Canadiens vs. Colorado
Pepsi Center – Feb. 7, 2017 – 9.05pm EST
Season Records – Canadiens 54GP (30-16-8) 68 points. First in Atlantic Divison. Colorado – 49GP (14-33-2) 30 pts. 30th in NHL.
Last Time Out – Canadiens shutout 1-0 in shootout vs. Edmonton Sunday. Colorado defeated Winnipeg 5-2 at home Saturday.
Last Ten Games – Canadiens 3-5-1. Colorado 1-8-1.
Season Series – Second of two meetings. @Bell Centre Dec. 10th Canadiens-10 Colorado-1. The Canadiens led 6-0 at 13:47 of the first period. Max Pacioretty – 4 goals, 1 assist. Tomas Plekanec – 4 assists. Pickard and Semyonov in goal for Colorado. Price stops 14 of 15 shots.
Home Road – Canadiens on the road (12-10-4) Colorado at home (6-18-1)
East/West – The Canadiens are 10-6-2 vs. the Western Conference and 4-3-1 vs. Central Division opposition. Colorado is 6-9-0 vs. the East and 3-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division.–
Lineup Changes – Alex Galchenyuk moves back to centre between Lehkonen and Byron. Andrighetto with Plekanec (C) and Shaw (LW). David Desharnais centres 4th line with Flynn and Mitchell. Defense remains the same. Healthy scratches are Pateryn and de la Rose. (Lines and Defense Pairings below)
….Last season the Canadiens were 0-2-0 vs. Colorado including a 3-2 loss at Denver Feb. 17th. That game was noted for P.K. Subban’s benching following what Michel Therrien called a “selfish play” that led to Jarome Iginla’s game winning goal with 2:03 remaining.
….Since the Nordiques became the Avalanche in 1995 the Canadiens are 2-9-2 at Denver and 8-14-4 overall.
….The Canadiens last win vs. the Avalanche in Denver was December 1st 2014 (4-3); the only other win was Feb. 13th 2009. (4-2).
….They are also the only two wins in Denver dating back to Feb. 6th 1982 when the Canadiens defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-2. At that time the Rockies were in the sixth and final year before the franchise was moved to New Jersey.
….At this stage of the season the Canadiens have scored 59 more goals than the Avalanche and have given up 34 fewer.
About the Canadiens–
….The Canadiens have lost four of their last five on the road and were outscored 15-6 (they were held to one goal four times) Only one of the six goals was scored 5-on-5 (5 PPG’s) . They have averaged 20.6 shots on goal (Philadelphia held them to 16 shots and they managed 18 shots at Detroit).
….Overall the Canadiens have lost three straight games (0-2-1). In their three consecutive losses they posted a season low 16 shots vs. Philadelphia followed by back to back 22 shot games. In the three games they were outshot 86-60 and outscored t7-3.
….The Canadiens have won only two of their last seven (2-3-2).
….After a win against Detroit Nov. 12th the Canadiens had a record of 13-2 (including one overtime loss). In the thirty-nine games since then the Canadiens have won 17 and lost 22 (including 7 in OT or shootout). Their 42 points points total over the last 39 games ranks 22nd in the league.
…. The only Eastern conference teams with 22 losses or more since Nov. 12 (including OT & Shootout) are Detroit (22); Boston & Tampa (23) and New Jersey (25).
….Seven teams in the East have played .500 hockey or better since Nov. 12th including Washington (27W- 12L); Columbus (26-12) Pittsburgh (23-13); NY Rangers (23-15); Carolina (20-17); Toronto (19-17); Ottawa (18-18).
….Max Pacioretty‘s next goal will be the 200th of his career.
….Including the 4 goals and 5 points he recorded Dec. 10th Pacioretty has 6 goals, 9 assists in 11 career games vs. the Avalanche. Twenty of Pacoretty’s team-leading goals have come in his last 30 games (20g, 9a)
….Alexander Radulov has four multi-point goals in his last eight games(3g. 6a). Radulov leads the Canadiens with 28 assists.
….Since Radulov and Pacioretty became linemates on Dec. 5th they have scored 29 of the Canadiens 89 goals – 32% of the Canadiens production. In that 29 game span Pacioretty has 20 goals and and 28 pts while Radulov has 9 goals, 14 assists.
….Tomas Plekanec registered 4 assists in the 10-1 win in December giving him 12 points in 11 career games vs. Colorado (2g, 10a)
….In 14 games against the Avalanche Andrei Markov has 4 goals, 11 assists
….With their 5-2 home ice win over Winnipeg Saturday the Avalanche ended a nine game losing streak (0-8-1) dating back to January 6th when they beat the Islanders in overtime.
