PREVIEW GAME #48 Colorado @ Canadiens (Jan. 23/2018)

Jan 23rd, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #48

Colorado vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – January 23, 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Colorado – 46GP (27-16-3) 57 pts. Second Western Conf. Wild card berth. Canadiens -47 GP (19-22-6) 44pts. 14th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Colorado (10-0-0) Canadiens (3-5-2)

Home/Away – Colorado on the road (9-9-2) Canadiens at home (11-9-5)

Lineup Changes

Carey Price in goal for the Canadiens.  Jonathan Bernier will make his second start in 24 hours for the Avalanche.

Head-to-Head

….First of two meetings between the clubs. Second game at Denver Feb. 14th.

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens have won 3 of four home games against the Rockies.

….Last season at the Bell Centre the Canadiens beat Colorado 10-1. Max Pacioretty scored 4 goals and an assist.

….Since the Nordiques became the Avalanche in 1995 the Canadiens are 8-15-4 against them. At the Bell Centre 6-5-2.

….In the eight meetings between the teams since the lockout Max Pacioretty has 5 goals and 10 points. Tomas Plekanec has 8 assists in eight games. Brendan Gallagher 2 goals, 2 assists. In 7 games.

…..For Colorado over the same stretch Nathan MacKinnon has 4 goals, 4 assists in eight games and Gabriel Landeskog 1 goal, 4 assists in seven games.

….Vs. the Avalanche Carey Price has a career record of 4-3-1 with a 2.99GAA and .888save%.

….Jonathan Bernier has won only one of 13 career decisions vs. the Canadiens. 1-9-3 with a 3.38GAA and .892 save%.

….Andrew Hammond has not started a game in the NHL this season but has a 3-0-0 record against Montreal with a 1.33GAA and .961 save%.

About the Canadiens

…..The Canadiens have lost four of their last five games. They are 6-13-2 vs. the western conference this season.

…..The Canadiens currently rank 27th in the overall league standings. They are nine points behind the Rangers who hold the final Eastern Conference wild card playoff and would have to vault past seven teams to take it.

…..The Canadiens have 35 games remaining on their schedule. In order to get the 51 points they would need to reach the projected 95 point playoff cutoff point the Canadiens would have to finish the season 25-9-1. their chances of doing that are now listed at 1.5% by sportsclubstats.com.

….In eleven games since the Christmas break the Canadiens have a record of 3-6-2 and have scored 21 goals. Nine of the 21 goals were scored in the Vancouver and Islanders game. Twelve goals in the other nine games averages out to 1.33 per game.

….The Canadiens have been limited to one goal or fewer in 17 of their 47 games this season.

….At minus-28 the Canadiens have the third worst goal differential in the East. Only Ottawa and Buffalo are behind them.

….Max Pacioretty has 7 goals his last seven game and 9 points over his last eight (7g, 2a)

….Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with 16 goals but has one his last nine games.

….Artturi Lehkonen has failed to score in 19 games and has one in 31 games this season. Tomas Plekanec – no goals in 15 games; one goal in 33 games. Charles Hudon – no goals in 17 games.

.Carey Price has lost his last four starts while posting a 3.43GAA and .880 save%.

About the Avalanche

….Last season the Avalanche lost 60 games and recorded 48 points, the worst NHL record since  the 1990-2000 Atlanta Thrashers put up 39 points. With 36 games remaining they have already passed last season’s win and points total.

….Colorado’s ten game winning streak is the second longest in team history – in 1999 the won 12 in row between Jan. 10 and Feb 7th.

….During their ten game winning streak the Avalanche have trailed in a game in only 94 seconds (vs. Toronto Monday night). They have scored first in all ten games.

….In the ten game streak they have averaged 4.10 goals per game while giving up 1.60. they are 31% on the power play (9/29) and 90.9% on the penalty kill (30/33).

….The Avalanche last four straight games in early December. Since then they are 14-3-1. In that 17-game stretch Nathan MacKinnon has 27 points including 13 goals and 14 assists.

…..In the 31 games since the Matt Duchene trade MacKinnon has 45 points, including 19 goals. Colorado is 18-10-3 in that stretch.

….Mackinnon had a five game goal streak and a nine game points streak ended in Toronto Monday night. In the streak he had 8 goals and 11 assists. He is the NHL’s second leading scorer with 59 points, including 23 goals in 46 games.

….The Avalanche rank 4th in the goal in scoring (3.31GPG). They are 18th in goals atainst (2.87).

….The line of MacKinnon/Gabriel Landeskog/Mikko Rantanan was put together in Oct. 28th. Since then they have combined for 51 goals and 72 assists and 121 points in 36 games and since then MacKinnon has led the league with 22 goals and 54 points including 7 GWG.

….Jonathan Bernier extended his career-long win streak to nine games in Toronto Monday night. He is the first Avalanche goaltender to win nine straight since Patrick Roy established the franchise record of 11 consecutive in Jan./Feb. 1999.

….Over his nine game win streak (including 8 starts) Bernier has a 9-0-0 record with a 1.53GAA, .955 save% and 1 shutout.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price is 13-16-4 this season with 1 shutout, a 2.96GAA and .908 save%.

….Jonathan Bernier has been in 22 games this season with a 14-7-1 record; 2.58GAA and .920save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Colorado ranks 8th (37/177) 20.9%. Canadiens rank 17th (27/141) 84.9%. Penalty Killing – Colorado ranks 2nd (25/166) 84.9%. Canadiens rank 24th (33/151) 78.1%.

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 49-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)

Colorado Line Combinations & Pairings

92-Gabriel Landeskog 29-Nathan MacKinnon 96-Mikko Rantanen

83-Matthew Nieto 34-Carl Soderberg 14-Blake Comeau

57-Gabriel Bourque 17-Tyson Jost 37-J.T. Compher

46-Dominic Toninato 13-Alexander Kerfoot 64-Nail Yakupov

16-Nikita Zadorov 6-Erik Johnson

12-Patrik Nemeth 44-Mark Barberio

49-Samuel Girard 54-Anton Lindholm

45-Jonathan Bernier

35-Andrew Hammond

Injuries – C Colin Wilson (virus); G Semyon Varlamov (IR groin); RW Sven Andrigheto (IR leg); D Tyson Barrie (IR broken hand); LW Vladislav Kamenov (IR broken arm); D Sergei Barkov (IR dislocated shoulder)

Healthy Scratches – LW A.J. Greer ; D David Warsofsky

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