Preview Game #62

Philadelphia vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 26th, 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Philadelphia – 62GP (33-19-10) 76pts. Tied for 2nd in Metro Division. Canadiens – 61GP (23-29-9) 55pts. 27th in overall league standings

Last Ten Games – Philadelphia (9-0-1) Canadiens (3-4-3)

Home/Away – Canadiens at home (15-10-7)  Philadelphia on the road (17-10-4)

Lineup Changes

….C Tomas Plekanec traded to Toronto. RW Nikita Scherbak recalled from Laval/AHL.

….D Joe Morrow traded to Winnipeg. D Mike Reilly acquired from Minnesota.

….For Philadelphia D Johnny Oduya claimed off waivers from Ottawa.

….Petr Mrazek will start in goal against the Canadiens Charlie Lindgren.


….Third of three meetings. @Philadelphia Feb. 8th – Flyers-5 Canadiens-3. Back-to-back goals 1:10 apart broke a 2-2 tie. Konecny 2 goals; Giroux 1g,2a; Logan Shaw, Gallagher & Lehkonen. Price allows 4 on 28 shots. @Philadelphia Feb. 20th – Philadelphia-3 Canadiens-2 (overtime). Voracek two goals including OT winner. Petry & Byron for Monreal. Price allows 3 goals on 33 shots.

…The entire three game schedule with the Flyers is spread over 18 days this season.

….While the Canadiens have lost eight of their last nine games at Philadelphia since the 2012 lockout, at home they have won seven of their last eight.

….The Flyers last win in Montreal was April 15th, 2013. Since then 6-0-0. Two of the wins in overtime/shootout.

….Over the last ten years the Canadiens have won 12 of 16 meetings with the Flyers at the Bell Centre.

….Since the 2012 lockout Alex Galchenyuk has led the Canadiens against Philadelphia with 5 goals, 10 assists in 16 games. Max Pacioretty has two goals and 11 points in 16 games.

….For the Flyers since the lockout vs. Montreal Jakub Voracek has 21 points in 15 games – 6 goals 15 assists. Claude Giroux has in 14 games has 5 goals and 11 assists.

….This will be Charlie Lindgren‘s first career start vs. Philadelphia.

….Petr Mrazek has appeared in 8 career games vs. Montreal (all with Detroit). He is 2-2-2 with a 3.25GAA and.896 save%.

About the Canadiens

….With the trade of Tomas PlekanecCarey Price and Max Pacioretty are the only players remaining with the Canadiens in the almost six years since Marc Bergevin took over in May 2012.

….Since January 4th the Canadiens have picked up at least a point in 10 of their last 12 home games (6-2-4).

….The Canadiens have lost seven of their last eight games overall, three in overtime or a shootout (1-4-3). They have earned points in each of their last three (1-0-2)

…..In 45 games since November 9th the Canadiens have managed three goals or more only 19 times. They are only 11-8 in those games.

….Since Dec. 23rd the Canadiens have won seven of 26 games (7-14-5). 6 of the 7 wins have come at home. (Their only road win in that stretch was Jan. 19th in Washington)

….The Canadiens have won only 4 of their last 17 against Eastern Conference teams.

….The Canadiens rank 28th in the league offense at 2.54GPG. On defense they are 23rd, allowing an average of 3.10 goals per game.

….Jeff Petry has two goals, two assists his last four games and has a career high in goals (10) and points (30). Petry is the fifth member of the Canadiens to reach double-digits in goals.

….Over the last 13 games Petry is the Canadiens leading goal-scorer with 6. His 12 points in that stretch ties him with Brendan Gallagher in points. (Gallagher has 5 goals, 7 assists since January 23rd).

….Alex Galchenyuk has no goals his last thirteen games.(6 assists in that stretch).

….Jonathan Drouin with 2 goals, 2 assist his last 12 games.

About the Flyers

….Philadelphia is currently in a points tie with Pittsburgh for second in the Metro Division one point behind division leading Washington. A win vs. the Canadiens would put them in first place.

….The Flyers are on an eleven game point streak (9-0-2). They have won five in a row.

….Prior to their current had streak they had lost four in a row. That was preceded by a nine game stretch in which they won eight games.

….Philadelphia has a six game road winning streak.

….Over their last nine games the Flyers have averaged 3.89 goals per game.

….The Flyers are ranked 11th in the league in scoring at 3.02 goals per game. On defense they are 14th at 2.79 goals against per game.

….Claude Giroux leads the Flyers with 74 points. Jakub Voracek leads the league in assists with 56.

….Giroux has 7 goals and 16 points his last 9 games.

….Nolan Patrick was the second overall pick in the 2017 draft. He has a goal in four consecutive games and at least a point in five straight.

….Sean Couturier has 11 points his last 11 games (3g,8a)

….Shayne Gostisbehere has 17 points in his last 12 (1g 16a)

….Petr Mrazek has won both of his starts since being acquired from Detroit for two conditional draft picks on Feb. 19th.

Goaltending –

….Charlie Lindgren will make his 9th appearance for the Canadiens. He is 3-4-1 with a 2.43GAA and a .924 save%

….On the season with Detroit and Philadelphia Petr Mrazek is 10-7-3 with a 2.81 GAA and .910 save%

Special Teams Power Play – Philadelphia ranks 8th (44/206) 21.4% Canadiens rank 11th (39/186) 21.0%. Penalty Killing – Philadelphia ranks 29th (44/177) 75.1%. Canadiens rank 25th (45/143) 76.7%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 92-Jonathan Drouin 62-Artturi Lehkonen

27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Byron Froese 54-Charles Hudon

41-Paul Byron 24-Phillip Danault 11-Brendan Gallagher

20- Nicolas Deslauriers 25-Jacob de la Rose 43-Daniel Carr

53-Victor Mete 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

21-David Schlemko 8-Jamie Benn

39-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratch – LW Logan Shaw; D Mike Reilly;

Injuries – G Carey Price (concussion); C Andrew Shaw (IR lower body); D Shea Weber (IR broken foot); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

Philadelphia Forward Lines & Pairings

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

40-Jordan Weal 19-Nolan Patrick 93-Jakub Voracek

12-Michael Raffl 21-Scott Laughton 54-Oskar Lindblom

15-Jori Lehtera 51-Valtteri Filppula 22-Dale Weise

9-Ivan Provorov 53-Shayne Gostisbehere

8-Robert Hagg 47-Andrew MacDonald

23-Brandon Manning 3-Radko Gudas

Petr Mrazek

Injuries – RW Wayne Simmonds (upper body); G Brian Elliott (IR abdominal surgery); G Michal Neuvirth (lower body);

Healthy Scratches – LW Taylor Leier; D Johnny Oduya;