San Jose vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Dec. 4, 2010 – 2:00pm
Team Records – San Jose (12-8-4) Fourth in Pacific Division; 8th in Western Conference. Canadiens – (16-8-2) First in Northeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference.
Recently – San Jose shutout the Senators 4-0 in Ottawa. Montreal defeated New Jersey 5-1 Thursday.
Historically – Only meeting this season. Last game Mar.4/2010 @ San Jose -Sharks-3 Canadiens-2 Canadiens had 2-1 lead on goals by Gomez and Gionta. Sharks get goals by Heatley and Malhotra in the final 7 ½ minutes to win the game. Price stops 37 of 40 shots. The Canadiens have not won in San Jose since Nov.23, 1999.
The Last Time – The last time the Sharks won a game in Montreal was December17, 2002. The Sharks last game in Montreal was February 28/2009 – Montreal-3 San Jose-2. The Canadiens ran up a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Markov, Gorges and Koivu. Pavelski and Thornton for San Jose. Jaroslav Halak stopped 46 of 48 shots including all 20 in the third period.
Last Ten Games – San Jose (5-3-2) Montreal (6-3-1)
Home/Away – San Jose on the road (5-4-2) Canadiens at home (9-4-2)
When They Score First – San Jose (8-1-3) Canadiens (14-1-2)
When Scored Upon First – San Jose (4-7-1) Canadiens (2-7-0)
Goaltending – San Jose – Antero Niittymaki (8-3-3) 2.34GAA .910save%. Antti Niemi (4-5-1) 3.50GAA. Shutout vs. Ottawa on Thursday. .889save%. Canadiens – Carey Price (15-7-2) 2.00GAA .934save%.
Who’s Hot – San Jose – Dany Heatley -ten game points streak 5 goals 5 assists. Logan Couture -two goals vs. Ottawa Thursday. Leads all rookies with ten. Montreal – Brian Gionta – 3 goals 1 assist last three games.
Injuries – San Jose – D-Jason Demers (IR-Upper Body) D-Niklas Wallin (left leg): D-Kent Huskins (upper body); FWD-Devin Setoguchi (upper body); Montreal – Andrei Markov (IR-knee)
Notes- This will be game two of a five game-eight day road trip that started in Ottawa and will continue through Detroit, Philadelphia and Buffalo. After the game the Sharks will stay in Montreal overnight and practice Sunday before moving on to Detroit.