PREVIEW GAME #42 Vancouver @ Canadiens (Jan. 7/2018)

Jan 7th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #42

Vancouver vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – January 77h , 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Vancouver – 41GP ((16-19-6) 38 pts. 14th in Western Conference. Montreal – 41GP (17-20-4) 38 pts. 14th in Wastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Vancouver (2-6-2) Canadiens (4-6-0)

Home/Away – Vancouver (9-7-3) Canadiens at home (10-8-3)

Lineup Changes

.Carey Price confirmed in goal for Canadiens.  Anders Nilssen in goal for Canucks.

….RW Sven Baertschi returns to lineup for Vancouver on first line with Sedin twins.


….The Canadiens and Canucks are tied in points at 38. Each is ranked 14th in it’s respective conference. The Canucks offense is ranked 28th; in the league; Canadiens 29th. Canucks defense is 26th, the Canadiens defense is 24th ranked. The Canadiens rank 27th in the league in goal differential (minus-24) Vancouver 28th (minus-27)

….Last time the teams met, the Canadiens won 7-5 December 19th in Vancouver. The win in Vancouver ended a five game Canadiens losing streak.

….In the last meeting at the Bell Centre the Canadiens were 3-0 winners Nov. 2 ,2016.

….In the last eight games at the Bell Centre the Canadiens have a 7-0-1 record vs. the Canucks.

….The last time the Canucks won in Montreal was Dec. 8, 2011. Cody Hodgson recorded the shootout winning goal after the Canadiens blew a 3-0 lead.

….The Canucks last regulation win at Montreal was January 16, 2007 (4-0)

….Versus the Canucks Carey Price has a 9-2-2 record with a 2.30GAA and .929 save% in 14 appearances.

About the Canadiens

….At the half season mark the Canadiens are 18 points behind their pace of last season – This season (17-20-4) 38 points, 6th in the Atlantic Division. At midpoint last season they were (25-10-6) 56 points and first in the division.

….The Candiens have failed to score more than one goal in each of it’s last six games.

….Andrew Shaw has scored two of the Canadiens five goals over the last six games. He is one of four with two points over that stretch. Pacioretty and Galchenyuk each has a goal and assist. Joe Morrow has two assists.

….The Canadiens have scored 17 goals the last ten games, but seven of them came in the Vancouver game. In the other nine games they have averaged 1.1 per game.

….Max Pacioretty ended his 13 game goal drought vs. the Lightning Thursday. He has two goals his last 23 games dating back to Nov. 14th.

….Among the Canadiens centres Jonathan Drouin has 1 assist his last 11 games. Tomas Plekanec has one goal in his last 27 games – none in his last nine. Phillip Danault 0 points in his last seven.

…..Also Artturi Lehkonen has one assist in his last 13; Charles Hudon has no goals in 11.

….Alex Galchenyuk scored the last Canadiens 5-on-5 goal at Carolina on Dec. 27th. In the four plus games and 274;41 since, the Canadiens have three goals, two on the power play and one 4-on-4.

….At the Bell Centre the Canadiens have lost 11 of 21 games (10-8-3). At home they have averaged 2.52 goals per game while allowing 2.71 per game.

….The Canadiens haven’t won two in a row since Dec. 19th and 22nd. The Dec. 19th win was in Vancouver.

….Carey Price at home this season has an 8-7 record with a 2.49GAA and .919 save%.

….The Canadiens rank 29th in the league at 2.46 goals per game while ranking 6th on shots on goal (33.7 per game)

….Vs. the Canadiens Anders Nilsson has appeared in two games with a 0-1-0 record, 5.37GAA and .841 save%.

About the Canucks

….The Canucks are second last in the Western Conference.

….On December 4th the Canucks had a record of 14-10-4. Since then they are 2-9-2. The losses have dropped the Canucks to 14th in the West, ten points out of the last wild card berth.

….Vancouver has lost seven of the last eight both overall (1-5-2) and on the road (1-4-3)

….The Canucks losing record coincides with the injury to forward Bo Horvat December 5th. Horvat remains on injury reserve with a broken ankle.

….The Canucks are playing their second of back to back games (they lost 3-2 in a shootout in Toronto Saturday night). The Canucks are 3-0-0 in the second game this season (1-2-1 in the opening game).

…..Rookie Brock Boeser scored his 22nd goal vs. the Leafs Saturday night. He has 11 goals his last 15 games and nine points in his last seven (5g, 4a). He was the NHL’s rookie of the month in both November and December. Boeser is tied for fourth in the league in goals.

….Henrik Sedin has 0 goals 14 assists his last 16 games. Daniel Sedin has 7 points over his last nine (2g, 5a).

….Thomas Vanek recorded his 10th career hat trick vs. the Canadiens on December 19th. Among active NHLer’s he ranks 6th in the league in career hattricks and third in the league since the start of 2007-2008.

….Vanek has 11 points (5g, 6a) over his last nine games. Sam Gagner has 8 points over his last nine (4g, 4a)

….RW Sven Baertschi returns to the Vancouver lineup for the first time since he suffered a fracture jaw Dec. 9th. Baetrschi has 8 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season.

….The Canucks have allowed an average of 4.58 goals per game over their last twelve.

….On the road the Canucks have a winning 9-7-3 record. In those games they have averaged 2.94 per game while allowing 3.06.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price in 28 games this season is 12-14-2 with a 2.92GAA and .910 save%.

….Anders Nilsson – 14GP 6-6-1 with 2 shutouts . 3.53GAA. .900 save%

Special TeamsPower Play – Vancouver ranked 10th (29/139) 20.9%. Canadiens ranked 18th (23/123) 18.7%. Penalty Killing – Vancouver tied 26th (32/145) 77.9%. Canadiens tied 26th (30/136) 77.9%.

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

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8-Jordie Benn 28-Jakub Jerabek

45-Joe Morrow 21-David Schlemko

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– LW Daniel Carr; C Byron Froese; D Victor Mete;

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

Projected Vancouver Lines & Pairings

22-Daniel Sedin 33-Henrik Sedin  47-Sven Baertschi

26-Thomas Vanek 89-Sam Gagner 6-Brock Boeser

60-Markus Granlund 17-Nic Dowd 21-Loui Eriksson

50-Brendan Gaunce 45-Michael Chaput 18-Jake Virtanen

23-Alexander Edler 51-Troy Stecher

4-Michael Del Zotto 4-Erik Gudbranson

5-Derrick Pouliot 55-Alex Biega

31-Anders Nilsson

Injuries – C Bo Horvat (IR ankle fracture); D Chris Tanev (facial); LW Sven Baertschi ((IR broken jaw); C Brandon Sutter (IR upper body); RW Derek Dorsett (IR neck)

Healthy Scratches – D Ben Hutton; RW Nikolaj Goldobin

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