Toronto vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 9/2013 – 7:15pm
…..The Canadiens have lost their last two games. In both games they had the lead going into the third period.
…..The Habs have scored the game’s first goal in 8 of the 10 games this season and have taken leads into the third period 7 times. They were the NHL’s worst team last season in winning percentage when leading after two periods, losing 9 of 33 games.
….. Phil Kessel scored his first of the season in his 11th game, the game-winner in the 3-2 win at Winnipeg.
…..With two goals against Buffalo, Tomas Plekanec has two goals and an assist in his last two games and six points his last five games.
…..Andrei Markov leads the NHL with 10 power-play points. He has no points at even strength.
…..On the road the Leafs are 5-1-0 this season. They have two 3-2 wins in the first two of a current three game road trip. (@Washington & Winnipeg)
…..The Canadiens are 5-2-0 at home, including a five game winning streak that ended with Wednesday’s 2-1 Boston loss.
….Led by Phil Kessel, the Leafs have won four of their last five games at Bell Centre. Kessel has three goals and five assists in those games.
….P.K. Subban didn’t play in the season opener. He has no goals and three assists in 12 career games against Toronto.
….Dion Phaneuf has two goals and four assists during a five game point streak in Montreal. He has one assist, and no points in the ten games since the season opener at the Bell Centre.
….Former Hab Mikhail Grabovski has three goals and three assists in his last four at the Bell Centre. He is without a point in his last six games this season.
….Mike Komisarek, another former Canadien, is expected to be a healthy scratch for the fourth game in a row. Komisarek has another year to run on the five year 22.5 million dollar contract he signed in July 2009.
….Rookie Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens at plus-7.
….The Leafs last won three in a row Feb. l-6 last season. Following that three game streak they dropped 15 of their next 17. The Canadiens last lost three in a row as part of a four-game streak March 24-31 last season.
….Goaltender James Reimer will be making his first appearance at the Bell Centre since October 22, 2011 when Brian Gionta backed over him in the crease causing a concussion. He missed 19 games and didn’t regain form the rest of the season.
….The Canadiens have four players who are scoring at the rate of a point-per-game. In ten games Tomas Plekanec (6 goals, 4 assists) and Andrei Markov (4 goals 6 assists). Max Pacioretty has 6 assists through his six games and PK Subban has 2 goals, 2 assists in his four games since joining the club.
….This is the second of a five game season series. The remaining three games will be played in Toronto.
Season Statistics –
Season Record – Toronto (6-5-0) Fourth in NE Division – Montreal (6-3-1) Third in Northeast.
Season Series – Second of five meetings. Opening night Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak scored in a 2-1 win over the Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Goaltending – Toronto – James Reimer 8 starts (4-3-0) 2.61GAA .918save% Canadiens – Carey Price 8 starts (6-2-0) 1.74GAA .936save%.
Special Teams – Power Play – Toronto ranked 25th 7/54 13.0% Montreal ranked 9th 13/55 23.6%. Penalty Killing – Toronto ranked 24th 9/36 75% Montreal ranked 12th 9/53 82.7%
Who’s Hot – Toronto – Phil Kessel has a goal and two assists his last two games. G- James Reimer has allowed two goals or fewer in three of his last four starts. Matt Frattin has six goals in eight games since his recall from the Marlies. Canadiens – P.K. Subban has a point in all four of his games and a goal in each of his last two. Tomas Plekanec leads the team with six goals. Andrei Markov and Plekanec share the Canadiens points lead with ten.
Injury Report – Toronto – LW- Joffey Lupul (broken forearm); RW- Mike Brown (shoulder), D- Carl Gunnarsson (groin). … Canadiens – C- Petteri Nokelainen (back).
Probable Toronto Alignment