Preview Game #73

Florida vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 19th , 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Florida – 69GP (35-27-7) 77 pts. Ninth in Eastern Conference. Canadiens 72GP (26-34-12) 64 points. 26th in the league.

Last Ten Games – Florida (7-2-1) Canadiens (3-5-2)

Home/Away – Florida on the road (13-16-4) Canadiens at home (17-11-8)

Lineup Changes

….Antti Niemi will be in goal vs. Florida. Carey Price will back up. Charlie Lindgren re-assigned to Laval/AHL. Roberto Luongo expected to start for Florida.


….Fourth of four meetings – Canadiens are 1-2-0. @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. @ Florida March 8th – Florida-5 Canadiens-0. Luongo 40-save shutout. Lindgren 5GA on 32 shots. Yandle- 3 assists, Dadonov and Barkov 2 assists.

….After winning the first meeting in October, the Canadiens have now been shutout twice in a row vs. Florida (Reimer and Luongo). Overall the Canadiens have won four of the last six meetings. Prior to that they had lost five in a row.

….Florida goaltending and defense has shutout out the Canadiens 129.54 dating back to a third period goal scored by Max Pacioretty October 23rd at the Bell Centre. Over their last two shutouts, the Panthers goaltending has stopped 78 consecutive Canadiens shots.

….Florida has earned at least a point five of their last seven appearances at the Bell Centre dating back to Dec. 14, 2014 (3-2-2)

….Dating back to the start of last season Brendan Gallagher has 3 goals, 5 assists in seven games vs. Florida. In 21 career games he has 8 goals, 9 assists.

,,,,Aleksander Barkov has 18 points in 16 career games vs. the Canadiens including ten goals.

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

….After being claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh, Niemi appeared in only two partial games with Florida (one start). He gave up 5 goals in 39 shots for an .871 save % and a 5.08GAA. After being on the roster for 19 days, he was subsequently claimed off waivers by the Canadiens.

….Charlie Lindgren has been in two Florida games with a 1-1-0 record, 3.00GAA and .906 save%.

….Vs. the Canadiens, Roberto Luongo is 16-14-4 in 38 appearances; 3 shutouts; 2.41GAA and .924 save%

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens passed the 300 injury man-games-lost in Toronto Saturday (301) – the second highest total in the league.

….The NHL has been keeping the “man-games lost” statistic since 2008-2009. Since then, including this year, the Canadiens have missed the playoffs three times. On each occasion they crossed the 300 injury threshold ( 2015-16 -348 lost; 2011-12 -439). They have made the playoffs each time the number was below 300.

….Nine of the nineteen Canadiens starters for this game were not with the team opening night, October 5th including half of their defense, five the twelve forwards and the starting goaltender.

….Since the January 4th the Canadiens have taken at least a point in thirteen of sixteen home games (8-3-5) outscoring opponents 49-40.

….The Canadiens have lost seven of their last eight overall games (1-5-2).

….They have also lost 15 of their last 19 (4-9-6). Their only wins since they recorded back to back victories vs. Anaheim and Ottawa Feb. 2nd and 3rd were against the Islanders (twice) the Rangers and Dallas. They have also lost 18 of their last 24 (6-12-6).

….Since December 23rd the Canadiens are 9-19-8. The nine wins are the fewest in the league over that stretch.

….The Canadiens have allowed at least one power play goal in each of their last nine games – 13 PPG in 34 times shorthanded – meaning opponents have scored on 38.2% of their opportunities.

….Only one team has a worse penalty killing record than the Canadiens’ 75.0% – Islanders @ 74.5%

….The Canadiens have been shut out a team record eleven times this season- most in the NHL (Ottawa has been shut out 8 times).

….In the 55 games since November 9th the Canadiens have scored three or more goals only 23 times. Their record in those games 14-9.

….Brendan Gallagher has 5 goals, 3 assists his last ten games. In his last 25 games he has 20 points including 10 goals, 10 assists.

….Gallagher leads the Canadiens with a career high 26 goals. He needs three points to equal his career high of 47.

….Alex Galchenyuk has four assists his last three games to pull even with Brendan Gallagher for the team lead at 44 points. Forty-four points are the fewest in the NHL by a player leading his team.

….Galchenyuk has ten points his last ten games (4g, 6a) and 16 points his last 18 games (4g, 12a).

