PREVIEW GAME #38 Canadiens @ Tampa Bay (Dec. 28/2017)

Dec 28th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #38

Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay

Amalie Arena – Dec. 28, 2017 – 7:35pm EST

Season Records – Canadiens – 37GP (16-17-4) 36pts. Fourth in Atlantic Division. Tampa Bay 35GP (26-7-4) 54pts. First in NHL.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (4-5-1) Tampa Bay (9-1-0)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (7-10-1) Tampa at home (15-2-1)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price will start both games in a back-to-back series for the second time in a week.

….Andrei Vasilevskij will make his fifth career start vs. the Canadiens.

Head-to-Head

….This is the first of four meetings between the clubs. They will meet again January 4th at the Bell Centre.

….The Canadiens were 2-1-1 vs. Tampa last season. Both games in Tampa went into overtime. On Dec. 28th Tampa won 4-3 on Tyler Johnson’s overtime goal. The Canadiens won 2-1 in OT April first with Alexander Radulov scoring the game winner.

….Tampa is 4-1-3 in it’s last eight home games vs. the Canadiens.

….Last season the Canadiens finished first in the Atlantic Division and Tampa missed the playoffs by a point.

….Over the last two seasons in nine meetings between the clubs the Canadiens are 6-1-1. Prior to that Tampa had won seven straight and nine of eleven including playoffs.

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 10-6-4 vs. Tampa. Tomas Plekanec has led the Canadiens in those 20 games with 7 goals and 13 points in those 20 games. Max Pacioretty 5 goals, 8 assists and Alex Galchenyuk 5 goals 3 assists.

….The Canadiens traded 19 year old first round draft pick Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa for 22 year old Jonathan Drouin. Sergachev has 8 goals and 23 points this season and is plus-12. Drouin has 5 goals and 18 points and is minus-14.

….This game will feature the NHL’s number one power play in Tampa vs. the NHL’s 28th ranked penalty killing units.

….Carey Price has a career record of 12-12-6 in 30 games vs. the Lightning with a 2.52GAA and .915 save%.

….Andrei Vasilievskiy has appeared in only 4 games vs. the Canadien with a 2-2-1 record, 2.74GAA and .904 save%.

About the Canadiens

….Montreal is 2-3-1 in the second half of back-to-back games.

….The Canadiens are eight points behind the New York Islanders who now hold down the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. Between the Canadiens are the Islanders in the standings are Carolina, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

…..In order to reach 95 points this season the Canadiens would have to finish the season 14 games over .500 through their final 45 games – approximately 29-15-1.

….With the Canadiens two straight losses the computers at sportsclubstats.com has lowered the Canadiens chances of making the playoffs to 4.7%.

….The Canadiens have scored a total of 20 goals their last eight games, but seven of them came in one game (vs. Vancouver) In the other seven games they have been outscored 22-11 while being shutout once, limited to one goal twice and two goals three times.

….The Canadiens rank 25th in the league in scoring (2.69GPG) and 22nd in goals against.

….The Canadiens have won only five of 18 games versus teams with a winning record this season.

….Only two members of the Canadiens are in double-digits in goals – Brendan Gallagher with 14 and Paul Byron with 10.

….Max Pacioretty‘s slump is now 1 goal in 19 games and his worst since he scored one goal in his final 31 games in 2009-2010 – his rookie year.

….Alex Galchenyuk now has13 points in his last 14 games. (5g. 8a). The surge has moved him into a tie for the team scoring lead with Phillip Danault at 21 points.

….Jonathan Drouin has one assist and is minus-7 in the seven games since he returned from injury. He has two goals, 5 assists his last 16 games. Brendnn Gallagher has 1 goal, 0 assists over his last nine games. Since his Dec. 2nd hattrick vs. Detroit, Paul Byron has 1 goal, 1 assist in nine games.

About the Lightning

….Tampa has a record of 15-2-1 at home this season. They have averaged 3.89GPG at Amalie Arena while allowing 2.44.

….Overall this season Tampa leads the league at 3.74 goals per game and they rank third in goals allowed at 2.46 per game.

….The only apparent Lightning flaw is their penalty killing which ranks 21st. Their power play is #1 (26.2%).

….The Lightning have won 16 of their last 21 games vs. the Atlantic Division.

….Tampa is 9-1-0 their last ten games. Their only lost came with 2.1 seconds remaining in regulation at Las Vegas.

…. Nikita Kucherov leads the league in goals (24) and points (51). Steven Stamkos is third in assists with 32 and fourth in points with 45.

….Kucherov has an active seven game point streak (5g, 6a –11pts.)

….Tyler Johnson has at least one point in his last night games.

….Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has won 14 of 16 home ice starts this season with a 2.28 GAA and .921 save%.. He leads the league with 23 wins and ranks second with a 2.13GAA.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price this season – 24GP (11-11-2) 1 shutout; 3.00 GAA and .906 save%.

….Andrei Vasilievskiy – 29GP (23-5-1) 4 shutouts, 2.13GAA and .932 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 19th (21/113) 18.6%. Tampa ranks first (34/130) 26.2% Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 28th (28/121) 76.9%. Tampa ranks 22nd 24/116) 79.3%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

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

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Daniel Carr   54-Charles Hudon  20-Nicolas Deslauriers-

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8 Jordie Benn 21-David Schlemko

28-Jakub Jerabek 36-Brett Lernout

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– C Jacob de la Rose; C Byron Froese

Injuries – D David Schlemko (virus); D Shea Weber (foot); G Al Montoya (IR concussion); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion);

Tampa Bay Line Combinations & Pairings

90-Vladislav Namestnikov 91-Steve Stamkos 86-Nikita Kucherov

18-Ondrej Palat 21-Brayden Point 9-Tyler Johnson

17-Alex Killorn 37-Yanni Gourde 19-Cory Conacher

14-Chris Kunitz 13-Cedric Paquette 19-J.T. Brown

77-Victor Hedman 59-Jake Dotchin

6-Anton Stralman 98-Mikhail Sergachev

55-Braydon Coburn 5-Dan Girardi

88-Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injuries – RW Ryan Callahan (IR shoulder)

Healthy Scratches – D Slater Koekkoek; D Andrej Sustr

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