

….Alex Galchenyuk ended a 12 game goal scoring drought Saturday against Buffalo. He also registered his first two point game since March 4th vs. the Rangers a span of 34 games.

….Paul Byron has three goals plus an assist in his last 6 games. The three goals have come on ten shots on goal – 30 %.

….Byron has scored on 16.7% of his shots on goal. (6 goals on 36 shots) Among all active NHLer’ Byron has the highest scoring % in the league at 18.0%. Second is Laine of Winnipeg at 17.7% and Steven Stamkos at 17%.

….With the shutout win vs. Buffalo Saturday Carey Price‘s goals against average went down from 3.77 to 3.44 and his save percentage up from .877 to .890.

….In the absence of Shea Weber, Joe Morrow has seen his ice time increase from as low as 11:27 four games ago to 23:09 vs. Buffalo Friday. Over his last three games he has a goal and assist and is plus-1.

About the Blue Jackets

….Since the start of last season only Washington has post more regular season wins and points than the Blue Jackets. (Washington 106GP 68-29-9 145 points / Columbus 105GP 65-31-9 139 pts.)

…..After a four game losing streak Columbus has won six in a row. The second win in the streak was the 2-1 overtime win vs. the Canadiens Nov. 14th.

….During their six game win streak the Blue Jacks have outscored opponents 14-6. They have allowed one goal or fewer in four of those games including two shutouts.

….The six game streak in the longest active one in the NHL.

….Columbus has allowed the fewest goals in the league – 55. (seven fewer than Tampa each after 23 games). In 11 of their 23 games the Blue Jacks have allowed two goals or fewer including each of the current six straight wins.

….Despite possessing the worst power play in the league at 9.7%, the Blue Jackets special teams are only minus-3 because of their fourth ranked penalty killing units.

….The Columbus power play has scored once in it’s last 23 opportunities over the last ten games. Over the slast eight their penalty kill is 17-for-17.

….The Blue Jackets have an eight game points streak going against Atlantic Divison teams (7-0-1) dating back to a season opening loss to Tampa Bay. Overall this season they are 8-1-1 and are 15-4-2 in the past 20 games vs. the Atlantic.

….Columbus leads the league in wins and points after regulation at 7-0-1 and 15 points. Six of the Columbus’ last 13 games have been decided in OT/SO (5-0-1)

….The Defense pairing of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski have combined for 19goals and 24 points. Werenski has 6 goals, 6 assists; Jones 3 goals, 9 assists. They are tied for third on the team in points.

….Werenski is second in the league among defensemen in goals at six.

….Cam Atkinson, who has six goals and 3 assists in his last six games vs. the Canadiens, ended an eight game goalscoring drough with two at Buffalo Friday. Nick Foligno scored for the first time in 14 games.

….Artemi Panarin leads the Blue Jackets with 15 points. Josh Anderson is their leading goalscorer wit eight.

….St. Agathe centre Pierre-Luc Dubois was drafted third overall by Columbus in 2016. Last seasonhe split his final junior year between Cape Breton and Blainville-Boisbriand.

….Sergei Bobrovsky leads the league in goals against average at 1.91 and save percentage – .936.   He was named the NHL’s second star of the week on Monday.

Goaltending

Carey Price has a career record of 6-3-1 vs. Columbus with a 2.18GAA and .923 save% with one shutout in ten appearances.

….In 12 starts this season Price has a 4-7-1 record, one shutout, a 3.44GAA and .890 save%.

Sergei Bobrovsky has been in goal for the entire six game win streak and will make his eighth start.

….Bobrovsky hasn’t allowed more than two goals in any of his seven consecutive starts and has allowed one or fewer in four of the six games during the win streak.

Special TeamsPower Play – Columbus ranked 31st (6/62) 9.7%. Canadiens ranked 28th (13/85) 15.3%. Penalty Killing – Columbus ranked 4th (9/58) 84.5%. Canadiens ranked 27th (19/79) 75.9%.

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 42-Byron Froese

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8 Jordie Benn 45-Joe Morrow

53-Victor Mete 28- Jakub Jerabek

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– D Brandon Davidson; D David Schlemko

Injuries –D Shea Weber (lower body); RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body); 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).

Columbus Forward Lines & Pairings

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

9-Artemi Panarin 18-Pierre-Luc Dubois 77-Josh Anderson

22-Sonny Milano 71-Nick Foligno 28-Oliver Bjorkstrand

64-Tyler Motte 45-Lukas Sedlak 14-Jordan Schroeder

8-Zach Werenski 3-Seth Jones

7-Jack Johnson 53-Gabriel Carlsson

27-Ryan Murray 65[Markus Nutivaara

72-Sergei Bobrovsky

Injuries – C Alexander Wennberg (upper body); LW Matt Calvert (IR upper body)

Healthy Scratches – D Scott Harrington; LW Markus Hannikainen

One Comment to “PREVIEW GAME #25 Columbus @ Canadiens (Nov. 27/2017)”

  1. Bay_Bye says:

    Azner as the #1 Dman is really scary…..Weber’s injury reminds me of Price 2 years ago…is it minor or will he be gone for a long time…MB needs to tell the truth for a change. I have a feeling it is a lot more serious then MB is letting on…but with Azner and Benn on Defense I lose confidence… they are not any better then 5-6 not 1 -4…..Carey looked like the old Price..we just need to get the offense going..Pacs is in disappear mode for the 2nd time this season…Drouin need moved off center as he has only 3 goals and his Faceoff wins percentage sucks. but glad to see Byron on top line…still looks like a long season ahead

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