PREVIEW GAME #35 Canadiens @ Calgary (Dec. 22/2017)

Dec 21st, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #34

Canadiens vs. Calgary

Saddledome – Dec. 22, 2017 – 9:05pm EST

Season Records – Canadiens 34GP (15-15-4) 34 pts. Fourth in Atlantic Division. Calgary 34GP (18-14-3) 39 pts. Third in Pacific Division.

Season Series – 2nd of two meetings. @Bell Centre Dec. 7 – Calgary-3 Canadiens-2 (overtime) Sean Monahan’s second goal – OT game winner. Carr & Danault for Canadiens. Price vs. David Rittich.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-3-1) Calgary (4-4-2)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (6-8-1). Calgary at home (9-10-0)

Lineup Changes

….No announced changes in the Canadiens lines and defense pairings.  Return of Artturi Lehkonen a gametime decision pending medical clearance.

….Carey Price will start in goal against Calgary’s Mike Smith.

….The Canadiens recalled right defenseman Brett Lernout from Laval on Wednesday. He will be a healthy scratch. Lernout has been assigned #36.

Head-to-Head

….Second of two meetings this season. @Bell Centre Dec. 7th – Calgary-3 Canadiens-2 (overtime). Sean Monahan’s second goal in overtime was the winner. Carr and Danault for the Canadiens. Each team had 37 shots. Price vs. Rettich.

….The Canadiens have lost 23 of the last 31 overall games vs. Calgary.

….Over the last 15 seasons the Canadiens have recorded two wins at the Saddledome – 6-2 Oct 30th 2015 and 2-1 in a shootout Oct. 2014. Since January 5th 2002 the Canadiens record at the Saddledome is 2-8-1.

….Since the lockout the teams have met eight times home and away. The Canadiens are 4-4-1 in those games.

….Career vs. the Flames Carey Price is 4-5-1 with a 2.78GAA and .910 save%.

….Price‘s last start in Calgary was Oct. 28, 2014 – a 2-1 shootout win. (Al Montoya was in goal for the 5-0 loss last season and Mike Condon for the 6-2 win at the Saddledome in October 2015.)

….Mike Smith will be the tenth different Calgary goaltender the Canadiens have faced in their last eleven meetings dating back to 2011. In that stretch only Jonas Hiller started twice (2014-15). The others were  Miikka Kiprusoff, Joey MacDonald, Reto Berra, Joni Ortio, Niklas Backstrom, Brian Elliot, Chad Johnson and this season, David Rittich.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Mike Smith in 4-2-4 in 11 appearances with a 2.32GAA and .926 save%. All of those games came while with Tampa or Arizona.

….Max Pacioretty has 3 goals, 4 assists in 16 games vs. the Flames. Tomas Plekanec 4 goals and 8 points in17 games; Jeff Petry 1g, 9a in 24 games.

….Brendan Gallagher has been in 7 games vs. Calgary with no points.

….In nine career games vs. the Canadiens Sean Monahan has 6 goals and 11 points. In seven games vs. Montreal Johnny Gaudreau has 2 goals and 10 points.

About the Canadiens

….This is the start of the sixth set of fourteen back-to-back scheduled games this season. The Canadiens are 2-3-0 in the first game and a combined 4-5-1. Twice they have swept the two games and three times they’ve been swept.

….In their last six games since the five game win streak the Canadiens are 2-3-1.

….The Canadiens are fourth in the Atlantic Division, seven points behind the Bruins who still hold a game in hand. (sportsclubstats.com now lists Canadiens chances of securing a playoff berth at 11.1%)

….With this start Carey Price will equal a career high 12th consecutive start. The only other time he started 12 in a row was Oct. 30th to November 24th 2010 during which he posted a 7-5-0 record. That stretch also included one set of back-to-back games. (The Canadiens backup at the time was Alex Auld).

….In his 11 consecutive starts since returning from injury Price has a 7-3-1 record with a 2.41 GAA and .927 save%.

