Washington vs. Canadiens
Season Record – Washington – 70GP (40-20-10) 90 pts. First in Southeast Division. Second in Eastern Conference. Canadiens – 69GP (38-24-7) 83pts. 2nd in Northeast; 6th in Eastern Conference.
Record Vs. Eastern Conference Teams – Washington (33-12-9) Montreal (32-16-5)
Last Ten Games- Washington (9-1-0) Canadiens (7-3-0)
Last Time Out – Washington beat Chicago 4-3 in overtime at home Sunday. Canadiens shutout Penguins 3-0 in Pittsburgh Saturday.
Season Series – Third of four games. Dec.28 @ Washington Capitals-3 Montreal-0. Semyon Varlamov 25 saves. Beagle, Green and Ovechkin (ENG) Price in goals for Canadiens. Feb.1 @ Washington =Canadiens -3 Washington-2 (shootout) – Canadiens trailed 2-0. Brian Gionta scores both goals for Canadiens and scores only goal of shootout. Price stops 27 of 29 shots and all three in the shootout. Perreault and Knuble scored for Washington. Varlamov in goal.
Home/Road – Washington on the Road (18-12-3) Canadiens at Home (21-8-6)
Goals For/Against – Washington (189/17) plus-18 Canadiens – (184/172) plus-12.
Special Teams – Power Play – Washington – ranked 22nd 16.4% (38/231) Canadiens – ranked 8th – 19.9%. Penalty Killing – Washington ranked 3rd – 85.6%. (38/26) Canadiens ranked 7th 84.4%. (43/275)
Goaltending – Washington – Braden Holtby – 10 starts (8-2-2) 1.95GAA .931save%. – 1 shutout. Michal Neuvirth – 38starts – (22-10-4) 3.47GAA .914save% – 3 shutouts. Canadiens – Carey Price – 59 starts (33-22-6) 2.29GAA .924save%.
Who’s Hot – Washington – Alexander Ovechkin – 17 points last 13 games. Canadiens – Michael Cammalleri 3pts last 3 games. Tomas Plekanec 4pts last four games.
Injuries – Washington – C-Niklas Backstrom (fractured thumb); D-Mike Green (IR-head); G-Michal Neuwirth (eye); G-Semyon Varlamov (knee) D-Tom Poti (IR-groin) Canadiens – LW-Michael Cammalleri (flu); D-Brent Sopel (broken hand); LW-Mathieu Darche (groin); LW-Max Pacioretty (concussion/broken neck); Jaroslav Spacek (IR-knee surgery); Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery)
Team Record When They…….
Score the First Goal – Washington (18-4-6) Montreal (27-6-5)
Are Scored on First – Washington (22-16-4) Montreal (11-18-2)
Lead After One Period – Washington (15-1-5) Montreal (21-2-3)
Trail At End of First – Washington (15-10-3) Montreal (4-17-1)
….The Capitals have won eight straight games. Four of the eight wins came in either overtime or a shootout.
….This is the first game of a six game Washington road trip.
….Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby was named NHL first star of the week after winning all four starts with a 1.05GAA.
….The Canadiens have won six of their last seven games, five of them on the road. They will play four games in six nights this week and seven games over the next 12 days.
….The Capitals have the best record in the league in come-from-behind wins after being scored upon first (22-16-4) and trailing at the end of the first period (15-10-3).