Preview Game #57

Canadiens vs. Arizona

Gila River Arena – Feb. 15, 2018 – 9:05pm EST

Season Records – Canadiens – 56GP (22-27-7) 51 pts. 14th in Eastern Conference. Arizona – 57 GP (15-32-10) 40pts. Last in Western Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-6-1) Arizona (5-4-1)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (8-17-1) Arizona at home (7-16-4)

Lineup Changes

….Daniel Carr and Jacob de la Rose will replace Nicolas Deslauriers and Byron Froese on the Canadiens fourth line.

….Carey Price in goal vs. Antti Raanta

Head-to-Head

….Second of two meetings this season. @Bell Centre Nov. 16th Arizona-5 Canadiens-4. Canadiens. Canadiens blow three leads in the game, giving up two third period power play goals (Derek Stepan & Christian Fischer for the win. Lindgren vs. Raanta.

…..Last season @Arizona Feb. 9th Canadiens-5 Arizona-4 (overtime). Alex Galchenyuk with GW OT goal.

….The Canadiens have played Arizona nine times since the 2012 lockout with an overall record of 4-5-0.

….At Arizona the Canadiens are 2-2-0 over the last four seasons. All time they are 6-2-0 all time at Gila River Arena.

…..In eight games since the lockout Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 5 goals and 11 points. Alex Galchenyuk 5g, 0a in eight games. Brendan Gallagher 2g, 4a in seven games.

….Leading the Coyotes since the lockout is Oliver Ekman-Larsson with 4 goals, 4 assists in eight games.

….Carey Price has never lost a career game vs. the Coyotes – 9-0-0 in 9 appearances with 1 shutout, a 1.75GAA and a .938save%.

….Antti Raanta is also undefeated against the Canadiens – 3-0-0 in five appearances with a 2.57GAA and .922save%.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost their last three games.

….The Canadiens are now ranked 29th in the league in goals per game at 2.5 and 24th in goals-against at 3.1 per game.

….The Canadiens have scored 144 goals this season – third fewest in the league. (Arizona and Buffalo have scored 137)

….The Canadiens have been shutout eight times this season including five times in their 26 road games.   Eight times shutout equals Ottawa for most in the league.

….The Canadiens have scored one goal or fewer in 20 of their 56 games – NHL worst.

….Road futility. The Canadiens are last in the league on the road (8-17-1; points % .327); goals-per-game (2.15) and shooting % (6.5%),

….In their last 10 road games the Canadiens are 1-9-0 and have scored a total of 11 goals. In the nine losses they have eight goals.

….The Canadiens have held the lead at the end of the first period only ten times in 56 games. When they have had the lead they are 9-1-0.

….This is the conclusion of the 10th set of back-to-back games this season. The Canadiens are in danger of being swept in the two games for the 5th time. They are 3-5-1 in the second half of the series.

….Carey Price is 0-7-0 in his last in his last seven on the road. In that stretch his GAA is 2.33 and his save% .918. Price’s last road win was Dec. 22nd in Calgary. Overall on the road this season he was won 4 of 17 starts (4-13-0) with a 3.28GAA and .902 save%.

….Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 33 points, the fewest points total among team leaders in the league.

….Pacioretty has failed to score in seven games (2 assists). Over the seven games he has taken only 15 shots on goal (2,13 per game). Prior to that he scored 8 goals in nine games on 29 shots (3.22 per game)

….Paul Byron has failed to score in ten games (3 assists).

….Only two players have a worse plus/minus rating in the league than Alex Galchenyuk‘s minus-28. Jonathan Drouin is minus-27. (Next among Canadiens forwards is Pacioretty at minus-12)

….For those who say ‘never give up’, sportsclubstats.com now lists the Canadiens chances of reaching playoffs at 0.3%. (Arizona is one of five teams at 0.0%).

….The Canadiens currently rank 6th from the bottom of the league standings, one point ahead of fourth currently shared by Edmonton and Vancouver.

About the Coyotes

….The Coyotes have won their last two games back-to-back (vs. Chicago & San Jose Monday, Tuesday) and three of the last four (3-0-1).

….Since the beginning of January the Coyotes have taken at least a point in 11 of 16 games (6-5-5)

….Overall Arizona has lost 42 of 57 games are last in the Western conference at 15-25-10.

….The Coyotes eighteen 1-goal games are tied for most in the NHL.

….Over his last five games Derek Stepan has 1 goals, 5 assists; Alex Goligoski has goals in three consecutive games and has seven points his last five.

….Over the last four seasons Oliver Ekman-Larsson has scored 64 goals second only to San Jose’s Brent Burns (82). Over the same span he leads the league in power play goals with 34, one more than the Canadiens Shea Weber.

….Alex Goligoski leads Arizona defensemen with 8 goals and 21 assists. He has an active five game point streak – 3g, 4a.

….Rookie Clayton Keller leads the Coyotes in scoring with 16 goals and 40 points. He ranks fourth among NHL rookies in points. He was drafted 7th overall by the Coyotes in 2016.

….Over his last five games Derek Stepan has 1 goals, 5 assists; Alex Goligoski has goals in three consecutive games and has seven points his last five.

….Kevin Connauton has four goals and two assists his last seven games. Prior that he had scored once.

….Over the last four seasons Oliver Ekman-Larsson has scored 64 goals second only to San Jose’s Brent Burns (82). Over the same span he leads the league in power play goals with 34, one more than the Canadiens Shea Weber.

.Ekman-Larsson has the worst plus-minus rating in the NHL at minus-39.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price has been in 40 games this season with a record of 15-20-5; 2.92GAA and .907save%.

….Antti Raanta has appeared in 33 games with a 10-14-6 record; 0 shutouts and a 2.55GAA amd /919 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens rank 12th (36/172) 20.9%. Arizona ranks 25th (29/169)       Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 23rd (38/171) 78.5% Arizona ranks 20th (31/151) 79.5%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

67-Max Pacioretty 41-Paul Byron 62-Artturi Lehkonen

54-Charles Hudon 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

43-Daniel Carr   25-Jacob de la Rose   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 Byron Froese; LW Nicolas Deslauriers; D Jakub Jerabek;

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

 

Arizona Forward Lines & Pairings

11-Brendan Perlini 21-Derek Stepan 9-Clayton Keller

14-Richard Panik 18-Christian Dvorak 36-Christian Fischer

34-Zac Rinaldo 16-Max Domi 8-Tobias Rieder

48-Jordan Martinook 15-Brad Richardson 25-Nick Cousins

23-Oliver Ekman-Larsson 55-Jason Demers

6-Jacob Chychrun 4-Niklas Hjalmarsson

44-Kevin Connauton 33-Alex Goligoski

32-Antti Raanta

Injuries – G Scott Wedgewood (concussion)

Healthy Scratches – D Luke Schenn; C Freddie Hamilton; RW Richard Panik