Preview Game #32

New Jersey vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 14, 2017 – 7:35pm

Season Records – New Jersey 30 GP (17-9-4) 38 pts. 5th in Eastern Conference; 3rd in Metropolitan Division. Canadiens 31GP (13-14-4) 30pts. 11th in Eastern Conference; 4th in Atlantic Division.

Season Series – First of three meetings. Second meeting March 6th @New Jersey.

Last Ten Games – New Jersey (5-4-1) Canadiens (5-3-2)

Home/Away – New Jersey on the road – (10-4-2) Canadiens at home (8-7-3)

Lineup Changes

….No changes to the Canadiens lineup that was beaten 6-2 by Edmonton on Saturday.   Carey Price makes his ninth consecutive start.

….For New Jersey LW Taylor Hall suffered a laceration on his knee Tuesday vs. Los Angeles and will not be available along with RW Kyle Palmieri (broken foot).  RW Nick Lippin recalled from Albany/AHL on Wednesday.

Head-to-Head

….The Canadiens swept the season series vs. New Jersey last season – 3-0-0. @Bell Centre Dec. 8th Canadiens-5 New Jersey-2. Torrey Mitchell 2 goals, Danault 1g, 1a; Shaw 2a. Canadiens with 49 shots. @Newark Jan 20th. Canadiens -3 New Jersey-1 Galchenyuk, Weber and Pacioretty – all on power plays. Feb. 27th @ Newark Canadiens-4 New Jersey-3. Galchenyuk with overtime PP winner. Paciorety two goals; Radulov 1g 3a.

….Home and away since the lockout the Canadiens are 10-3-2 vs. New Jersey. Six of the 15 games were decided in OT or shootout.

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens have a home record of 5-1-1 record vs. the Devils.

….Since Martin Brodeur left the Devils after the 2014 season the Canadiens are 3-0-1 vs. the Devils at the Bell Centre. In the 17 games prior to that the Devils were 13-3-1 and outscored 48-30. Brodeur was in all 17 games.

….Since the 2012 lockout Carey Price has a 6-2-0 record vs. the Devils with a 2.24GAA and .909save%.   Prior to that, mostly against Brodeur Price was 5-8-1.  His career record vs. them is 11-10-1 with a 2.37GAA & .913 save%.

….In six career appearances vs. the Canadiens Cory Schneider is 1-2-3 with a 2.89GAA and .908 save%. His only career win vs. the Canadiens was in overtime Nov. 28 2015 at the Bell Centre (stopped 32 of 34 shots.

….Since the lockout, Alex Galchenyuk is the Canadiens leading scorer vs. the Devils with 14 points in 13 games – 6 goals, 8 assists. In 14 games Max Pacioretty has 9 goals and 13 points and Tomas Plekanec  5 goals, 3 assists in 15 games.

About the Canadiens

….Following Boston OT win at Detroit  Wednesday the Bruins lead the Canadiens by four points with three games in hand in the Atlantic Division third place race.

….This is the final home game of the 2017 season. Following a seven game road trip, their next Bell Centre game will be January 2nd vs. San Jose.

….With one game to play the Canadiens home record in calendar-year 2017 is 17-16-6 in 39 games. After a 15-3-2 home start last season the Canadiens were only 9-9-3 at the Bell Centre after New Year’s Day.

….If 95 points becomes the Eastern Conference playoff cutoff point the Canadiens need to play .637% hockey the rest of the season.

….65 points in their final 51 games roughly translates to a record of 32-18-1. – 14 wins over .500.

…..sportsclubstats.com now list the Canadiens chances of earning a berth in the playoffs at 11.3%. Only Edmonton, Detroit, Ottawa, Buffalo and Arizona are rated by them to have a lesser chance at a playoff berth.

….This game completes a stretch of 14 of 17 games home games. So far they are 7-6-3 overall and 6-5-2 in the home game part of that stretch.

….In the last 16 overall games the Canadiens have had a five game win streak, plus four-game and three-game losing streaks.

