Preview Game #46

Canadiens vs. Washington

Capitol One Arena – January 19h , 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 45GP (18-21-6) 42pts. 14th in Eastern Conference. Washington – 46GP (28-14-4) 60 pts. First in Metropolitan Division.

Season Series – Second of three meetings this season. Washington beat the Canadiens 6-1 in the season’s second game Oct. 7th. Ovechkin with four goals; Kuznetsov with 4 assists.Gallagher for the Canadiens. Carey Price pulled after allowing 4 goals on 14 shots.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (2-6-2) Washington (6-2-2)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (7-3-1) Washington at home (18-6-0)

Lineup Changes

….C Logan Shaw #49 will make his Canadiens debut on the fourth line.

…..Jonathan Drouin moves back to centre between Max Pacioretty and Nicolas Deslauriers.

..Antti Niemi will start for the Canadiens in the first of back-to-back games.


….Last season the Canadiens were 1-2-0 vs. Washington. @Washington Dec. 17th Canadiens-2 Washington-1. Lekhonen and Petry for Canadiens. Backstrom PPG. @Bell Centre Jan. 9th Washington-4 Canadiens-1. Backstrom Kuznetsov, Connolly & Ovechkin for Washington. Plekanec PPG. Canadiens outshot 39-23. Feb. 4th @ Bell Centre Washington-3 Canadiens-2. Beagle, Burakovsky, Backstrom. For Canadiens Radulov & Pacioretty goal & assist.

….The Capitals have earned a point in ten of the last 12 home/away meetings with the Canadiens (8-2-2) and 23 of the last 27 (19-4-4).

…..Since the start of the 2009-2010 season the Capitals have an overall record of 19-5-4 vs. Montreal.

….In 43 career games Alex Ovechkin has 27 goals and 48 points including 4 goals in the Oct 7th meeting

….Ovechkin is one of only six active NHLer’s with at least 20 goals vs. the Canadiens led by Jaromir Jagr with 43. Jason Spezza (31) Eric Staal (21); Patrice Bergeron & Thomas Vanek (20).

….Ovechkin‘s 0.63 goals per game vs. the Canadiens is the highest among active players with 20 or more games against them.

….Tomas Plekanec leads the Canadiens against the Capitals with 15 goals and 30 points in 44 games.

….In 13 games against Washington Alex Galchenyuk has two goals, seven assists.

….Antti Niemi has been in 8 career games vs. Washington with a 5-0-3 record with 1 shutout,2.52GAA and .912 save%.

….Philipp Grubauer has appeared in only one game against the Canadiens – a 4-3 loss in February 2016. He allowed one goal on 16 shots.


About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost their last five road games. They have scored only four goals over that span. Overall have won only two of their last 10. Overall they have won only 7 of 21 on the road this season averaging 2.33 goals per game while giving up an average of 3.48.

….Against the Metropolitan Divison the Canadiens have lost 8 of their last 11. In their last eight against the Eastern Conference they are 1-7.

….The Canadiens have averaged 2.19 goals per game over the last 16 starts.

….Against teams with an over .500 record this season the Canadiens have won eight of 28 games.

….Alex Galchenyuk has been the Canadiens top scorer in th 22 games since November 24th with 7 goals and 18 points. In his first 23 games Galchenyuk had 4 goals, 4 assists. With the surge Galchenyuk has taken over the team scoring lead 26 points (11g, 15a)

….Jakub Jerabek scored his first career goal vs. Boston Wednesday. All three of his career points have come in the last two games.

….Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with 16 goals but has 3 goals and an assist in his last 17 games.

….Tomas Plekanec hasn’t registered a point in ten games and remains three points away from 600 career. Over three games between Oct. 30 and Nov. 3rd Plekanec scored two goals and 2 assists. In his next 31 games he has one goal plus 10 assists.

….Max Pacioretty has four goals and an assist in his last six games. Jeff Petry – 4 assists the last four.

….Nicolas Deslauriers has two goals his last 3 games and six in 25 games. In only 25 games Deslauriers has 106 hits, just one behind team leader Jeff Petry in 45 games. Deslaurier’s scoring percentage is 18.8, just behind Paul Byron’s team leading 19.0%.

….Antti Niemi will make his fifth appearance with the Canadiens  and third start.  With the Canadiens Niemi is (0-1-1) with a 2.79GAA and .917save%.

About the Capitals

….The Capitals have won six of their last seven games. They started the year losing 7 of their first 12 games. Since then they have won 23 of 33. They rank 31st in shots-taken per game at 29.0.

….The Capitals rank 9th in NHL scoring at 3.04 goals-per-game.

….This the second of back-to-back games for the Capitals. They have a 4-1 record in their last five playing with no rest. Overall they are 4-5-0 in the back end.

….Alex Ovechin has five goals and seven assist over his last eight game but has failed to record a point in two of his last three.

….Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 49 points. He needs two to reach 500 career assists. Only three active players have 500 career goals and assists – Jagr, Marian Hossa & Patrick Marleau.

….Evgeny Kuznetsov is second on the Capitals in goals (13), assists (29) and points (32).

….Nicklas Backstrom has gone four games without a goal, leaving him three short of 200 for his career.

….Former Canadiens Lars Eller has a goal in four of his last five games, including the only Washington four game goal streak this season. The four goal streak was the longest of his career.

….Eller has five goals his last eight games and nien for the season.

….Since the start of the 2013-14 season, Tom Wilson has been assessed 161 minor penalties. Only Nazem Kadri has more over that stretch – 193.

….Over his last seven appearances Philipp Grubauer is 4-0-2 with a 1.33GAA and .957 save% and a shutout.

Goaltending –

…..With three teams this season, Antti Niemi has been in 9 games with a 0-5-1 record; 4.55GAA and .865 save%.

….Philipp Grubauer has a 4-5-3 record this season with a 2.60GAA and .916save%. He has won 3 of four starts at home with a 1.52GAA and .946 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens ranked 14th (26/136) 19.1% Washington ranked 16th (27/143) 18.9%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 26th (32/145) 77.9% Washington ranked 22nd (32/156) 79.5%

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 20-Nicolas Deslauriers

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

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

43-Daniel Carr 42-Byron Froese 48-Logan Shaw

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;

Injuries – C Andrew Shaw (lower body); C Phillip Danault (concussion); D Shea Weber (foot); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion)