PREVIEW GAME #40 – San Jose @ Canadiens (Jan. 2/2018)

Jan 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #40

San Jose vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – January 2nd, 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – San Jose 36GP (20-12-4) 44pts – Third in Pacific Division.Canadiens – 39GP (16-19-4) 36pts. Sixth \ in Atlantic Division; 28th in NHL.

Last Ten Games – San Jose (6-2-2) Canadiens (3-6-1)

Home/Away – San Jose on road (8-6-2) Canadiens at home (9-7-3)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price will start for the 15th time in the last 16 Canadiens games.

….In the first of back-to-back San Jose games, backup Aaron Dell will make his first career start against the Canadiens.


….Season series – second of two meetings. @San Jose Oct. 17th San Jose-5 Canadiens-2.   Logan Couture 2g, 2a; Weber and Drouin for Canadiens. Price allows 5 goals on 35 shots.

….Overall home and away the Sharks have won nine of the last ten meetings with the Canadiens. The Sharks have not allowed more than two Canadiens goals in the last nine games. In that stretch the Canadiens have been shut out three times.

….The Canadiens haven’t won a game at San Jose in almost 18 years – 11 consecutive losses dating back to November 1999.

….On March 21st 2015, Carey Price shut San Jose out 2-0 at the Bell Centre. It is the team’s only home win against them since Dec. 4, 2010. Since then, home and away the Canadiens are 1-7-1 against them and outscored 29-11.

….Price has won only two of 10 career starts vs. San Jose – 2-7-1 with a 3.07GAA and .913 save%.

…..In the last meeting at the Bell Centre last Dec. 16th San Jose chased  Carey Price after he gave up 4 goals on 18 shotsin 26:44.  Montoya played the final half of the game in a 4-2 loss.  David Schlemko had a power play goal and an assist.

….Max Pacioretty has never scored a goal against San Jose in nine career games. (0g 2a). The Sharks are the only team in the league including Las Vegas against whom Pacioretty has failed to score.

….Career vs. the Canadiens – Logan Couture 6 goals – 14 points in ten games; Joe Thornton in 50 GP 13 goals, 27 assists and 40points. Joe Pavelski in 14 games 7 goals, 6 assists.

About the Canadiens

….Fourth-liner Nicolas Deslauriers will be honoured as the December Molson Cup winner prior to the game, a reflection of a 4-7-1 month. His four goals equaled Paul Byron for most in the month. ….Deslauriers led the NHL with 54 hits during the month of December.

….The Canadiens have lost four in a row. Since the end of their five game win streak on Dec. 2nd the Canadiens have won three of eleven games (3-7-1) and have been outscored 36-22.

….Prior to the opening of their seven game road trip in Ottawa on December 16th the Canadiens were two points behind Boston and third place in the Atlantic Division (the Bruins held three games in hand). In just over two weeks they are now 12 points behind Boston and Toronto.

….The Canadiens are now listed by as having a 2.0% chance of making the playoffs. Only Ottawa (0.7%) Arizona and Buffalo (0.00%) are given a lesser chance.

….The Canadiens haven’t won a home game in regulation time since the 10-1 win over Detroit December 2nd. The month’s only home win was 2-1 in overtime vs. New Jersey.

….During their four game losing streak the Canadiens have scored three goals; Gallagher, Galchenyuk and Shaw. (Joe Morrow is the only Canadien with two points in that stretch).

….In the 15 games since he returned from injury Carey Price has an 8-6-1 record with a 2.38GAA and .927save%. He started his comeback with five straight victories. In the ten games since he is 3-6-1 with a 3.82 GAA and .910 save%.

….In a three game span between October 30th and Nov. 4th Tomas Plekanec scored 2 goals, 2 assists. In the 25 games since he has 1 goal and ten assists.

About the Sharks

….This the second of a stretch of 14 of 18 on the road for the Sharks. They started with a 6-0 loss in Dallas New Years Eve. With that loss they are 1-3-1 in their last five on the road.

….The loss in Dallas was the sixth time this season the Sharks have been shut out.

….The Sharks racing second in the league in goals allowed per game. They have come back to post a 9-6-3 record when allowing the first goal of a game, the second highest points percentage in the league.

….The Sharks power play was blanked in the 6-0 loss in Dallas on New Year’s Eve. In the nine games prior they produced 14 goals in 41 opportunities (34.1%). That surge moved the Sharks PP ranking from 24th to 6th in the league.

….Along with a sixth ranked power play the Sharks penalty killing is second in the league.

….Only two teams have scored fewer goals this season than the Sharks 98 (two fewer than the Canadiens’ 100).

….At the same time the Sharks have allowed only 92 goals, behind LA’s 91 (the Kings have played three more games)

….Both Sharks goaltenders Martin Jones and Aaron Dell went undrafted during their junior eligibility.

….Jones is the fourth active undrafted goaltender to reach the 100 win mark and only the 13th draft eligible goaltender since the NHL started the universal draft in 1969 with 100 wins.

….Kevin Labanc had three goals and five assists on the 9th of December. In his last nine games he has a goal and nine assists and has eight points his last four games.

….Brent Burns has posted all six goals and 18 of his 25 points since Nov. 22nd. Since that date he leads all defensemen in points with 18 (including 13 in his last ten games – 5g, 8a. His 146 shots leads all defensemen and are 7th overall.

….Joe Pavelski is only the fourth player selected 200th or later in draft history to reach the 300 goal plateau. He joins Dave Taylor, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavol Demitra.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price is 11-13-2 for the season with a 2.97 GAA and .907 save%.

….Aaron Dell has a 7-3-1 record with a 2.06GAA and .931save%. He has never faced the Canadiens.

Special TeamsPower Play – San Jose ranks 6th (28/128) 21.9%.   Canadiens rank 17th (22/116) 19.0%.    Penalty Killing – San Jose ranks 2nd (17/117) 85.5%     Canadiens rank 26th (29/130) 77.7%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 62- Arrturi Lehkonen

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 54-Charles Hudon

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

43-Daniel Carr    65-Andrew Shaw 20-Nicolas Deslauriers

8 Jordie Benn 26-Jeff Petry

22- Karl Alzner 21-David Schlemko

28-Jakub Jerabek 45-Joe Morrow

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– C Jacob de la Rose; D Brett Lernout; C Byron Froese

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


San Jose Line Combinations & Pairings

48-Tomas Hertl 19-Joe Thornton 8-Joe Pavelski

68-Melker Karlsson 39-Logan Courture 62-Kevin LaBanc

28-Timo Meier 50-Chris Tierney 27-Joonas Donskoi

20-Marcus Sorenson 42-Joe Ward 89-Mikkel Boedker

4-Brenden Dillon 88-Brent Burns

44-Marc Edouard Vlasic 61-Justin Braun

47-Joakim Ryan 74-Dylan Demelo

31-Martin Jones

Injuries – D Paul Martin (ankle); RW Barclay Goodrow ((IR lower body).

Healthy Scratches – RW Jannik Hansen; D Tim Heed.


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