Preview Game #29

St. Louis vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 5 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Canadiens 28GP (13-12-3) 29pts. 3rd in Atlantic Division. – St. Louis 27GP (17-8-2) 37pts. 4th in Western Conference; 3rd in Central Division.

Season Series – First of two meetings. Second game 30th January in St. Louis.

Last Season – Canadiens 0-1-1 vs. St. Louis. Dec. 6@ St. Louis St. Louis-3 Canadiens -2 (overtime). Jaden Schwartz’s second goal in overtime won it. Canadiens blew a 2-0 lead. Goals by Byron and Plekanec. Montoya vs. Allen. Feb. 11 @Bell Centre St. Louis-4 Canadiens-2. Patrik Berglund 3 goals. Weber & Pacioretty Montoya vs. Allen.

Last Ten Games – St. Louis (4-5-1) Canadiens (7-3-0)

Home/Away – St. Louis on the road (10-3-1); Canadiens at home (8-5-2)

Lineup Changes – No changes to Canadiens lineup (see below).   Jonathan Drouin remains out of the lineup along with Lehkonen, Hemsky, Montoya and Scherbak.

Carey Price in goal for 6th straight game vs. Jake Allen.


….This is only the second Bell Centre meeting between the teams since Oct. 20 2015.

….Over the last three seasons the Canadiens have an overall 3-1-2 record vs. St. Louis outscoring them 19-14. Prior to that the Blues beat the Canadiens five times in a row and were 7-0-1 over eight.

….Over the last ten games the Canadiens have killed all 32 Blues power plays (0/32).

About the Canadiens

…..With Boston’s 5-3 loss at Nashville Monday night,, the Bruins remained in fourth place in the Atlantic Division a point behind the Canadiens. They still hold three games in hand.

….The Canadiens have won five in a row during which they have outscored opponents 24-6. Over their win streak the Canadiens power play has operated at 38.5% (5/13)their penalty killing 88.7% (2/15).

….After 23 games the Canadiens ranked second last in the league in goals -scored with 53 2.30 per game. In the five game winning streak the Canadiens have 24 goals – 4.8 per game and their offense has risen from 30th to 19th in the league.

….During the five game win streak, 13 different players have scored goals. Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron have four each. Eleven players have at least four points in the five games – Alex Galchenyuk has 8, Byron-6, Gallagher with 5. Eight others with four.

….Byron has scored three goals on four shots vs. Detroit Thursday. He now has nine goals on 45 shots this season, a scoring percentage of 20.0%.

….The Canadiens have two 10-goal games over the last two seasons (vs. Colorado last December). Over the last ten seasons there have been a total of only seven games of ten or more goals.

….The Canadiens have scored 16 goals over a two game span for the first time in 27 years when they scored 17 over two games Feb 24th and 25th 1990 (11-1 Pittsburgh and 6-5 in OT vs. St. Louis). …..Historical note: Between Feb 10 and Feb 25 1990 the Canadiens scored 55 goals in 8 games including 10 against Vancouver as well as the 11 vs. Pittsburgh). Stephane Richer scored 8 of his career high 51 goals during the streak.

..Carey Price has been in goal for all five games during the streak with a 1.20GAA, .962save% and one shutout.

….David Schlemko and Victor Mete have been paired for the last two games.  They have been on-ice for 9 of the 16 total goals scored by the Canadiens in the two games.  Five-on-five in the two games vs. Detroit Schlemko was plus-7; Mete plus-6.

….In two games since his recall, from Laval Daniel Carr has one goal, 3 assists in a total of 22:11 ice time and 33 fourth-line shifts.

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About the Blues

….The Blues opened their season with a 13-3-1 record. In the ten games since they are 4-5-1. They have won one of their last five and are now on a three game losing streak.

….During their three game losing streak the Blues have scored four goals; two by fourth liner Kyle Brodziak. The other two came from Patrik Berglund, both on the power play.

….Berglund missed the season’s first 24 games after shoulder surgery.

.Berglund registered a hattrick vs. the Canadiens in the Blues 4-2 win at the Bell Centre in February. He’s the second member of the Blues to record a hattrick in Montreal. On Feb. 25, 1990 Brett Hull in a 6-5 OT loss at the Forum.

….Jaden Schwartz leads the Blues with 32 points (13g, 19a). in 26 games. He shares the league lead in plus/minus – plus-19 with teammate Alex Pietrangelo.

….Pietrangelo leads NHL defensemen with 13 goals. He is also third among defensemen with 20 points..

….Over 14 games between Oct 21st and Nov. 24th Schenn racked up 24 points – 8 goals, 16 assists. Over the last five games he has failed to register a point. Overall Schenn has 30 points in 26 games (10g, 20a).

….Schwartz has no points his last three games.


….Carey Price’s season record is now 8-7-1 with a 2.94GAA and .905 save percentage.

….In five games Price’s goals against average has gone down from 3.77 to 2.94 while his save percentage has risen to .904 from .877.

….Since the 2012 lockout Jake Allen is 1-2-0 at the Bell Centre. Overall he is 2-3-0 vs. Montreal -3.16GAA and .893save%.

….For the season Allen is 13-6-2 with a 2.73GAA and .907 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – St. Louis ranks 20th (17/97) 17.5%. Montreal ranked 19th (17/97) 17.7%. Penalty Killing – St. Louis ranked 21st (19/86) 77.9%. Canadiens ranked 25th (21/92) 77.2%

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); 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).