PREVIEW GAME #54 Canadiens @ Philadelphia (Feb. 8/2018)

Feb 7th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #52

Canadiens vs. Philadelphia

Wells Fargo Center– February 8, 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens 53GP (22-25-8) 50pts. 14th in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia – 53GP (25-19-0) 59 pts. First in Eastern Conference Wild Card

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (4-5-1) Philadelphia (5-4-1)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (8-15-1)      Philadelphia at home (13-9-5)

Lineup Changes

….Canadiens lineup unchanged (see below)

….Carey Price in goal for the Canadiens. Brian Elliott for the Flyers.

….Dale Weise, a healthy scratch the last 13 games, replaces Taylor Leier on the Flyers third line.


….This is the first of three scheduled meetings all of which will take place in February. Two of the three game will be played at Philadelphia.

….Last season the Canadiens were 2-1-0 vs. the Flyers. Alexander Radulov led the Canadiens with a goal and 4 points in the three games. For the Flyers Claude Giroux had two goals and an assist. Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek also had three points.

….The Canadiens have lost their last three games at Philadelphia and six of seven since the 2012 lockout. Since the start of the 2010-2011 season the Canadiens have a record of 1-10-0 record in Philadelphia.

….The Canadiens only win in Philadelphia over the last six years was Oct 11, 2014 In that game the Canadiens trailed 0-3 in the third period. Led by Andrei Markov’s goal and two assists they tied the game and P.A. Parenteau won it in the fourth round of the shootout.

….While the Canadiens have struggled in Philadelphia, over the same six game stretch the Canadiens are 9-3-0 at the Bell Centre against them.

….Overall since the lockout the Canadiens are 8-7-0 vs. the Flyers.

….Over the last 13 road games in Philadelphia the Canadiens power play is 1-for-47 (2.1%).

….Carey Price has a career record of 13-10-0 vs. the Flyers with a 2.57GAA and .917 save%.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Brian Elliott is 6-3-1 with a 2.89GAA and.910 save%.

….Since the 2012 lockout, Alex Galchenyuk has led the Canadiens vs. the Flyers with 14 points in 14 games (5g,9a). Max Pacioretty has 2 goals, 9 assists in 14 games. Tomas Plekanec has 5 goals, 5 assists in 15 games.

….For the Flyers since the lockout Jakub Voracek has 17 points in 14 Canadiens games (3g, 14a); Claude Giroux 4 goals 8 assists in 12 games.

About the Canadiens

….The last time the Canadien won three games in a row was Nov. 24 to Dec. 25th when they put together the five game win streak that mirrored Carey Price’s return to the lineup.

….In the 25 games since then the Canadiens five game win streak they have three two-game win streaks including the current one. In the same stretch they have a five game losing streak and three-three game streaks.

….The Canadiens have won only 3 of their last 13 games against Eastern Conference opposition.

…..Over the last eight games on the road the Canadiens are 1-7-0. Over the eight games they have scored an average of 1.00 while allowing 2.62 (23GA). The Canadiens scored on only 3.4% of their shots and were shut our twice and scored one goal 5 times.

….Only the Ottawa Senators have scored fewer goals per game on the road this season than the Canadiens 2.30 per game.

….The Canadiens goal differential on the road is minus-25, on pace to be outscored by 45 goals this season in the 41 road games. The last time the Canadiens were over 40 in goal differential was 1941-42 (minus-47).

…..Carey Price is 0-6-0 in his last six road games despite a .927 save percentage and 2.39GAA . Over those six road games Price”s teammates have supported him with a total of 4 goals.

….Overall on the road this season Price is 4-12-0 with a 3.23GAA

….After the Canadiens’ 22nd game of the season the Canadiens power play was ranked 29th in the league at 15.2%. After scoring on 16 of 57 advantages in the last 31 games (28.0%) the Canadiens are now 7th in the league at 21.6%. (Shea Weber played in only six of the 31 games)

….In the 19 games without Shea Weber in the lineup the Canadiens are 7-10-2.

….Jeff Petry has three goals over his last two games.

About the Flyers

….The Flyers are coming off Tuesday night’s 2-1 overtime win at Carolina. Prior to that they had lost four in a row (0-3-1). In their last 26 games they are 17-8-2 dating back to when they ended a ten game winless streak on December 4th.

….The Flyers rank 16th in the league rankings in both offense and defense. They average 2.87 goals per game while giving up 2.85 per game.

….Former Canadien Dale Weise has been a healthy scratch in the Flyers last 13 games and in 19 games this season. In 34 games this season he has 4 goals and 2 assists.

….Weise, who is in the second year of a four year 9.4 million dollar contract, has played in 113 games with Chicago & Philadelphia since leaving the Canadiens with only 12 goals and 22 points. In 2015-16 while playing for Michel Therrien he recorded 14 goals and 26 points in 56 games leading up to his trade to Chicago. (Weise and Tomas Fleischmann were traded to Chicago in exchange for Phillip Danault and a 2018 second round pick)

….Jakub Voracek leads the NHL in assists with 52. He has ten goals and leads the Flyers with 62 points. Voracek has six points (1G, 5A) in his last four games.

….Claude Giroux has two goals in his last 23 games but has 22 assists over that stretch. He is second on the Flyers with 58 points. Giroux is 58% in the faceoff circle and ranks in the top five in the league.

….Sean Couturier leads the Flyers in goalscoring with 27 which ties him for third in the NHL with four others. His previous career high is 15. He has also surpassed his previous assist hight\ of 39.

….In his last 17 games Travis Konecny has 7 goals and 14 points including four game winning goals.

….Flyers 2017 first round draft pick (2nd overall) Nolan Patrick has two goals, 2 assists his last four games. In 44 games he has 4 goals and 13 points.

Goaltending –

….In 38 starts this season Carey Price is 15-19-4 with a 2.92GAA and 2.92 save percentagewith one shutout.

…..Brian Elliot has a season record of 20-11-7 with a 2.71GAA and a .909 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens rank 7th (35/162) 21.6%. Philadelphia ranks 15th (37/181) 20.4%. Penalty Killing Canadiens rank 23rd (36/168) 78.6%. Philadelphia ranks 29th (42/163) 74.2%.

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

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)

Philadelphia Forward Lines & Pairings

28-Claude Giroux 14-Sean Courturier 11-Travis Konecny

93-Jakub Voracek 19-Nolan Patrick 17-Wayne Simmonds

40Jordan Weal. 21-Scott Laughton 22-Dale Weise

12-Michael Raffl 51-Valtteri Filppula 15-Jori Lehtera

9-Ivan Provorov 53-Shayen Gostisbehere

8-Robert Hagg 47-Andrew macDonald

23-Brandon Manning 3-Radko Gudas

37-Brian Elliott

Injuries – None reported.

Healthy Scratches – RW Taylor Leier; D Mark Alt

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