Game #51

Canadiens vs. Washington

Verizon Center – Feb. 1, 2011 – 7.35pm


Season Records – Montreal Canadiens– 50 GP (27-18-5) 59 pts. 2nd Northeast Division – 7th Eastern Conference. Washington – 51 GP (27-15-9) 63pts. 2nd Southeast Division – 5th Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Montreal (6-2-2) Washington (4-3-3)

Most Recently – Montreal lost to Anaheim 4-3 (Overtime) at Bell Centre. Then lost to Flyers 5-2 in Philadelphia. Washington lost 2-1 to Rangers in overtime at home. Then lost 1-0 in Atlanta.

Season Series – Second of four meetings – Dec. 28/2010 at Washington Capitals-3 Canadiens-0. Varlamov stopped all 25 shots. Beagle, Green and Ovechkin (ENG). Price gives up 2 goals on 29 shots. Canadiens non-competitive. Canadiens take eight penalties in the game. Last season the Canadiens were 2-1-1 in regular season and eliminated Capitals in seven games in the first round of the playoffs.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (11-12-1) Washington at home (16-5-6)

Goals-For vs. Goals-Against – Canadiens plus-7 Washington plus-11.

Total Offense – Canadiens rank 23rd (2.6 goals per game).    Washington 17th (2.7 goals per game.)

Total Defense – Canadiens rank 6th in goals against (2.4 per game)     Washington 7th ranked (2.5 goals against per game).

Special Teams – Power Play Canadiens – ranked 11th 19.7% (35/178) Washington – 19th ranked 17.1% (30/175) Penalty Killing – Montreal – ranked 6th 84.2% (32/203) Washington – 2 ranked 86.0% (28/200)

Record When….

They Score the First Goal – Montreal (19-4-3) Washington (14-2-5)

Scored Upon First – Montreal (8-14-2) Washington (13-13-4)

Lead at End of First Period – Montreal (14-2-2) Washington (13-0-4)

Trail End of First Period – Montreal (2-12-1) Washington (11-9-3)

Goaltending – Montreal Carey Price – 44 starts (24-16-5) 2.36GAA. Save% .920. Including two playoff games, Price has lost seven of nine starts. Regular season his is 2-3-3 with 30 goals against. Washington – Michal Neuvirth – 27 starts (15-6-4) 2.55GAA Save% 2.16.(has missed last three games with lower body injury) Semyon Varlamov – 17 GS (8-7-3) 2.16GAA Save% .927. Varlamov vs. the Canadiens is 6-3-0.

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Mathieu Darche 3goals 5 assists last ten games. Washington – 4 goals last five games.

Injuries – Canadiens – LW-Michael Cammalleri (IR-shoulder); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery). Washington – RW-Eric Fehr (shoulder); D-Tom Poti (shoulder); RW-Alexander Semin (IR-hip); G-Michal Neuvirth (lower body)

Notes: The Capitals have scored only one goal their last two games. They are 2-1-2 their last five games.

The Canadiens have given up nine goals their last two games.

Despite being out with a hip injury since January 8th, the Capitals signed RW Alexander Semin to a one year 6.7 million dollar contract.

Alexander Ovechkin has scored only two power play goals all season, both goals in the same game Oct 30th vs. Calgary.

Both teams had bad December slumps. From the 10th to the 30th the Canadiens had a 2 and 8 record (including the 3-0 loss in Washington). The Capitals lost eight games in a row at one stretch in December.

Both the Capitals and Canadiens are among the most penalized teams in the league ranking fourth and fifth overall. The Canadiens have had to kill 203 penalties in 50 games; the Capitals 200 in 51 games.

Canadiens Penalty Killing has slumped. In the last 12 games, starting with the New Year’s Eve game at Florida, the Canadiens power play has slipped from second to sixth in league rankings, giving up 13 goals in 54 times short. Mitigating that, the Canadiens power play has scored 12 goals in 49 advantages leaving special teams overall at minus-1. The Canadiens’ record in that time is 7-2-3.

The Capitals started the season with a 14-4-1 record. In the next 32 games their record is 13-11-8 and they’ve been shut out seven times.