Canadiens vs. Minnesota
Xcel Energy Center – January 12, 2017 – 8:05pm EST
Season Records – Canadiens 42GP (26-10-6) 58pts. First in Atlantic Division; Third in Eastern Conference. Minnesota 39GP (25-9-5) 55pts. Second in Central Division.
Season Series – Second of two games – Minnesota defeated Canadiens 4-2 at Bell Centre Dec. 22nd. Eric Staa’s shorthanded goal was the game winner. Price vs. Dubnyk.
Last Ten Games – Canadiens 5-3-2. Minnesota 8-1-1.
Last Time Out – Canadiens defeated the Jets 7-4 in Winnipeg Wednesday. Minnesota edged the Ducks 2-1 Sunday at Anaheim.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (11-6-4). Minnesota at home (13-4-0)
….The Canadiens have lost four straight games vs. Minnesota incuding the first meeting this season and both games last year.
….Since the Wild entered the league in 2000, the Canadiens are 3-4-1 in eight Minnesota visits. The have not won in Minnesota since March 20, 2011.
….The home team has won six of the last eight meetings between the clubs.
….In the two games last season the Wild outscored the Canadiens 6-2. No member of the Canadiens had more than one point against them. Barberio and Carr scored the goals.
About the Canadiens –
….This completes the third set of back-to-back games in 16 days. The Canadiens are looking to sweep their second two-game set in a row after defeating Winnipeg Wednesday night. The Canadiens are 5-2-0 in the second half of the back-to-backs and 9-6-1 in them overall this season.
….The Canadiens are 5-2-2 over their last nine games dating back to the start of their seven game road trip on December 23th. Since Christmas Day they are 5-1-2 including 5-0-2 on the road.
….After starting the season 4-5-1 on the road, starting with an overtime win at Los Angeles December 3rd the Canadiens road record is 7-1-3 (Their only loss in regulation time at Columbus Dec. 23rd). Since Christmas the Canadiens road record is 5-0-2 including four wins in a row.
….The Canadiens have scored six power play goals over their last four games.
….The Canadiens are fifth in the league in average goals per game at 3.12 per game and allow 2.38, fifth fewest.
….Tomas Plekanec has goals in his last two games. Over his last 17 games he has 4 goals and 12 points.
….Artturi Lehkonen scored his 9th and 10th goals at Winnipeg. He has 3 goals, two assists his last three games.
….After a ten game streak with no points, Shea Weber has two goals, 6 assists his last nine games. Weber has 25 points (6g, 19a) in 41 games vs. Minnesota.
….Coming back from missing a game, Paul Byron has assists in each of his last two games giving him 5 goals and 13 points his last 16 games.
….Including two assists against Winnipeg Nathan Beaulieu now has eight points over his last seven games (1g, 7a).
….In eight career games vs. Minnesota Max Pacioretty has 6 goals, 2 assists. Pacioretty is tied for seventh in the league with 19 goals this season.
….Alexander Radulov has 4 goals, 5 assists his last eight games. All of those points have come on the road.
….The Canadiens have scored the opening goal in 27 of their 42 games. Their record in those games is 20-3-4. They are 17-1-2 when they have the lead after two periods and in 15 games when they trail after two periods they are 5-7-3.
….After giving up another power play goal Wednesday in Winnipeg, Canadiens penalty killing has slipped to 23rd in the league at 79.3%.
….The Wild have won 14 of their last 16 games. Since they put together a team record 12 game win streak they are 2-1-1.
…..Minnesota is 10-5-1 when their opponent scores first. Last season their record in that situation was 5-25-6.
….The Wild are fourth in the league in goals per game and allow the second fewest .
….The Wild have a 12-4-1 record against the Eastern Conference this season.
….Mikko Koivu has ten goals and 22 points over his last 22 games.
….Against the Canadiens, Eric Staal has 20 goals and 39 points in 43 games.
….Carey Price has allowed 19 goals over his last six starts – 3.2 per game. Only once in the six games has he allowed fewer than three goals. He faced more than 35 shots three times. His record over that stretch is 2-2-2.
….Price is 5th in the league in save percentage (.928) and 6th in goals-against average at 2.12. His record is 20-6-4.
….Price did not face the Wild last season but was the losing goaltender in the first meeting Dec. 22nd at the Bell Centre. He has a career record of 4-4-0 against Minnesota with a 2.51 GAA and .911 save% in eight starts.
….Devan Dubnyk leads the league with a 1.80GAA and .939 save percentage.
….Dubnyk has won 12 of his last 13 starts including the Dec. 22nd game at the Bell Centre. He is tied for second in the NHL with 21 wins this season. Price is tied for fifth with 20.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens rank 10th (29/134) 21.6%. Minnesota ranks 14th (21/110) 19.1%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 23rd (31/140) 79.3% Minnesta ranks 4th (16/113) 85.8%.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
32 Bryan Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 42-Sven Andrighetto
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
43-Daniel Carr 34-Mike McCarron 38-Nikita Scherbak
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
89-Ryan Johnston 45-Mark Barberio
Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand); D -Andrei Markov (groin); RW Andrew Shaw (concussion); C Alex Galchenyuk (IR knee); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot)
Scratches – D Zach Redmond; RW Chris Terry; LW Bobby Farnham
Minnesota Lines & Pairings
11-Zach Parise 12-Eric Staal 3-Charlie Coyle
16-Jason Zucker 9-Mikko Koivu 64-Mikael Granlund
22-Nino Niederreiter 56-Erik Haula 29-Jason Pominville
7-Chris Stewart 10-Jordan Schroeder 63-Kurtis Gabriel
20-Ryan Suter 46-Jared Spurgeon
25-Jonas Brodin 5-Christian Folin
6-Marco Scandella 24-Matthew Dumba
Injuries – D Victor Bradley (IR tricep)
Scratches – D Nate Prosser; C Tyler Graovic