St. Louis vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 11, 2017 – 7:10pm
Lineup Changes –
…..In the first of two games in 24 hours Al Montoya will be in goal for the Canadiens.
….Max Pacioretty missed the morning skate with a virus and will be a gametime decision. If Pacioretty is unavailable, Brian Flynn is expected to move on to left wing with Danault and Radulov.
…..Although practicing with the team, RW Brendan Gallagher has not been cleared to return to the lineup.
….Blues centre Paul Stastny is day-to-day with a lower body injury suffered in Toronto Thursday. Alex Steen will move to centre and Magnus Paajarvi will take Steen’s spot on left wing on the first line.
Season Records – St. Louis – 55GP (28-22-5) 61pts. 3rd in Central Division. Canadiens – 56GP (31-17-7-8) 70pts. First in Atlantic Division
Season Series – Second of two meetings – Dec. 6 @ St. Louis- St. Louis-3 Canadiens-2 (overtime) Jaden Schwartz’s second goal in OT won it. Canadiens had 2-0 third period lead on goals by Byron and Plekanec. Montoya allowed 3 goals on 31 shots. Jake Allen stopped 28 of 30.
Last Time Out – St. Louis defeated Toronto 2-1 (overtime) in Toronto Thursday Canadiens edged Arizona 5-4 at Arizona Thursday
Last Ten Games – St. Louis (7-2-1) Canadiens (4-4-2)
Home/Road – St. Louis on the road (11-13-1) Canadiens at Home – (18-6-4)
East/West – St. Louis vs. the Eastern Conference (14-10-1) & vs. Atlantic Division (7-3-1). Canadiens vs. Western Conference (11-7-2) and vs. Central Division (4-4-1)
….Over the last two-plus seasons the Canadiens are 3-0-2 vs. St. Louis (1-0-1 last season) outscoring them 17-10. Prior to that the Blues won 5 in a row and were 7-0-1 over eight.
….The last Bell Centre meeting between the teams – Oct. 20, 2015 Carey Price stopped all 38 shots in a 3-0 shutout. Pacioretty, Semin and Mitchell with the goals.
….The St. Louis power play has produced 0 goals in 31 advantages vs. the Canadiens over the last ine games.
About the Canadiens –
….This is the opener of the 12th set of 15 back-to-back games this season. The Canadiens were swept by Washington and Edmonton last Saturday and Sunday afternoon. In the opener the Canadiens are 5-5-1. In the second half their record is 6-3-2.
….The Canadiens started the season with a home record of 14-1-1. Since the Dec. 10th 10-1 win over Colorado they have lost eight of their last 12 at the Bell Centre (4-5-3).
….In the 41 games (half season) since their 13-1-1 start the Canadiens have a record of 18-16-7.
….In his 22 games since the Christmas break Max Pacioretty has 13 goals, 8 assists.
….Since Alexander Radulov and Pacioretty became regular linemates on December 5th the pair has accounted for 34% of the Canadiens goalscoring (32/94). In those 31 games Pacioretty has 22 goals, 10 assists and Radulov 10 goals, 14 assists.
….Pacioretty ranks third in NHL goalscoring with 27, two behind Jeff Carter (LA) and three behind Sidney Crosby. Based on his current rate he is on track for his first career 40 goal season.
….Since the start of 2013-2014 Pacioretty has scored 133 goals.
….In he last ten games the Canadiens have scored 24 goals, in that stretch Pacioretty/Radulov have scored 11 goals which accounts for 45.8% of the offense. In that stretch Pacioretty has 7 goals, 3 assists; Radulov 4 goals, 6 assists.
….With his 200th career goal on Thursday, Pacioretty joins Patrick Kane (268 and Jamie Benn (209) as the only players out of the 2007 draft with 200 goals. Pacioretty is the 24th player in Canadiens history with 200 career goals. He ties Bobby Rousseau at 200.
….It’s been 23 seasons since the last member of the Canadiens scored 40 goals – Vincent Damphousse 1993-94. Pierre Turgeon and Damphousse scored 38 apiece in ’95-’96. Since then the only player with more than 35 is Pacioretty with 39 and 37 goal years.
….Over the last five games against the Blues Tomas Plekanec has 3g, 3a. Max Pacioretty has 4g, 1a.
….This will be Plekanec’s 900th career game.
….Brendan Gallagher suffered is broken hand on January 4th at Dallas. At the time, doctors indicated he would not return to the lineup for eight weeks. So far he has missed 17 games.
….Andrew Shaw is ranked third in the league in penalty minutes with 90. However he ranks 72nd in minor penalties with 14. (The league leaders are Matthew Tkachuk and Dion Phoneuf with 30 minors). The majority of Shaw’s penalties minutes come from 4 majors, 2 misconducts and a game misconduct.
