PREVIEW GAME #65 Canadiens @ Boston (March 3, 2018)

Mar 3rd, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #65

NY Islanders vs. Boston

TD Garden – March 3, 2018 – 5:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens 64GP (24-29-10) 60 points. 26th in the league. Boston – 62 GP (39-15-8) 86pts. 4th overall in league.

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

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (9-19-2) Boston at home (21-7-4)

Lineup Changes

….Antti Niemi in goal for the Canadiens vs. Tuukka Rask.

….Both Max Pacioretty (lower body) and Victor Mete (hand) were injured Friday night vs. the Islanders and have returned to Montreal.

….Forwards Logan Shaw, Nicolas Deslauriers  on fourth line  Defenseman Jordie Benn also returns to lineup.  Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon scratched.

….Defenseman Rinat Valiev recalled from Laval.  Valiev has been assigned #17.


….Third of four meetings this season. Previous three games played over an eight day period in January. @ Bell Centre Jan. 13th Boston-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout); Brad Marchand with shootout winner. Jake Debrusk 1g 1a; Galchenyuk, Pacioretty, Deslauriers for Canadiens. @Boston Jan. 17 – Boston-4 Canadiens-1. Marchand 1 goal, 1 assist. Jerabek scored for Montreal. @Bell Centre Jan. 20th – Boston-4 Canadiens-1. David Pastrnak 2 goals, 1 assist. Marchand 2 assist. Pacioretty for Canadiens.

….The Bruins are looking to sweep a season series against the Canadiens for the first time since they went 4-0-0 in 1994-95.

….Boston has now beaten the Canadiens five straight games overall including the last two at Boston.

….Prior to their last two losses in Boston, the Canadiens had won nine straight games at Boston dating back to Jan. 12, 2012 (the night the Canadiens traded Michael Cammalleri to Calgary mid-game).

….In the last 23 home/away meetings dating back to March 3rd 2013 the Canadiens are 15-6-1 vs. Boston.

….Since the 2012 lockout Max Pacioretty (injured) has led the Canadiens against the Bruins with 11 goals and 19 points in 24 games.

….Alex Galchenyuk has 13 points 22 games vs. the Bruins since the lockout – 3g, 10a.

…. In his eleven games since 2012 vs. the Bruins Paul Byron has 6 goals and 8 points.

…. Brendan Gallagher has 5 goals, 13 assists since the lockout in 23 games.

….Versus the Canadiens since the lockout Patrice Bergeron (injured) has 7 goals,11 assists in 22 games. In 21 games Brad Marchand has 16 points (4g, 12a).

….Antti Niemi vs, the Bruins has a career record of 6-4-0 with a 2.20GAA and .912 save%.

….Tuukka Rask won a three games vs. the Canadiens in January and has a career record of 10-15-3 with a 2.41GAA and .917 save%.

About the Canadiens

….This is the second of a six-game road trip spanning 12 days.

….The Canadiens have lost twelve of their last 14 games on the road (2-11-1) dating back to back-to-back wins their recorded Dec. 19th and 22nd in Calgary and Edmonton.

….In their last 14 road games the Canadiens have been outscore 45-23 and been limited to one goal or fewer eight times (twice shut out)

….With 18 of a possible 60 points on the road this season (9-19-2) the Canadiens are the worst road team in the league.

….The Canadiens have at least a point in their last six games (3-0-3).

….Only three teams have lost more games in overtime/shootout than the Canadiens – 10. Anaheim (12); Carolina & Buffalo (11).

….The Canadiens have been shut out nine times this season, tieing a franchise record with 18 games remaining in the season. Nine times shut out is most in the NHL this season.

….In the 47 games since November 9th the Canadiens have scored three or more goals only 21 times. Their record in those games 13-8.

….Since December 23rd the Canadiens have won 8 of 27 games (8-14-6).

….The Canadiens have won 6 of the last 20 games against Eastern Conference opponents.

….Jeff Petry has two goals, two assists his last six games and has reached career highs in goals (10) and points (30).

….Over the last 15 games, Petry is the Canadiens highest goalscorer with 6 and over that stretch he is tone point behind Brendan Gallagher in points with 12. Gallagher has 5 goals, 8 assists since January 23rd.

….Alex Galchenyuk ‘s hattrick Friday ended a 15 game goal drought. He had seven assists during the drought.

….Jonathan Drouin has 3 goals, 3 assists his last 15 games.

About the Bruins

….The Bruins are coming off an 8-4 win over Pittsburgh Thursday.

….The Bruins are in second place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference, 6 points behind Tampa Bay. The Bruins have three games in hand with two games remaining with the Lightning – March 17th and 29th.

….The Bruins rank fourth in the league in offense at 3.29 goals per game. They defense is third ranked – 2.50 GPG.

….Brad Marchand leads the team with 60 points.

….The Bruins have four 20-goal scorers. Patrice Bergeron (injured) leads with 27; David Pastrnak second with 24; Marchand – 23 and Rick Nash scored 20 with the Rangers.

….Tuuuka Rask ranks fourth in the NHL with his 2.29GAA.

….The Bruins are 12-4-2 against their Atlantic Division rivals and 26-7-6 against the Eastern Conference.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Antti Niemi – 16GP (4-6-2) 3.53GAA .897save%. Boston – Tuukka Rask – 42GP (26-11.4) 2.27GAA and .919 save%

Special Teams Power Play – Canadens rank 12th (40/192) 20.8% Boston ranks 13th (40/194) 20.6%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 25th (46/202) 77.2% Boston ranks 9th (32/184) 82,6%.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

65-Andrew Shaw   24-Phillip Danault 62-Artturi Lehkonen

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Paul Byron 25-Jacob de la Rose 38-Nikita Scherbak

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 42-Byron Froese    49-Logan Shaw

8-Jordie Benn 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

28-Mike Reilly 21-David Schlemko

40-Antti Niemi

Healthy Scratches – LW Daniel Carr;  LW Charles Hudon

Injuries – LW Max Pacioretty (lower body); D Victor Mete (hand); G Carey Price (concussion); D Shea Weber (IR broken foot); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

Boston Forward Lines & Pairings

63-Brad Marchand 20-Riley Nash 88-David Pastrnak

74-Jake Debrusk 46-David Krejci 61-Rick Nash

12-Brian Gionta 42-David Backes 57-Tommy Wingels

59-Tim Schaller 52-Sean Kuraly 55-Noel Acciari

33-Zdeno Chara 73-Charlie McAvoy

47-Torey Krug 86-Kevan Miller

44-Nick Holden 25-Brandon Carlo

40-Tuukka Rask

Injuries – C Patrice Bergeron (IR broken foot); D Matt Grzelcyk (lower body)/ Andreas Bjork (IR shoulder surgery)

Scratches – C Danton Heinen; D Adam McQuaid.

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