Preview Game #82

Canadiens vs. Toronto

Air Canada Centre – April 7th , 2018 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 81GP (29-39-13) 71 pts. 28th in the league. Toronto -81GP (48-26-7) 103 pts. Seventh in league.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (3-6-1) Toronto (6-4-0)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (11-25-4) Toronto at home (28-10-2)

Lineup Changes

…..Carey Price in goal for the Canadiens against Frederik Andersen.


The Draft Lottery Implications

….Simply put, if the Canadiens lose they will finish no worse than 4th in the draft lottery. Should the Canadiens win and Detroit & Vancouver lose the Canadiens could drop down as low as sixth.

….There is a Canadiens possiblity of moving up to third in the lottery. If the Canadiens lose and Arizona finds a way to record a regulation or overtime win at home versus Anaheim, Montreal would then move up to third.

….An Arizona overtime or shootout loss would leave the Canadiens and Arizona with identical 29-40-13 records with ROW totals of 25. The tiebreaker then becomes the games between the teams and Arizona beat the Canadiens in both meetings this year, meaning Arizona finishes ahead of the Canadiens in the standings and fourth in the lottery with the Canadiens third.


….Fourth of four meetings (Canadiens 0-2-1). @Bell Centre – Oct. 14th Toronto-4 Canadiens-3 (OT). Ended fourteen game Canadiens winning streak over Toronto. Auston Matthews second goal won the game in overtime. Drouin 1 g, 1a. Price allows 4 goals on 22 shots. @Bell Centre Nov. 18th – Toronto-6 Canadiens-0. Matthews with two goals. Niemi replaced Lindgren in third period. Frederik Andersen 33 saves for shutout. @Toronto March 17 Toronto-4 Canadiens-0. Curtis McElhinney 33 saves for shutout. Lindgren faces 49 shots. Nylander, Kapanen, Kadri &Johnsson scored.

….Toronto has outscored the Canadiens 14-3 in the three meetings. Toronto has scored the last 12 goals including 10-0 in the last two games/

….The Canadiens have not scored a goal on Toronto goaltending in 149:15. Back-to-back shutouts by Frederik Andersen and Curtis McElhinney.

….After sweeping the four game series last year the Canadiens are in danger of being swept by Toronto this season. It’s been 25 years since Toronto last swept a season series vs. Montreal -1992-93 which iwathe Canadiens last Stanley Cup season).

….The Canadiens have won 11 of their last 14 games in Toronto.

….Including their three losses to Toronto this season the Canadiens have won 14 of their last 17 against them. Of the 17 games, ten were decided by one goal, six in either overtime or shootout.

….The Canadiens have not scored a goal on Toronto goaltending in 1:49:15. Back-to-back shutouts by Frederik Andersen and Curtis McElhinney.

….Auston Matthews was not in the Toronto lineup March 17th. He has 6 goals and 7 points in six career games vs. the Canadiens.

….In 23 games vs. Toronto Alex Galchenyuk has 7 goals, 7 assists. Brendan Gallagher has 6 goals, 10 points in 23 games.

….Career vs. Toronto Carey Price has a 23-13-2 record with 4 shutouts, a 2.50GAA and .922 save%.

….Vs. the Canadiens Frederik Andersen is 3-3-1 with 1 shutout, 2.31GAA and .924 save%.

….In the 100 year history of the Toronto/Montreal rivalry the Canadiens largest points gap between the clubs was 37 in 1977-78. Should Toronto win in regulation time they would finish the season 34 points ahead of Montreal.

About the Canadiens

….A Canadiens loss in regulation time would tie the franchise record for most losses in a season – 40 in1983-84 and 2000-01. A loss would also tie for fewest road wins in a season over 70 games -11 in 1988-99.

….The Canadiens rank 30th in the league in offence at 2.53 goals per game despite ranking 11th in shots on goal (32.8per game). The Canadiens are 25th in goals allowed (3.14per game)

….The Canadiens road record is the worst in the league with 11 wins in 40 games and 26 of a possible 80 points. On the road they have averaged 2.25 goals per game while allowing 3.52.

….On Dec. 22nd the Canadiens moved one game over .500 (16-15-4) with in a win over Calgary. The win came only three days after Shea Weber’s season came to an end. It was the last time the Canadiens were over .500 this season. Over the next 46 games the Canadiens have compiled the league’s worst record 35 points in 46 games (13-24-9).

