Canadiens vs. Philadelphia
Wells Fargo Center – Feb. 2, 2017 – 7:05pm
Season Records – Canadiens – 51GP (30-14-7) 67pts. First in Eastern Conference. Philadelphia – 51GP (25-20-6) 56pts. Fifth in Metropolitan Division.
Season Series – Third of three meetings. Oct. 24th @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-3 Philadelphia-1. Weber, Gallagher and Radulov (ENG). Mason allows 3 on 33 shots. Price 1 goal on 32. Nov. 5th @ Bell Centre – Canadiens-5 Philadelphia-4. Plekanec with game winning shorthanded goal. Neuvirth allows 5 goals on 17 shots. Price stops 34 of 38.
Last Time Out – Canadiens defeated Buffalo 5-2 @ Bell Centre Tuesday. Philadelphia lost 5-1 @ Carolina
Last Ten Games – Canadiens 5-4-1. Philadelphia 4-5-1.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the road 12-9-4. Philadelphia at home 15-7-3.
Division vs. Division – Canadiens vs. Metro Division (9-6-1) Philadelphia vs. Atlantic Division (9-7-2)
….Alex Galchenyuk returns to the lineup after missing the last three games and 21 of the last 26 games with a knee injury. He will centre David Desharnais and Andrew Shaw.
….Mark Barberio claimed off waivers by Colorado and LW Daniel Carr assigned to St. John’s.
….For the Flyers LW Dale Weise replaces Travis Konecny on the line with Braydon Schenn and Wayne Simmonds. Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere also a healthy scratch.
….Michal Neuvirth in goal for the Flyers. Carey Price for the Canadiens.
….It is exactly one year to the day since the Canadiens last played at Philadelphia – Feb. 2, 2016; Philadelphia-4 Canadiens-2.
….The last ten games in Philadelphia, the Canadiens have a record of 1-9-0. Their only win at Wells Fargo Center over the seven seasons was Oct. 11th 2014 when the Canadiens erased a 3-0 third period Flyer lead and P.A. Parenteau scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout. Andre Markov led the three-goal comeback with a goal and two assists.
….Over the same seven year stretch, at the Bell Centre the Canadiens have a 9-3-0 record vs. Philadelphia including their 3-1 and 5-4 wins this season.
….In the last week the Canadiens injury list has been reduced from five to one. Only Brendan Gallagher remains on injury reserve with a broken hand. He is not expected to return to the lineup until around March first.
….With as many as seven on their injury list at times, the Canadiens still finished the month of January with an 8-5-1 record. Only Washington (72), Minnesota (71) and Columbus (70) have more points in the standings than the Canadiens’ 67.
….Paul Byron has scored 14 goals on 62 shots on goal this season leaving him with a league-best shooting percentage of 22.6%.
….Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Max Pacioretty has recorded six three-goal games tieing him over that time frame with Alexander Ovechkin and Tyler Perry. Tyler Seguin leads with seven.
….Pacioretty is also the first member of the Canadiens with 6 career hat tricks since Brian Savage who recorded 7 between 1995 and 200l. 19 in Canadiens history have recorded 6 or more hattricks.
….The Canadiens are 15-1-1 this season when Pacioretty scores a goal.
….Since Alexander Radulov and Pacioretty became linemates on December 5th in Los Angeles they have combined for 31% of the Canadiens offense – 27 of 86 goals.
….Prior to December 5th, Pacioretty had four goals, ten assists in 23 games. In the 28 since he has 19 goals 8 assists. In that streak he has one four-goal game, a hattrick and two two-goal games.
….In his last five games Radulov has 2 goals, 5 assists. He has drawn assists on 9 of Pacioretty’s last 19 goals.
….Max Pacioretty‘s 19 goals since December 5th leads the NHL. The Kings Jeff Carter has 14 over the last two months; Auston Matthews of Toronto and Washington’s Alex Ovechkin have 13; Sidney Crosby 12.
….The Canadiens have scored 36 power play goals this season. Shea Weber has points in half of them, 10 goals and 8 assists.
….Career vs. Philadelphia – Alexander Radulov 2g, 3a in three games. Alex Galchenyuk in 13 games 5g, 8a. Shea Weber – 13GP 3g, 9a; 12pts. Max Pacioretty 21GP 4g, 13a.
….This will be the first of a five game home stand for the Flyers.
….As part of their 50th anniversary celebration six former Flyers captains will be honoured before the game including Lou Angotti, Bobby Clarke, Bill B arber, Dave Poulin, Eric Lindros and Chris Pronger.
