PREVIEW GAME #66 Canadiens @ NY Rangers (March 4/2017)

Mar 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #66

Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Madison Square Garden – Mar. 4, 2017 – 7:10pm

Lineup ChangesAlexander Radulov has a lower body injury and will not play. Steve Ott (#92)and Andreas Martinsen (#37) will play their first games in a Canadiens uniform. Ott will replace Mike McCarron at centre on the fourth line.

Season Records – Canadiens – 65GP (36-21-8) 80pts. First in Atlantic Division. NY Rangers – 64GP (41-21-2) 84pts. Fourth in Metropolitan Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (6-4-0) Rangers (6-3-1)

Last Time Out – Canadiens defeat Nashville 2-1 at Bell Centre Thursday. Rangers edge Bruins 2-1 at Boston Thursday.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the road (16-12-4) Rangers at home (19-13-2)

Head to Head

….Third of three meetings. Canadiens 2-0-0. @Bell Centre Jan. 14 – Canadiens-5 Rangers-4. Canadiens score three goals in span of 1:02 in third period – Emelin, Pacioretty & Byron. Danault with three assists. @ MSG Feb. 21st – Canadiens-3 Rangers-2 (shootout). Byron with winner in shootout fifth round. Also Weber & Shaw. Lindberg & Nash for Rangers. Price vs. Lindberg.

….Since the start of the 2008-2009 season the Canadiens are 7-6-0 at Madison Square Garden.

….Since the start of the 2013-14 season the Canadiens have played the Rangers 14 times. In eight of those games shutouts were recorded. For the Canadiens – Price with 5; Budaj-one. For the Rangers Lundqvist and Talbot with one each.  The Canadiens are 11-3-0 in those games.

….The Canadiens have won 18 of the last 26 regular season meetings between the clubs outscoring them 64-40. The Canadiens have registered shutout wins in nine of those games.

….Eleven of the last 18 games between the Rangers and Canadiens have been decided by one goal.

About the Canadiens

…..Going into the February 21st game at Madison Square Garden, the Canadiens were on a 1-6-1 streak. It was Claude Julien’s second game behind the bench.  The Canadiens edged the Rangers 3-2 in a shootout and are now on a 5-1-0 streak including three wins in a row.  Over those six games the Canadiens have allowed only 11 goals.

….The Canadiens came from behind in the third period to win two of their last three games (vs. New Jersey & Nashville). They now lead the league with nine third period comeback winsp two more than Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Their record after trailing at the end of two periods is 9-15-3. On the road it’s 6-9-1.

….The Canadiens win against Nashville was their first in regulation time in 14 games dating back to the 5-2 win January 31st over Buffalo.  Since then six of the fourteen games went into overtime with the Canadiens winning five.  Their record over the stretch is 6-7-1.

…..Going into the February 21st game at Madison Square Garden, the Canadiens were in a 1-6-1 stretch.  The Canadiens won the game 3-2 in a shootout and are now on a 5-1-0 streak including a current four game winning streak.

….The Canadiens came from behind in the third period to win two of their last three games (vs. New Jersey & Nashville). They now lead the league with nine third period comeback winsp two more than Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Their record after trailing at the end of two periods is 9-15-3. On the road it’s 6-9-1.

….Versus teams currently in the top ten in the league the Canadiens are 5-11-2 this season. Two of the five wins have come against the Rangers.

….Max Pacioretty has 41 points in his last 41 games (½ season) since December 4th. His 26 goals are the most in the NHL over that stretch.

….Alex Galchenyuk has 3 goals and two assists his last four games. Despite spending 21 games on the injury list he is tied for second in Canadiens goalscoring with Alexander Radulov and Paul Byron at 15.

….While Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron ended long scoring slumps Thursday still in prolonged goal droughts are Torrey Mitchell (38 games); Danault and Lehkonen (17 games); Plekanec (16) Flynn (15); McCarron (12). Newcomer Dwight King has not scored in seven games including his last six with Los Angeles.

….Andrew Shaw is tied for the league lead in average penalty minutes per game at 1.9 and ranks third overall with 99 minutes in 51 games. 17 of his 26 penalties were minors.

