Preview Game #34

Canadiens vs. Vancouver

Rogers Arena – Dec. 19, 2017 – 10:05pm EST

Season RecordsCanadiens – 33GP (14-15-4) 32 points. Fourth in Atlantic Division. Vancouver (15-15-4) 34 points. 6th in Pacific Division.

Season Series – First of two games. Second meeting January 7th at Bell Centre.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-3-1) Vancouver (4-6-0)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (5-8-1) Vancouver at home (6-8-3)

Lineup Changes

….Shea Weber returned to Montreal for treatment of foot injury. David Schlemko moves up to replace Weber with Jordie Benn.

….Max Pacioretty joins Paul Byron on line with Jonathan Drouin. Alex Galchenyuk now with Phillip Danault and Andrew ShawJacob de la Rose – healthy scratch.

Head-to-Head

….Last season the Canadiens won both meetings vs. Vancouver. @Bell Centre Nov. 2nd Canadiens-3 Vancouver-0. Carey Price stopped all 42 shots. Mar. 7th @Vancouver Canadiens-2 Vancouver -1 (overtime). Paul Byron with overtime winner. Also torrey Mitchell. Price stopped 27 of 28 shots.

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 2-1-1 in Vancouver and 3-3-2 overall vs. the Canucks.

….Since November 30th 2000 the Canucks have taken at least a point in 11 of 14 games vs. the Canadiens. That includes eight straight Canadiens losses between 2000 abd 2010.  Since 2010 the Canadiens are 4-1-1 including an 2-1 OT win last season.

….In his first career game in his home province Price allowed 7 goals on 32 shots in a 7-1 loss to the Canucks Oct. 7, 2009. He was replaced by Jaroslav Halak for the final eight minutes of the game.

….Since then Price has a 4-1-1 record in six starts at Vancouver with a 2.14GAA and .931 save% (13GA on 190 shots)

….In seven appearances against Vancouver since the lockout Carey Price has a 5-1-1 record with one shutout, a 1.84GAA and .943 save%. Career vs. the Canucks Price is 8-2-2 with a 2.13 GAA in 13 starts.

….In the eight Canadiens-Canucks games since the 2012 lockout Max Pacioretty leads with 7 goals, 1 assist. Brendan Gallagher with 1 goal, 5 assists in eight games and in seven games Alex Galchenyuk has 1 goal, 3 assists.

….Pacioretty has been in 14 games vs. Vancouver with 7 goals, 4 assists.

….In 3 career games vs. the Canadiens Jacob Markstrom has a 1-1-1 record with a 3.28GAA and .913 save%. Anders Nilsson‘s only appearance against the Canadiens was in relief of Ben Scrivens in a 5-1 win over Edmonton Feb 6, 2016 at the Bell Centre. He allowed one goal in 20 minutes.

….In 26 career games vs. the Canadiens Daniel Sedin has 4 goals and 16 points; Henrik Sedin 7 goals and 19 points.

About the Canadiens

….On this day 100 years ago (Dec. 19, 1917) the NHL opened it’s first season. The Canadiens defeated Ottawa 7-4 and the Montreal Wanderers defeated the Toronto Arenas 10-9.

….The annual NHL eight day Holiday roster freeze begins at 11.59pm ET Tuesday and lasts until 12:01 ET Dec. 28th. No player on an NHL active roster or injured reserve can be traded, waived or loaned during the freeze.

….Sportsclubstats.com has lowered Canadiens chances of making the playoffs from 14.3% prior to Saturday’s loss in Ottawa to 9.0%.

…..If 95 points is the cutoff point for a place in the post season the Canadiens would need 63 points in the final 51 games – approximately a 30-20-1 record.

…..This is the first game of the annual three game Western Canadian Swing. Over the last 40 combined road meetings between Vancouver Calgary and Edmonton, the Canadiens are 13-23-1.

….The Canadiens have won only three of 16 games against Western Conference teams this season (3-11-2).

….The Canadiens started the season with a 1-5-0 road record. Since then, starting with their win at Ottawa Nov. 30th, they are 4-3-1 away from the Bell Centre.

….Following their 2-7-1 season start, the Canadiens are 12-8-3. Six of the wins have come in the last ten games (6-3-1).

….The Canadiens offense ranks 25th in the league with 87 goals in 33 games.

