PREVIEW GAME #45 Canadiens @ Boston (Jan. 17/2018)

Jan 17th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #45

Boston vs. Canadiens

TD Garden – January 17h , 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 44GP (18-20-6) 42pts. Sixth in Atlantic Division.    Boston – 42GP (24-10-8) 56pts. Second in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-5-2) Boston (7-0-3)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the Road (7-12-1) Boston at Home (14-5-4)

Lineup Changes

….Jonathan Drouin moved to right wing from centre on line with Alex Galchenyuk. Jacob de la Rose will centre.

….Paul Byron centres Pacioretty and Hudon for the second consecutive game.

….Carey Price in goal for the Canadiens vs. Tuukka Rask.

….For Boston, D Adam McQuaid returns to lineup after missing 36 games with a broken leg.


….The last time the Canadiens met the Bruins at Boston was Feb. 12th 2017, five days after Claude Julien was fired. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots in a 4-0 shutout win. It was Michel Therrien’s last game as Canadiens head coach. Two days later he was fired to be replaced by Julien.

….Prior to the 4-0 loss at Boston last February the Canadiens had won nine straight games at Boston dating back to Jan. 12 2012, the night the Canadiens traded Michael Cammalleri to Calgary mid game.

….In the last 21 home/away meetings with the Bruins the Canadiens dating back to March 3rd 2013 the Canadiens are 15-4-1.

….The Bruins have a three game winning streak vs. the Canadiens, their longest since they won five in a row Nov. 21, 2011 to Feb. 6, 2013.

….Both teams coming off overtime losses on Monday. Canadiens lost to the Islanders 5-4; Boston lost 4-3 to Dallas.

….Since the 2012 lockout Max Pacioretty has led the Canadiens against the Bruins with 10 goals and 19 points in 22 games. Career vs. the Bruins Pacioretty has 15 goals and 28 points in 36 games.

….Alex Galchenyuk has 13 points 20 games vs. the Bruins since the lockout – 3g, 10a.

…. In his nine games vs. the Bruins Paul Byron has 6 goals and 7 points.

….Both Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec have 5 goals, 13 assists since the lockout – Gallagher in 21 games; Plekanec in 27.

….Versus the Canadiens since the lockout Patrice Bergeron has 7 goals, 8 assists in 20 games. In 19 games Brad Marchand has 3 goals 9 assists in 19 games.

….Vs. Boston Carey Price has a record of 24-9-5 with a 2.39GAA and .922 save%.

….Tuukka Rask vs. the Canadiens has a career record of 8-15-3 with a 2.50GAA , a.914 save percentage and two shutouts.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens enter this game nine points behind the second wild card spot. In order to get to that final spot they would have to pass six teams.

….The Canadiens have lost seven of their last nine games (2-5-2). In their last four games they are 2-0-2 – 6 of a possible 8 points.

….The Canadiens have won 7 of 20 games on the road (7-12-1). On average they have averaged 2.40 goals per game on the road whil allowing 3.45.

….The Canadiens’ offense ranks 29th (2.56GPG) while ranking fifth in shots taken 34.4 per game. Their defense ranks 24th (3.09)

….The Canadiens have won one of their last seven games vs. Eastern Conference teams.

….Max Pacioretty has scored a goal in four straight games, the second longest streak in his career. (He scored in 6 striaght games in 2014-15).

….Nicolas Deslauriers scored his 6th goal of the season Monday, (in 24 games) equaling the season goal total of Jonathan Drouin (6 goals in 39 games). Deslauriers has scored on a team leading 20.7% of his shots on goal while averaging ice time of 10:53. (Paul Byron‘s shooting % is second at 19.0%)

….Alex Galchenyuk has two goals, 2 assist his last three games.

….vs. the Islanders Jonathan Drouin scored his first goal since Nov. 29th.

….Carey Price has won only 4 of 13 road games this season with a 3.43GAA.

….The Canadiens have scored a power play goal in a season high three consecutive games.

….The 56 shots on goal registered against the Islanders Monday was the highest shots total since Feb. 24th 1990 when the Canadiens recorded 61 vs. Pittsburgh.

About the Bruins

….Boston is 9-0-3 in their last 12 games – 18-3-4 over their last 25. They are 7-0-0 in their last seven vs. the Atlantic Division.

…..Their current stretch of 13 games (dating back to Dec. 14th) without a regulation loss is the Bruins longest since March 2nd – 30th of last season (16 games).

….The Bruins have played in three straight games that went into overtime, losing two of the three. Boston is now 1-6 in overtime this season (not including shootouts)– tied for second worst in the league.

….At home this season the Bruins are 14-5-4; scoring 3.26GPG while allowing 2.48.

….Boston ranks 6th in the league in scoring at 3.19 per game while ranking 3rd in goals allowed – 2.52 per game.

….The Bruins had 106 points from their rookies this season- most of any team in the league (the Canadiens have 20 rookie points – 17th in the league)

….Tuuka Rask is 12-0-2 during his career high fourteen-game point streak.

….The Bruins have announced that Rene Rancourt, who has sung the National Anthems in Boston for the last 42 years will retire at the end of this season.

Goaltending –

….For the season Carey Price is 13-14-4 with a 2.95GAA and .908 save%.

….Tuukka Rask is 15-8-4 with a 2.25GAA and .919save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 15th (26/134) 19.4% Boston ranks 11th (28/135) 20.7%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 26th (31/142) 78.2% Boston ranks 9th (22/128) 82.8%

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 25- Jacob de la Rose 92-Jonathan Drouin

67-Max Pacioretty 41-Paul Byron 54-Charles Hudon

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 42-Byron Froese 43-Daniel Carr

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8-Jordie Benn 28-Jakub Jerabek

53-Victor Mete 21-David Schlemko

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch–D Joe Morrow; RW Logan Shaw

Injuries – C Andrew Shaw (lower body); C Phillip Danault (concussion); 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  26-Adam McQuaid

40-Tuukka Rask

Injuries – D Kevan Miller (virus)

Healthy Scratches – C Frank Vatrano; D Paul Postma;

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