Game #82

Canadiens vs. Toronto

 Air Canada Centre-April 9/2010-7:15pm


Season Records – Canadiens 81GP (43-30-8) 92 points  6th in Eastern Conference.    Toronto 81GP (37-33-11) 85pts.  Tenth in Eastern Conference.

 Last Ten Games – Canadiens (4-5-1)    Toronto (6-3-1)

 Vs. Eastern Conference Teams – Canadiens (35-22-6)   Toronto (28-25-10)

 Vs. Northeast Opponents – Canadiens (13-7-3)   Toronto 13-8-2)

 The Season Series – Last of six meetings. Toronto leads series 3-2. Oct.7 @Toronto Season Opener – Toronto-3 Canadiens-2. Brent, Kessel and MacArthur for Toronto. Dustin Boyd and Halpern for Montreal. Canadiens missing Cammalleri with suspension, Hamrlik. Leafs outshot the Canadiens 21-12 over last two periods. Nov.20 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-2 Toronto-0. Price stops 30 shots. His third shutout in the previous 6 league games. First home shutout of the Leafs since Ken Dryden, Nov. 12, 1977. Halpern and Cammalleri score goals. Dec.11 @Toronto – Toronto-3 Canadiens-1. Alex Auld in goal. Kessell, Kaberle and Versteeg (ENG). Cammalleri for Canadiens. Giguere in goal for Toronto. Feb.12 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Toronto-0. Carey Price stops all 27 shots. His second straight home shutout win over Leafs. Pouliot, Gionta and Desharnais score goals. Desharnais – game’s first star.           Feb.24 @Bell Centre  Toronto-5 Canadiens-4.  Phil Kessel 2 goals, 2assists.  Tyler Bozak 2 goals.  Brett Lebda scores for first time in 86 games.  Alex Auld in goal despite the fact that Price had shut the Leafs out the two previous times he’d faced them.  James Reimer in goal for Toronto. 1 goal, 1 assist for both Cammalleri and Halpern. Wisiniewski and Pacioretty also scored. Canadiens outshot Leafs 35-28.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 71 GP – 69 starts (37-28-6)  2.37GAA   .923 save%.  Vs. Toronto this season 2-2-0  1.33GAA – 2 shutouts.  Toronto-  James Reimer 36GP  – 34 starts (20-9-5)  2.55GAA  .922 save%.  Will make his 9th consecutive start.  One start vs. Canadiens Feb. 24th – stopped 31 of 35 shots in 5-4 win.

Who’s Hot – Canadiens – P.K. Subban has goals in three of his last four games and seven in last ten.  Michael Cammalleri 3g, 3ass last four games.  Andrei Kostitsyn 6g, 9ass last 21 games.   Toronto – Phil Kessel- 3g, 7ass in nine game points streak.

Head to Head – Canadiens  top scorers vs. Toronto – Jeff Halpern 3g 1ass; Michael Cammalleri 3g 1ass; Roman Hamrlik 4 assists.    Leafs top scorers vs. Canadiens – Phil Kessel 4g 2ass; Tyler Bozak – 2g 3ass.

Injuries – Canadiens – C-Jeff Halpern (lower body); D-Alexandre Picard (foot); LW-Max Pacioretty (IR-concussion/broken neck); D-Josh Gorges (IR-knee surgery); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee surgery).    Toronto – RW-Colby Armstrong (broken foot); C-Tim Brent (undisclosed); RW-Colton Orr (IR-concussion)

Notes –

……. Jacques Martin is looking for his 600th career coaching victory.  His 599th win came Tuesday against Chicago.

…..Against Chicago, P.K. Subban became only the second rookie defenseman to score two overtime goals in a season since overtime was instituted in 1983.  The others were Brent Seabrooke of Chicago and Cam Fowler of Anaheim.  The only Canadiens defenseman to score two overtime goals was Sheldon Souray in 2006-2007.

…..The Toronto Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs for six consecutive seasons.

….. If the Canadiens win or Buffalo loses in their respective final game, the Canadiens would finish sixth in the Eastern Conference and they would likely play Boston in the first round of the playoffs.  The Bruins would have to win their last two games of the season to avoid what would be the 33rd playoff meeting between the teams and the fourth in the last decade.  The Canadiens have are 24-8 in playoff series vs. Boston with 99 wins against 64 losses.

The Cold Hard Stats –

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens – ranked 8th   19.2%  (55/287)   Toronto – ranked 21st    16.2%.  (52/321)    Penalty Killing – Canadiens – ranked 7th – 84.2%  (51/322)    Toronto – ranked 27th  – 77.9%.  (60/272)

Team Record When They……

Score the First Goal – Canadiens (31-6-6)  Toronto (21-4-7)

Scored Upon First – Canadiens (12-24-2)   Toronto (16-29-4)

Lead At End of First – Canadiens (24-2-3)   Toronto (18-2-4)

Trail At End of First  – Canadiens (12-24-2)  Toronto (16-29-4)

Goals For/Against – Canadiens 212/208 – plus 4.  Toronto  217/247  – minus 30.

Home vs. Road – Canadiens on the Road (19-19-2)   Toronto at Home (18-14-8)