PREVIEW GAME #43 Boston @ Canadiens (Jan. 13/2018)

Jan 13th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #43

Boston vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – January 13h , 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Boston – 40GP (23-10-7) 53pts. 2nd in Atlantic Division. Canadiens 42GP (18-20-4) 40 pts; 6th in Atlantic Division

Last Ten Games – Boston (8-0-2) Canadiens (4-6-0)

Home/Away – Boston on the Road (9-5-4) Canadiens at home (11-8-3)

Lineup Changes

….Charles Hudon has been moved to right wing with Jonathan Drouin and Alex Galchenyuk. Artturi Lehkonen will play with Phillip Danaul and Max Pacioretty.

Head-to-Head

….The Canadiens are now 13 points behind Boston in the Atlantic Division with Boston still holding two games in hand.

….This will be the first time the Bruins will play against former coach Claude Julien who was fired last February 7th and hired by the Canadiens February 14th. Julien is the Bruins all time winningest coach.

….In the last 20 meetings dating back to March 3rd 2013 the Canadiens are 15-4-1 vs. Boston.

….In the last seven meetings the Bruins are 4-3-0 vs. Montreal. Last season the Canadiens were 2-1-1 against them.

….The Canadiens have score fewer than two goals in four of the past seven meetings between the teams. The last Bell Centre meeting in December 2016 was a 2-1 Canadiens loss

….Career vs. the Bruins Carey Price is 24-9-4 with a 2.38GAA and .923 save%.

….Tuukka Rask allowed one goal vs. the Canadiens in two starts last season. He has a career record of 7-15-3 vs. Montreal with a 2.51GAA and .915 save%.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens rank 14th in the Eastern Conference. They are nine points and five teams behind Pittsburgh currently hold the second wild card berth.

….This is game four of a five game Canadiens home stand. So far they are 2-1-0 with wins in the last two games vs. Tampa Bay (shootout) and Vancouver.

….After their five day break, this is the first of five games in eight days for the Canadiens.

….The Canadiens are 0-4 in their last four Saturday night games. They have won one of their last five vs. Eastern Conference .

…..Against teams with a winning record the Canadiens have won only six of 21 games this season.

…..The Canadiens have scored 20 goals over their last ten games. Twelve of those goals were scored in the wins over Vancouver. In the other 8games they have scored 8 goals.

….Overall the Canadiens are averaging 2.52 goals per game – 3rd lowest output in the league despite ranking seventh in shots on goal at an average of 34.0. In goals against they ranking 22nd at 3.05 per game.

….Five-on-five the Canadiens rank 27th in shooting percentage at 6.3%. Max Pacioretty’s 5-on-5 shooting percentage is 3.8%. Jonathan Drouin 6.0%.

….Carey Price has won his last two starts. He has not posted wins in three straight starts since Nov. 25 to Dec. 2nd.

….The Canadiens are 9-4-1 vs. Atlantic Division opposition this season.

About the Bruins

….The Bruins are looking to extend their points streak to 12 games (8-0-3). It’s been a month since the Bruins lost a game in regulation time – Dec. 14th . Since November 16th their record is 17-3-3.

….Boston has won eight of it’s last11 on the road (8-1-2).

….Since Bruce Cassidy took over from Claude Julien last February 7th the Bruins have a record of 41-18-8.

….The Bruins are looking for their seventh straight win against Atlantic Division opposition. Overall vs. the Atlantic they are 6-1-2.

…..Boston has averaged five goals over their last six games.

….Boston has allowed fewer than two goals in seven of their last nine games. They lead the Eastern Conference in fewest goals allowed – 102.

….The Bruins rank sixth in the league in goals per game (3.23) and are tied with Tampa for fewest goals allowed (2.50)

….Patrice Bergeron has recorded six goals and eight points in a four game scoring streak. He was named NHL First star of the week ending Jan. 7th. Overall he has 16 goals and 32 points.

….Brad Marchand leads the Bruins with 23 assists and 40 points and is tied with David Pastrnak for the lead in goals with 17.

….Defenseman Charlie McAvoy leads all NHL rookies in ice time at 22:54 per game. In forty games he has five goals and 21 points and is plus-14.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price is 13-14-2 for the season with a 2.89GAA and .911 save%.

….Tuukka Rask is 14-8-4 this season with a 2.23GAA and .920 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Boston ranks 10th (27/130) 20.8%. Canadiens rank 16th (24/126) 19.0%. Penalty Killing – Boston ranks 9th (21/122) 82,8%. Canadiens rank 25th (30/139) 78.4%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 54-Charles Hudon

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 62-Artturi Lehkonen

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

53-Victor Mete 21-David Schlemko

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– LW Daniel Carr; C Byron Froese D Joe Morrow

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

Boston Line Combinations & Pairings

63-Brad Marchand 37-Patrice Bergeron 88-David Pastrnak

74-Jake Debrusk 46-David Krejci 51-Ryan Spooner

43-Danton Heinen 20-Riley Nash 42-David Backes

59-Tim Schaller 52-Sean Kuraly 55-Noel Acciari

33-Zdeno Chara 25-Charlie McAvoy

47-Torey Krug 25-Brandon Carlo

48-Matt Grzelcyik 86-Kevan Miller

40-Tuukka Rask

Injuries – D Adam McQuaid (IR broken leg)

Healthy Scratches – C Frank Vatrano; D Paul Postma

 

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