Ottawa vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 3, 2013 – 2:05pm
….The Canadiens are looking to extend their longest home winning streak in three seasons. They managed the fewest home wins in the NHL last year at 16. After losing to Toronto in the season opener they have five in a row at home, their longest longest home win streak since they won five consecutive between Oct. 20-31 2009.
…..The Canadiens have scored four goals or more in five of their last six games. They managed only one in their loss to Ottawa Wednesday.
…..Last season the Canadiens were one game over .500 at home (16-15-10). This season 4-1-0.
…..The Canadiens have earned at least a point in all six meetings between the teams last season – four wins, a loss in overtime and a loss in a shootout..
…..The Canadiens are 8-2-3 vs. the Senators over the last two-plus seasons. The Canadiens have lost only one of the last ten games against Ottawa in regulation time.
…..Alexander Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec are the Canadiens top scoring forwards. Galchenyuk added two assists to his total against Buffalo Saturday, his third multi-point game of the season. He now has seven points in his first seven NHL games and is plus-5. Defencemen Andrei Markov and Raphael Diaz share the team point scoring lead with eight.
…..David Desharnais came into Saturday’s game against Buffalo with three shots on goal and one scoring chance. He registered four shots and two goals..
….The Canadiens have scored eleven power play goals, one behind San Jose and Tampa Bay for the league lead.
….Erik Cole had six goals and one assist in six games versus Ottawa last season.
….Tomas Plekanec has 19 points his last 18 games against the Senators.
….Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson ranks second in the league in wins with five. Third in save percentageat .968 and fifth in goals against average at 0.99. He was the NHL’s “First Star” in January. He is 5-1-1 and has not allowed a goal after the first period in any of his seven appearances.
…. Carey Price is 8-1-2 with a 1.61 GAA versus Ottawa over the last two seasons, He has allowed two goals or fewer in eight straight games against the Senators
….Jason Spezza is out of the Senators lineup indefinitely after undergoing back surgery Friday. Last season he led the Senators against the Canadiens with 3 goals and 2 assists in six games.
….After seven games last season the Canadiens were 1-4-2. This year, 5-2-0. Last season the power play was operating at 6.9%, 29th in the league. After seven games this year, 7th at 26.8%
Season series: This is the second of four meetings between the teams. The Senators won 5-1 Jan. 30 at Scotiabank Place.
Last Time Out – Ottawa – Blanked by Carolina 1-0. Dan Ellis stopped 33 shots. Canadiens – 6-1 winners over Buffalo. Desharnais & Bourque 2 goals.
Goaltending – Ottawa – Craig Anderson (5-1-1) 0.99GAA Save% .968. Canadiens –Carey Price (5-1-0) 1.82GAA .932save%
Special Teams – Power Play – Ottawa ranked 8th 7/28 25.0%. Canadiens ranked 7th 11/41 26.8%. Penalty Killing – Ottawa ranked 4th 4/35 88.6% Canadiens ranked 13th 7/38 81.6%
Who’s Hot:Ottawa – Craig Anderson named the NHL’s First Star for January. He is 5-1-1 and has not allowed a goal after the first period in any of his seven appearances. … Canadiens– Andrei Markov has eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games, Raphael Diaz has eight assists.
The Ottawa Projected Lineup –