Preview Game #49

Carolina vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – January 25, 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Carolina – 48GP (21-19-8) 50pts. 8th in Metro Division. Canadiens – 48GP (20-22-6) 46 pts Fifth in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Carolina (3-6-1) Canadiens (4-4-2)

Home/Away – Carolina on road (11-12-4) Canadiens at home (12-9-5)

Lineup Changes

…..The Canadiens will start the same lines & pairings they used in the 4-2 win over Colorado Tuesday.  Hurricanes top scorer Sebastian Aho remains sidelined with a concussion/knee injury.

…..Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens.  Cam Ward for the Hurricanes.


…..Second of three scheduled meetings. @Carolina Dec. 27th – Carolina-3 Canadiens-1. Teravainen, Aho two goals including ENG. Galchenyuk for Canadiens. Canadiens outshot by Hurricanes 36-24. Price vs. Ward.

…..Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 11-4-1 overall vs. Carolina.

…..The last time the Canadiens met the Hurricanes at the Bell Centre they were beaten 4-1 March 23rd. It was the first Carolina win in Montreal since Feb. 13, 2012. Since then the Canadiens are 7-1-0 at home and have outscored the Avalanche 23-7. The Canadiens shutout the Avalanche in 3 of the eight meetings (Price twice & Budaj).

….Since the start of the 2008-09 season the Canadiens are 12-3-1 vs. Carolina at the Bell Centre.

….Carolina has killed 24 consecutive Canadiens power plays over the last four seasons. The last Canadiens PPG vs. Carolina was Dec. 31st 2013 (Subban).

…..Career vs. the Hurricanes Max Pacioretty has 12 goals and 21 points in 24 games. In sixteen games since the lockout Pacioretty has 11 goals 20 points.

….Tomas Plekanec has 37 points in 43 career games vs. Carolina (9g, 21a).

….In 23 career games vs. the Canadiens Jeff Skinner has 10goals and 16 points and has 5 goals, 2 assists in last seven games.

….The Hurricanes are 4-7-1 since the teams met on December 27th. The Canadiens are 4-6-2.

….Carey Price has a career record of 14-7-2 vs. Carolina with 3 shutouts, a 2.08GAA and .934 save%.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens will try to put back-to-back wins together for the first time since Jan. 4 (Tampa Bay-shootout) Jan. 7 (Vancouver). The last time the Canadiens won two in a row in regulation time was Dc. 19-22.

….In January the Canadiens are 4-3-2 with two games remaining. They have had one winning month this season – November (8-5-1). 4-7-1 in both October and December.

….The Canadiens are ranked 29th in the league in offense (2.54GPG) and are ranked 24th in goals allowed (3.08 per game).

….The Canadiens rank sixth at an average of 33.9 per game.and 13th in shots allowed (31.8 per game)

….Carey Price will start in the 23rd of the Canadiens last 25 games since his return from injury Nov. 25th. Price’s record in that space is 11-9-3 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .921 save%.

….In Price’s 23 starts since Nov. 25th, the Canadiens have supported him with two or fewer goals thirteen times. (6 times the Canadiens scored once and twice they were shut out). In those games the Canadiens record is 3-9-1.  The three wins were by 2-1 scores- one after a shootout.

…..In the 25 games since an eleven game goalscoring drought that ended Nov. 22nd, Alex Galchenyuk has 20 points (8g, 12a). He has six points over his last seven games.

…..Paul Byron has scored in each of the five games in which he has been a centre for Max Pacioretty and Charles Hudon (2g,4assists). Over the same 5-game stretch Pacioretty has 4 goals, 1 assist; Hudon 1 assist.

….Hudon has 0 goals, 4 assists in 18 games dating back to Dec. 2nd.

….Nicolas Deslauriers has 7 goals in 28 games and leads the Canadiens with a scoring percentage of 20.6%. Byron has scored on 18.1% of his shots (13 goals).

….Tomas Plekanec needs one point to reach 600 for his career. He has no goals (4 assists) in 16 games and 1 goal, 8 assists in his last 34 dating back to Nov. 2nd. In those 34 games Plekanec has a plus-2 rating while checking opponents top lines.

….Artturi Lehkonen has 0 goals, 1 assist in his last 20 games.

….Lehkonen had played in 39 of the Canadiens first 48 games last season with 11 goals and five assists and was plus-5. This year after the Canadens 48th game Lehkonen has 2 goals, 4 assists and is minus-12 in 32 games.

….The Canadiens power play was 29th in the league after 22 games (15.3%.). In the 26 games since, the power play has been 23.6% (17/72), Since mid-December the power play has produced 10 goals in 40 advantages – 25%.

About the Hurricanes

….Caroline offense has struggled at 2.13 goals per game over the last eight games. They have won only two of the eight.

…..Carolina’s offense ranks 24th in the league (2.67GPG). Their defense ranks 23rd (3.04 per game)

….Carolina is 5-3-0 in their last eight games vs. the Atlantic Division.

….The Hurricanes have allowed the fewest average shots on goal in the NHL – 29.1 per game. They have outshot opponents in 11 of their last 15.

….Carolina is tied for fourth in the NHL faceo win-percentage (52.3%).

….Carolina is 18-6-3 when they score the game’s opening goal.

….The Hurricanes have scored 10 power-play goals in their last ten games, tied with Pittsburgh and San Jose for most in the league over that stretch. Since Dec. 21st they are second in the league in PP% at 28.6.

….The Hurricanes top scorer Sebastian Aho will miss his fourth straight game. He leads Carolina in goals (14) and points (37) through 45 games this season.

….In 23 career games vs. the Canadiens Jeff Skinner has 10 goals and 16 points. He has five goals, 2 assists in his last seven Canadiens games.

….Justin Williams has 31 points in 39 games vs. Montreal including 7 goals, 24 assists. Three of the seven goals have been game winners.

….Twenty-year-old defenseman Noah Hanifin will be the Hurricanes representative at the All-Star game. He leads the Hurricanes defense in goals (7) and assists (14) this season.

….Cam Ward is 1-4-0 his last four starts. However he is 11-4-2 with one shutout, a 2.66GAA and .906 save% since Nov. 10th.

….Against the Canadiens Ward is a winning 18-12-4 record with a 2.63GAA and .914 save% in 34 appearances.

Goaltending –

….In 34GP this season, Carey Price is 14-16-4 with 1 shutout, a 2.93GAA and .908save%.

….Cam Ward 22GP this season (12-6-2) with one shutout – 2.76GAA and .907save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Carolina ranked 19th (29/155) 18.7%. Canadiens rank 17th (28/145) 19.3%. Penalty Killing – Carolina ranked 27th (26/116) 77.6%. Canadiens rank 23rd (33/155) 78.7%.

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 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)

Carolina Lines & Pairings

86-Teuvo Tervainen 11-Jordan Staal 28-Elias Lindholm

53-Jeff Skinner 49-Victor Rask 21-Lee Stempniak

23-Brock McGinn 7-Derek Ryan 14-Justin Williams

42-Joakim Nordstrom 16-Marcus Kruger 34-Phil Di Giuseppe

74-Jaccob Slavin 22-Brett Pesce

4-Haydn Fleury 27-Justin Faulk

5-Noah Hanifin 57-Trevor van Riemsdyk

30-Cam Ward

Injuries – RW Sebastian Aho (IR concussion/knee);

Healthy Scratches – D Klas Dahlbeck; RW Josh Jooris