Preview Game #76

Washington vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 24th, 2018 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Washington – 74GP (43-24-7) 93 pts. First in Metropolitan Division. Canadiens 75GP (26-36-12) 66 points. 27th in the league.

Last Ten Games – Washington (7-3-0) Canadiens (2-7-1)

Home/Away – Washington on the road (17-15-5) Canadiens at home (17-12-9)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price will be in goal for the Canadiens vs. Philipp Grubauer.

….Evgeny Kuznetsov returns to Washington lineup after missing 3 games with an arm injury. Former Canadiens Lars Eller and Jakub Jerabek will be in the lineup. Devante Smith-Pelly a healthy scratch.


….Third of three meetings this season. @ Washington Oct. 7th – Capitals-6 Canadiens-1. Ovechkin with 4 goals including three in first period. Price allows 4 on 14 shots. Montoya finished the game. @Washington Jan. 19th – Canadiens-3 Washington-2. Antti Niemi’s first win for Canadiens. Pacioretty two goals plus Byron.

….The last time the teams met at the Bell Centre was Super Bowl weekend Feb. 4th 2017, a 3-2 Canadiens loss. Price gave up 3 on 30 shots .

….Washington has earned at least a point in 14 consecutive games at the Bell Centre (12-0-2). They last loss in regulation time the Bell Centre was Jan. 10th 2009. Overall they have registered a point in 24 of their last 28 games (19-5-4).

….Since the start of the 2009-10 season the Capitals are 19-6-4 vs. Montreal.

….Vs. the Capitals Alex Galchenyuk has 2 goals and 9 points in 14 career games. Paul Byron has 1 goals and 6 points in 11 games.

….Vs. the Capitals this season Max Pacioretty leads with 2 goals, 1 assist in 2 games. Paul Byron with 1 goal, 2 assists and Brendan Gallagher 1g, 1a, also in two games.

….Carey Price has a career record of 6-12-4 in 22 appearances vs. Washington with a 3.17GAA and .896 save%.

….Despite a 1.91GAA and .927save% Phillip Grubauer has a career record of 0-2-0 in two career appearances vs. the Canadiens.

….In 44 career games vs. the Canadiens, Alex Ovechkin has 49 points (27g, 22a). His 0.61 goals per game against Montreal is the highest among active players with at least 20 career games against them.

….Carey Price has given up more career goals to Alex Ovechkin than any other player (16). Stamkos (13); Vanek (13); van Riemsdyk & Spezza (11)

….Ovechkin is one of only six active NHLer’s with at least 20 goals vs. the Canadiens Jason Spezza (32) Eric Staal (21); Patrice Bergeron & Thomas Vanek (20).

….In two games against the Canadiens this season Ovechkin has 4 goals, 1 assist. Evgeny Kuznetzov has 0-goals, 5 assists in two games.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost nine of their last eleven games (2-7-2); 17 of their last 22 (5-11-6) and have also lost 20 of their last 27 (7-14-6)

….The Canadiens came into their game December 23rd at Edmonton on a two game win streak and with a record of 16-15-4. It was the last time this season the Canadiens were over .500. They lost in Edmonton and since then their record is 10-21-8. The ten wins are the fewest in the league by a team since then.

….Since the January 4th the Canadiens have taken at least a point in thirteen of seventeen home games (8-4-5) outscoring opponents 49-42.

….No team in the league has given up more power play goals than the Canadiens (60). 44 of the 60 power play goals against have come on the road.

….Montreal is 4-8 on the back end of doubleheader games this season (4-6-2)

….Brendan Gallagher has 6 goals 4 assists his last 13 games. He has 22 points his last 28 games (10g, 11a). He needs one point to equal his career high of 47. His 27 goals are already a career high.

….This will be Gallagher’s 400th career NHL game.

….Paul Byron has 18 goals, four away from last season’s career-best 22 goals .

….Artturi Lehknon has five of his season’s ten goals in his last eight games. Eight of his ten goals have been scored since February first.

….Alex Galchenyuk has five assists his last six games and eleven points his last 13 games (4g, 7a). With 44 points he is one point behind Gallagher for the team scoring lead.

