Preview Game #77

Detroit vs. Canadiens

March 25th, 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Detroit – 75GP (27-37-11) 65 points – 27th in the league. Canadiens 75GP (26-37-12) 66 points. 26th in the league.

Last Ten Games – Detroit 1-8-1. Canadiens (2-7-1)

Home/Away – Detroit on the road (13-22-3) Canadiens at home (17-13-9=8)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price in goal for Canadiens. Jared Coreau for Red Wings.

…. Deslauriers/McCarron/Froese.  on fourth line.  Daniel Carr – healthy scratch.  The rest of the lines and pairings remain the same (see below)


…..Third of four meetings – @Detroit Nov. 30th Canadiens-6 Detroit-3. Jimmy Howard allows 6 goals on 25 shots. Gallagher 2g, 1a; Pacioretty 1g, 1a; Petry & Danault 0g, 2a, @Bell Centre Dec. 3rd – Canadiens-10 Detroit-1. Paul Byron 3 goals, Alex Galchenyuk 4 assists; Deslauriers, Carr and de la Rose 1g, 2a each. Mrazek 5 goals against on 25 shots; Jimmy Howard 5 on 9 shots.

….In the month of March the Wings are 1-9-2 while the Canadiens are 3-8-2.

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 7-0-2 vs. Detroit at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens were 2-2 in the four overtime games.

….The last time Detroit won a game in regulation time at Montreal was 4-1 on Dec. 4, 2007. Dominek Hasek stopped 17 of 18 shots. Since then the Canadiens are 8-0-3 vs. them.

….Overall the Canadiens are 5-1-1 in the last six meetings between the teams and since the lockout overall in 18 games the Canadiens are 12-4-2.

….Over his last eleven starts against Detroit Carey Price is 10-1-0 with a 1.65GAA, 939save% and two shutouts.

…..Career vs. Detroit Price is 12-4-1 with a 1.98GAA and .930save% and two shutouts.

….6’6” goaltender Jared Coreau has started one career game vs. the Canadiens – a 1-0 shutout win in Detroit January 16th 2017. He made 18 saves.   0.00GAA – 1.000 save%

….Jimmy Howard has won only one of his last eight starts against Montreal and has lost his last four appearances at the Bell Centre.

…..Alex Galchenyk has 1 goal, 4 assists in two games against Detroit this season.

….In his last seven games against Detroit Galchenyuk has 3 goals, six assists. All three goals were game winners; two of them in overtime. In 18 career games vs. Detroit he has 5 goals and 16 points.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens come into the game 26th in the league standings; 28th in the league offense; 23rd on defense; 30th on the penalty kill.: 21st in shots allowed.

….The Canadiens have lost ten of their last twelve games (2-8-2); 18 of their last 23 (5-12-6) and have also lost 21 of their last 28 (7-15-6)

….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 10-22-8. 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 eighteen home games (8-5-5) outscoring opponents 53-48.

….For the season the Canadiens have scored an average of 2.79 goals per game at home while allowing 2.74.

….No team in the league has given up more power play goals than the Canadiens (62). 44 of the 62 power play goals against have come on the road.

….Brendan Gallagher has 7 goals 4 assists his last 14 games. He has 23 points his last 29 games (12g, 11a). With the goal vs. Washington he now has equaled his career points high (47). He needs two goals to reach 30.

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

….Artturi Lehknon has half of his season’s total of ten goals in his last ten games. (5g,0a)

….Alex Galchenyuk has one goal, five assists his last seven games and twelve points his last 14 games (5g, 7a). With 46 points he is one point behind Gallagher for the team scoring lead.

….Jonathan Drouin has 5 goals, 8 assists his last 26 games. Seven of his 40 points have in his last eight games.

….After relative success in the faceoff circle over a five game stretch Drouin has been on the losing side the last three games. While facing off mostly against Sidney Crosby, league faceoff leader Ryan O’Reilly and Evgeny Kuznetsov he has won 24 of 77 draws (31.2%).

….Charles Hudon‘s two goals Saturday ended a 13 game drought. He has four points his last three games.

….Carey Price is winless in his last seven starts (0-5-2). In that stretch he has has given up three or more six times including a six goal, two fives and two time with 4 for an .866 save% and 4.36 GAA. Price has also won only 4 of his last 22 (4-14-4).

….Price has also had his problems at home where he has won only 11 of 24 starts with a 2.80GAA and a .906 save%. He has given up four goals or more in nine of those 24 home starts.

