Preview Game #52

Anaheim vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – February 3, 2018 – 1:05pm

Season Records – Anaheim – 52GP (25-17-10) 60 pts. Third in Pacific Division. Canadiens 51GP (20-25-6) 46pts, 14th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – anaheim (6-3-1) Canadiens (3-5-2)

Home/Away – Anaheim on the road (11-8-7) Canadiens at home12-10-5)

Lineup Changes

…..Nikita Scherbak, recalled by the Canadiens Friday night will play on the right wing with Jonathan Drouin and Alex Galchenyuk.

….Logan Shaw replaces Daniel Carr on the fourth line with Byron Froese and Nicolas Deslauriers.

….David Schlemko draws in on defense. Jakub Jerabek will be a healthy scratch.

….Antti Niemi will start in goal for the Canadiens. Ryan Miller for Anaheim.


….Second of two meetings this season. @ Anaheim Oct. 20th – Anaheim-6 Canadiens-2. Price allows 6 on 45 shots. 30 of Canadiens 51 shots on John Gibson in the second period. Derek Grant – 2 goals. Wagner, Montour & Vermette each with a goal and assist. Gallagaher and Byron scored for Montreal.

….The Canadiens have won the last two home meetings against Anaheim and three of four at the Bell Centre since the 2012 lockout.

….All-time at the Bell Centre the Ducks are 6-7-2.

….Home and away vs. the Ducks the Canadiens are 5-7-2 over the last 14 meetings.

….In 9 career games vs. Anaheim Max Pacioretty has 4 goals and 6 points.

….Tomas Plekanec has 9 points in 14 games vs. the Ducks (3g, 6a).

….Anaheim’s leading career scorers vs. the Canadiens – Corey Perry 11 points in 12 games (6g 5a); Andrew Cogliano 4 goals, 7 points in 14 games; Ryan Getzlaf 10 points in 12 games (2g, 8a) Ryan Kesler 5g, 11a in 19 games.

….Antti Niemi has a career record of 17-11-1 against Anaheim with a 2.46 GAA and .914 save%.

….The Canadiens claimed RW Logan Shaw from Anaheim on waivers January 15th. With the Ducks he had 2 goals, 6 assists in 42 games this season. He has yet to register a point with Montreal.

About the Canadiens

….Last season the Canadiens dropped both of their home Super Bowl weekend games (3-2 to Washington; 1-0 to Edmonton in a shootout)

….This is the 27th consecutive year the Canadiens have played back-to-back afternoon home games on Super Bowl weekend. On the Saturday they have a record of 13-9-3. On Sunday they are 14-10-2.

….The Canadiens have lost three in a row and seven of their last nine games (2-5-2). They have allowed three or more goals in six of the nine games. In three of those games they scored one goal and were shut out in another.

….Overall this season the Canadiens are scoring 2.51 goals per game (28th ranked) while allowing 3.12 which is 23rd most in the league.

….The Canadiens have scored 1 goal for fewer in 19 of their 51 games this season, most in the league. They have been shutout seven times. Only Ottawa has been shutout more often. The franchise record is 9 shutouts in a season.

….Montreal has scored two goals or fewer in 29 of their 51 games.

….The Canadiens have won only 4 of 15 games since the Christmas break (4-9-2) – ten points since Christmas is fewest in the league.

….The Canadiens are 0-6 over their last six Saturday Hockey Night in Canada games.

….Three of the six worst plus-minus ratings in the NHL belong to members of the Canadiens – Alex Galchenyuk minus-26; Jeff Petry minus-5 and Jonathan Drouin minus-24.

About the Ducks

….This is the third game of a five game Ducks tour of Atlantic Division teams. The road trip started with a 3-1 win in Boston Tuesday and a 2-1 OT loss in Ottawa. The trip will wrap up with games in Toronto and Buffalo Monday and Tuesday.

….Anaheim is 5-1-1 in their last seven games and 11-4-2 in their last 17. In the 17 games they have outscored opponents 52-39.

…..The Ducks have scored an average of 2.73 goals per game (21st ranked) and given up an average of 2.67.

…..Adam Henrique had a six game point streak snapped Thursday against Ottawa (6g 2a). In his 27 games with the Ducks he has 11 goals and 17 points.

….Ryan Getzlaf, who missed the early part of the season with an injury, has 6 goals and 25 assists in 28 games. He ranks second in the league in assists per game at 0.93 and is fifth in post per game (1.15).

….Rickard Rakell has 6 points his last four games (2g, 4a). He leads the Ducks with 18 goals.

….Defenseman Josh Manson is fourth among league defensemen in plus/minus at plus-22. (Zdeno Chara is at plus-25; Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman are are plus-23). Manson leads Anaheim defensemen with 23 points (3g, 20a)

….Antoine Vermette is second in the NHL in faceoff wins – 60.4%. He has been over 60% in 29 games.

….Anaheim penalty killers have allowed seven power play goals in 23 times-shorthanded in the last seven games.

Goaltending –

….Anti Niemi is 1-5-1 this season with a 4.44 GAA and an .871 save%.

….Ryan Miller is 6-2-5 with a 2.19GAA and a .929 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Anaheim ranked 22nd (25/143) 17.5%. Canadiens rank 15th (30/152) 19/7%. Penalty Killing – Anaheim ranked 9th (34/191) 82.2%. Canadiens ranked 23rd (35/163) 78.5%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 38-Nikita Scherbak

67-Max Pacioretty 41-Paul Byron 54-Charles Hudon

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

20-Nicolas Deslauriers  42-Byron Froese  49-Logan Shaw

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

45-Joe Morrow 8-Jamie Benn

53-Victor Mete 21-David Schlemko

35-Antti Niemi

Healthy Scratch–D Jakub Jerabek; LW Daniel Carr; RW Nicolas Deslauriers.

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

Anaheim Forward Lines & Pairings

67-Rickard Rakell 15-Ryan Getzlaf 33-Jakob Silfverberg

7-Andrew Cogliano 17-Ryan Kesler 71-J.T. Brown

37-Nick Ritchie 14-Adam Henrique 25-Ondrej Kase

21-Chris Wagner 50-Antoine Vermette 10-Corey Perry

4-Cam Fowler 3-Kevin Bieksa

47-Hampus Lindholm 42-Josh Manson

23-Francois Beauchemin 26-Brandon Montour

30-Ryan Miller

Injuries – G John Gibson (groin); RW Patrick Eaves (IR-illness)

Healthy Scratches – D Korbinian Holzer; C Derek Grant