PREVIEW GAME #53 Ottawa @ Canadiens (Feb. 4/2018)

Feb 4th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #52

Ottawa vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – February 4, 2018 – 1:05pm

Season Records – Ottawa – 50GP (17-24-9) 43 points. Seventh in Atlantic Division. Canadiens 52GP (21-25-6) 48pts, Sixth in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games – Ottawa (3-7-0) Canadiens (3-5-2)

Home/Away – Ottawa on the Road (7-13-4) Canadiens at Home – (13-10-5)

Lineup Changes – TBA


….Fourth of four meetings. @ Ottawa Oct. 30th Canadiens-8 Ottawa-3. Hudon 2g, 1a; Lehkonen 2g. Weber 3 assists. Anderson allows 8 goals on 29 shots. @Bell Centre Nov. 29th – Canadiens-2 Ottawa-1. Danault with game winner. Also Drouin. Stone for Ottawa. Condon vs. Price. @Lansdown Park Dec. 16th Ottawa-3 Canadiens-0. Pageau, Ryan, Thompson ENG. Canadiens outshot by Senators 38-26. Price vs. Anderson.

….Since the last time the Canadiens and Senators met on Dec. 16th at Lansdowne Park the Canadiens and Senators have each played 20 games and have produced identical 7-11-2 records.

….After 52 games last season the Canadiens were first in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa was second.   This season they rank 6th and 7th in the Atlantic.

….This game pits the Ottawa’s 26th ranked offense against the Canadiens who are 28th.  The Canadiens defense is ranked 24th; Ottawa’s defense 29th.

….At the Bell Centre over the last six-plus seasons the Canadiens are 12-3-3 vs. Ottawa. Six of those games have gone into shootout/overtime with each team winning three.

….Since the lockout the Canadiens are 8-2-2 at home vs. the Senators. Home and away vs. the Senators since 2012 they are 13-8-5.

….The Canadiens have won five of the last six overall vs. the Senators outscoring them 20-12.

….Over the last seven-plus seasons the Canadiens have a regular season record of 21-9-7 regular season record vs. Ottawa. Twelve of the 36 games were decided by overtime or shootout.

….In 35 career games vs. the Senators Max Pacioretty has 25 pts. including 12 goals, 13 assists.

….Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau has 8 goals, 4 assists in 18 career games vs. Montreal

….Carey Price has a career record of 21-9-4 vs. Ottawa with a .922 save% , 2.32GAA and three shutouts.

….Mike Condon is 0-1 vs. the Canadiens with a 3.01GAA.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are looking to win their second game in a row something they have not done since January 4th & 7th. They haven’t won two in a row in regulation time since Dec. 19th & 22nd.

….At home this season the Canadiens are 13-10-5. At the Bell Centre they have scored an average of 2.86 goals per game while giving up 2.89 per game

….The Canadiens are currently ranked 28th in offense at 2.56 per game while they have given up an average of 3.10 goals per game.

….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 now have a record of 15-9-3. On Sunday they are 14-10-2.

….Twenty-two games into the season the Canadiens power play ranked 29th in the league at 15.2%. In the 30 games since November 22nd the Canadiens power play has produced at 25.9%; 14 goals in 54 opportunities and are now ranked 9th in the league.

.The Canadiens currently are 17 points out of third place in the Atlantic Division, currently held by Toronto.

…..With five goals vs. Anaheim Saturday the Canadiens have now scored 27 goals at home over their last seven games.  Over their last seven on the road the Canadiens totaled seven goals.

….Brendan Gallagher has five points in his last five games. He leads the Canadiens with 18 goals.

….Tomas Plekanec has failed to score in 20 games. Over that stretch he has two assists.

….Since Arturri Lehkonen scored two goals on Oct. 30th vs. Ottawa he has 0 goals and 1 assist in 24 games.

….At home this season Carey Price has won 10 of 21 starts with a 2.78GAA and .908 save%.

About the Senators

….The Senators come into the game with wins in their last two games. Prior that they lost six in a row and seven of eight.

…. The Senators have not won three in a row since October. 10-14 when the swept Vancouver, Calgary & Edmonton on the road.

….The Senators edged Philadelphia 4-3 in a shootout Saturday night in Philadelphia. It was only their 7th win in 24 games on the road this season.

….This is the 12th set of 19 back-to-back games for the Senators this season. They are 5-4-2 in the second half.

….Ottawa is 26th in the league in scoring (2.58 per game and 29th in goals allowed (3.34 per game).

….Both of the Ottawa special teams are ranked 28th in the league. Their special team differential is minus-11.

….Mike Hoffman leads the Senators with eight goals on the road this season. Mark Stone has 10 assists on the roads this season.

….Derick Brassard ended an eight game point drought with a goal Saturday.

….Matt Duchene has eight goals in 36 games since he was acquired from Colorado as part of that three year trade.

Goaltending –

….In 37 appearances this season Carey Price is 14-19-4 with a 2.97GAA and .906 save%.

….Mike Condon has a 4-7-4 record in 18 appearances with a 3.27GAA and .903 save% this season.

Special TeamsPower Play – Ottawa ranked 28th (25/158) 15.6%. Canadiens ranked 9th (33/159) 20.8%. Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 28th (36/147) 75.5%. Canadiens ranked 23rd (36/167) 78.4%.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 38-Nikita Scherbak 20-Nicolas Deslauriers

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

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch–C Jacob de la Rose; LW Daniel Carr; D Jakub Jerabek;

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

Ottawa Forward Lines & Pairings

68-Mike Hoffman 95-Matt Duchene 36-Colin White

18-Ryan Dzingel 19-Derick Brassard 49-Chris DiDomenico

44-Zack Smith 44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 10-Tom Pyatt

56-Magnus Paajarvi 17-Nate Thompson 14-Alexandre Burrows

72-Thomas Chabot 65-Erik Karlsson

2-Dion Phaneuf 5-Cody Ceci

29-Johnny Oduya 74-Mark Borowiecki

1-Mike Condon

Injuries – RW Bobby Ryan (hand); C Gabriel Dumont (IR ankle); RW Mark Stone (IR knee); D Chris Wideman (IR hamstring)

Healthy Scratches – D Fredrik Claesson



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