…..The Canadiens have been shut out in five of their 33 games to date. They were shut out seven times in the entire schedule last season.

….Jordie Benn has two goals and an assist in his last six games.

 

….Tomas Plekanec’s overtime goal vs. New Jersey was his first in 19 games. In his last five games he has a goal and four assists.

….In his last 15 games, Max Pacioretty has 1 goal and five points. In those 15 games he has averaged 3.1 shots on goal (47 shots on goal;22 blocked; 17 missed).

….Carey Price makes his eleventh consecutive start since returning from injury, most since he started eleven in a row Dec. 1-29th 2015.

….In last ten starts Price has a 6-3-1 record with a 2.14GAA and .935 save%. (In the 11 games prior to his injury he had a 3-7-1 record with a .877 save% and 3.77 GAA)

….Among goaltenders who have started ten or more games this season Price‘s save % ranks 33rd (.905) and his GAA is 35th (2.99).

….Nicolas Deslauriers has recorded 33 hits in his last five games (7.00 per game average) and has a team-high 60 in the 14 games since he joined the team.

….Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher are tied for the Canadiens lead in points with 19.

About the Canucks

….The Canucks are 2-5-0 in December and have a 2-8-1 record dating back to November 24th.

… The Canucks have lost 88 man-games to injury this season. Last season they led the league with 413 – 62 man-games more than Winnipeg.

….\Coming off the injury list is defenseman Erik Gudbranson who had been sidelined since Nov. 22nd with an upper body problem.

….Vancouver has been outscored 29-9 their last six games. Boeser score 4 of the nine goals and leads all rookies with 17 along with 30 points in 31 games.

….The Canucks are now missing three of their top nine forwards in Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi and Derek Dorsett.

….Rookie of the year candidate Brent Boeser is expected to play. He suffered a ankle bone bruise in the Canucks last game and had been considered a game day decision. Boeser leads all rookie scorers with 17 goals and 30 points.

….After scoring 7 goals his first 14 games Derek Dorsett was advised by docters to stop playing because of what may be a career-ending cervical disc herniation in his neck.

….Over the last 17 games the Sedin Twins have posted 31 points. – 4 goals 27 assists.

….Henrik Sedin 1 goal 17 assists over the 17 games. Brother Daniel has 3 goals, ten assists over the same stretch..

….Thomas Vanek has 2 goals over his last 19 games.

…..The Canucks have given up six power play goals over their last six games.

Goaltending

….Canadiens – Carey Price – 21GP (9-10-2). .905 ave% 2.99GAA

….Vancouver – Jacob Markstrom – 24GP (9-11-4) .907 save% 2.71GAA Anders Nilsson 12 appearances (6-4-1) .914save%; 3.13GAA.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 23rd (18/105) 17.7%. Vancouver ranks 5th (26/119) 21.8%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 25th (23/109) 78.9%. Vancouver ranks 21st (28/122) 79.5%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 92-Jonathan Drouin 41-Paul Byron

27-Alex Galchenyuk 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw

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

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

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8 Jordie Benn 21-David Schlemko

28-Jakub Jerabek 45-Joe Morrow

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– C Jacob de la Rose

Injuries – D Shea Weber (foot); RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body); G Al Montoya (concussion); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion); Season Opening IR – LW Jeremiah Addison (shoulder surgery).

Vancouver Forward Lines & Pairings

22-Daniel Sedin 33-Henrik Sedin 26-Thomas Vanek

21- Loui Eriksson 89-Sam Gagner 6-Brock Boeser

77-Nikolay Goldobin 42-Alex Burmistrov 18-Jake Virtanen

60-Markus Granlund 17-Nic Dowd 50-Brendan Gaunce

23-Alexander Edler 5-Derrick Pouliot

44-Erik Gudbranson51-Troy Stecher

4-Michael del Zotto 55-Alex Biega

31-Anders Nilsson

25-Jacob Markstrom

Injuries –  D Chris Tanev (IR groin); LW Sven Baertschi (IR fractured jaw); C Bo Horvat (IR broken ankle); C Brandon Sutter (IR lower body); RW Derek Dorsett (LTIR herniated disc)

Healthy Scratches – C Michel Chaput; D Ben Hutton; LW Reed Boucher