PREVIEW GAME #67 Canadiens @ Florida (March 8/2018)

Mar 8th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #67

Canadiens vs. Florida

BB&T Center – March 8, 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Canadiens 66GP (25-30-11) 61 points. 26th in the league. Florida – 64GP (32-25-7) 71pts. Ninth in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-3-4) Florida (7-2-1)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (9-20-3) Florida at home (19-9-3)

Lineup Changes – TBA


….Third of four meetings. Canadiens (1-1-0)    @Bell Centre Oct. 23rd Canadiens-5 Florida-1. Weber 2 goals, Gallagher 1 g, 1a; Reimer vs. Price. @Florida Dec. 30th Florida-2 Canadiens-0. Reimer -38save shutout. vs. Price. Brickley & Trocheck scored.

….The Canadiens have won four of the last five meetings vs. the Panthers.Prior to that they had lost five in a row against them.

….The Canadiens have played 12 games at Florida since the 2012 lockout with a record of 8-4-0. Price has been in only four of the games with a 3-1-0 record. (Tokarski and Budaj started two of them. Also Lindgren, Montoya, Condon and Scrivens)

….Dating back to the start of last season Brendan Gallagher has 3 goals, 5 assists in six games vs. Florida. In 20 career games he has 8 goals, 9 assists.

….In 13 career games vs. the Canadiens James Reimer is 5-5-2 with 2 shutouts, a 2.97GAA and .913 save%.

,,,,Aleksander Barkov has 16 points in 15 career games vs. the Canadiens including ten goals.

….Charlie Lindgren has been in one career game vs. Florida with a 1.00GAA and .969 save%.

….Antti Niemi in 7 appearances vs. Florida is 1-4-1 with 1 shutout, 3.03GAA and .892 save%.

….Vs. the Canadiens, Roberto Luongo is 15-14-4 in 37 appearances; 2.48GAA and .921 save% with two shutouts.

About the Canadiens

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

….The Canadiens have lost fourteen of their last sixteen games on the road (2-12-2) dating back to back-to-back wins they recorded Dec. 19th and 22nd in Calgary and Edmonton.

….In their last 16 road games the Canadiens have been outscored 53-28 and been limited to one goal or fewer nine times (twice shut out)

….With 19 of a possible 64 points on the road this season (9-20-3) the Canadiens are the worst road team in the league.

….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 49 games since November 9th the Canadiens have scored three or more goals only 22 times. Their record in those games 13-9.

….Since December 23rd the Canadiens have won 8 of 29 games (8-15-7).

….The Canadiens have won 6 of the last 22 games against Eastern Conference opponents.

….In his last 19 games Brendan Gallagher has 17 points including 8 goals, 9 assists. He has failed to register a point in only four of the 19 games

….Alex Galchenyuk has three goals, 8 assists his last 14 games despite a four game points slump at one point in the stretch and a current two game points drought..

….Gallagher leads the Canadiens with 24 goals and 41 points. 24 goals equals his career high. He needs 6 points to equal his career high in points (47).

….Jonathan Drouin has 3 goals, 3 assists his last 16 games.

….After failing to register a point in 16 consecutive games Jacob de la Rose has 2 goals, 2 assists his last five games.

About the Panthers

….Coming off a 5-4 overtime loss at Tampa Tuesday, Florida has earned a point in seven consecutive games (6-0-1). With their recent surge they are two points out of the final Eastern playoff spot.

….The last time the Panthers lost a game to a team that was behind them in the standings was January 6th at Detroit.

….Nick Bjugstad recorded his first career Nhl hattrick Tuesday at Tampa. He has 16 points his last 16 games.

….Florida is tied for first in the NHL with nine shorthanded goals this season. Aleksander Barkov has a league leading five of them.

…..Barkov is on a seven game point streak (5g, 7a, 12pts.) He leads the Panthers in goals (25), assists (41) and points (66). He has 23 points over the Panthers last 17 games.

….Evgenii Dadonov has recorded four consecutive multi-point games (2g, 6a). He leads the Panthers in multi goal games with 5 and game winning goals (5).

….Dadonov has 16 points including 9 goals his last 11 games.

….Aaron Ekblad leads the Panthers with 13 goals, third among NHL defensemen. He has a five game point streak and has 13 points over last 15 games (4g, 9a).

….Keith Yandle has the NHL’s longest Iron-man streak at 697 games. He ranks first among Florida defensemen with 42 poitns (6g, 36a).

….Roberto Luongo has won five of his last 6 starts and, since returning to action Feb. 17 has a 6-2-0 with a 2.60GAA and a .925 save%. At home over that span, he is 5-0-0 with a 2.37GAA and 2.37 save%.

….The Panthers are 6-20-4 when trailing after two periods for 16 points which ties them with New Jersey with most comeback points after trailing.

….Florida has 16 power play goals their last 16 games – 28.1%.

Goaltending –

….Antti Niemi has a record of 4-6-3 this season in 17 appearances with a 3.40GAA, .903 save%.

….Charlie Lindgren in 11 games has a 4-5-2 record with two shutouts, a 2.57GAA and .920 save%.

….Roberto Luongo has been in 23 games this season for the Panthers with a 12-7-2 record, 1 shutout, a 2.61GAA and .927save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens rank 17th (40/198) 20.2% Florida ranks 19th (39/201) 19.4%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 27th (50/213) 76.5%. Canadiens rank 20th (39/188) 79.3%.

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

17- Rinat Valev 8-Jordie Benn

37-Antti Niemi

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)

Florida Lines & Pairings

63-Evgeny Dadonov 16-Aleksander Barkov 27-Nick Bjugstad

11-Jonathan Huberdeau 21-Vincent Trocheck 88-Jamie McGinn

78-Maxim Mamim 90-Jared McCann 23-Connor Brickley

18-Micheal Haley 17-Derek MacKenzie 7-Colton Sceviour

3-Keith Yandle 5-Aaron Ekblad

19-Michael Matheson 13-Mark Pysyk

52-MacKenzie Weegar 6-Alex Petrovic

1-Roberto Luongo

Injuries– C Denis Malgin (MCL sprain); C Frank Vatrano (IR lower body)

Healthy Scratches – D Ian McCoshen; RW Radim Vrbata

One Comment to “PREVIEW GAME #67 Canadiens @ Florida (March 8/2018)”

  1. david deVries says:

    Maybe I am expecting too much, but I am disappointed in the play of Jonathan Drouin.
    He has been touted as such a good prospect, yet I have not seen it in his play.
    He seems to be skating in circles and not accomplishing much with his play.
    I hope he begins to mature and become a star offensive producer for the Canadiens.

    Playing for next year I trust many of the young players will make the most of the
    rest of this lost season to develop.

    It was very painful to see them lose the game against the Bruins the other night.
    One player’s lack of discipline cost them the game.

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