Preview Game #70

Dallas vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 13th, 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Dallas – 69GP (38-25-6) 82 points. First wild card berth in Western Conference. Canadiens 69GP (25-32-12) 62 points. 27th in the league.

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

Home/Away – Dallas on the road (12-16-6) Canadiens at home (16-10-8)

Lineup Changes

Antti Niemi will start in goal against Kari Lehtonen.  Daniel Carr will be a healthy scratch.  Logan Shaw on fourth line with Froese & Deslauriers.


Up front, Byron Froese will play, while Daniel Carr will be a healthy scratch.


….Second of two meetings – @Dallas Dec. 21st – Dallas-3 Canadiens-1. Shore, Spezza & Seguin (ENG) for the Stars. Gallagher for Montreal. Lindgren vs. Bishop.

….Dallas last played at the Bell Centre March 28, 2017 – a 4-1 Canadiens win.

….At the Bell Centre Dallas has lost six of the last seven games (1-5-1) over the last 15 seasons. Their last win in Montreal was 3-0 Feb. 21, 2012. Lehtonen 31 saves.

….Since the Stars moved from Minnesota to Dallas, they are 4-9-2 at Bell Centre.

….Overall the Stars have earned points in five of their last six vs. Montreal (3-2-2).

….As a member of the Canadiens, Alexander Radulov recorded 54 points in 76 games last season.   Canadiens leading scorer Brendan Gallagher would need 12 points in his final 13 games to equal last season’s Radulov numbers.

….Tyler Seguin Thas 22 points in 24 career games vs. Montreal (10g, 12a) and has points in five of his last six games against them (3g, 4a).

….In his last 8 games at the Bell Centre, Jason Spezza has 4 goals and 9 points.

….Spezza leads all members of the current Stars roster with 69 career points against Montreal. Only Jaromir Jagr (93) has more career points against them among this season’s active NHLer’s.

….Vs. the Stars, Antti Niemi has a career record of 10-4-5 with 2 shutouts, a 2.26GAA and .922 save%.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Kari Lehtonen is 8-8-3 with two shutouts, a 2.76GAA and .906 save%.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens finished their 6 game road trip with a 1-4-1 record.

….Montreal has now lost 13 of their last 16 games (3-7-6). Their only wins since they recorded back to back victories vs. Anaheim & Ottawa Feb 2nd and 3rd were against the Islanders (twice) and the Rangers.

.….Since December 23rd the Canadiens are 8-17-8. The eight wins are the fewest in the league over that stretch. Vancouver is next with 10 wins since Dec 23rd.

….In the Draft lottery sweepstakes the Canadiens are currently 5th (27th in the league) one point behind Detroit after 69 games. Ottawa and Vancouver are three points behind the Canadiens (28th and 29th in the overall standings. Ottawa has played 68 games, Vancouver 70.

….Over the last six games Canadiens penalty killings have given up 9 power play goals in 24 times shorthanded – a kill rate of 52.5%. Over the same stretch the power play has one goal over the last 18 opportunities leaving special teams at minus-8.

….The Canadiens have been shut out ten times this season – most in the NHL (Ottawa has been shut out 8 times).

….In the 52 games since November 9th the Canadiens have scored three or more goals only 22 times. Their record in those games 13-9.

….Brendan Gallagher has 4 goals, 2 assists his last seven games. In his last 22 games he has 18 points including 9 goals, 9 assists.

….Gallagher leads the Canadiens with a career high 25 goals and 42 points. He needs 5 points to equal his career high in points (47).

….Alex Galchenyuk has four goals, 8 assists his last 17 games .

….Jonathan Drouin has 4 goals, 3 assists his last 19 games.

….With the Canadiens Antti Niemi is 4-2-4 with 2.33GAA and .932 save%.

….Over his last five starts Niemi has stopped 174 of 183 shots for a save percentage of .951. Over that stretch he is 2-0-3.

About the Stars

….Since a five game win streak ended Feb 11th, the Stars have a record of 5-6-2.

….This is the second game of a six game Dallas road trip and the first of back-to-back games (Toronto Wednesday). They lost in Pittsburgh Sunday.

….The Stars have gone four straight games without scoring a 5-on-5 goal. The last to score even-strength was Radulov against St. Louis.

….Tyler Seguin has 14 points over his last nine games (4g, 4a). He has 14 goals and 24 poins his last 21 games.

….With 36 goals, Seguin ranks 5th in the NHL and his 12 power play goals also ranks 5th.

….Seguin is one of three active NHLer’s to score 30-plus goals in at least four of the last five seasons. Alex Ovechkin and Max Pacioretty are the others.

….Defenseman John Klingberg has 50 assists this season to lead the league. He is fourth among Dallas scorers with 57 points (7g, 50a)

….Alexander Radulov is second on the Stars with 60 points (25g, 35a) in 69 games. 60 points is a career high.

….This will be Radulov‘s 300th career game.

….Vs. Pittsburgh Sunday, Jason Spezza‘s assist was his first point in 14 games dating back to February 5th vs. the Rangers.

….Kari Lehtonen will make his 5th straight appearance in the Dallas goal since Ben Bishop suffered a knee injury Over his four consecutive starts his is 1-2-1 despite a .935 save%. In his last 13 appearances Lehtonen has a .934 save% and 1.69GAA.

Goaltending –

….In 18 games this season Antti Niemi has a 4-6-4 record with a 3.29GAA and .906 save%.

….Kari Lehtonen has been in 26 Dallas games with a 12-8-2 record, one shutout, a 2.23GAA and .921 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Dallas ranked 19th (42/212) 19.8% Canadiens ranked 19th (41/207) 19.8%. Penalty Killing – Dallas ranked 4th (40/239) 83.3%. Canadiens ranked 28th (54/222) 75.7%.

 Canadiens Lines & Pairings

41-Paul Byron 92-Jonathan Drouin 11-Brendan Gallagher

38-Nikita Scherbak 65-Andrew Shaw 62-Artturi Lehkonen

27-Alex Galchenyuk 25-Jacob de la Rose 54-Charles Hudon

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

28-Mike Reilly 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

8-Jordie Benn 36-Brett Lernout

37-Antti Niemi

Healthy Scratches – LW Daniel Carr; D David Schlemko

Injuries – D Rinat Valiev (lower body); C Phillip Danault (concussion); LW Max Pacioretty (knee); D Victor Mete (broken finger); G Carey Price (concussion); D Shea Weber (IR broken foot); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

Dallas Stars Lines & Pairings

14-Jamie benn 91-Tyler Seguin 47-Alexander Radulov

21-Antoine Roussel 12-Radek Faksa 18-Tyler Pitlick

17-Devin Shore 16-Jason Dickinson 13-Mattias Janmark

40-Remi elie 90-Jason Spezza 25-Brett Ritchie

23-Esa Linell 3-John Klingberg

33-Marc Methot 28-Stephen Johns

2-Dan Hamhuis 29-Greg Pateryn

32-Kari Lehtonen

Injuries – G Ben Bishop (knee); C Martin Hanzal (back surgery)

Healthy Scratches – C Gemel Smith D Julius Honka