Preview Game #50

Canadiens vs. St. Louis

Scottrade Center – January 30, 2018 – 8:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens 49GP (20-23-6) 46pts, 13th in Eastern Conference. St. Louis – 51GP (30-18-3) 63 pts. Third in Central Division

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (4-4-2) St. Louis (6-3-1)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the Road (8-13-1) St. Louis at Home (17-10-0)

Lineup Changes

….Joe Morrow will replace Jordie Benn on defense pairing with Jakub Jerabek. Benn will be healthy scratch.


….Second of two meetings. Dec. 5th @ Bell Centre St. Louis-4 Canadiens-3. Hat trick – Brayden Schenn. Shea Weber two goals. Price vs. Jake Allen.

….Since the 2012 NHL lockout the Canadiens are 1-1-2 at St. Louis. The last two games at St. Louis were losses decided in overtime.

….Since Nov. 2008 at St. Louis, the Canadiens are 2-1-3 – three of the six games decided in overtime.

…..Home and away the Canadiens are 3-2-2 vs. the Blues over the last 3-plus seasons. Prior to that the Blues had won five in a row and were 7-0-1 over eight.

….Over the last eleven games the Canadiens have killed off all 35 Blues power plays (0/35).

….Last week the Canadiens ended Colorado’s 10 game winning streak at the Bell Centre. The Avalanche then moved on to St. Louis and suffered their second straight loss 3-1.

….Vs. the Blues Jonathan Drouin has 6 points in 5 career games (2g,4a); Max Pacioretty 5 goals and 7 points in 11 games and Tomas Plekanec 2 goals, 7 assists in 15 games.

….In 18 career games vs. the Canadiens Brayden Schenn has 7 goals and 17 points. In eight games, Jayden Schwartz has 9 points (3g, 6a).

…..Carey Price’s last appearance in St. Louis was Feb. 24th 2014, a 5-2 win. Two years ago Mike Condon started at St. Louis and last season, Al Montoya.

….In ten career games vs. St. Louis Price is 4-4-2 with 1 shutout, with a 2.55GAA and .912 save%.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Carter Hutton is 0-0-2 in three appearances with a 1.57GAA and .933 save%.

….The 32 year old Hutton’s last appearance against the Canadiens was Jan. 20, 2015 while with Nashville – a 2-1 Canadiens overtime win at the Bell Centre.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are ten points out of the second Eastern Conference wild card berth. They rank 26th in the overall league standings.

….The Canadiens have lost five of their last six road games and have won eight of 22 on the road this season.

….The Canadiens rank 27th in goals scored per game (2.59) and 24th in goals allowed (3.14).

….The Canadiens goal differential is minus-27. In the Eastern conference only Ottawa (minus-42) and Buffalo (minus-49) are worse.

….The Canadiens are 7-13-2 vs. Western Conference teams and 3-5-1 vs. the Central Division.

….A win over the Blues would give the Canadiens only their second winning month of the season. They go into the game with a January record of 4-4-2.

….After 22 games the Canadiens power play was ranked 29th in the league at 15.2%. In the 27 games since they have produced 11 PPG in 43 advantages – 25.6%.

….Canadiens penalty killing has not improved markedly over the same stretch. They were ranked 28th on Nov. 22nd at 76.7%. They are now at 78.3% and 24th in the league.

….Paul Byron is on a six game point streak, all since he was moved to centre between Max Pacioretty and Charles Hudon. In that stretch he has 2 goals, 5 assists.

….Pacioretty has eight goals, 3 assists in his last ten games and now leads the Canadiens with 31 points.

….Tomas Plekanec‘s next point will be the 600th of his career. Since Dec. 5th Plekanec has 4 assists in 18 games. He has one goal his last 35 games.

….Artturi Lehkonen has not scored in 21 games.

….Nicolas Deslauriers leads the Canadiens with 128 hits despite playing in only 29 of the team’s 49 games. He also leads the Canadiens with a plus-8 rating.

….Carey Price has been in 24 of the 26 Canadiens games since his return Nov. 25th. His record in that stretch is 11-10-3 with a 2.70GAA and .916 save%. Price won his first five starts after his return. Since then he has reverted to a 6-10-3 record with a .904 save% and 3.10 GAA.

…..Per, Canadiens chances of reaching the playoffs are now 1.2%.

About the Blues

….The Blues are third in the Central Division and have the seventh best overall record in the NHL.

….Although they have a record of 30-18-3 and the seventh best record in the league, a berth in the playoffs is precarious in the tight Central Division. They are six points away from missing the playoffs. Dallas is three points behind St. Louis with a game in hand. Colorado and Minnesota are six points back. Colorado has three in hand and Minnesota two.

….The Blues have won four of their last five – the only loss to Arizona at home.

….St. Louis ranks 13th in goals scored and sixth in goals-allowed.

….The Blues have 29 goals from defensemen this season – 3rd in the league.

….St. Louis’ GAA is 2.55 – 5th in the league.

….When the Blues score first their record is 23-4-1 and they are 17-0-1 when leading after one period.

….Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn share the team lead with 21 goals.

….Schenn leads the Blues in points with 50 points. He has four goals, two assists during a four game point streak.

….Schenn shares the league lead with 7 game-winning goals. He was traded to the Blues by Philadelphia for forward Jori Lehtera plus the 27th pick in the 2017 draft.

….Schenn needs two points for career 300.

….Jaden Schwartz returned to the Blues lineup last Thursday after missing 20 games with a broken ankle. Despite missing 20 games he is still tied for third in team scoring with 35 points.

….Paul Stastny has ten points his last ten games (4g, 6a). RW Alex Steen has seven points in a five game point streak including four goals.

….Carter Hutton is 7-1-1 in his last 9 starts. This will be his sixth start in a row. In his last five starts he has a 1.74GAA and .943 save percentage.

Goaltending –

…..Carey Price has been in 35 games this season with a 14-17-4 record, one shutout, a 3.02GAA and .905 save%.

….In 21 appearances this season Carter Hutton is 14-4-1. He leads the league with a 1.74GAA and also leads in save% at .943.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 17th (29/148) 19.6%. St. Louis ranks 25th (27/167) 16.2%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 24th (34/157) 78.3%. St. Louis ranks 10th (27/153) 82.4%.

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

45-Joe Morrow 28-Jakub Jerabek

53-Victor Mete 21-David Schlemko

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch–D Jordie Benn; LW Daniel Carr

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

St. Louis Forward Lines & Pairings

49-Ivan Barbashev 26-Paul Stastny 91-Vladimir Tarasenko

17-Jaden Schwartz 10-Brayden Schenn 20-Alex Steen

71-Vladimir Sobotka 21-Patrik Berglund 32-Tage Thompson

9-Scottie Upshall 28-Kyle Brodziak 23-Dmitrij Jaskin

6-Joel Edmundson 27-Alex Pietrangelo

19-Jay Bouwmeester 55-Colton Parayko

29-Vince Dunn 41-Robert Bortuzzo

40-Carter Hutton

Injuries – C Robby Fabri (IR knee) LW Zach Sanford (IR shoulder)

Healthy Scratches – D Carl Gunnarsson; RW Chris Thorburn; C Oskar Sundqvist