Winnipeg at Canadiens
Bell Centre – Jan.29, 2013 – 7:35pm
….Both teams are on three-game winning streaks. Both teams won their last game in overtime.
….The Canadiens have won five of the last six meetings against Winnipeg. Over that stretch Carey Price has a 1.67 goals-against average.
….Since 2007-2008 the Thrashers/Jets have won only three of ten games at the Bell Centre and have been outscored 40-25. Last season the Canadiens were 2-0 vs. the Jets and outscored them 10-3 ( 7-3 and 3-0 wins)
…..Ondrej Pavelec is 1-4-0 with a 3.38 GAA in his last five starts versus the Canadiens. In Monreal he is 0-3-0 with a 4.01 GAA
….Winnipeg started the season with two straight losses (one in overtime). They have won their last three for their 3-1-1 record.
…. Winnipeg scored a total of two goals their first two games. In their three straight wins they’ve scored 13.
…. The Canadiens enter the game as one of the top defensive teams in the NHL, tied for second with 1.75 goals against per game and sixth with 27.5 shots against per game.
….A rarety, even early in the season – defensemen hold down the first two position on their respective team’s scoring. For Winnipeg Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom had six points apiece. For the Canadiens it’s Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz lead the Canadiens with five points each.
…..Andrei Markov has scored in three straight games and leads NHL defencemen with four goals.
….. Since dropping their opener 2-1 to Toronto, the Canadiens (3-1-0) have scored four goals in each of their three straight victories.
…..Since it was put together in Game-2 the line of Galchenyuk, Gallagher and Prust has combined for three goals and four assists.
….Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler has two goals and three assists in the three game winning streak. He had three goals and two assists in four meetings with Montreal last season, including a pair of goals in a 4-0 win Dec. 22, 2011.
….Even in a 48 game schedule the Jets have arguably the most arduous schedule in NHL history. Still mired in the Southeast Division, the Jets shortest intradivisional roadtrip is Washington (2003 kilometres). Their longest trip is Miami at 3,048 km. Carolina is 2148 km and St. Petersburg 2751 km.
…. Winnipeg leads the league in the fewest penalties so far with 17. They took four of those penalties in the overtime win over the Islanders Sunday.
…..The Canadiens meanwhile rank 24th in the league with 77 minutes, almost 50 percent of those going to Ryan White. White has 33 minute already, 17 of those in that one incident against Florida when he picked up an instigator, fighting and misconduct penalty on the same play.
Season Records – Winnipeg (3-1-1) Canadiens (3-1-0)
Season series: This is the first of three meetings between the clubs, and the first of two scheduled at the Bell Centre. The Jets were one of the few teams the Canadiens played well against last season, taking three of their four meetings and outscoring Winnipeg by a 15-8 margin.
Recently – Winnipeg came away from a two-game homestand with four of a possible four points against the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. In both games, the Jets were down two goals and came back. Canadiens: Montreal is coming off a 4-3 overtime win at home against the New Jersey Devils, a game where they blew a 3-1 third-period lead.
Last Season – Canadiens won 3 of 4 games. Oct. 9 @Winnipeg -Canadiens-5 Winnipeg-1. First home game of the “new” Jets. Cammalleri, Plekanec, Weber, Moen and Pacioretty for the Canadiens. Antropov for Winnipeg. Plekanec also with two assists. Cammalleri suffers skate cut in game and Spacek leaves with damaged ribs after Evander Kane check. Dec. 22 @ Winnipeg – Winnipeg-4 Canadiens-0. Ondrej Pavelich with 27 saves for the shutout. Wheeler (2), Glass and Stapleton scored the goals. Jan. 4 @Bell Centre – Canadiens-7 Winnipeg-3. Lars Eller with 4 goals and 1 assist including a penalty shot. Also Gorges, Kaberle and Cammalleri. Stapleton, Wheeler and Ladd for Winnipeg. Pavelich started in goal for Winnipeg. Chris Mason played the final 13:11. Feb. 5@Bell Centre – Canadiens -3 Winnipeg -0 Carey Price stops 23 for the shutout. Pacioretty, Emelin (SHG) and Plekanec. Three stars – Price, Plekanec (1g 1ass), Emelin.
Goaltenders– Winnipeg – Ondrej Pavelich 4GP 2 wins 1 loss 2.21GAA .932save%. Canadiens – Carey Price 4GP 3-1 1.73GAA .936Save%
Special Teams – Power Play – Winnipeg 5 goals 21 occasions 23.8% 12th ranked. Canadiens 6 for 22 27.3% ranked 7th. Penalty Killing – Winnipeg Allowed 3 of 11 72.7% 23rd. Canadiens 4 of 21 81% 14th ranked
Who’s Hot: Winnipeg – Evander Kane has a goal and an assist each of his last three games. Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom have five points apiece over that span … Canadiens – Andrei Markov scored the game-winning goal for a third straight game Sunday. He leads the Canadiens with four goals and five points this season…Carey Price has allowed seven goals on 110 shots this season for a save percentage of .936.
The Jets Lineup
1st: Evander Kane- Olli Jokinen- Blake Wheeler
2nd: Andrew Ladd- Nikolai Antropov- Bryan Little
3rd: Alexei Ponikarovsky – Alexander Burmistrov- Kyle Wellwood
4th: Chris Thorburn – Jim Slater – James Wright
Dustin Byfuglien- Tobias Enstrom
Ron Hainsey- Mark Stuart
Paul Postma–Grant Clitsome