Preview Game #80

Winnipeg vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – April 3rd , 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Winnipeg – 79GP (49-20-10) 108 pts. Fourth in league. Canadiens – 79 GP (28-39-12) 68pts. 28th in the league.

Last Ten Games – Winnipeg (8-2-0) Canadiens (3-7-0)

Home/Away – Winnipeg on the road (19-13-8) Canadiens at home ( 18-14-8)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price will make his second consecutive start for the Canadiens vs. Steve Mason

….D Jordie Benn, C Byron Froese and LW Charles Hudon will be a healthy scratch. D Rinat Valiev activated and re-assigned to Laval/AHL

….….Winnipeg will rest regulars G Connor Hellebuyck, D Jacob Trouba & Josh Morrissey plus forwards Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele and Adam Lowry.


….Second of two meetings. @Winnipeg Nov. 4 Canadiens-5 Winnipeg-4 (overtime). Pacioretty with GWG PPG at 3:07 OT. Pacioretty 1g, 2a. Andrew Shaw – 2 goals; The game featured 6 PPG’s – three by each team. Canadiens outshoot Winnipeg 50-23. Montoya vs. Hellebuyck.

….In their last visit to the Bell Centre Feb. 18, 2017 Winnipeg was a 3-1 winner over the Canadiens

….Since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 8-4-0 vs. Winnipeg; at the Bell Centre 4-2-0.

….Since 2012 Alex Galchenyuk leads the Canadiens against the Jets with 4g, 5a in ten games. Max Pacioretty has 2g, 6a in 11 games.

…..Vs. the Canadiens Blake Wheeler has 4g, 2a in 12 games since the lockout.

….Career vs. the Jets, Carey Price has 12-5-3 record in 21 appearances with three shutouts; 2.13GAA and .927save%.

.Steve Mason has been in five career games vs. the Canadiens with a 4-1-0 record 1.79GAA and .937 save%. He returns to the Winnipeg lineup after missing 13 games with a knee injury.

….The Jets are 3-7-0 in their last ten games at the Bell Centre and have been outscored 31-14 in those games.

….Since the team moved from Atlanta to Winnipeg the Canadiens are 11-5-1 vs. the Jets.

….The home team has won 9 of the last 15 meetings between the teams.

….Winnipeg has outscored the Canadiens this season by 69 goals (266-199)

About the Canadiens

….Of the 20 Canadiens dressed for the Nov. 4th game in Winnipeg, nine are no longer available; four traded (Plekanec, Mitchell, Morrow, Montoya) – four injured (Weber, Mete, Shaw, Danault) – one assigned to Laval (Lindgren).

….The Canadiens are ranked 30th in the league with 199 goals. They average 2.5 goals per game while giving up 3.1.

….The Canadiens goals for/against differential is minus-53. Only Ottawa (minus-65) and Buffalo (minus-76) are worse.

….In the draft lottery race the Canadiens are fourth. If they finish there they would have 9.5% chance winning the Rasmus Dahlin lottery and a 28.8% of drafting in the top three. They would be guaranteed of drafting of the top seven.

….The last time the Canadiens defeated a team that is currently in a playoff position was January 23rd vs. Colorado. In the 31 games since, during which they posted an 8-17-6 record, their wins were against the Islanders (twice), Buffalo, Detroit, Ottawa, Dallas, the Rangers, Dallas and Anaheim.

….On December 22nd the Canadiens beat the Flames in Calgary to go a game over .500 (16-15-4). It was the last time this season the Canadiens were over .500. They lost their next five games and 32 of the next 44 (12-24-8) while falling from 23rd to 28th in the overall league standings.

….Since their back-to-back wins over the Islanders, the Canadiens have lost 12 of their last 15 games (3-10-2)

….No team in the league has given up more power play goals than the Canadiens (65). At home they have given up 20 PPG’s which is 12th in the league. On the road they’ve given up 45 (31st in the league).

….Gallagher has seven points over his last six games (4g, 3a) and 9 goals, 6 assists his last 17 games. He also has 27 points in his last 32 games (14g, 13a).

….Alex Galchenyuk has two goals, seven assists his last ten games and fifteen points his last 17 games (6g, 9a).

….Jonathan Drouin has six points in his last six games (2g, 4a) and 3goals, 7 assists over his last eight games.