….However, Price has allowed 12 goals in his last four starts for a 3.58GAA and .902 save%. The Canadiens are 2-2-0 in those games.

….Among goaltenders with 10 or more starts this season Price ranks 35th in GAA (3.09) and 34th in save% (.903).

….Brendan Gallagher has failed to register a point in the six games since he posted three goals and an assist in those back to back games against Detroit Nov. 30th & Dec. 2nd.

….Only two members of the Canadiens are in double digits in goals – Brendan Gallagher with 13 and Paul Byron – 10.

….Max Pacioretty remains stuck on 8 with one goal his last 16 games.

….Daniel Carr has three goals, 6 assists in seven games since his recall from Laval Nov. 29th.

….The Rocket Line – Carr/Froese/Deslauriers has twenty points in their seven games together. Deslauriers has 3 goals, 3 assists; Froese – 5 assists.

….Shea Weber has missed 8 of the last 18 games with his lower body injury. In the 8 games Weber was absent, Jeff Petry‘s average ice time is 26:41. Prior to that he was averaging has averaged 26:41. Four times he logged over 27 minutes; twice over 29:00. In the 16 games prior to the Weber missing his first game, Petry averaged 20:43.

….In seven games in December Alex Galchenyuk has seven points – 2 goals, 5 assists.

….The Canadiens rank 25th in league scoring at 2.74 goals per game despite ranking seventh in shots on goal (33.9 per game).

….On defense the Canadiens are 21st in goals against at 3.15 per game and 16th in shots allowed – 31.8%.

About the Flames

….Since the Flames edged the Canadiens 3-2 in overtime December 7th, their record is 3-2-1.

….Over their last 15 games, Calgary is 6-6-3.

….In December the Flames are 1-4-0 at home.

….The top forwards on the Flames are all under the age of 25. Johnny Gaudreau, who leads the team in points with 40 is 25,. 23 year old Sean Monahan leads goalscorers with 17. 20 year old Matthew Tkaczuk has 30 points – third on the team. Mark Jankowski is 23 and Sam Bennett is 21.

….Sam Bennett has 4 goals, 7 assists over his last eleven games.

….Johnny Gaudreau has 40 points in 35 games but has only six points his last 12 games.

….Sean Monahan scored two goals vs. the Canadiens Dec. 4th. Since then he has posted one assist in six games.

….In December the Flames have scored three goals on 38 power play opportunities – 7.9%

….Mike Smith has a 8-9 record at home this season with a 2.95GAA and a .901 save%.

….Smith has allowed only ten goals in his last six games.

Goaltending

….Canadiens – Carey Price – 22GP (10-10-2) 3.09GAA .903 save%.

….Calgary – Mike Smith – 30GP (14-11-3) 2 shutouts, 2.55GAA and .919 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens ranked 18th (20/108) 18.5%. Calgary ranked 22nd (21/123) 17.1% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 25th (25/112) 77.7%. Calgary ranked 26th (26/115) 77.4%.

Projected 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; D Brett Lernout

Injuries – D Shea Weber (foot); RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body); G Al Montoya (IR concussion); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion);

Calgary Line Combinations & Pairings

13-Johnny Gaudreau 23-Sean Monahan 79-Micheal Ferland

19-Matthew Tkachuk 11-Mikael Backlund 67-Michael Frolick

93-Sam Bennett 77-Mark Jankowski 21-Garnet Hathaway

36-Troy Brouwer 18-Matt Stajan 25-Freddie Hamilton

5-Mark Giordano 27-Dougie Hamilton

7-T.J. Brodie 26-Michael Stone

61-Brett Kulak 44-Matt Bartkowski

41-Mike Smith

Injuries – D Travis Hamonic (groin); RW Jaromir Jagr (groin); RW Kris Versteeg (IR-hip) LW Daniel Pribyl (IR knee)

Healthy Scratches – D Rasmus Andersson; RW Curtis Lazar

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