….Jonathan Drouin has 5 goals, 7 assists his last 25 games. Six of his 39 points have in his last seven games.

….The last two games Drouin has primarily faced off against Sidney Crosby and league faceoff leader Ryan O’Reilly and has been on the negative side both times after being a winner in his previous five games. Over his last eight games Drouin’s faceoff totals are 90 for 165 54.5%.

….Their are now 8 members of the Canadiens out with injuries. With this game Canadiens man-games-lost will reach 333. Since the statistic was kept, each time the Canadiens man-games-lost total went over 300 in a season they missed the playoffs.

….The Canadiens are 0-for-11 on the power play over the last four games. In two games prior to that they were 4-for-6. They are a league-average 20.2% on the PP but rank 31st in the league in penalty killing.

….Go figure. At home the Canadiens’ penalty killing ranks 7th in the league at 84.8%. On the road they are a league-worst 67.2%. They have allowed 16 power play goals at home and 40 on the road.

About the Capitals

….With their 1-0 win over Detroit Thursday, the Capitals have won six of their last seven games. Seeking their third straight division title, they lead the Metropolitan Division by three points over Pittsburgh. They rank fourth in the Eastern conference and 6th in the league.

….Alex Ovechking leads the league with 44 goals (Patrick Laine has 43). He leads the Capitals with 81 points, ten more than Evgeny Kuznetsov.

….Over his last six games Ovechkin has four goals, five assists.

….If Ovechkin reach 50 goals this season he would join Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky as the only players with eight 50-goals season (Bossy & Gretzky each had nine)

….Niklas Backstrom has eight points (3g, 5a) his last seven games.

….T.J. Oshie has four goals his last five games.

….Defenceman John Carlson has 15 goals and 61 points, both career highs.

….Former Canadien Lars Eller is having a career season with 17 goals and 37 points. His previous highs were 15 goals and 27 points with the Canadiens in 2014-15.

….Jakub Jerabek was acquired from the Canadiens at the trade deadline or a 2019 5th round draft. In the eleven game since his acquisition he has been a healthy scratch five times.

….Philipp Grubauer is coming of a 39 save 1-0 shutout win sover Detroit Thursday. He has a .944 save% over his last 13 games. (Regular starter Braden Holtby suffered a lower body injury Tuesday vs. Dallas.)

….Grubauer has a 1.94GAA and .937 save% over his last 21 games (12-7-2). It is the lowest GAA and highest save% in the league among goaltenders with 20 appearances or more over that time frame.

….Head coach Barry Trotz needs one win to reach 200 with the Capitals. He ranks fifth on the NHL’s all time coaching-wins list with 756.

Goaltending –

….Carey Price has been in 44 games with a 15-23-6 record, one shutout, a 3.03GAA and .903 save%.

….Philipp Grubauer has been in 31 games with a 12-9-3 record, 3 shutouts, 2.29GAA and .926save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Washington ranks 6th (49/219) 22.4%. Canadiens rank 17th (45/244) Penalty Killing – Washington ranks 18th (49/244) 79.9%. Canadiens rank 29th (60/239) 75.9%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

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

43-Daniel Carr 49-Logan Shaw 38-Nikita Scherbak

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 42-Byron Froese 54-Charles Hudon

28-Mike Reilly 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

8-Jordie Benn 36-Brett Lernout

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratches – C 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 foot tendon surgery); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

Washington Lines & Pairings

8-Alex Ovechkin 92-Evgeni Kuznetsov 43-Tom Wilson

6-Andre Burakovsky 19-Nicklas Backstrom 77-T.J. Oshie

10-Brett Connolly 20-Lars Eller 13-Jakub Vrana

18-Chandler Stephenson 83-Jay Beagle  39-Alex Chiasson

6-Michal Kempny 74-John Carlson

9-Dmitri Orlov 2-Matt Niskanen

44-Brooks Orpik 28-Jakub Jerabek

31-Philipp Grubauer

Injuries – G Braden Holtby (knee); C Evgeny Kuznetsov (arm)

Healthy Scratches – LW Shane Gersich; D Christian Djoos; D Taylor Chorney; D Nate Schmidt; RW Devante Smith-Pelly