….Capped by those back-to-back wins over Detroit, Price won his first first five starts coming out of his season’s first 10 game stint on injury reserve to bring his season record to 8-7-1. Since then (Dec. 5th) he has a record of 7-17-5.

….Coming back after missing 14 games with a concussion Price has given up 11 goals in his two starts. In his last seven starts Price is 0-5-2 and since January 15th is 2-10-4 with a 3.46GAA and .881 save%. he has won only 4 of his last 22 (4-14-4)

….In his 44 games this season Price has given up four or more goals 17 times (9 times- 4 goals, 5 times -5 goals and three times he’s allowed six.)

….Their are now 8 members of the Canadiens out with injuries. With this game Canadiens man-games-lost will reach 341. 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 have allowed 62 opposition power play goals – most in the NHL (Tampa Bay has allowed 59)

….The Canadiens have only been able win three or more games in a row twice this season. Conversely they have lost three games or more in succession nine times including one 7 game losing streak and two others of five games.

About the Red Wings

….The Wings are coming off a 4-3 in Toronto Saturday night.

….This is the first of back-to-back games. The Wings will go home to face Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

….Detroit has won only one of it’s last 13 games (1-11-1). Their only win was 5-4 vs. Philadelphia in a home-ice shootout. They have allowed at least four goals in ten those thirteen games and were outscored 50-26.

….Detroit has lost ten straight road games during which they have been outscored 41-22. Their last road win was at Madison Square Garden Feb. 25th – 3-2 in overtime. On the road this season Detroit has averaged 2.58GPG while allowing 3.29.

….The Red Wings are now 27th in the overall league standings, one point behind the Canadiens. Detroit has a game in hand.

….After making the playoffs for 24 consecutive season, the Wings have been officially eliminated from the post season for the second season in a row.

….Twenty-four of Detroit’s 37 regulation losses this season have been by one goal.

….The Red wings rank 29th in the league in scoring (2.49GPG) and 22nd in goals-against (3.09)

….Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings scorers with 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists). The Wings leading goalscorer is Anthony Mantha with 23. (also 20 assists).

….Mantha is the Wings only player with more than 20 goals (23). They have nine with at least 10.

….Mantha has not scored in nine games (0g, 2a) dating back to a two-goal, four-point game at Boston, March 6th.

…..Gustav Nyqvist has not scored in four games and remains one goal away from his third career 20-goal season.

….Jimmy Howard has allowed at least three goals in seven of his last eight starts.

….Since Petr Mrazek was traded to Philadelphia Feb. 19th, Howard has appeared in 13 of Detroit’s 16 games.

….Red Wings defenceman Mike Green is gone for the rest of the season after aggravating an injury during last Wednesday’s practice. He will have cervical spine surgery April 5th.

….The Red Wings have lost 85 man-games to injury (compared with the Canadiens’ 341)

…37 year old Henrk Zetterberg has 336 career goals, fifth on Detroit’s all-time list. He needs two points to match Sergei Fedorov for 5th in Detroit points history (Gordie Howe leads with 1,809 – Steve Yzerman second with 1,755).

Goaltending –

….Carey Price has been in 45 games with a 15-24-6 record, 3.10GAA and .901 save% – 1 shutout.

….Jared Coreau has been in four Detroit games this season with a 0-3-0 record; 4.48GAA and .856save%.

….Jimmy Howard has been in 56 games with a 19-27-8 record, 2.88GAA and .909save%.


Special Teams Power Play – Detroit ranks 24th (37/215) 17.2% Canadiens rank 14th (46/227) 20.3%. Penalty Killing – Detroit ranks 21st (51/236) Canadiens rank 30th (62/242)

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

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

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

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

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 34-Mike McCarron 42-Byron Froese

28-Mike Reilly 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

8-Jordie Benn 36-Brett Lernout

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch – LW Daniel Carr;

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)

Detroit Lines and Pairings

59-Tyler Bertuzzi 40-Henrik Zetterberg 14-Gustav Nyquist

43-Darren Helm 71-Dylan Larkin 39-Anthony Mantha

72-Andreas Athanasiou 51-Frans Nielsen 8-Justin Abdelkader

42-Martin Frk 41- Luke Glendening 77-Evgeny Svechnikov

52-Jonathan Ericsson 83-Trevor Daley

65- Dan DeKeyser 3-Nick Jensen

55-Niklas Kronwall   61-Xavier Ouellet

31-Jared Coreau

Injuries – D Mike Green (spinal surgery)

Healthy Scratches – LW David Booth, D Luke Witkowski