Game #78

Canadiens at Carolina

RBC Center-March 30/2011-7:05pm


Season Records –  Canadiens  – 77GP (41-29-7) 89pts.  Sixth in Eastern Conference.   Carolina  – 76GP (36-30-10)  82pts.  Ninth in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (4-6-0)   Carolina (5-4-1)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (18-18-1)   Carolina at home (20-13-4)

Goals For/Against – Canadiens 203/197    plus-3.   Carolina 214/226   minus-12

Season Series – Canadiens are going for a four game season sweep.  Nov. 13 – @Bell Centre  Canadiens-7 Carolina-2.  Seven different goalscorers.  Plekanec 1g 3ass.  Markov leaves game with season ending knee injury after tangling with Eric Staal. Canadiens power play 3 for 6.  Dec.23 – @ Carolina Canadiens-3  Carolina-2  Alexandre Picard scores game winner late in second period.  Also Gomez (1g 1ass) and Kostitsyn.  Spacek-2 assists. Feb.26 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-4  Carolina-3.  Price suffering from flu.  Alex Auld stops 28 of 31 shots.  Cammalleri 1g 1ass –First Star.   Plekanec and Kostitsyn also 1g 1ass.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 68GP (35-27-6)  2,38GAA  ,922save%,   Lifetime vs. Hurricanes (4-2-1) 2.09GAA.  Carolina – Cam Ward 68GP (33-25-9)  2.62GAA.  .921save%.  Lifetime vs. Canadiens (11-6-2)  2.74GAA.  This season (0-3-0) 4.29GAA  .859save%

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Andrei Kostitsyn 7 goals, 6assists last 17 games.   Carolina – Eric Staal 7g 7ass last seven games vs. Montreal.

Injuries – Canadiens – D-Alexandre Picard (ankle); Max Pacioretty (IR-concussion/broken neck); D-Jaroslav Spacek (IR-knee surgery); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery).  Carolina – D-Jay Harrison (upper body)

Notes –

…..The Canadiens power play has produced two goals the last thirty-opportunities over the last ten games;  6.0%.

…..Carolina is second in the NHL in power play opportunities with 315.  The Canadiens have played shorthanded 310 times, most in the league.

…..The Hurricanes 3-2 shootout win in Washington last night combined with Buffalo’s loss in Toronto allowed Carolina to climb to within three points of the Sabres and the final playoff berth.  Each has six games left.

…..Both the Canadiens and Hurricanes are playing in back-to-back games. 

…..This is the fifteenth and final time the Canadiens will be playing games on back-to-back nights.  Their record in the second games is 6-5-3.  They are 9-5-1 in the front end.  Only twice in fourteen occasions have the Canadiens won both games. 

…..The Hurricanes  have lost the second game of back to back series six consecutive times.  The Hurricanes record is 12-3-4 in the front end but 6-11-1 in the second half.

……With his 69th start of the season tonight, Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will equal a career high.  Carey Price also will be playing in his 69th game.  It will be his 67th start.  Only Ward (69)and Miikka Kiprusoff of Calgary(68) have started more games than Price.  Logically Ward and Price are 1-2 in the league in both number of shots faced and saves.

The Cold Hard Stats

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 10th – 18.6% (51/275)  Carolina-ranked 23rd – 15.9%.   Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 9th – 83.9% (50/310)   Carolina –ranked 20th – 81.0% (53/277)

Team Record When They…..

Score the First Goal – Canadiens (29-6-5)  Carolina (24-5-4)

Are Scored Upon First – Canadiens (15-17-4)  Carolina (12-25-6)

Lead At End of First Period- Canadiens (23-2-3)  Carolina (17-0-1)

Trail at End of First Period – Canadiens (4-21-1)   Carolina (4-18-3)