PREVIEW GAME #68 Canadiens @ Calgary (March 9/2017)

Mar 8th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #68

Canadiens vs. Calgary

Saddledome – March 9, 2017 – 9:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens -68GP (38-21-8) 84ts. First in Atlantic Division. Calgary – 66GP (36-26-4) 76pts. Fourth in Pacific Division.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (7-3-0) Calgary (8-1-1)

Last Time Out – Canadiens-2 Vancouver-1 (overtime) at Vancouver Tuesday. Calgary-5 Islanders-2 Sunday at Calgary.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (18-12-4) Calgary at Home (18-14-0)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price out with the flu.   Al Montoya will start in goal.

….Confirmed Alexander Radulov will not be in the lineup.  Also Brian Flynn and Tomas Plekanec on injury list.  Mike McCarron will return to the lineup on the fourth line.

….Alexei Emelin also returns and will again be paired with Jeff Petry. Healthy scratches are D Brandon Davidson & D Nikita Nesterov.

Head to Head

….Season Series – Second of two meetings – @ Bell Centre Jan. 24th – Canadiens-5 Calgary-1. Canadiens led 5-0. Price lost shutout with 2 seconds remaining. Radulov with 2 goals, Shaw, Plekanec and Carr.

….The Canadiens have lost 21 of their last 29 games vs. Calgary but have won the last two, 2-1 in a shootout two seasons ago and 6-2 last season.

….Over the last 20 games in the series, the home team has won 14 times.

….Last season the Canadiens beat Calgary 6-2 (Oct. 30th, 2015). It was the first time the Canadien had won in regulation time since January 5, 2002. Their only win in a 13 year period was in a 2-1 shootout in October 2014. Over the last 14 years the Canadiens record at the Saddledome is 2-7-1.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have won six consecutive games and seven of the last eight following a stretch of seven losses in eight games. Six of the seven wins were decided in overtime (5X) or shootout (once)

….During the six game win streak, four of the victories were in overtime. In that stretch the Canadiens outscored opponents 16-8.

….The Canadiens have also won their last five games on the road. Their last road loss came when they were shut out 4-0 at Boston Feb. 12th.  They have outscored opponents 16-9 in those games.  The last time

….The last time the Canadiens won six in a row on the road was Dec. 23, 2014 to Jan. 14th 2015.   The Canadiens record for most consecutive road wins is 8 set between Dec. 18 1977 and Jan. 18 1978 and equaled Jan. 21 – Feb.21 1982.

….Alex Galchenyuk has four overtime goals this season. Since the overtime format was introduced in 1983-84, only two have scored more in a single season – Steven Stamkos in 2011-12 and Jonathan Toews in 2015-16 each with 5.

….Galchenyuk has scored at least a point in each of his last six games (3 goals, 5 assists)

….Galchenyuk needs 2 points to reach a career total of 200. This will be his 322nd career regular season game.

….Max Pacioretty has 19 points in his last 17 games (10g, 9a). He has 43 points over his last 43 games.

….On defense Shea Weber has 2 goals, 4 assists his last 8 games and Andrei Markov 2 goals, 5 assists his last 12.

….Career vs. the Flames – Shea Weber in 35 games 8g, 11a; Max Pacioretty in 14 games 3g, 3a.

….Against his former team Paul Byron has 1 goal, 1 assist in three games and is plus-2.

About the Flames

….Calgary has not played in four days, since they defeated the Islanders 5-2 at home on Sunday. This is the final game of a four game homestand. They will travel to Winnipeg for Saturday and then return for another four consecutive home games.

….Following the Flames 5-1 loss at the Bell Centre January 24th, Flames coach Glen Gulutson called his teams effort “pathetic”. The loss dropped Calgary to 24-24-3. Their next game Calgary won in overtime in Ottawa and they are now on a 12-2-1 streak including seven wins in row bringing their record to 36-26-4.

….During their 12-2-1 stretch they have outscored opponents 47-35.

….With the current surge the Flames have taken over the first Wild Card berth in the West and are two points behind Edmonton and second place in the Pacific Division.

….The seven game win streak is one short of the longest since the franchise moved from Atlanta. (While in Atlanta the Flames won ten straight in 1978). Calgary record of 8 in a row has been reached three times, in the 1989 Stanley Cup season, in 1993 and 2005.

….Over the last 15 games Johnny Gaudreau has 15 points – 3 goals, 12 assists.

….After a slow start to his season, Sean Monahan has six goals and seven assists over the last 15 games. He leads the Flames with 21 goals.

