Game #66

Canadiens vs. Tampa Bay

St. Pete Times Forum-Mar.5/2011-7:00pm

 

Season Record – Canadiens 65GP (35-23-7) 77pts. 2nd Northeast Division – 6th Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay 64GP (37-20-7) 81pts. 1st Southeast Division-3rd Eastern Conference.

Last 10 Games – Canadiens (5-3-2) Tampa Bay (4-4-2)

Last Time Out – Canadiens shutout Panthers 4-0 Thursday at Sunrise.   Tampa Bay lost 2-1 in Boston.

Season Series – Third of four games. Oct.13 – @Bell Centre Lightning-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime) Canadiens, in their home opener, had a 2-0 lead on goals by Lapierre and Plekanec. Stamkos scored with 1:19 left in regulation to tie it. Ryan Malone scored at 4:09 of overtime. Kostitsyn also scored. Carey Price stopped 43 of 47 shots. Dec. 30 @ Tampa – Lightning-4 Canadiens-1 Canadiens led 1-0 on a goal by Pacioretty. Tampa scored four straight including two goals by Stamkos, one on a penalty shots. Also St. Louis and Kubina. 8th loss in ten games for the Canadiens.

Historically – Tampa Bay has lost only once in regulation time in the last ten games vs. the Canadiens (6-1-3).   At Tampa Bay, the Lightning are Canadiens have beaten Tampa Bay once in the last ten games overall (1-6-3)  The Lightning are 3-0-2 vs. Montreal their last five home games.  The last time the Canadiens won at Tampa was Dec. 30, 2009 (Plekanec scored overtime winning goal 2-1) . 

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (15-15-1) Tampa at home (21-7-4)

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 55GS (30-21-6) 2.34GAA .922save%. 7 shutouts Tampa – Dwayne Roloson – with Tampa Bay – 20GS (12-7-1) 2.63GAA – .909save%. With the Islanders – 20GS (6-13-1) 2.64GAA .916save%. Roloson was first star in the Islanders Dec. 26 4-1 win over the Canadiens stopping 38 of 39 shots.

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Andrei Kostitsyn – 3goals,4assists last five games. Tampa – Martin St. Louis 9goals, 4assists last eleven games

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens – ranked 8th – 19.3% (45/233) Tampa Bay – 6th ranked 20.4% (34/265) Penalty Kill – Canadiens – ranked 8th – 83.8% (42/259) Tampa Bay – 12th ranked 83.1%. 40/237.

Team Record When They…….

Score The First Goal – Canadiens (24-5-5) Tampa Bay (25-9-4)

Are Scored Upon First – Canadiens (11-18-2) Tampa Bay (12-11-3)

Lead At End Of First Period – Canadiens (18-2-3) Tampa Bay (15-2-4)

Trail At End Of First Period – Canadiens (4-17-1) Tampa Bay (6-10-2)

Injuries – Canadiens – LW-Mathieu Darche (IR-groin); D-Jaroslav Spacek (IR-knee surgery); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery). Tampa Bay – D-Marc-Andre Bergeron (Back Spasms); RW-Steve Downie (lower body); C-Vincent Lecavalier (mid body); D-Mike Lundin (IR-abdominal); LW-Ryan Malone (IR-abdominal)

Notes-

……If the postseason were to begin today, Tampa Bay and Montreal would meet in a quarterfinal matchup. The two teams come into the game with the third and sixth seeds, respectively, in the Eastern Conference.

……The Lightning are the only team in the NHL to have two players rank among league leaders with the most multi-point games this season. Daniel Sedin leads the NHL with 23 this season, while Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis have 22 and 21, respectively, followed by Jonathan Toews (21) and Sidney Crosby (20).  The Canadiens leaders are Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn with nine multi-point games each.  Michael Cammalleri has eight.

……Since the loss Dec. 30th at Tampa Bay the Canadiens are 7-4-1 on the road. They have won their last three road games. The last time the Canadiens won four in a row on the road October 9-29th (@Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Ottawa, Islanders).

…..Steven Stamkos has one point his last ten games. In two games versus the Canadiens he has 3 goals and 3 assists.