Preview Game #51

Canadiens vs. Carolina

PNC Arena – February 1, 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens 50GP (20-24-6) 46pts, 14th in Eastern Conference. Carolina 50GP (23-19-8) 54pts. 11th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (4-4-2) Carolina (6-4-0)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the Road (8-14-1) Carolina at home (11-7-4)

Lineup Changes

….Paul Byron will be in the lineup.

….Jordie Benn returns to Canadiens defense after missing one game as a healthy scratch. David Schlemko will not dress.

….Daniel Carr will replace Logan Shaw on the fourth line.

….Carey Price in goal vs. Cam Ward


….Third of three meetings. Canadiens are 0-2-0 vs. Carolina this season. @Carolina Dec. 27th Carolina-3 Canadiens-1. Tavarainen plus Aho with two including ENG. Galchenyuk for Canadiens. Price vs. Ward. Canadiens outshot 36-24. @ Bell Centre Jan. 25 Carolina-6 Canadiens-5. Taravainen two goals. Noah Hanifin 3 assists. Hudon 2 goals, 1 assist. Petry 1 goal, 2assists. Price vs. Ward.

….With a win Carolina would sweep a Canadiens season series for the second time in franchise history. They swept the Canadiens in 1994-95 when the team was in Hartford.

…..Since the Dec. 12th lockout the Canadiens are 4-3-1 at Carolina. Overall since the lockout the Canadiens are 11-5-1.

….Carolina has killed 26 of 27 (96.3%) Canadiens power plays over the last four plus seasons, thirteen games dating back to Dec. 31st 2013.

….Career vs. the Hurricanes Max Pacioretty has 13 goals and 23 points in 25 games.

….In 24 games against the Canadiens Jeff Skinner has 11 goals and 17 points. He has 6 goals and two assists his last eight against them.

….Sebastian Aho has 2 goals, 2 assists in four career games vs. the Canadiens.

….Carey Price has a career record of 14-8-2 vs. Carolina with a 2.25GAA and .929 save%.

….Cam Ward is 19-12-4 vs. the Canadiens with a 2.70GAA and .912 save%.

….In the two games vs. the Canadiens the Hurricanes have won 76 of 130 faceoffs – 58.4%. (Carolina ranks second in the East and fourth in the league in FO% at 52.5%)

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost six of their last seven on the road and 15 of 22 this season.

….This is the second road game of a stretch of seven in a ten game span.

….The Canadiens have won one of their last six against Eastern Conference teams.

…..The Canadiens have scored one goal or fewer in 18 of their 50 games.

….The Canadiens have scored the 4th lowest number of goals per game (2.56)

….Max Pacioretty has eight goals in his last ten games. In his previous 21 games he had one goal.

….Charles Hudon has three goals and an assist his last two games including 2 goals and an assist vs. Carolina Jan. 25th. In his previous 18 games he had failed to score.

….Brendan Gallagher has two goals, 2 assists his last 5 games.

….Artturi Lehkonen has not scored a goal since Oct. 30th. In his 22 games since he has 1 assist.

….Carey Price has won only 4 of his last 15 road starts with a 3.31GAA.

….Price has won one of his last seven starts overall (1-4-2). In that stretch his GAA is 3.42 and save% .878.

….The Canadiens goal differential is -27 which puts them on pace for minus-45 on the season which would be the team’s worst since they were minus-77 in the 1939-40 season.

….For the record, now lists Canadiens playoff chances at 0.7%.

….After 50 games this season the Canadiens have 20 wins and 46 points. They are nine wins and 19 points behind their 50-game pace of last season.

….Over the last 28 games the Canadiens power play has scored 12 goals in the last 46 advantages – 26.0%. Over the season’s first 22 games the power play operated at 15.2%.

About the Hurricanes

….Carolina started an eight game homestand with a 2-1 win over Ottawa Tuesday. It was the Hurricanes only home win in five home January games.

….Carolina is last in the Metropolitan Division but four points out of third place.

….Carolina is 7-3-0 in the last ten games vs. the Atlantic Division and 10-5-0 in 15 games vs. Eastern Conference teams.

….The Hurricanes rank 22nd in goals per game at 2.72 per game. Defensively they rank 23rd goals against (3.04)

….Over their last six games Carolina has scored eight power play goals and their penalty killers have allowed six.

….Sebastian Aho missed four games with a concussion. He returned Tuesday vs. Ottawa and scored his seventh goal in his last seven games. He leads the team with 17.

….Since Nov. 10th, Cam Ward is 13-4-2 with one shutout, a 2.69GAA and .906 save%. He has won three of his last four starts.

Goaltending –

…..Carey Price has a 14-18-4 record this season with a 3.00GAA and .905 save%.

…..Cam Ward is 14-6-2 this season with a 2.78GAA and .907 save%.

Special Teams –     Power Play – Canadiens rank 15th (30/151) 19.9%. Carolina ranks 18th (31/160) 19.4%.     Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 24th (35/160) 78.1% Carolina ranks 26th (27/120) 77.5%.

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 25-Jacob de la Rose

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

45-Joe Morrow 28-Jakub Jerabek

53-Victor Mete  8-Jordie Benn

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch–D David Schlemko; RW Logan Shaw.

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

Carolina Forward Lines & Pairings

20-Sebastian Aho 11-Jordan Staal 86-Teuvo Teravainen

23-Brock McGinn 49-Victor Rask 14-Justin Williams

53-Jeff Skinner 7-Derek Ryan 21-Lee Stempniak

42-Joakim Nordstrom 16-Marcus Kruger 28-Elias Lindholm

74-Jaccob Slavin 22-Brett Pesce

4-Haydn Fleury 27-Justin Faulk

5-Noah Hanifin 57-Trevor van Riemsdyk

30-Cam Ward

Injuries – None reported

Healthy Scratches – D Klas Dahlbeck; RW Josh Jooris; LW Phillip Di Giuseppe