PREVIEW GAME #55 Nashville @ Canadiens (Feb. 10/2018)

Feb 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #55

Nashville vs. Philadelphia

Bell Centre– February 10, 2018 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Nashville – 53GP (32-12-9) 73pts. First in Central Division. Canadiens – 54GP (22-26-6) 50 pts. 13th in Eastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Nashville (6-1-3) Canadiens (4-6-0)

Home/Away – Nashville on the road (14-7-6) Canadiens at home (14-10-5)

Lineup Changes – TBA

Head-to-Head

….Second of two meetings this season. @Nashville Nov. 22nd Nashville-3 Canadiens-2 (shootout). Joe Morrow scored at 19:03 of the third period to tie the game.Kyle Turris scored the overtime winner. Forsberg scored both Predators goals. Niemi in goal vs. Rinne.

….Last season at the Bell Centre, March 2nd the Canadiens edged Nashville 2-1 – Paul Byron scored the game winner with 9 seconds remaining.

….This will be only Nashville’s 7th visit to Montreal in the last ten years. Montreal is 4-2-0 at the Bell Centre over that stretch and are 7-2-2 against them at home since Nashville came into the league in the ’97-98 season.

….The Predators have taken at least a point in eleven of the last twelve overall games against the Canadiens and have lost only twice in regulation time since Jan. 15, 2009.

…..In the 12 games since 2009 the Canadiens have averaged 1.58 goals against Nashville. In 11 of the 12 the Canadiens were limited to two or fewer goals. The Canadiens were able to win 4 of those games by 2-1 scores. – twice in overtime.

….At the Bell Centre since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 2-1-1 vs. Nashville. All four games were decided 2-1, two in overtime.

….Overall since 2009 the Canadiens are 5-4-3 vs. Nashville. Six of the twelve games were decided in overtime/shootout.

….Two of Max Pacioretty‘s team record ten overtime game winning goals have come against the Predators – last season and in 2012; both in Nashville.

….Pacioretty has 3 goals, 2 assists in eleven career games vs. Nashville.

….In eight career games vs. the Predators Brendan Gallagher has 4 goals, 1 assist.

….Vs. the Predators Carey Price has a 4-3-1 career record with a 1.95GAA and .941 save%

….Vs. the Canadiens Pekka Rinne is 7-2-2 with 2 shutouts – 1.42GAA and .949 save%. His .949 save% is his second-best against a single NHL opponent (.961 vs. Buffalo)

….In his two games vs. the Canadiens P.K. Subban has 2 assists.

….Filip Forsberg has 3 goals, 3 assists in eight career games vs. the Canadiens. He scored twice in the Nov. 22nd game at Nashville.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens 27th ranked offense has produced 12 goals over the last three games.

….The Canadiens have 22 wins and 50 points after 54 games. Last season after 54 games they had 30 wins and 68 points.

….Since the New Year the Canadiens have a record of 5-3-2 at home. They are looking for their third win in a row at the Bell Centre for the first time since Nov. 25th to Dec. 2nd when they posted a four game home winning streak.

…..Without Shea Weber in the lineup, since December 19th the Canadiens power play ranks second in the league going 18 for 60 – 30% . The surge has moved the Canadiens power play from 23rd in the league to 7th.

….When Weber went in Injury Reserve on Dec. 18th  the Canadiens were 14-15-4. In the 21 games since, they are 8-11-2 and have given up 65 goals – 3.10 per game.

….Oddly, without Weber‘s presence over the last 21 games, the Canadiens power play has been the best in the league with 18 goals in 60 advantages – 30.0%.  Over that stretch they have risen from 23rd ranked in the league to 7th.   Leading the way is Jeff Petry with 4 PPG’s; Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty have 3 apiece.

….This will be Petry‘s 500th career game – 205th as a member of the Canadiens.

….After scoring eight goals in nine games, Max Pacioretty has failed to score in his last five.