….The worst hockey team in Colorado NHL history was the 1978-79 Rockies who had a record of 15-53 and 12 ties in 80 games. This version of the team, while in a much different era is close to matching them. The Avalanche have won 14 games and have two loser points in 49 games, a points percentage of .304. (The worst win percentage in recent memory is the 2014-15 Sabres who tanked their way to a .329 win % in a failed attempt to land Connor McDavid in the draft).
….Avalanche are dead last in both team offense and defense scoring an average of 2.02 goals per game while giving up 3.42 and their goal differential is minus-69.
….Matt Duchene is reportedly on the trade block. He leads the Avalanche with 15 goals and is second on the team in points with 32. At the age of 26, Duchene has been on the Avalanche roster longer than any other member of the team.
….Duchene is second in the league (to Antoine Vermette) in face-off percentage at 61.1% and leads the league at 65% at home.
….Duchene has five multi goal this season. His career high is six in his rookie year 2009-10.
….2013 first overall draft choice Nathan MacKinnon leads the Avalanche with 34 points in 49 games. He has 3 goals, 6 assists his last eleven goals.
….Mark Barberio made his Colorado debut Saturday after being claimed off waivers from the Canadiens on Thursday. He logged 20:31 ice time including all but 28 seconds of the 2:10 Colorado power play time in the win over Winnipeg.
….RW Matt Nieto was also picked up on waivers. In his 11 games since being claimed from San Jose, he has four goals including two against Winnipeg Saturday.
….Among many things, Colorado is plagued by injury problems on defense. Tyson Barrie has missed five of the last seven games, Fedor Tyutin returns after missing three straight with a groin issue and Erik Johnson has been out since Dec. 3rd with a broken leg.
….Carey Price will make his 41st start of the season. His record is 23-12-5 with a .922save% and 2.35GAA.
….Over his last eleven starts Price is 3-7-1 with a 3.11GAA and .913save%. However his statistics have improved the last 5 starts, where his GAA is 2.23 and save percentage .933.
….Career vs. the Avalanche Price is 4-2-1 in 7 starts – 2.84GAA and .894 save%.
….Of his 40 starts this season, only 14 have been on the road where he has a record of 6-6-2; a 2.61GAA and .910save%. Five of his 14 road games were decided in overtime. Price has won three of those with 2 losses.
….Price has lost his last four starts on the road (@ Minnesota, Detroit, NY Islanders & Philadelphia) while giving up 13 goals.
….Calvin Pickard was the loser in the Dec. 10th 10-1 Canadiens win at the Bell Centre. He started the game, gave up 3 goals on ten shots and was pulled in favour of Semyon Varlamov who gave up six more on 16 shots. Pickard returned to play the third period giving up the Canadiens tenth goal.
….Pickard has a career record of 0-3-0 and a 4.61 GAA and .894 save% vs. the Canadiens. He did not play against the Canadiens last season but started both games in 2014-15.
….This season Pickard has appeared in 25 games with an 8-14-1 record, 3.05GAA and .885save%.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens rank 4th in the league (36/159) 22.6%. Colorado ranks 29th (22/156) 14.1%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 22nd (39/191) 79.6%. Colorado ranks 25th (40/181) 77.9%.
….The Canadiens power play over the last 8 road games has produced 10 goals on 23 advantages – 43.4%. In the 12 road games since the Christmas break the Canadiens have 12 goals on 33 advantages – 36.3%.
….Colorado’s power play ranks 29th in the league and their penalty killing is 25th. Their special teams differential is minus-18.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
62-Artturi Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 41-Paul Byron
42-Sven Andrighetto 14-Tomas Plekanec 65-Andrew Shaw
32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 42-Sven Andrighetto
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 – D Greg Pateryn; LW Jacob de la Rose
Colorado Forward Lines & Pairings
92-Gabriel Landeskog 29-Nathan Mackinnon 96-Mikko Rantanen
25-Mikhail Grigorenko 9-Matt Duchene 83-Matthew Nieto
14-Blake Comeau 7-John Mitchell 12-Jarome Iginla
27-Andreas Martinsen 34-Carl Soderberg 8-Joe Colborne
32-Francois Beauchemin 16-Nikita Zadorov
45-Mark Barberio 18-Cody Goloubef
51-Fedor Tyutin 44-Eric Gelinas
Injuries – D Tyson Barrie (lower body); RW Rene Bourque (lower body); G Semyon Varlamov (LTIR groin); D Erik Johnson (IR broken leg)
Scratches – D Patrick Wiercioch