PREVIEW GAME #39 Canadiens @ Florida (Dec. 30/2017)

Dec 30th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #39

Canadiens vs. Florida

BB&T Center– Dec. 30, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 38GP (16-18-4) 36pts. Fifth in Atlantic Division. Florida 37GP (16-16-5) 37 points. Fourth in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-6-1) Florida (6-3-1)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (7-11-1) Florida at home (9-6-3)

Lineup Changes

….David Schlemko returns to the lineup .Brett Lernout will be a healthy scratch. Byron Froese also returns while Nicolas Deslauriers is out.

….Carey Price in goal vs. James Reimer.


….This is the second of four meetings this season @Bell Centre Oct. 23rd Canadiens-5 Florida-1. Weber 2 goals, Gallagher 1 g, 1a; Reimer vs. Price.

….The Canadiens have won the last four meetings vs. the Panthers. Prior to that they had lost five in a row against them.

….Since the tradition started in 2005, the Canadiens have played eleven pre- New Years games at Sunrise. Their record is 6-5-0 with 1 win in a shootout and 2 wins in overtime. Last Dec. 29th the Canadiens won 3-2 on Phillip Danault’s overtime goal.

….The Canadiens have played 11 games at Florida since the 2012 lockout with a record of 8-3-0. Price has been in only three of the games winning all three. (Tokarski and Budaj started two of them. Also Lindgren, Montoya, Condon and Scrivens)

,,,.Max Pacioretty has at least a point in nine consecutive games vs. Florida.

….Dating back to the start of last season Brendan Gallagher has 3 goals, 5 assists in five games vs. Florida. In 19 career games he has 8 goals, 9 assists.

….Carey Price has a record of 11-4-3 in 18 starts vs. Florida with two shutouts, a 1.81GAA and .938save%.

….In 13 career games vs. the Canadiens James Reimer is 5-5-2 with 2 shutouts, a 2.97GAA and .913 save%.

,,,,Aleksander Barkov has 16 points in 14 career games vs. the Canadiens including ten goals.

About the Canadiens

….Last year the Canadiens concluded the pre-New Year’s Day portion of their schedule last year with a 22-9-5 record – 49 points in 36 games. This year, with one game left before the New Year the Canadiens are 16-18-4 and 36 points in 38 games.

….The Canadiens rank 27th in the overall league standings. Their offense/defensive differential is 28th at minus-20. Only Ottawa, Buffalo and Arizona are worse.

….The Canadiens have been outscored 120-100 by opponents this season. At 2.63 goals per game ranks the Canadiens 29th in the league. They have given up a 21st ranked 3.10 per game.

….The Canadiens have scored two or fewer goals in 21 of their 38 games to date.

….Against the 16 NHL teams who currently hold down a playoff berth in the standings, the Canadiens have a season record of 5-11-3.

….Last year the Canadiens concluded the pre-New Year’s Day portion of their schedule last year with a 22-9-5 record – 49 points in 36 games. This year, with one game left before the New Year the Canadiens are 16-18-4 and 36 points in 38 games.

…..The Canadiens have allowed at least one power play goal in each of the last five games. (6 GA in 18 times shorthanded)

….This will be Carey Price’s 15th start in the Canadiens 16 games since he returned from injury on Nov. 25th. His record over that stretch is 8-5-1 with a 2.40GAA and .926 save%.

….Max Pacioretty‘s slump is now 1 goal in 20 games (dating back to Nov. 11th when had a goal and assist vs. Buffalo).

….Pacioretty‘s last goal was scored Nov. 30th at Detroit. His current goal-less streak is eleven games.

….In his last five games Pacioretty has recorded six shots on goal. In the eleven games without a goal Pacioretty has been limited to two shots on goal or fewer nine times. Five times he’s recorded only one shot and in one game he had none.

….Alex Galchenyuk now has13 points in his last 15 games. (5g. 8a). He has failed to register a point his last two games. The recent surge has moved him into a tie for the team scoring lead with Phillip Danault and now Brendan Gallagher at 21 points. (There are 143 NHL players with more points than the Canadiens top scorers) Gallagher’s 15 goals ties him for 25th in the league.

….Jonathan Drouin has one assist and is minus-7 in the eight games since he returned from injury. He has two goals, 5 assists his last 17 games. Brendnn Gallagher has 2 goals, 0 assists over his last ten games. Since his Dec. 2nd hattrick vs. Detroit, Paul Byron has 1 goal, 1 assist in ten games.

….This will be the Canadiens third game in four nights. Recently, they are 4-0 in the third game of that situation.

….Over their last five games the Canadiens are 5 for 14 on their power play.

About the Panthers

….Florida is on a season-best four game winning streak that has moved them ahead of the Canadiens into fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

…..In 17 games since Nov. 22nd Florida has killed 92 percent of their penalties (47 of 51).

…..The Panthers are tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals with seven.

….Their power play has produced 3 goals the last 23 opportunities over the last seven games.

….James Reimer has made ten consecutive starts since Roberto Luongo suffered a leg injury on December 4th. Over the ten games he is 6-3-1 with a .929 save%.

….Reimer has been in goal throughout the current four game winning streak with a 1.50GAA and .957save%. Last week he was the NHL’s third star after posting a 141:24 shutout streak.

….Jonathan Huberdeau has four goals his past three games and has the team lead in point (36) and assists (23).

…..Nick Bjugstad has a goal and four assists in his last five games.

….Vincent Trochek leads the Panthers with 14 goals and is second on the team in points at 35. In December he has 12 points in 13 games.

….Keith Yandle will play in his 671st consecutive game, nine games short of passing Henrick Sedin for seventh longest iron-man streak in history. (This will be Karl Alzner’s 579th consecutive game dating back to March 3, 2010)

Goaltending –

…..This season Carey Price is 11-12-2 with a 3.00 GAA and .906 save% in 25 starts.

….James Reimer is 10-9-4 in 24 appearances with one shutout, a 3.10GAA and .909 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 16th (22/116) 19.0%. Florida ranks 23rd (19/117) 16.2% Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 28th (29/127) 77.2%. Floria ranks 16th (23/122) 81.1%

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 62- Arrturi Lehkonen41-Paul Byron

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Daniel Carr    42-Byron Froese 54-Charles Hudon

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; RW Nicolas Deslauriers

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

Florida Line Combinations & Pairings

11-Jonthan Huberdeau 16-Aleksander Barkov 27-Nick Bjugstad

63-Evgenii Dadonov 21-Vincent Trocheck 62-Denis Malgin

88-Jamie McGinn 90-Jared McCann 23-Connor Brickley

18-Micheal Haley 17-Derek MacKenzie 7-Colton Sceviour

3-Keith Yandle 5-Aaron Ekblad

19-Michael Matheson 13- Mark Pysyk

52-MacKenzie Weegar 6-Alex Petrovic

34-James Reimer

Injuries – G Roberto Luongo (IR lower body); RW Radim Vrbata (ill);

Healthy Scratches – D Ian McCoshen


One Comment to “PREVIEW GAME #39 Canadiens @ Florida (Dec. 30/2017)”

  1. Ned Stark says:

    “Galchenuk pointless in last 2 games”. What?? Did you miss his beauty of a goal 2 games ago against Carolina?

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