PREVIEW GAME #26 Ottawa @ Canadiens (Nov. 29/2017)

Nov 29th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #26

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 29, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Ottawa 22GP (8-8-6) 22pts. 5th in Atlantic Division. Canadiens 25GP (10-12-2) 23pts. – 4th in Atlantic Division.

Season Series – 2nd of four meetings. Next game Dec. 16th at Ottawa. @ Ottawa Oct. 30th Canadiens-8 Ottawa-3. Hudon 2g, 1a; Lehkonen 2g; Weber 3 assists. Anderson allows 8 goals on 29 shots. Montoya for Canadiens.

Last Ten Games – Ottawa (3-6-1) Canadiens (4-4-2)

Last Time Out – Ottawa lost to NY Islanders 2-1 at home Saturday. Canadiens defeated Columbus 3-1 Monday at Bell Centre.

Home/Away – Ottawa on the road (4-3-1) Canadiens at home (6-5-2)

Lineup Changes

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

….David Schlemko is expected to make his Canadiens debut making Victor Mete a healthy scratch.

….Mike Condon in goal for Ottawa against Carey Price who starts the Canadiens third consecutive game.

Head-to-Head

…..When the teams met in October at Ottawa the Senators were 5-1-5 to start the season and the Canadiens 3-7-1 and eight points behind them. Since then the Canadiens are 7-5-1 the Senators 3-7-1.

….While the Canadiens lead the Senators by a point in the Atlantic Division, Ottawa holds three games in hand.

….The Senators have lost four straight games against the Canadiens.

….Over the last seven-plus seasons the Canadiens have a 20-8-7 regular season record vs. Ottawa. Twelve of the 35 games were decided in overtime.

….At the Bell Centre over the last six seasons the Canadiens are 11-3-3 vs. Ottawa. Six of the games have gone into overtime /shootout with the Canadiens & Senators each winning three.-

About the Canadiens

….This game will start a stretch of three games in four nights against Atlantic Division rivals. They play back-to-back games vs. Detroit Friday and Saturday.

….Over the last eleven games Canadiens special teams are minus-1. The power play is 4-for-29; the penalty kill 5-for-35.

….Max Pacioretty has one assist his last seven games. The assist came on the empty net goal vs. Columbus Monday.

….Pacioretty has been moved back to the second power play unit of recording one goal and three assists with the man advantage this season. He also did not register a power play point in the final 25 games of last season.

….In the two games since his return Carey Price has stopped 72 of 73 shots for a 0.50GAA and .986 save% and one shutout.

….In the two games since his return to the lineup Price has lowered his goals against average 53 points (3.77 to 3.24) and raised his save percentage 21 points (.877 to .898)

….David Schlemko is expected to play his first game as a member of the Canadiens. He underwent hand surgery during training camp.

….With his 10th goal of the season Monday against Columbus, Brendan Gallagher equaled his entire total of last season in 64 games.

….Jeff Petry logged 29:05 and 31 shifts Monday vs. the Blue Jackets They were the most in his 175 game career with the Canadiens. The previous high was 27:08 and 29 shifts established April 7th last season vs. Tampa. At that time Shea Weber was also out with a lower body injury.

About the Senators

….The game against the Candiens starts a stretch of seven straight games on the road including a trip to California while the Canadian Tire Centre is taken over by the Olympic Curling Trials. The Senators will play 10 of 13 on the road through Christmas.

….The Senators played and won two games against the Colorado Avalanche Nov. 10th & 11th in Stockholm Sweden to bring their season record to 8-3-5. They have lost all six games since (0-5-1). It is the first six game losing streak since Guy Boucher took over as head coach and the longest in almost four years. March 10-22, 2014) .

….During their six game losing streak the Senators have scored six goals.

….The Ottawa offense has gone soth after being among the league leaders through the first fifteen games. They have now dropped down to 12th.

…..The Senators defense has soured as well. They have allowed 3 or more goals in 14 of the last 17 games.

…..The Senators power play has produced one goal in the last 23 opportunities; scored by Matt Duchene Saturday night vs. the Islanders. It was Duchene’s first point as a Senator in his 6th game since the trade from Colorado Nov. 5th. .

….Mike Condon will make his first career start against the Canadiens. His only appearance against them came in relief of Craig Anderson in the Canadiens 8-3 Oct. 30th win in Ottawa.. He allowed 2 goals on 14 third period shots.

….Condon has won 1 of of four decisions this season. His three defeats all came in extra time. His last appearance was a 3-2 OT loss to Arizona.

….Erik Karlson does not have a point in his last six ames which mirrors the current Senators six game losing streak. It’s the longest scoring slump since his rookie season in 2009-10 when he went eight games without registering a point. Karlsson has one goal.

….Bobby Ryan has yet to score a goal this season. In 14 games he has 6 assists.

….After scoring six goals in his first eight games, Derick Brassard has failed to score in his last 14.

Goaltending

….Carey Price has a career record of 20-8-4 vs. the Senators with a 2.37GAA.

….At the Bell Centre Price is 4-3 vs. ottawa with a 2.44GAA and .916 save%.

…..On the season in 13 appearances Price is 5-7-1 with one shutout, a 3.24GAA and .898save%.

….Mike Condon has appeared in six games this season with a 1-0-3 record, a 3.00 GAA and .904 save%.

….Condon – Career vs. the Canadiens – 1 appearance 0-0-0 6.00GAA and .857save%.

….Condon played in 55 games for the Canadiens during the 2015-2016 season with a 2.71GAAand .903 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Ottawa ranks 26th (14/86) 16.3% Canadiens ranked 27th (14/88) 15.9%. Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranks 19th (13/63) 79.4% Canadiens rank 23rd (19/84) 77.4%.

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

21-David Schlemko 28- Jakub Jerabek

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– D Brandon Davidson; D Victor Mete

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 – LW Jeremiah Addison (shoulder surgery).

Ottawa Lines and Pairings

68-Mike Hoffman 95-Matt Duchene 61-Mark Stone

15-Zack Smith 19-Derick Brassard 9-Bobby Ryan

18-Ryan Dzingel 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 10-Tom Pyatt

40-Gabriel Dumont 17-Nate Thompson 14-Alexander Burrows

29-Johnny Oduya 65-Erik Karlsson

2-Dion Phaneuf 5-Cody Ceci

33-Fredrik Claesson 67-Ben Harpur

1-Mike Condon

Injuries – D Mark Borowiecki (IR concusssion); D Chris Wideman (IR hamstring)

Healthy Scratches – Thomas Chabot,

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