Ottawa at Montreal
Bell Centre – Dec. 7,2010 – 7:35pm
Season Records – Ottawa (12-14-2) 26 pts. 3rd in Northeast – 9th in Eastern Conference. Montreal (17-8-2) 36 pts. First in Northeast – 3rd in Eastern Conference.
Recently – Ottawa defeated Rangers 3-1 in New York Sunday. Canadiens beat San Jose 3-1 Saturday afternoon at home
Last Ten Games – Ottawa (3-6-1) Canadiens (6-3-1)
Season Series – The Canadiens have lost six of their last 7 home games against Ottawa. Fourth meeting of six. Canadiens have won 2 of 3 outshooting Ottawa 97-69.. Oct.16@ Bell Centre Canadiens-4 Ottawa-3. Canadiens come back from 3-1 on goals by Halpern, Kostitsyn and Plekanec. Gionta opened the scoring. Kostitsyn 1g 1ass & First Star. Michalek with two goals for Ottawa. Oct. 23 @ Ottawa – Canadiens-3 Ottawa-0. Andrei Kostitsyn – 2 goals plus Pouliot. Price stops all 19 shots-His first shutout in almost two years (nov 11, 2008. Third time he had shutout Ottawa Kostitsyn first star for the second straight game against Ottawa. Nov.6 @ Bell Centre. Ottawa-3 Canadiens -2. Kovalev two goals. Spacek (1 g 1ass) and Gionta for the Canadiens. Canadiens outshot 31-23.
Home/Away – Ottawa on the road (5-7-1) Canadiens at home (10-4-2) Last nine games 7-1-1 during which outscored opponents 27-12.
Goalscoring – Ottawa ranks 26th in NHL @2.18 per game. Canadiens are 16th ranked at 2.63.
Goals Against – Ottawa ranked 21st – giving up 2.86 per game. Canadiens ranked 2nd giving up 2.86 per game.
Vs. East Division – Ottawa (10-9-2)) Canadiens (13-6-1)
Special teams – Power Play – Ottawa ranked 14th 14/84 16.7% Montreal ranks 12th 17/95 17.9%. Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 23rd 22/111 80.2% Canadiens – Ranked first 11/111 90.1%.
Record When They Score First – Ottawa (10-3-1) Montreal (15-1-2)
Record When Scored Upon First – Ottawa (2-11-2) Montreal (2-7-0)
Goaltending – Ottawa Pascal Leclaire (2-6-1) 3.07 GAA .901 save%. Stopped 24 of 25 Ranger shots Sunday in New York. Brian Elliott – has upper body injury. Two shutouts last three starts.(10-8-1) 2.76GAA .914 save%. Canadiens – Carey Price (16-7-2) 1.96GAA .935 save%. Last nine games at home GAA 1.33 with three shutouts.
Who’s Hot – Ottawa – Chris Kelly – first career hattrick vs. Rangers Sunday. Canadiens – In their last three games, Mathieu Darche 2 goals 2 assists. Benoit Pouliot a goal and two assists and Roman Hamrlik 1 goal 4 assists. Andrei Kostitsyn has 10 goals and 5 assists in his last 17 games against Ottawa.
Who’s Not – Ottawa – Peter Regin has 1 goal this season and is pointless in 9 games, playing mostly on a line with Spezza and Alfredsson. Montreal –
Injuries – Ottawa – G-Brian Elliott (upper body) Montreal – Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery)
Notes – When Chris Kelly scored a shorthanded goal Sunday night in New York it ended a drought of 202 minutes, 57 seconds, the longest in Senators history. They had previously been shutout by San Jose and Buffalo. Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson is the longest serving NHL captain. He is in his 11th season at the helm after being appointed in October 1999. The Senators recalled leftwing Bobby Butler from Binghamton for the Rangers game. Butler was leading the AHL in goals with 15, one more than Canadiens prospect Max Pacioretty.