….Paul Byron has two goals, two assists in his last six games. He needs one to reach 20 goals and three to equal his career high 22.

….Carey Price will set the Canadiens appearance record with his 557th start, one more than Jacques Plante. He needs three wins to tie Patrick Roy for second in wins with 289 and 28 to reach Jacques Plante’s team record of 314.

….Price won his last start (vs. Detroit). Prior to that he was 0-5-2. Since January 15th Carey Price is 3-11-4 and since December 5th, 8-18-5.

….Price is looking for his second consecutive win. The last time he was able to post wins in consecutive starts was January 4th and 7th (Tampa/Vancouver). Since then his record is 3-11-4.

….At home this season Price has won only 12 of 26 starts. In nine of the 26 home starts he gave up four or more goals nine times.

About the Jets

….Second game in 24 hours for the Jets. Edged Ottawa 6-5 Monday night.

….The Jets are looking for their 50th win of the season. They are fourth overall in the league and first among Canadien teams ahead of Toronto by five points.

….The Jets have won eight of their last nine games and They are five points behind Nashville for the Central Division lead. Their final three games of the season are against non-playoff teams.

….The Jets defence ranks fifth in the league.

….The Jets went 11-3-1 in the month of March to set a franchise record for most wins in a calendar month in a season

…..Vs. the Atlantic Divison the Jets have won eight straight games and have points in ten straight (8-0-2) dating back to Dec. 7th.

….The Jets are 1-4 in their last five road games.

….The Jets have allowed four or more goals in four of their last five games.

…..The Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise has been in existence for 18 years. They have appeared in the playoffs twice (once in Atlanta in 11 seasons) and have are 0 for 8 in playoff games. The only other team in the NHL without a playoff win in it’s history is Vegas.

….Patrik Laine has registered no points his last seven games despite 17 shots on goal. He is second in the league with 43 goals, three behind Alex Ovechkin. Laine has three games left, Ovechkin two.

….In his second NHL season Laine has 68 points – four more than last season.

.Blake Wheeler has points in nine of his last ten games (4g, 9a).

….With two goals vs. Ottawa Monday night he now has 37 points in 31 points vs. Eastern Conference teams this season.

….Since joining the jets in the deadline trade Paul Stastny has 11 points in 15 games. He has 51 points, his second highest point total since he registered 60 since 2013-14 with Colorado.

….Mark Sheifele has nine points in his last eight games.

….Connor Hellebuyck has appeared in 64 of the Jets 79 games. He is one of only five goaltenders to play more than 60 games.


….Carey Price has a record of 16-25-6 with a .902 save% and 3.05GAA.

….Steve Mason has played in 12 games this season with a 4-6-1 record; 1 shutout; 3.18GAA and .906 save%.




Special TeamsPower Play – Winnipeg ranks 4th (62/264) 23.5% Canadiens rank 9th (50/235) 21,3%. Penalty Killing – Winnipeg ranks 10th (49/266) Canadiens rank 30th (65/253) 74.3%.

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 45-Kerby Rychel

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 34-Mike McCarron 43-Daniel Carr

21-David Schlemko 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

28-Mike Reilly 36-Brett Lernout

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratches – C Byron Froese; LW Charles Hudon; D Jordie Benn.

Injuries – RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); C Phillip Danault (concussion); LW Max Pacioretty (knee); D Victor Mete (broken finger); D Shea Weber (IR broken foot); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

Winnipeg Lines & Pairings

81-Kyle Connor 9-Andrew Copp 55-Mark Scheifele 52-Jack Roslovic

27-Nikolaj Ehlers 25-Paul Stastny 29-Patrik Laine

85-Mathieu Perreault 18-Brian Little 40-Joel Armia

56-Marko Dano 16-Shawn Matthias 13-Brandon Tanev

70-Joe Morrow 33-Dustin Byfuglien

44-Josh Morrissey 8-Jacob Trouba

7-Ben Chiarot 57-Tyler Myers

3-Tucker Poolman 83-Sami Niku

35-Steve Mason

Injuries – G Steve Mason (knee); D Toby Enstrom (lower body); D Dmitry Kulikov (back) LW Matt Hendricks (lower body); RW-Blake Wheeler;

Healthy Scratches – C Mark Scheifle; RW Blake Wheeler