PREVIEW GAME #27 – Canadiens @ Detroit (Nov. 30/2017)

Nov 30th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #27

Canadiens vs. Detroit

Little Caesars Arena – Nov. 30, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Canadiens 26GP (11-12-3) 25pts. – Detroit 25GP (10-10-5) 25pts.

Season Series – First of four games.  Next game Saturday @ Bell Centre.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (4-4-2) Detroit (3-3-4)

Last Time Out – Canadiens edged Ottawa 2-1 Wednesday. Detroit lost 4-1 at home to Los Angeles Tuesday.

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

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price will start in goal for the fourth consecutive game.  Jimmy Howard for Detroit.

….C Jonathan Drouin is day-to-day with lower body injury.

….Shea Weber placed on injury reserve retroactive to Nov. 19th in order to make room for LW Daniel Carr on the 23 man roster. Carr is assigned #41.

….Carr will play LW on a line with Byron Froese and Nicolas Deslauriers. Jacob de la Rose will move up to centre Galchenyuk and Byron.

….Thursday the Canadiens traded FWD Peter Holland to the NY Rangers in return for 6’3” forward Adam Cracknall who will join the Laval Rocket.



….Last season the Canadiens were 3-1-1 in five meetings with Detroit. Three of the games were decided in overtime. @Bell Centre Nov. 12th -Canadiens-5 Detroit-0. Price 25 saves for shutout. Shaw 1g, 2a; Pacioretty & Danault 1g, 1a. @ Detroit Nov. 26th Canadiens-2 Detroit-1 (Overtime) Galchenyuk with OT winner. Price vs. Mrazek. @ Detroit Jan 16th Detroit-1 Canadiens-0. Jared Coreau 18 saves for shutout. Vanek scored. Price stopped 19 of 20. @Bell Centre March 21st Detroit-2 Canadiens-1 (Overtime). Anthony Mantha with overtime winner. Montoya vs. Howard. @Detroit April 8th Canadiens-2 Detroit-2 (overtime) Galchenyuk with overtime winning goal. Lindgren vs. Mrazek.

….The Red Wings rejoined the Eastern Conference after the 2012 lockout. Since then the Canadiens have played them 17 times and hold an 11-4-2 record.. At Detroit they are 5-4-0 over that stretch

….Alex Galchenyuk led Canadiens scorers vs. Detroit with 2 goals, 2 assists in five games last season. Both goals were overtime game winners. Andrew Shaw had a goal and 2 assists in 5 games.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens enter this game one point behind Boston for the third and final playoff berth in the Atlantic Division. Boston holds three games in hand. They are tied with Detroit at 25 points. Detroit has a game in hand.

….The Canadiens are looking for their fourth consecutive win for the first time this season.

….A win would bring the Canadiens up to the .500 mark for the first time since before the second game of the season.

….The Canadiens have earned 7 of a possible eight points over the last four games after losing three games in a row.

….Over the last five games without Shea Weber in the lineup, the Canadiens defense has allowed seven goals. Their record over that stretch is 3-1-1.

….This game completes the 5th of 14 back-to-back games on the Canadiens schedule. They are looking to complete a sweep of the two games for the second time. They have been swept in both games three times. In second games they are 1-2-1 and have been outscored 10-5.

….The Canadiens have been outscored by opponents in every period this season. In the third period the margin is eleven (28-17). In the first it is 28-22 and the second 23-20.

….One line that has remained largely intact through the first 26 games is Hudon/Plekanec/Gallagher. And for good reason. The line has a 56.55 Corsi rating. Per 60 minutes they produce 34.9 scoring chances while allowing 21.94 against.

….Six players have drawn regular fourth line minutes this season including Jacob de la Rose, Byron Froese, Mike McCarron, Torrey Mitchell, Nickolas Deslauriers and Ales Hemsky. Total production among the six in 59 combined games is 0 goals, 0 assists.

….In 26 games Max Pacioretty has 7 goals on 110 shots on goal, a 6.4% shooting percentage.

….Carey Price has stopped 100 of 102 shots in the three games since he returned from the injury the sidelined him for ten games.

….In his last three starts, Price has lowered his season’s goals against average from 3.77 to 3.08 while raising his save percentage from .877 to .902.

….Price has lost his last five starts on the road – 0-5-0 with a 4.91GAA and .854 save%. His only road win came in the season opener at Buffalo in a shootout. Overall on the road he is 1-5-1 with a 4.28GAA and .889save%.

….Price has given up four goals or more in his six starts on the road.


About the Red Wings

….The Red Wings are winless in their last five games – 0-2-3.

….Detroit ranks 23rd in the league in offence and 14th in defence. On average they have been outscored 2.92 to 2.72 by their opponents.

….Detroit is in the middle of a stretch of 13 of 18 games at home.

….Red Wings special teams have been strong this season. Their power play ranks 8th while their penalty killing is 4th in the league.

….Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has not scored a goal in 18 games, the longest drought of his career. He has 7 assists in that stretch. Zetterberg started the season with four goals and 5 assists in the season’s first eight games.

….Longueuil native Anthony Mantha has three goals in six career games vs. the Canadiens. Mantha is the Wings leading goalscorer with 11 and second on the team in points with 20.

….Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings in scoring with 21 points (4g,17a).

….Over the last three seasons Jimmy Howard has won only one of seven starts vs. the Canadiens (1-4-2) with a 2.94 GAA and .895 save%.


….In 14 games this season Carey Price is 6-7-1 with 1 shutout, a 3.08GAA and .902 save%.

….Career vs. the Red Wings in 15 appearances Price is 10-4-1 with 2 shutoutrs , a 1.98GAA and .931 save%.


….Jimmy Howard in 20 games this season is 8-7-4 with a 2.57GAA and .921 save%.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Howard is 6-4-2 with a 3.02 GAA and .892 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 28th (14/90) 15.6%. Detroit ranks 8th (17/78) 21.8% Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 21st (19/87) 78.2%. Detroit ranks 4th (14/88) 84.1%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 25-Jacob de la Rose 41-Paul Byron

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

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

41-Daniel Carr   42-Byron Froese    20-Nicolas Deslauriers

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 –C Jonathan Drouin (lower body); D Shea Weber (lower body); RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body); G Al Montoya (concussion); RW Nikita Scherbak (IR knee surgery); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion); Season Opening IR – LW Jeremiah Addison (shoulder surgery).

Detroit Forward Lines & Pairings

14-Gustav Nyquist 40-Henrik Zetterberg 72-Andreas Athanasiou

21-Tomas Tatar 71-Dylan Larkin 39-Anthony Mantha

43-Darren Helm 51-Frans Nielsen 8-Justin Abdelkader

23-Scott Wilson 41-Luke Glendening 17-David Booth

65-Dan DeKeyser 25-Mike Green

52-Jonathan Ericsson 3-Nick Jensen

55-Niklas Kronwall 61-Xavier Ouellett

34-Petr Mrazek

Injuries – D Trevor Daley (neck); RW Martin Frk (groin);

Healthy Scratches – RW Luke Witkowski (10 game suspension)

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