Atlanta vs. Canadiens
Season Records – Atlanta 75GP (32-31-12) 76pts. 11th in East. 4th in Southeast Division. Canadiens – 78GP (40-29-7) 87pts. 6th in East. 2nd in Northeast Division.
Last Ten Games – Atlanta (6-3-1) won three of last five. Canadiens (4-6-0) won three of last nine.
Last Time Out – Atlanta beat Ottawa Sunday in shootout. Canadiens shutout by Washington 2-0 Saturday.
The Season Series – Third of Four games- Nov.26 @Atlanta – Thrashers-3 Canadiens-0. Ondrej Pavelec stops 25 for shutout. Canadiens outshot 47-25. Peverley (2 goals) & Enstrom. Jan.2 @Bell Centre – Atlanta-4 Canadiens-3 (Overtime). Byfuglien scores on power play at 3:43 of overtime after P.K. Subban was whistled for holding. Canadiens outshot Atlanta 50-28. Pavelec in goal vs. Price. Plekanec, Subban and Gionta for the Canadiens. Peverley, Kane and Ladd with the other goals for Atlanta. Mar.1 @Atlanta Canadiens-3 Atlanta-1. Price stops 40 of 41 shots in first game back after suffering from flu. Pacioretty, Wisniewski and Gionta (ENG). Antropov for Atlanta.
Goaltending – Atlanta – Ondrej Pavelec – 50 Starts (20-20-9) 2.73GAA .915save%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 65 Starts (34-27-6) 2.40GAA. .922save%.
Who’s Hot – Atlanta – Bryan Little – 3 game points streak. Canadiens – nobody. Brian Gionta has scored eight goals in his last ten games vs. Atlanta. Tomas Plekanec over the last six games vs. Atlanta 3 goals, 4 assists.
…..The Canadiens have been shutout three consecutive games (186min. 05 seconds) Prior to last week’s Buffalo shutout loss, the Canadiens had not been shutout in thirty-nine games (3-0 Dec.28 in Washington). They have been blanked eight times this season. During the streak the Canadiens have been outscored 11-0
….The last time the Canadiens were shutout four times in a row was eighty-three years ago; February 14 – 26, 1928.
….Former Canadien Ben Maxwell scored his first NHL goal and assist Sunday in Atlanta’s shootout win over Ottawa.
….The Canadiens power play has produced two goals in the last 30 opportunities over the last nine games.
….Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec has never lost a game to the Canadiens in regulation time (3-0-1). In his last game at the Bell Centre he faced a career high 50 shots and made a career high 47 saves in 4-3 Thrashers overtime win.
The Cold Facts
Injuries – Atlanta – Patrice Cormier (upper body); D-Freddy Meyer (IR-head); C- Jim Slater (IR-concussion). Canadiens – D-Alexandre Picard (foot); Max Pacioretty (IR-concussion/broken neck); Jaroslav Spacek (IR-knee surgery); Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery)
Home/Road – Atlanta on the Road (15-16-5) Canadiens at home (22-11-6)
Goals For/Against – Atlanta (210/245) minus-36 Canadiens (200/196) plus-4.
Special Teams – Power Play – Atlanta – ranked 10th. 18.7%. (50/268) Canadiens – 9th ranked. 83.8% (51/271) Penalty Killing – Atlanta – ranked 30th. 76.6% (60/257) Canadiens – 9th ranked – 83.8% (46/280)
Team Record When They ……
Score the First Goal – Atlanta (20-13-9) Canadiens (28-6-5)
Are Scored Upon First- Altanta (12-18-3) Canadiens (12-23-2)
Lead At End of First Period – Atlanta (13-7-5) Canadiens (22-2-3)
Trail At End of First Period – Atlanta (7-16-3) Canadiens (4-21-1)