Preview Game #80

Canadiens vs. Detroit

Bell Centre – April 5th , 2018 – 7:35pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 80 GP (28-39-13) 69pts. 29th in the league. Detroit 80GP (30-38-12) 72 pts. 26th overall standings.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (2-7-1) Detroit (4-5-1)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (10-25-4) Detroit at home (16-15-8)

Lineup Changes

….Antti Niemi in goal for the Canadiens vs. Jared Coreau.


….Detroit joined the NHL in 1926. This is the first time in the 92 years the Detroit and Montreal have been in league together that both franchises have missed the playoffs in the same season.

….Going into the game the Canadiens have the third worst record in the league and Detroit is sixth-worst.

….The Canadiens are 3-0-0 vs. Detroit this season. In the three games they have outscored the Wings 20-6.

….Fourth 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 2a each. @Bell Centre Dec. 2nd Canadiens-10 Detroit-1. PaulByron 3 goals, Alex Galchenyuk 4 assists. Deslauriers, Carr and de la Rose 1g 2a each. Mrazek 5 goals on 25 shots, Howard 5 goals on 9 shots. @Bell Centre Mar. 26th Canadiens-4 Detroit-2. Gallagher – 29th and 30th goals; Galchenyuk & Byron. Coreau vs. Price.

….The Red Wings rejoined the Eastern Conference after the 2012 lockout. Since then the Canadiens have played them 20 times with a 14-4-2 record. At Detroit the Canadiens are 6-4-0 over that stretch.

….Overall the Canadiens are 6-1-1 in the last eight meetings between the teams. Since the lockout the Canadiens are 13-4-2 home and away against them.

….Alex Galchenyuk has 18 points in 19 career games vs. Detroit (6g, 12a). In this season’s three games he has two 4-point games and a total of 9 points (3g, 6a).

….Five of Brendan Gallagher’s 31 goals this season have been scored against Detroit (3 GP – 5g, 1a). In 16 career games vs. Detroit he has 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists)

….In his 15 career games vs. Detroit Paul Byron has 7 goals and 11 points.

….Antti Niemi has a career record of 14-3-3 vs. Detroit in 20 starts with a 1.91GAA; .936save% and three shutouts.

….Jared Coreau has been in two career games vs. Montreal with a 1-1-0 record, 1 shutout; 2.05GAA and .915 save%.

About the Canadiens

….With two games remaining it is still possible for the Canadiens to move up to second in the draft lottery. Ottawa is two points behind the Canadiens in the league standings. There are other permutations but basically the Canadiens would have to lose both games while Ottawa splits it’s final two games at Pittsburgh and Boston. (both the Canadiens and Senators have 26 regulation/overtime wins which is the first tie-breaker).

….The Canadiens have lost three in a row (0-2-1). They have won three of their last 16 (3-10-3) earning nine of a possible 32 points.

….The Canadiens are ranked 30th in the league with 203 goals (Only Buffalo has scored fewer -191).

….The Canadiens goal differential is minus-54. (Only Ottawa and Buffalo are worse.) On average this season the Canadiens have been outscored 3.1 to 2.5.

…..Since March first the Canadiens defense has allowed an average of 3.65 goals per game, worst defense record in the NHL.

….The Canadiens have the worst road record in the league – 24 of a possible 78 points. Ottawa has recorded 29 road points; Buffalo-35.

….On the road opponents have scored on 33% of their power play chances vs. the Canadiens, the worst road penalty killing on the road (47/139). Canadiens penalty killers have blanked opposition in only two of the last 15 games. In the 15 game stretch opponents have scored 22 goals in 51 PP opportunities , a success rate of 43.1%.

….With the addition of Nikita Scherbak there are now seven Canadiens on their injury list. With this game the man-games lost total swells to 370.

….Scherbak is the sixth member of the Canadiens to miss time this season with concussion. Four of them are on currently on the list – Andrew Shaw, Phillip Danault, Ales Hemsky and Scherbak. (Also missing time with concussion symptoms were goaltenders Al Montoya and Carey Price). Together they account for 126 of the 370 man-games lost.