….The Canadiens swept back to back games against the Islanders Feb. 28th and Mar. 2nd and settled into 26th place in the standings. Since then the Canadiens have won a league worst four of 17 games (4-10-3) earning eleven of a possible 34 points and have dropped to 28th. (Buffalo has 11 points of a possible 30 over the same span).

….The Canadiens will finish the season with seven on the injury list and a league high total of 377 man-games lost to injury (Buffalo will finish second with 328 games lost). This is the highest Canadiens total since 2011-12 (439). Seventeen different players have missed games with injury.  (Toronto’s injuries are at 101 man-games).

….Over the last seven years, injury loss has exceeded 300 games three times. In each of those seasons the Canadiens missed the playoffs.

….The last time the Canadiens defeated a team that is currently in a playoff position was February 3rd vs. Anaheim. In the 29 games since, during which they posted an 8-14-7 record, (Their wins were against the Islanders (twice), Detroit (twice) Buffalo, Ottawa, Dallas, and the Rangers.

….Brendan Gallagher has eight points over his last seven games including 5 goals, and 10 goals, 6 assists his last 18 games. He has at least a poing in 24 of his last 34 games (15g, 14a)

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

….Nine of Galchenyuk’s 19 goals have come on the Canadiens power play..

….Jonathan Drouin has eight points in his last eight games (2g, 6a) 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.

….Canadiens penalty killers prevented a opposition power play goal for only the third time in the last 16 games. In the 16 games stretch opponents have scored 22 goals in 54 chances which is a success rate of 40.7%.

….On the road opposition power plays have scored on 47 of 142 opportunities – 33.1%.

About the Leafs

….Toronto is looking to set a franchise record for points in a season. 103 points equals the franchise season record.

….Toronto has five top 10 draft choices on it’s current roster including four taken in the last 6 drafts – Matthews first overall 2016; Marner 4th 2015; Nylander 8th 2014; Reilly 5th 2012.

…..Thursday’s 2-1 loss at New Jersey was only the fourth in the last 13 games.

….Toronto ranks third in the league in scoring at 3.28 average per game while ranking 15th in shots on goals (32.2). They are 12th in goals allowed at 2.81GPG.

….At home this season Toronto is 28-12. They have averaged 3.33 goals per game at home and allowed 2.67.

….Auston Matthews is on an eight game points streak – 5 goals, 6 assists. The eight game streak started with his return after missing a month with an injury.

….Mitch Marner leads Toronto with 69 points (22g, 47a) in 81 games. Matthews is 2nd with 61 points in 61 games.

….Toronto has three 30-goal scorers – James van Riemsdyk (36), Auston Matthews (33), Nasem Kadri (31).

….William Nylander‘s goal vs. New Jersey gave Toronto six 20-goal scorers for the first time since 1998-99.

….In 16 games since joining the Leafs from the Canadiens Tomas Plekanec has 0 goals, 2 assists. In six of his games his ice time has been below 10 minutes.

….Frederik Andersen will be trying for a Toronto record 38th goaltender win. (He is tied with Andrew Raycroft at 37)

…..Over the last four games the Toronto power play has scored five goals while their penalty killers have given up five goals.


….Carey Price will start his 48th game of the season. He is 16-25-7 with a 3.09GAA and .901 save%.

….Frederik Andersen has been in 65 games this season with a 37-21-5 record, a 2.82GAA and .917 save% and five shutouts.

Special TeamsPower Play – Canadiens rank 13th (51/241) 21.2%. Toronto ranks 2nd (54/219) 24.7% Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 30th (66/258) 74.4%. Toronto ranks 11th (42/227)

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

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratches

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)

Toronto Lines & Pairings

11-Zach Hyman 34-Auston Matthews 29-William Nylander

12-Patrick Marleau 43-Nazem Kadri 16-Mitch Marner

25-James van Riemsdyk 42-Tyler Bozak 28-Connor Brown

47-Leo Komarov 19-Tomas Plekanec 24-Kasperi Kapanen

44-Morgan Rielly 2-Ron Hainsey

51-Jake Gardiner 22-Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott 46-Roman Polak

31-Frederik Andersen

Injuries – LW Joffrey Lupul (IR conditioning)

Healthy Scratches – LW Matt Martin; LW Andreas Johnsson; C Dominic Moore; LW Josh Leivo; D Connor Carrick;