….Of the 25 players on the current Canadiens roster, 12 have come to the team via Marc Bergevin trades and one via waiver claim (Byron). Only five players remain in the Canadiens organization from what was a 30 player 2011-2012 season-ending roster when Bergevin took over as general manager May 2nd 2012; Carey Price, defenseman Alexei Emelin and Andrei Markov and forwards Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.

About the Rangers

….The Rangers have recorded at least 40 wins in each of their last four seasons, six of the last seven and 10 of the last 12.

….Since January 7th, fourteen of the Rangers 23 games have been decided by one goal. The Rangers have earned a least a point in each of the last ten one-goal games. They are 19-7-2 in one goal games with a .667 win percentage – second in the league.

….The Rangers have been limited to two goals or fewer in seven of their last eight games. They are 4-4-0 in that stretch.

…The Rangers lead the NHL in third period goals with 86 which is also the most registered by a team in any period this season.

….Rookie defenseman Brady Skjei has 14 points – 2goals, 12 assists and is plus-13 in his last 19 games.

….J.T. Miller has a 26 points in his last 27 games (10 goals, 6 assists).

….Michael Grabner ranks second in the NHL in even strength goals with 25 (He has one power play goal).

Goaltending

….In his last six starts Carey Price has allowed nine goals for a goals against average of 1.47 and a .947 save% . He has won 4 of those six starts, three in overtime.

….Price is 7-0-0 in last seven games vs. Rangers with three shutouts; 1.18GAA and .962save%.  In his last 16 games vs. the Rangers he has 7 shutouts, six of them at the Bell Centre.

….In his career Price is 4-4-0 at Madison Square Garden with a 2.85GAA and .907 save%

….Overall Price has been in 21 games vs. the Rangers with a career record of 14-5-1 with 7 shutouts, a 1.86GAA and .939 save%,

….On the season Price is 28-16-5 with a 2.34GAA and .921 save% with three shutouts.

….Henrik Lundqvist is 0-4-1 in his last five Montreal starts with a 3.33GAA and .885 save%.

….Lundqvist has a career record of 14-16-3 vs. the Canadiens with a 2.83GAA and .898 save%.

….With his 2-1 win over the Bruins Thursday Lunqvist has tied Grant Fuhr for 10th on the all time goaltender wins list with 403.

….On the season in 49 appearances Lundqvist is 29-16-2 with a 2.63GAA; .913 save% and two shutouts.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Canadiens rank 11th (41/194) 21.1%. Rangers rank 19th (34/188) 18.1%

….Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 20th (44/221) 80.1%. Rangers rank 16th (32/169) 81.1%.

….The Canadiens are now tied with Colorado for most times shorthanded at 221. Calgary leads at 225.

….The Canadiens as a team have the 6th highest penalty minutes total in the league at 272.

….The Rangers have been shorthanded only 169 times and have recorded the third fewest penalty minutes in the NHL – 433. They have been shorthanded three times or fewer in each of their last eight games and 19 of the last 21.

….The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead with eight shorthanded goals.

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shaw

62-Artturi Lehkonen 27-Alex Galchenyuk 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 21 Dwight King

37-Andreas Martinsen  92-Steve Ott 17-Torrey Mitchell

79Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

26-Jeff Petry 74-Alexei Emelin

8-Jordie Benn 28-Nathan Beaulieu

31-Carey Price

Injuries – RW Alexander Radulov (lower body)

Scratches – C Brian Flynn; D Nikita Nesterov;   C Mike McCarron D Brandon Davidson

Projected NY Rangers Lines & Pairings

10-J.T. Miller 21-Derek Stepan 61-Rick Nash

20-Chris Kreider 93-Mika Zibanejad 36-Mats Zuccarello

26-Jimmy Vesey 13-Kevin Hayes 40-Michael Grabner

73-Brandon Pirri 24-Oscar Lindberg 12-Matt Puempel

18-Marc Staal 27-Ryan McDonagh

42-Brendan Smith 22-Nick Holden

76-Brady Skjei 4-Adam Clendening

30-Henrik Lundqvist

Injuries – D Kevin Klein (back spasms); D Dan Girardi (IR ankle); RW Jesper Fast(IR shoulder separation)

Scratches – LW Pavel Buchnevich

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