….The 5-1 loss at Carolina Tuesday ended a three game Philadelphia win streak.
….Until mid-December the Flyers had the league’s third best offense with 105 goals in 32 games – an average of 3.28 per game. In the 19 games since the Flyers have scored 34 goals – 1.78 per game and their record over that stretch is 6-10-3.
….The Flyers have allowed the first goal in 33 of their 51 games. Only Colorado has allowed the opening goal more often. When the Flyers do score the first goal they are 11-4-3. Giving up the fiorst goal they are 14-16-3.
….Dale Weise is in the Flyers starting lineup for the first time since January 15th – five games. He has been a healthy scratch ten times this season after signing a four year contract with the Flyers in the off season at 2.35 million per year. He has 2 goals, 3 assists in 41 games.
….In his 56 games since leaving the Canadiens at last year’s trade deadline Weise has a combined total of 2 goals, 4 assists with Chicago and Philadelphia. In the 56 games with the Canadiens prior to the trade he had 14 goals, 12 assists. (The Canadiens acquired Phillip Danault and a second round 2018 pick from Chicago for Weise & Tomas Fleischmann)
….Shayne Gostisbehere will be a healthy scratch. Gostisbehere was runner-up for the Calder Trophy last season. Part of his rookie season dossier was 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games including a 15 game point streak. This season he has failed to score a goal in 27 games and is a team-worst minus-19. In 5 career games vs. Montreal Gostisbehere had six points (2g, 4a).
….Jakub Voraceck has 22 points in 21 games vs. Montreal – 4 goals, 18 assists.
….Wayne Simmonds scored goals in three straight games last week and was named the MVP of the All-Star game. As a result he was named the NHL’s first star of the week.
….Simmonds leads the Flyers with 21 goals in 51 games. Top point producer is Jakub Voracek with 45 (14g, 31a)
….Team captain Claude Giroux has two goals his last 22 games.
….Brayden Schenn leads the NHL with 12 power play goals. (Shea Weber and Simmonds are tied for second with four others at 10 PPG’s). Schenn has scored nine of the Flyers last eleven power play goals dating back to three PPG’s vs. Dallas on December 10th.
….In 38 appearances this season Carey Price is 23-10-5 with a 2.34GAA, .922sv% and two shutouts.
….Price has appeared in 23 games vs. the Flyers with a 13-9-0 record; 2.59GAA and .918sv% and two shutouts.
….Price needs two wins to equal Ken Dryden’s career total of 258 which is third all-time in Canadiens history.
….Michal Neuvirth will be in goal for the Flyers. Neuvirth gave up five goals on 17 shots in the 5-4 Flyers loss at the Bell Centre November 5th.
….Neuvirth has appeared in 14 games against the Canadiens with a 6-5-2 record and one shutout and a 2.36 GAA and .916sv%.
….Neuvirth has appeared in six games since returning from injury, including twice in relief. In that stretch he is 3-2-0. This season his record in 15 appearances is 7-4-0 record; 3.17GAA and .885sv%.
….Steve Mason has been in five career games vs the Canadiens with a 4-1-0 record; a 1.78GAA and a .937 save%. No shutouts.
….In 41 games this season Mason has a 16-16-6 record with a 2.90GAA and .900 save%. One shutout.
….Since November 8th Mason has started 32 of the 37 Flyers games.
Special Teams – Power Play Canadiens ranked 3rd (36/154) 23.4%. Philadelphia ranked 9th (38/177) 21.5%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 23rd (37/180) 79.4%. Philadelphia ranked 19th (31/160) 80.6%.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
51-David Desharnais 27-Alex Galchenyuk 65-Andrew Shaw
62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron
25-Jacob de la Rose 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
89-Nikita Nesterov 79-Andrei Markov
Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand);
Scratches – LW Sven Andrighetto; D Greg Pateryn;
Philadelphia Forward Lines and Pairings
12-Michael Raffl 28-Claude Giroux 93-Jakub Voracek
22-Dale Weise 10-Brayden Schenn 17-Wayne Simmonds
25-Nick Cousins 14-Sean Couturier 24-Matt Read
76-Chris VandeVelde 78-Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 13-Roman Lyubimov
23-Brandon Manning 55-Nick Schultz
9-Ivan Provorov 47-Andrew MacDonald
32-Mark Streit 3-Radko Gudas
Injuries – D Michael Del Zotto (lower body)
Scratches – LW Travis Konecny D Shayne Gostisbehere