….The Canadiens will play 28 of their final season games on the road – 23 at home. On the road the Canadiens are already 5-7-1.

….Max Pacioretty has one goal and 4 assists in his last 13 games. In the 13 games, he has a total of 38 shots on goal, an average of 2.92 per game. In his last ten games he’s averaged 2.5 shots per game.

,,,,In his five games with the Canadiens Daniel Carr has 2 goals, 5 assist.s and is plus-5 despite average ice time of 11:42 He has at least a point in each of his five games.

….Over their five games together, the Froese/Deslauriers/Carr line has combined for 3 goals and 12 assists.

….Deslauriers has registered 23 hits in his last three games and a team-high 50 in the twelve game since his recall November 15th. (4.16 per game).

….After giving up four goals in 22:24 Saturday against Edmonton, Carey Price has a 2.30 GAA and .928 save% in eight starts since returning from injury.

….This will be Price‘s ninth consecutive start, most since he started eleven in a row three years ago (Dec. 1 to 29th 2014).

….Price ranks 56th in the league in both save% (.899) and goals against average (3.16)

About the Devils

….New Jersey opened the season with a 9-2-0 record. Since then they are 8-7-4.

….The Devils have a 7-1-2 record vs. the Atlantic Division this season.

….New Jersey are 10-4-2 on the road this season. Their 22 road points tie them for first in the NHL with St. Louis.

….The Devils have 15 American-born players on their roster, most in the NHL. Canada is second with five.

….The first is the only period in which New Jersey has outscored opponents (28-24). They are minus-1 in each of the second and third periods. On average they have also been outshot in every period this season.

….The Devils have one power play goal in their last five games 1-13. On the penalty-kill they are 30 of 33 over their last ten games 90.9%.

….Opponents have out-shot the Devils in 21 of 30 games this season.

….In one-goal games the Devils are 10-1-4 this season.

….New Jersey is undefeated in regulation when leading after two periods (12-0-1). Since the start of last season the Devils are 31-0-9 when leading after 40 minutes.

….Taylor Hall suffered an injury after a knee-on-knee collision with Kings defenseman Kurtis MacDermid Tuesday night and joins Kyle Palmieri on the injury list. Palmieri has missed 11 games with a broken ankle.

….Drew Stafford replaces Hall on the Devils top line. He has failed to register a point in his last 12 games.

….Since the start of November Corey Schneider has a record of 7-5-3 with a 2.35GAA and .925 save%.

….New Jersey ranks 28th in the league in faceoff percentage at 47.1%. Only Tampa Bay, Columbus and Colorado rank lower. (The Canadiens are 22nd at 49.1%)

Goaltending

….In 19 starts this season Carey Price has an 8-9-2 with a 3.16GAA and an .899 save%.

….Cory Schneider has started 22 games with a record of 12-6-3 with a 2.64GAA and .920 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Devils rank 9th (19/93) 20.4%. Canadiens rank 20th (18/101) 17.8%. Penalty Killing – New Jersey ranks 9th ((19/110) 82.7%. Canadiens rank 25th (23/103) 77.7%.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 65-Andrew Shaw

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 41-Paul Byron

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 6-Shea Weber

45-Joe Morrow 21-David Schlemko

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– D Jakub Jerabek C Jacob de la Rose

Injuries – 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).

New Jersey Lines & Pairings

63-Jesper Bratt 13-Nico Hischier 18-Drew Stafford

40-Blake Coleman 19-Travis Zajac 39-Brian Gibbons

10-Jimmy Hayes 11-Brian Boyle 36-Nick Lappin

44-Miles Wood 37-Pavel Zacha 23-Stefan Noesen

2-John Moore 45-Sami Vatanen

6-Andy Greene 16-Steven Santini

8-Will Butcher 28-Damon Severson

35-Cory Schneider

Injuries – LW Taylor Hall (knee); LW Marcus Johansson (IR ankle contusion); RW Kyle Palmieri (IR broken foot); D Mirko Mueller (IR broken clavicle)

Healthy Scratches – D Dalton Prout; D Ben Lovejoy