Preview Game #66

Canadiens vs. New Jersey

Prudential Center – March 6, 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens 65GP (24-29-11) 61 points. 26th in the league. New Jersey 66GP (33-25-8) 74pts. 7th in Eastern Conference

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-3-4) New Jersey (5-5-0)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (9-19-3) New Jersey at home (17-13-3)

Lineup Changes

….Charlie Lindgren will be in goal for the Canadiens against Keith Kinkaid.

….Rinat Valiev will make his debut on the Canadiens defense.  Assigned #17.


….Second of three meetings – Dec. 14th @ BellCentre – Canadiens-2 New Jersey -1 (overtime). Plekanec scored at 1:52 of OT. Also Andrew Shaw. Noesen for NJD. Price vs. Schneider.

….The Canadiens swept all three meetings last season outscoring the Devils 12-6. They have won five straight against New Jersey.

….Home and away since the lockout the canadiens are 11-3-2 vs. New Jersey. Seven of the 16 were decided in OT/Shootout.

….At New Jersey the Canadiens have earned at least a point in the last six games (5-0-1) and since the lockout they are 5-2-1 at the Prudential Center,

….The Canadiens last win vs. the Canadiens at home was April 3, 2015; 3-2 in a shootout. It was Keith Kinkaid’s only career win vs Montreal

….Kinkaid has been in four games vs. Montreal with a 1-3-0 record; 3.49GAA and .891 save%.

….Charlie Lindgren has never been in a game against the Devils.

….Since the lockout Alex Galchenyuk is the Canadiens leading scorer vs. New Jersey with 15 points in 14 games – 6 goals, 9 assists. Max Pacioretty has 9 goals and 13 points in 16 games.

….Taylor Hall did not play against the Canadiens Dec. 14th (knee). In 11 career games vs. the Canadiens he has 3 goals, 6 assists. With the Devils, 1 goal, 2 assists in three games.

About the Canadiens

….In the Draft Lottery the Canadiens are currently 6th with 61 points in 65GP. Edmonton is 5th, one point behind the Canadiens after 66 games. Vancouver is 4th two points behind Montreal also after 66 games. Ottawa is third with 56 points followed by Buffalo (53 pts) and Arizona (51).

….This is the third of a six-game/twelve-day road trip..

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

….In their last 15 road games the Canadiens have been outscored 47-24 and been limited to one goal or fewer nine times (twice shut out)

….With 19 of a possible 62 points on the road this season (9-19-3) the Canadiens are the worst road team in the league. They have scored 2.26 goals per game on the road while giving up 3.42.

….Overall the Canadiens rank 29th in scoring at 2.54GPG while giving up a 22nd ranked goals against – 3.00.

….The Canadiens have at least a point in their last seven games (3-0-4).

….Only one team has lost more games in overtime/shootout than the Canadiens – 11. Anaheim (12)

….The Canadiens have been shut out nine times this season – most in the NHL,

….In the 48 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 28 games (8-14-7).

….The Canadiens have won 6 of the last 21 games against Eastern Conference opponents.

….Alex Galchenyuk has three goals, 8 assists his last 13 games despite a four game points slump at one point in the stretch.

….Since January 23rd Brendan Gallagher 6 goals, 8 assists in 15 games.

….Gallagher leads the Canadiens with 23 goals and 40 points. He needs one goal to equal a career high 24 set in 2014-15. His career high in points is 47.

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

About the Devils

….The Devils are 7th in the Eastern Conference but three points ahead of Columbus who are 9th and four ahead of Florida who are 10th.

….The Devils are trying to avoice losing four in a row for the fourth time since their Christmas break.

….In their current three game losing streak they have scored five goals and in losing five of their last seven they have totaled 13.

….The Devils are 13th in the league in scoring at 2.99 goals per game and 21st in goals against – 2.95 per game.

….New Jersey has killed off 17 of 18 penalties over the last eight games.

….Taylor Hall has collected a point in of the last 25 games he’s played. In that stretch he has 18 goals and 36 points.

….Hall has an active four-game goalscoring stretch.

….In five games since coming to the Devils from the Rangers at the deadline, Michael Grabner has failed to record a point.

Goaltending –

….Canadiens – Charlie Lindgren is 7-4-2 in 13 games this season with two shutouts, a 2.09GAA and .933 save%.

,,,,,On the season Keith Kinkaid has been in 27 games with a 15-9-3 record, 0 shutouts, 2.95GAA and a .904 save%. Corey Schneider has a recird if 17-13-6 with 1 shutout, a 2.80GAA and .912 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens rank 15th (40/196) 20.4% New Jersey ranks 16th (41/202) Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 25th (47/208) 77.4%. New Jersey ranks 8th (38/216) 82.4%.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

38-Nikita Scherbak 24-Phillip Danault 11-Brendan Gallagher

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 62-Artturi Lehkonen

41-Paul Byron 25-Jacob de la Rose 65-Andrew Shaw

20-Nicolas Desnauliers 42-Byron Froese 43 Daniel Carr

28-Mike Reilly 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

8-Jordie Benn 17-Ralev Valiev

37-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratches – LW Logan Shaw; D David Schlemko

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

New Jersey Lines & Pairings

9-Taylor Hall 13-Nico Hischier 63-Jesper Bratt

44-Miles Wood 37-Pavel Zacha 21-Kyle Palmieri

40Michael Grabner 19-Travis Zajac 23-Stefan Noesen

20-Blake Coleman 11-Brian Boyle 17-Patrick Maroon

6-Andy Greene 45-Sami Vatanen

2-John Moore 28-Damon Severson

8-Will Butcher 12-Ben Lovejoy

1-Keith Kindkaid

Injuries – LW Marcus Johansson (IR concussion); LW Brian Gibbons (IR broken thumb)

Healthy Scratches – RW Jimmy Hayes; D Mirco Mueller;