…..Twenty of Galchenyuk‘s 44 points have come on the power play (7g, 13a) while 18 of Jeff Petry‘s 35 points are on the power play (5g, 13a)

….Petry is having a career year. He has three points his last four games. 35 for the season. His previous high was 28 last season.

….Artturi Lehkonen has four goals his last five games.

….Jonathan Drouin has 4 goals, 6 assists his last 22 games.

….After winning 11 of 18 faceoffs vs. Toronto Saturday, Drouin has now won 52 of 81 over his last four games (65.1%) Over his last seven games he his win % is 59.0%. (65-for-110)

….With the Canadiens Antti Niemi is 5-3-4 with 2.43GAA and .930 save%.


About the Panthers

….After putting together an 8-0-1 streak to put themselves in the playoff race, the Panthers have lost 2 of their last three including a 4-2 home ice loss Saturday to Edmonton.

….Florida is now five points out of the final Eastern Wild Card berth currently held by New Jersey but with three games in hand. The team has made the playoffs only three times in the last 19 seasons.

….This is the first of a three game road trip which will take them through Ottawa (Tuesday) and then Columbus. It is also the start of a stretch of seven of eight on the road. The Panthers finish their season with five straight at home.

….Over their last 19 games the Panthers’ power play is at 28.3% (17-60); third in the NHL.

….Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers with 70 points (25g, 45a). Vincent Trocheck is their top goalscorer with 28 (66 points). Jonathan Huberdeau is third in both points (63) and goals (23).

….Barkov has 16 points over his last 12 games (5g, 11a). He has 27 points over the Panthers 22 games since the All-Star break which ranks him 6th in the NHL in that span. He leads all NHL forwards in average TOI at 22:16. He also leads the NHL in shorthanded goals – 5.

….Vincent Trocheck has a career high 28 goals. He has 4 goals and 9 points his last six games.

….Nick Bjugstand has thirteen points over his last 12 games (6g, 7a). He needs one point to tie a career points high of 43.

….Evgenii Dadonov has 17 points over his last 12 games including seven multi-point performances.

….Aaron Ekblad leads Florida defensement in goals (14).

….Keith Yandle owns the NHL’s longest current iron-man streak at 702, which ranks him seventh all-time. (The Canadiens Karl Alzner has played in 612 consecutive games -5th among active). Yandle is three away from his third 50-point season.

….Pointe Claire’s Mike Matheson has reached 10 goals for the first time in his career. Eight of his ten goals have come on the road; second among NHL defensemen away from home. He leads the Panthers in blocked shots and is fifth in the league in takeaways.

….Florida captain Derek MacKenzie will play in his 600th NHL game.

….Roberto Luongo has won seven of his last ten starts (7-2-1). He is seven games away from becoming the third NHL goaltender to reach 1000 games.

Goaltending –

…. Canadiens – Antti Niemi 20GP (5-7-4); 3.26GAA; .908save%. Charlie Lindgren has been in 14 games this season (4-8-2) with a 3.03GAA and .908 save%.

…..Florida – Roberto Luongo -27GP (14-9-0) 2.63GAA .926 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Florida ranks 20th (42/214) 19.6%. Canadiens rank 19th (45/214) 21.0%. Penalty Killing – Florida ranks 14th (39/200) 80.5%. Canadiens rank 30th (58/232) 75.0%.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

27-Alex Galchenyuk 25-Jacob de la Rose 62-Artturi Lehkonen

54-Charles Hudon 49-Logan Shaw 38-Nikita Scherbak

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 42-Byron Froese 43-Daniel Carr

28-Mike Reilly 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

8-Jordie Benn 36-Brett Lernout

37- Antti Niemi

Healthy Scratches – LW Mike McCarron;

Injuries – RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); D Rinat Valiev (lower body); D David Schlemko (lower body); C Phillip Danault (concussion); LW Max Pacioretty (knee); D Victor Mete (broken finger); 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 72-Frank Vatrano

88-Jamie McGinn 90-Jared McCann 62-Denis Malgin

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

3-Keith Yandle 5-Aaron Ekblad

19-Michael Matheson 13-Mark Pysyk

52-MacKenzie Weegar 12-Ian McCoshen

1-Roberto Luongo

Injuries – D Alex Petrovic (lower body)

Healthy Scratches – LW Connor Brickley; RW Radim Vrbata; C Maxim Mamin;