….Jonathan Drouin has failed to score in six games (2 assists) and has one goal his last ten and two goals and 8 assists in the 24 games since he returned from injury Dec. 9th.

….With his team-leading 19th goal in Philadelphia Brendan Gallagher ended a four game slump. Over his last seven games Gallagher has 3 goals and 4 assists.

….Artturi Lehkonen has three goals the two games since he ended a 24 game slump during which he registered 1 assist.

….Canadiens chances of reaching the playoffs now listed at less than 1% for the first time by sportsclubstats.com – 0.9%.

About the Predators

….The Predators have earned at least a point in 13 of their last 14 games. (9-1-4). They have lost their last two games both in overtime at Toronto and Ottawa.

….This is the fourth game of a four game 7-day Nashville road trip. They are 1-1-1 so far. All three games decided in shootout/overtime.

….The Predators have scored first in first in 31 of their 52 games this season, second most in the league (behind Toronto). Their record in those games is 26-2-4, also second best in the league.

….Nashville has allowed 2.51 goals per game, third best GAA in the league.

…..One half of the Predators defense are former Canadiens – P.K. Subban, Alexei Emelin and Yannick Weber.

….Subban is one of two defensemen leading their team in points this season (also Brent Burns). He has 43 points in 53 games.  His 15 goals leads NHL defensemen. and is third in the league in points among defensemen.

….In his last 24 games since Dec. 13th Subban has 11 goals and 14 assists. He has already passed his career high point total set last season and has equaled his career high 15 goals set in 2014-15 with the Canadiens.

…. Alexei Emelin leads the Predators in his (137) and is second in blocked shots (74). He has one goal and 7 assists in 52 games.

….Predators goaltenders have posted eight shutouts this season, most in the NHL. Pekka Rinne has posted five of them.

…..Filip Forsberg returns to the Nashville lineup after serving a three game suspension.

….Viktor Arvidsson has six goals and ten points in his last ten games.

….Nashville is third in the league in face-off percentage at 52.6%. (The Canadiens rank 28th at 47.7%)

Goaltending –

….Carey Price will start his 40th game of the season. In 39 games he has a (15-20-4) record with a 2.95GAA and .906 save %. One shutout.

….Pekka Rinne – 39GP – (27-8-4) 2.31GAA with a 2.31GAA and five shutouts.

Special Teams Power Play – Nashville ranked 5th (43/183) 23.5% Canadiens ranked 7th (36/165) 21.8%. Penalty Killing – Nashville ranked 7th (34/194) 82.5% Canadiens ranked 25th (38/172) 77.9%.

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)

Nashville Forward Lines & Pairings

9-Filip Forsberg 92-Ryan Johansen 33-Victor Arvidsson

22-Kevin Fiala 8-Kyle Turris 15-Craig Smith

17-Scott Hartnell 13-Nick Bonino 19-Calle Jarnkrok

20-Mikka Salomaki 10-Colton Sissons 51-Austin Watson

59-Roman Josi 4-Ryan Ellis

14-Mattias Ekholm 76-P.K. Subban

25-Alexei Emelin 7-Yannick Weber

35-Pekka Rinne

Injuries – None reported.

Healthy Scratches – D Anthony Bittetto; LW Pontus Aberg; D Matt Irwin

One Comment to “PREVIEW GAME #55 Nashville @ Canadiens (Feb. 10/2018)”

  1. Bay_Bye says:

    why is Jerabek a healthy scratch again and the AHL dman Morrow playing..Juliens pet project is is not of NHL caliber and I can see Jerabek playing somewhere else in the NHL next year where he will be appreciated and not used as a pawn so Morrow can play…when is the Drouin at center experiment to end and Chucky put at center where he belongs…another if not traded will walk in 2 years..he is being treated just like Julien did Seguin in Boston…why is JDR sittinf for Froese who has no offensive upside..this team sure knows how to screw up a lineup and waste good talent

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