PREVIEW GAME #28 Detroit @ Canadiens (Dec. 2/2017)

Dec 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #28

Detroit vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 2, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Canadiens 27GP (12-12-3) 27pts. 4th in Atlantic Division  – Detroit 26GP (10-11-5) 25pts.  5th in Atlantic Division.

Season Series – Second of four meetings – @ Detroit Nov. 30 – Canadiens-6 Detroit-3. Gallagher2g, 1a; Pacioretty 1g, 1a; Plekanec, Petry, Danault-2 assists.

Last Ten Games – Detroit (2-4-4) Canadiens (5-3-2)

Home/Away – Detroit on the road (4-5-4) Canadiens at home (7-5-2)

Lineup Changes

….Shea Weber likely to return (gametime decision). Will be paired with Jordie Benn.    Jonathan Drouin remains day-to-day.    Jerabek and Morrow healthy scratches.  Brandon Davidson placed on waivers.

….Price to start in Canadiens fifth consecutive game vs. Petr Mrazek.

Head-to-Head

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 6-0-2 vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens were 2-2 in the four overtime games.

….The last time Detroit won a game in regulation time at Montreal was 4-1 on Dec. 4, 2007. Dominek Hasek topped 17 of 18 shots. Since then the Canadiens are 7-0-3 vs. them.

….Overall the Canadiens are 4-1-1 in the last six meetings between the teams and since the lockout overall in 18 games the Canadiens are 12-4-2.

….Over his last ten starts against Detroit Carey Price is 9-1-0 with a 1.69GAA, 939save% and two shutouts.

…. Petr Mrazek will get the start for the Wings partly because Jimmy Howard has, over the last three-plus seasons, won only one of his last eight starts against the Canadiens including losses in his last four appearances at the Bell Centre,

….Mrazek has a career record of 2-1-2 vs. the Canadiens.  He is 0-2-0  in three career appearances and two starts at the Bell Centre.         (Oct 17, 2015. Mrazek stopped 37 of 41 shots in a 4-1 loss. It was his second career start. …. March 29, 2017 Mrazek was pulled in the first period after allowing 2 goals on seven shots. Canadiens won 4-3. ….Nov.12 last season he replaced Howard for the third period of a 5-0 Canadiens win)

….In his last six games against Detroit Alex Galchenyuk has 3 goals, two assists. All three were game winning goals; two of them in overtime last season.

….Andrew Shaw has 2 goals 2 assists in the last six Detroit games.

….All time Tomas Plekanec has 9 goals and 18 points in 23 career games vs. Detroit. Max Pacioretty with 9 goals and 15 points in 18 games and Alex Galchenyuk 5 goals and 12 points in 17 games.

About the Canadiens

….With Boston’s 3-0 win over Philadelphia, the Canadiens drop back to fourth in the Atlantic Division. Boston holds three games in hand going into this game.

….One week ago, www.sportsclubstats.com had the Canadiens with a 2.59% chance of making the playoffs. Since then the Canadiens have won 4 consecutive games and the website has elevated chances of a playoff berth to 14.42%.

….This will be the Canadiens fourth game in six nights. They have won the first three on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. The Canadiens face a 4-in-6 situation only four times this season.

….With the Wednesday night win in Detroit, the Canadiens reached the .500 plateau for the first time since the season’s second game.

….After a three game losing streak the Canadiens have bounced back with points in five consecutive games including their current four game win streak (4-0-1)

….The last time the Canadiens won five in a row was March 23 to April 3rd of last season.

….Over the last four games the Canadiens goal differential has improved from minus-26 to minus-17. It is still the second worst in the Eastern Conference behind only Buffalo at minus-30.

…..Brendan Gallagher will be presented with the November Molson Cup before the game. Gallagher scored 8 goals during the month’s 15 games, the highest monthly goal total of his career. He also posted two assists.

….In his last 20 games Gallagher has produced 11 goals and 16 points.  In the season’s first seven games he had a goal and assist (scored in the first two games followed by a 5 games without a point)

….Max Pacioretty ended a six game pointless streak with an assist on the empty net goal vs.Columbus. He now has a goal and three assists his last three games.

….Max Pacioretty ended a six game pointless streak an assist on the empty net goal vs.Columbus. He now has a goal and three assists his last three games.

….After 27 games last season Pacioretty had 8 goals. He was to finish with 35 goals. This season after 27 games he also has 8 goals – .an average of 0.296 goals per game. In his 28th game last season he scored 4 goals in the 10-1 Dec. 10h win over Colorado and in the season’s final 55 games scored 27 – .an average of 0.490 per game.

….On November 5th the Canadiens penalty killing units were ranked 29th in the league at 71.4%. In the thirteen games since the PK has risen to 7th ranked. (7/44 – 84.1%).

….Over the same stretch the Canadiens power play has slipped from 19th to 25th in the league (6/46 – 13.0%)

….Carey Price has a record on Saturday nights of 38-4-4 with a 1.81GAA, .940save% . His win % on Saturday night is .870. In non-Saturday night starts his win percentage is .524. (238-178-52)

About the Red Wings

….The Red Wings are winless in their last six games – 0-3-3. during their losing streak they have been outscored 26-13.

….Five of the Red Wings losses on the losing streak were at home, two in overtime.

….The Wings last road win was Nov. 6 in Vancouver. This is only their third road game since then.

….The Wings have given up at least four goals in five of the games in the six game losing streak. In their last seven games they have not scored more than three goals.

….The Red Wings rank 21st in the league in offense and 22nd on defense. Their power play is 7th ranked and penalty killing 23rd.

….Anthony Mantha has scored four goals in seven career games vs. the Canadiens including the first goal of his career. (March. 24, 2016) He’s the Wings leading goalscorer with 12. and with 22 points is tied with Dylan Larkin for the team scoring lead.

….Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has now gone 19 games without a goal, the longest drought of his career. His last goal was Oct. 18th vs. Toronto. Over the 19 games he has 7 assists.

Goaltending

….In four starts since his return Carey Price has allowed 5 goals. He stopped 127 of 133 shots for a .954 save percentage and 1.25GAA.

….In 15 games this season Price has a 7-7-2 record with one shutout, a .902 save% and 3.07GAA.

….Career vs. Detroit Price is 11-4-1 with a 2.04GAA and .929 save%.

,,,,Petr Mrazek in 8 games this season is 2-3-1 with 1 shutout. 3.19 GAA and .901 save%.

…Career vs. the Canadiens Mrazek is 2-1-2; 2.68GAA and .910 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Detroit ranks 7th (19/82) 23.2% Canadiens ranked 25th (16/94) 17.0%. Penalty Killing – Detroit ranks 23rd (16/92) 82.6%. Canadiens rank 7th (21/91 76.9%.

Projected 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-Nocolas Deslauriers

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8 Jordie Benn 6-Shea Weber

53-Victor Mete  21-David Schlemko

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– D Brandon Davidson (on waivers) ; D Joe Morrow; D Jakub Jerabek

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 42- Martin Frk 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  72-Andreas Athanasiou

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 David Booth

Healthy Scratches – RW Luke Witkowski (10 game suspension)

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