PREVIEW GAME #41 Tampa Bay @ Canadiens (Jan. 4/2018)

Jan 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #41

Tampa Bay vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – January 4th , 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Tampa Bay 40GP (29-8-2) 60 pts. First in NHL. Montreal – 39GP (16-20-4) 36 pts. 14th in eastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Tampa Bay (8-2-0) Canadiens (3-7-0)

Home/Away – Tampa Bay on the road (13-5-1) Canadiens at home ( 9-8-3)

Lineup Changes

….LW Daniel Carr will be a healthy scratch. Jacob de la Rose will play.

…. In goal – Carey Price vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy


….This is the second game vs. Tampa in eight nights. Last Thursday they lost 3-1. Carey Price stopped 31 of 34 shots.

….Over the last two-plus seasons the Canadiens are 6-2-1 vs. Tampa. Prior that the Canadiens had lost seven in a row against them. And nine of eleven including playoffs.

….The last Bell Centre meeting between the clubs was a 4-2 Tampa win on April 7th. It ended a three game home winning streak against the Lightning. Prior to that Tampa had won 4 in a row at Montreal.

….Andrei Vasilevskiy has a 3-1-1 record the Canadiens with a 2.39GAA and .918 save%.

….Carey Price has a 12-13-6 record vs. Tampa with a 2.54GAA and a .915 save% in 31 games..

….Brendan Gallagher has five goals, 5 assists in 19 games vs. Tampa.

….In 16 games vs. the Canadiens Nikita Kucherov has three goals and eight assists.

….This will be Mikhail Sergachev‘s 40th Tampa game which nullifies the conditional segment of the Sergachev/Drouin transaction. If Sergachev failed to play 40 games the Canadiens would have given up a second round pick to Tampa.

….Sergachev has scored three more goals and seven more points than Jonathan Drouin. Sergachev is plus-17; Drouin minus-16.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost five in a row. They have scored only four goals in their last five games while giving up 16.

….The Canadiens have lost nine of their last 12 games (3-8-1).

….The Canadiens have lost four of the last five at the Bell Centre (1-3-1).

….After they won five in a row between Nov. 25th and Dec. 2nd the Canadiens have won 3 of their last 12.

….In their last seven games the Canadiens have given up 3.28 goals per game.

….The Canadiens hold the 29th ranked offense in the league, averaging 2.50 goals per game. Their defense is ranked 24th at 3.13.

….Upon his return from injury, Carey Price won his first five starts. Since then he has started 11 of 12 games with a 3-7-1 record, a 3.11GAA and .907 save%.

….Jonathan Drouin will play in his 200th career game. He has one point in his last ten games.

….Max Pacioretty‘s goal drought is now 13 games and one goal in 22 games.

….Artturi Lehkonen hasn’t scored in 12 games. Charles Hudon hasn’t scored in 10. Tomas Plekanec has one goal in 26.

….Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with 15 goals but only two in his last 12 games.

….Alex Galchenyuk has one point in his last four games. Eleven of his team-leading 22 points have come in his last 14 games.

….The Canadiens power play is ranked 15th in the league; their penalty killing – 26th.

About the Lightning

…..Tampa has won 12 of it’s last 14 games overall (12-2-0) and 5-1-0 in their last six. They have also won 20 of 27 on the road.

….Tampa is coming off back to back shutout wins against Columbus (5-0)and Toronto (2-0). they have registered shutouts in three of their last five games.

….Tampa Bay has the league’s best offense at 3.69 GPG average. Their defense is second rated at 2.36GPG.

….Their power play is second in the league while their penalty killing is 23rd.

….Last season the Lightning missed the playoffs by one point and finished nine points behind the Canadiens who won the Atlantic Division.

….Andrei Vasilevskiy has shutouts in his last two starts a streak of 164.29, the second longest of his career (178:02 set in November 2016). He also three shutouts in his last four and leads the league with six.

….Vasilevskiy ranks second in th league in goals against average and save percentage.

….Nikita Kucherov had a ten game point streak ended against Toronto on Tuesday. He leads the NHL with 56 points (25g, 31a).

….Steven Stamko is fourth in the NHL scoring race with 49 pts. (17g, 32a).

….Mikhail Sergachev has three assists and a plus-4 rating over his last two games.

….Defenseman Victor Hedman is plus-17 in the Lightning’s last 14 games.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price this season – 27GP (11-14-2) 1 shutout; 3.01GAA and .906 save%.

..Andrei Vasilevskiy – has a 26-5-1 record with a 1.95GAA and .937save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Tampa Bay ranks 2nd (37?147) 25.2%. Canadiens ranked 15th (23/121) 19.0%. Penalty Killing – Tampa ranked 23rd (27/131) 79.4%. Canadiens ranked 26th (23/121) 19.0%.

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

65-Andrew Shaw 25- Jacob de la Rose 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– LW Daniel Carr; C Byron Froese

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

Tampa Bay Lines & Pairings

90-Vladislav Namestnikov 91-Steven 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 24-Ryan Callahan

77-Victor Hedman 59-Jake Dotchin

98-Mikhail Sergachev 6-Anton Stralman

55-Braydon Coburn 5-Dan Girardi

88-Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injuries – G Peter Budaj (IR leg)

Healthy Scratches – D Slater Koekoek; D- Andrej Sustr



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