….In 7 career games vs. the Canadiens Monahan has 7 points (3g, 4a); Gaudreau is five games has five points (1g, 4a)

….Mikael Granlund is the Flames points leader with 47 – equaling a career high. With 20, he is second in goalscoring. Granlund has 5 goals and eight points his last seven games.

….Curtis Lazar, acquired in a trade with Ottawa at the deadline, has yet to play for the Flames.

Goaltending

….Carey Price is a gametime scratch because of a flu virus.

….This season Montoya is 8-5-3 with 2 shutouts, a 2.58GAA and .913 save%.

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….Carey Price is a gametime scratch because of a flu virus.

….This season Montoya is 8-5-3 with 2 shutouts, a 2.58GAA and .913 save%.

….In his last seven starts Montoya has a 5-1-1 record with a 2.25GAA and a .923 save%.

….Al Montoya has appeared in four career games vs. Calgary with a 1-1-1 record, a 4.29GAA and an .852 save%.

….Montoya‘s last appearance against Calgary was January 13th last year with Florida. Montoya came on in relief of Roberto Luongo and allowed 2 goals on 21 shots in a 6-0 loss at Sunrise. In the 2014-2015 season he was in both games vs. Calgary – a 6-4 loss Nov. 8 2014 and a 6-5 win Jan. 9, 2015. His only other appearance was Nov. 18th 2013 while with Winnipeg – a 5-4 shootout loss.

….This season Montoya is 8-5-3 with 2 shutouts, a 2.58GAA and .913 save%.

….Al Montoya has appeared in four career games vs. Calgary with a 1-1-1 record, a 4.29GAA and an .852 save%.

….Montoya‘s last appearance against Calgary was January 13th last year with Florida. Montoya came on in relief of Roberto Luongo and allowed 2 goals on 21 shots in a 6-0 loss at Sunrise. In the 2014-2015 season he was in both games vs. Calgary – a 6-4 loss Nov. 8 2014 and a 6-5 win Jan. 9, 2015. His only other appearance was Nov. 18th 2013 while with Winnipeg – a 5-4 shootout loss.

….This season Montoya is 8-5-3 with 2 shutouts, a 2.58GAA and .913 save%.

….Brian Elliott is 10-1-1 since Jan. 26th with a .927 save%. In 23 games prior to that his save percentage was .893.

….Elliott has started 8 of the last 9 Calgary games during which he’s posted a 7-0-1 record and allowed 16 goals. He has given up two goals or fewer in each of his last five starts and seven of the eight.

….Career vs. the Canadiens Elliott is 4-1-4 with 0 shutouts, a 2.40GAA and .912 save%.

….For the season Elliott is 17-13-3 with 2.67GAA and .903save% in 35 appearances.

….Elliott‘s last appearance vs. the Canadiens was Jan. 16th last season at St. Louis. In that game Elliott set his career high for saves (46) and shots faced (49) in St. Louis’ 4-3 overtime win.

Special Teams

….Power Play – Canadiens rank 11th (41/98) Calgary ranks 14th (41/209) 19.6%.

….Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 20th (44/222) 80.2%. Calgary ranks 18th (45/230) 80.4%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Philip Danault 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Paul Byron 17-Torrey Mitchell 65-Andrew Shaw

21-Dwight King 27-Alex Galchenyuk 62-Artturi Lehkonen

37-Andreas Martinsen 92-Steve Ott 34-Mike McCarron

79-Andrei Markov 6-Shea Weber

74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry

28-Nathan Beaulieu – 8-Jordie Benn

35-Al Montoya

Injuries – G Carey Price (flu); RW Alexander Radulov (lower body); C Tomas Plekanec (upper body); C Brian Flynn (upper body)

Scratches – D Brandon Davidson; D Nikita Nesterov;

 

Calgary Lines and Pairings

19-Matthew Tkachuk 11-Mikael Backlund 67-Michael Frolik

13-Johnny Gaudreau 23-Sean Monahan 79-Micheal Ferland

10-Kris Versteeg 93-Sam Bennett 36-Troy Brouwer

17-Lance Bouma 18-Matt Stajan 39-Alex Chiasson

5-Mark Giordano 27-Dougie Hamilton

7-T.J. Brodie 26-Michael Stone

44-Matt Bartkowski 29-Deryk Engelland

1-Brian Elliott

Injuries – RW-Curtis Lazar (upper body); D Ladislav Smid (LTIR neck)

Scratches – D Dennis Wideman; C Freddie Hamilton

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