Preview Game #47

Boston vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – January 20th , 2018 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Boston – 44GP (26-10-8) 60 pts. Second in Atlantic Division. Canadiens – 46GP (19-21-6) 44pts. Fifth in Atlantic Division.

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

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

Lineup Changes – TBA


….This is the third of four meetings this season. Bell Centre Jan. 13th – Boston-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout). Brad Marchand with shootout winner plus goal. Also Debrusk and Krejci. Pacioretty, Deslauriers and Galchenyuk for Montreal. @ Boston Jan . 17th Boston-4 Canadiens-1. Pastrnak, Spooner, Marchand and Krejci (ENG). Jerabek for Montreal.

…. Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens have played the Bruins 12 times at theBell Centre. Their record is 6-4-2.

….Overall since the lockout the Canadiens are 15-6-2 vs Boston (they are 9-2-0 at Boston over that span)

….The Bruins have also won the last four overall meetings including the 4-3 shootout win at the Bell Centre a week ago and the 4-1 win Wednesday in Boston.

….The Canadiens have scored fewer than two goals in five of last eight meetings between the teams.

….The Canadiens (mainly the Plekanec line) held Patrice Bergeron without a shot on goal Wednesday night in Boston. It was the first time he was held without a shot since Oct.22, 2016, a span of 114 games.

….Career vs. Boston Carey Price is 24-10-5 in 40 games with one shutout, a 2.40GAA and .922 save%.

….Tuukka Rask has been in 28 career games vs. Montreal – 9-15-3 with 2 shutouts a 2.46GAA and .916 save%.

About the Canadiens

….This will complete the eighth set of back-to-back games this season. So far they are 2-4-1 in the second half including losses in each of their last two.

….The Canadiens enter the game nine points behind Pittsburgh and the final Eastern Conference wild card berth. In order to get to the second wild card berth they would have to pass five teams including Pittsburgh.

…..The win at Washington Friday ended a 3 game Canadiens losing streak.

….The Canadiens are currently 2 games below the NHL version of .500 hockey. The last time they were at .500 was following the Dec. 23rd win at Edmonton (16-16-4). Since then the Canadiens are 3-5-2.

…..The Canadiens are 0-5 over their last five Saturday games (0-4-1)

….Carey Price has lost seven of his last nine starts (2-5-2).

….Price has started 21 of the Canadiens 22 games since his return from injury Nov 25th. He won his first five starts. Since then he is 5-8-3. In those last 16 starts Price has a 2.97 GAA and .910 save%. (His record for the 21 starts since Nov. 25th is 10-8-3 with a 2.54GAA and with a .922 save%.)

….Max Pacioretty has six goals, 1 assist his last six games

…..Although he hasn’t scored a point in two games, Alex Galchenyuk has 7 goals and 18 points his last 23 games.

….All four of Jakub Jerabek‘s career points have been scored over the last three games (1g, 3a)

….Paul Byron has 3 goals, 2 assists his last five games. His 13 goals have come on 69 shots on goal – 19.4%.

….Tomas Plekanec ended a 10 game point drought with an assist vs. Washington Friday. He needs 2 points for a career total of 600.

….On Nov. 30th the Canadiens power play ranked 28th at 15.%. Since then the Canadiens have scored 13 goals on 50 advantages – 26.0%.  the surge has moved the Canadiens from 29th to 14th in the PP rankings.  They have scored PPG’s in 4 of their last 5 games.

….The Canadiens rank 30th in the league in giveaways at 13.4 per game. The last ten games they’ve reduced that to 9.9 per game.

….The Canadiens rank 4th in the league in hits per-game at 24.8.

About the Bruins

….The Bruins have at least a point in 15 consecutive games (11-0-4). their last regulation loss was December 14th at home against Washington.

….After starting the season 6-7-4 the Bruins are 14-1-4 over their last 19 and 20-3-4 over 27.

…..The Bruins started their season 6-7-4.

….The Bruins are averaging 3.3 goals per game while allowing 2.5 per game.

….The Bruins have allowed 3 or fewer goals in 13 of the 15 games in their current streak.

….PatriceBergeron recorded a hat trick vs. the Islanders Thursday, his second in six games (He scored four vs. Carolina Jan. 6th) He’s the first Bruins in 16 years to have multiple three-goal games in a season (Bill Guerin). Cam Neely had three hat trick games in 1993-94.

….Bergeron has nine goals and 14 points his last eight games.

…..Brad Marchand scored his 20th goal vs. the Islanders on Thursday. He is now looking for his third consecutive 30-goal season. Marchand has 5 goals, 9 assists his last 7 games.

….Marchand has 23 career shorthanded goals, most by any player since he entered the NHL in 2009.

….Tuuka Rask has played in a career best 15 straight games in which the Bruins have picked up a point. Rask has been in 16 of the last 21 Bruins games with a 1.65GAA, .937save% and two shutouts.

….Bruins rookies have scored a league leading 34 of the Boston goals. (24.1% of the total of 141)

….C Danton Heinen ranks 4th among NHL rookies with 31 points.

Goaltending –

…..Carey Price this season is 13-15-4 with 1 shutout, a 2.96 GAA and .908 save%.

…..Tuukka Rask has been in 29 games with a record of (16-8-4); 2 shutouts; 2.21GAA and .920 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Boston ranks 6th (30/139) 21.6%. Canadiens rank 14th (27/140) 19.3%. Penalty Killing – Boston ranks 6th (22/132) 83.3%. Canadiens rank 26th (33/148) 77.7%.

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

25-Jacob de la Rose 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; LW Daniel Carr

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;