Game # 65

Canadiens vs. Florida

BankAtlantic Center-Mar.3/2011-7:30pm

Season Record – Canadiens – 64GP (34-23-7) 75pts. 2nd Northeast Division; 6th in Eastern Conference. Florida – 63GP (26-30-7) 59pts. Last Southeast Division; 12th Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadines (4-4-2) Florida (3-6-1)

Last Time Out – Canadiens won 3-1 in Atlanta Tuesday. Third win the last four games. Florida lost at Carolina 2-1 Tuesday, their fourth loss the last five games and eleventh of the last fifteen.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (14-15-1) They have won five of their last seven at Florida. Florida at home (12-12-6). Panthers have lost three straight and eight of their last nine at home.

Season Series – Fourth of four meetings. The Canadiens have won two of three games. Oct.30 @ Bell Centre Florida-3 Canadiens-1. Game winning goal on a David Booth penalty shot. Also Frolik and Matthias. Darche for the Canadiens. Canadiens outshot the Panthers 41-31. Canadiens 6th game in 10 nights.Markov playing in his first game in six months. Dec. 31 @Florida Canadiens-3 Florida-2 (overtime) – James Wisniewski scores overtime winner his second goal of the game. He also had an assist. Also Gionta. Gomez-2 assists. Canadiens trailed 2-0. Outshot Florida 48-22. Auld in goal. Feb. 2 @Bell Centre Canadiens-3 Florida-2. Canadiens score three consecutive goals after Florida takes a 1-0 lead. Halpern, Plekanec and Gionta. Pacioretty and Subban each with 2 assists. Auld in goal. Canadiens outshoot Florida 41-35.

Goaltending – Canadiens _ Carey Price – 2nd start this season vs Florida- Lost 3-1 Oct. 30 at the Bell Centre– 54 total starts (29-21-6) 2.38GAA ,921save%. Alex Auld started the other two Florida games. Florida – Tomas Vokoun -47 starts (20-22-4) 2.55GAA .922 save%. Fourth start vs. Canadiens (1-1-1) 2.32 GAA vs. Habs. .946 save% stopped 122 of 129 shots – save% .946. Vokoun has lost eight of his last 11 starts overall.

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Max Pacioretty 6 goals last ten games. Andrei Kostitsyn – 2goals,3assists last four games. Florida – Tomas Vokoun – vs. Canadiens 3 starts 2.32GAA .946 save%. Has faced 129 shots, and average of 43 per game.

Special Teams – Power Play Canadiens ranked 8th 17.9% (45/232) Florida ranked 29th 13.6% (29/213) Penalty Killing Canadiens ranked 9th 83.6% (42/156) Florida – ranked third 85.6% (30/209)

Team Record When They…….

Score the First Goal – Canadiens (23-5-5) Florida (19-8-5)

Are Scored Upon First -Canadiens (11-18-2) Florida (7-22-2)

Lead at End of First Period – Canadiens (17-2-3) Florida (13-6-1)

Trail at End of First Period – Canadiens (4-17-1) Florida (5-18-1)

Injury Report – Canadiens – LW-Mathieu Darche (IR-groin); D-Jaroslav Spacek (IR-knee surgery); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery). Florida – RW-Byron Bitz (IR-sports hernia); C-Ryan carter (IR-back); C-Mark Cullen (IR-achilles surgery); RW-Evgeni Davidov (IR-broken finger); C-Shawn Matthias (IR-broken ankle); LW-Rostislav Olesc (IR-knee); RW- Jack Skille (IR-high ankle sprain).

Notes-

……Gone from the Panthers around the trade deadline – Radek Dvorak to Atlanta (the last member of the 1996 Panthers team that went to the Stanley Cup Final); Dennis Wideman to Washington; Bryan Allen to Carolina; Christopher Higgins to Vancouver and earlier, Corey Stillman to Carolina and Bryan McCabe to the Rangers.

…..The Panthers will have ten picks at this June’s NHL entry draft, seven of them in the first three rounds.