….Historical note – On this date 46 years ago (Feb. 11, 1971) Jean Beliveau scored three goals against the Minnesota North Stars to reach 500 for his career. Frank Mahovlich and Phil Roberto assisted on all three goals. Mahovlich had been acquired in a trade with Detroit 29 days earlier. Roberto had replaced the injured Yvan Cournoyer on the Beliveau line. Three months later, after a Stanley Cup win, Beliveau announced his retirement.
….In the five games since Mike Yeo took over from Ken Hitchcock the Blues On Feb. first have a 4-1 record and have allowed 1 goals over their last three games.
….St. Louis has won 6 of it’s last 8 on the road, after winning only five of their first 17. In the six road wins they have allowed only two goals and outscored their opponents 19-2 and recorded 4 shutouts. In each of the two losses they gave up 5 goals (vs. Winnipeg and Minnesota).
….Vladimir Tarasenko‘s overtime game winning goal vs. Toronto Thursday was his 26th of the season. 20 of them at even strength. (The league leader is Michael Grabner at 24 even strength goals).
….Since the start of 2014-15 Tarasenko has 103 goals. Only Alex Ovechkin (129) has more. Max Pacioretty ranks third with 94 over the last two-plus seasons.
….Tarasenko has 6 goals and one assist over his last 7 games. At 26 goals, he is one behind Max Pacioretty and fourth in the league’s goalscoring race.
….Tarasenko has 53 points, 15 more than defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk who is second on the Blues. Tarasenko’s 26 goals leads Paul Stastny‘s second place total of 15.
….Tarasenko‘s linemate Alex Steen has 8 goals, 11 assists over his last 18 games
….Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who is reportedly a candidate for trade at the deadline, has 3 goals, 11 assists over his last 16 games.
….Former first overall draft choice and Alex Galchenyuk junior linemate, Nail Yakupov has been a healthy scratch in 24 of the Blues 55 games. In 31 games he has 3goals, 3 assists.
….Al Montoya will make his third home ice start of the season. He comes off a 65 minute shutout performance against Edmonton last Sunday. In 15 appearances Montoya is 7-4-3 with a 2.52 GAA and .915save% with two shutouts.
….In his last five starts Montoya is 4-0-1 with a 1.96GAA and .933 save%.
….Excluding the Nov. 4th 10-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Montoya‘s record is 6-4-3 with a 1.85GAA and .931 save%.
….Montoya has appeared in 7 career games vs. the Blues with a 1-3-2 record, a 2.96GAA and .879save%
….Jake Allen has started four of the last five Blues games. Over those four starts he has a 4 wins and a .958 save%. He has bounced back from a January in which he had a 4.06GAA and .841 save%.
….In 40 games this season, Allen is 20-14-1 with a 2.69GAA and .903 save%.
….Over the Blues last eight road games St. Louis goaltending has recorded four shutouts and allowed one goal in two others. Carter Hutton has three of the shutouts and Jake Allen the other.
Special Teams –
….Power Play – St. Louis ranks 6th (36/164) 22.0%. Canadiens ranked 5th (37/166) 22.3%.
….Penalty Killing – St. Louis – ranks 6th (30/189) 84.1%. Canadiens ranked 23rd (41/196) 79.1%.
….Canadiens penalty killers have given up a goal in seven of their last eight games. Over the same stretch the power play has produced four goals.
….Over their last eight road games the Blues penalty killers have allowed 2 goals in the last 23 times shorthanded.
Canadiens Lines & Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov
62-Arturri Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 41-Paul Byron
42-Sven Andrighetto 14-Tomas Plekanec 65-Andrew Shaw
32-Daniel Carr 34-Mike McCarron17-Torrey Mitchell
74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber
26-Jeff Petry 79-Andrei Markov
28-Nathan Beaulieu 8-Greg Pateryn
Injuries – RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand);
Scratches – C David Desharnais; RW Brian Flynn;
St. Louis Forward Lines & Pairings
56-Magnus Paajarvi 20-Alex Steen 91-Vladimir Tarasenko
17-Jaden Schwartz 21-Patrik Berglund 23-Dimitrij Jaskin
73-Kenny Agostino 12-Jori Lehtera 57-David Perron
10-Scottie Upshall 49-Ivan Barbashov 75-Ryan Reaves
19-Jay Bouwmeester 27-Alex Pietrangelo
4-Carl Gunnarsson 22-Kevin Shattenkirk
6-Joel Edmondson 55-Colton Parayko
Injuries – C Kyle Brodziak (IR foot) ; Paul Stastny (lower body) C Robby Fabbri (IR knee)
Scratches – D Robert Bortuzzo; RW Nail Yakupov