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

….The last time the Canadiens defeated a team that is currently in a playoff position was January 23rd vs. Colorado. In the 32 games since, during which they posted an 8-17-7 record, (Their wins were against the Islanders (twice), Buffalo, Detroit, Ottawa, Dallas, the Rangers 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 33 of the next 45 (12-24-9) while falling from 23rd to 29th in the overall league standings.

….Since their back-to-back wins over the Islanders, the Canadiens have lost 13 of their last 16 games (3-10-3)

….Brendan Gallagher has seven points over his last six games (4g, 3a) and 9 goals, 6 assists his last 17 games.

….Gallagher has registered at least a point in 23 of his last 33 games (14G, 14a). In his last seven games he has 4 goals, 4 assists.

….Alex Galchenyuk has 3 goals and seven points his last six games and seventeen points his last 18 games (7g, 10a).. He needs one goal to reach 20 for the third time in his career. He has Galchenyuk has 19 goals & 51 pts one point behind Gallagher for the team scoring lead. .

….Jonathan Drouin has seven points in his last seven games (2g, 5a) and 3goals, 8 assists over his last twelve games.

….With three goals and two assists in his last seven games Paul Byron has reached 20 goals for the second time in his career. 22 is his career high, set last year.

….Antti Niemi had a .797 save% in Pittsburgh this season, .872 save% at Florida. In 18 games with the Canadiens a .931save%.   Since Feb. 22nd his save% is .940.

About the Wings

….This is the second straight season out of the playoffs for the Red Wings. The last time they missed two years in a row is ’81-’82 and ’82-’83. It’s already a decade since they won their last Stanley Cup (2008).

….At the moment the Wings are 26th overall in the league standings (6th in the draft lottery). The Wings have a league-high 11 picks in the 2018 entry draft, including two in the first round. They will have six choices in the first three rounds.(The Canadiens currently have ten 2018 picks also including six in the first three rounds).

…..Detroit ranks 28th in league scoring averaging 2.6 goals per game. They have allowed 3.1 per game.

….Detroit is 3-0-1 over their last four games. Prior to that they had won only one of 14 (1-12-1)

….Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wing scorers with a career-high 60 points (14g, 46a). He has six points in a current four game point-scoring streak.

….Henrik Zetterberg is second, seven points behind Larkin. (10g, 43a).

….Zetterberg posted 3 assists Tuesday vs. Columbus to pass Serge Fedorov to take sole possession of 5th in Detroit scoring history. He ranks sixth in games-played (1,080), he has passed Ted Lindsay in goals (336) and Pavel Datsyuk in assists (621) and now is 5th all time in points (957).

….Anthony Mantha is Detroit’s leading goal-scorer with 24.

….Justin Abdelkader needs one goal to reach 100 for his career. He has not scored in eight games.


….As a member of the Canadiens Antti Niemi has a 6-5-4 record with a 2.42GAA and .931 save%.

….Jared Coreau is 0-4-0 in five appearances this season with a 4.40GAA and .859 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 12th (51/240) 21.3%. Detroit ranks 23rd (46/230) 217.4%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 30th (66/255) 74.1%. Detroit ranks 23rd (57/255) 77.6%.

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 45-Kerby Rychel

43-Daniel Carr 34-Mike McCarron 42-Byron Froese

21-David Schlemko 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

28-Mike Reilly 36-Brett Lernout

37-Antti Niemi

Healthy Scratches –RW Nicolas Deslauriers; D Mike Reilly

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

Detroit Forward Lines & Pairings

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

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

8-Justin Abdelkader 51 Frans Nielsen 17-David Booth

28-Luke Witkowski 72-Andreas Athanasiou 42-Martin Frk

52-Jonathan Ericsson 83-Trevor Daley

55-Niklas Kronwall 3-Nick Jensen

65-Dan Dekeyser 61-Xavier Ouellet

31-Jared Coreau

Injuries – D Mike Green (cervical surgery) RW Luke Glendening (upper body)

Healthy Scratches