|55||FLORIDA||+135||Ov 5.5,+110||+135||Ov 5.5,+125|
|56||MONTREAL||-155||Un 5.5,-130||-155||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||0-1-0||-1||0-1||-1||0-1||0.0||31.0||4.0||37.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-1-0||0||1-1||0||1-1||2.5||28.0||2.5||39.5|
|Team Stats (All Games)||2||5||4||1||0||0||0||56||8.9%||9||3||33.3%||8|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||31||0.0%||3||0||0.0%||0|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||2||5||4||1||0||0||0||56||8.9%||9||3||33.3%||8|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||5||1||2||2||0||0||79||6.3%||10||1||10.0%||8|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||4||1||1||2||0||0||37||10.8%||4||1||25.0%||6|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||5||1||2||2||0||0||79||6.3%||10||1||10.0%||8|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||2||2||79||74||93.7%||1||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (Road Games)||1||1||37||33||89.2%||1||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||2||2||79||74||93.7%||1||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||0-1-0||-1.4||0-1||-1.4||0-1||1.0||22.0||2.0||26.0|
|Last 5 Games||0-1-0||-1.4||0-1||-1.4||0-1||1.0||22.0||2.0||26.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||22||4.5%||5||1||20.0%||2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||22||4.5%||5||1||20.0%||2|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||22||4.5%||5||1||20.0%||2|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||2||1||1||0||0||0||26||7.7%||5||2||40.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||2||1||1||0||0||0||26||7.7%||5||2||40.0%||4|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||2||1||1||0||0||0||26||7.7%||5||2||40.0%||4|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: FLORIDA 3.07, MONTREAL 2.19|
|1/19/2013||CAROLINA||5-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|1/21/2013||at OTTAWA||0-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|1/29/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/19/2013||TORONTO||1-2||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|1/27/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|1/30/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
LAST SEASON: 38-26-18, 94 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Kevin Dineen, 2nd season with Panthers, 38-26-18; 2nd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Filip Kuba, C Peter Mueller, RW George Parros, RW Alex Kovalev.
LOST: D Jason Garrison, LW Wojtek Wolski, C John Madden.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Kovalev. He's still strong and talented, and could be the perfect fit for a second line that sometimes struggled with scoring a year ago. Plus, considering how much Florida struggles with shootouts, someone like Kovalev could pay immediate dividends.
OUTLOOK: Most of the team that won the Southeast Division title last season is back. The Panthers might have one of the best 1-2 goaltending combos in the league with Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen. If health isn't an issue, the Panthers could go deeper in the playoffs this time around.
LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.
LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.
OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (FLORIDA-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Panthers-Canadiens Preview* ============================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Florida (1-1-0) at Montreal (0-1-0), 7:30 p.m. EDT
After dropping their season opener, the Montreal Canadiens are hoping to bring a better effort Tuesday night.
The Florida Panthers are coming off a disappointing performance of their own.
Montreal tries to avoid losing its first two games for the first time in 11 seasons as it hosts a Florida club seeking a fifth consecutive win in this series.
While the Canadiens (0-1-0) were hoping to get off to a fast start after finishing with an Eastern Conference-worst 78 points in 2011-12, they couldn't get much going Saturday in a 2-1 defeat to Toronto.
Montreal hasn't opened with back-to-back losses since 2000-01.
"It's the first game of the season and we're just all trying to get on the same page right now. I'm sure we'll figure out and work out the things we need to for the next game and be ready," Tomas Plekanec told the team's official website.
"We can be better. We have to be better. And we will."
Though it's only one game, the Canadiens' lack of production on the man advantage could be of concern. Montreal, which converted 14.3 percent of its power-play opportunities to rank 28th in the league last season, went 1 for 5 in such situations Saturday. Captain Brian Gionta scored the team's only goal with 6:09 left in the third period.
"Our execution was not there," coach Michel Therrien said. "We were missing our passes. I liked the reaction (in the third period). We never quit. But any time you lose the special teams battle, it's tough to win. Tonight, we lost that battle. We have to keep working on that.
"The first game is behind us. Now it's time to focus on the next one."
The Panthers (1-1-0) had dropped 11 of 14 to the Canadiens before winning all four matchups last season, though three of those victories were decided by one goal and one in a shootout. Florida has never defeated Montreal five consecutive times.
While the Panthers have their sights set on returning to the playoffs after winning the Southeast Division last season, they've proven inconsistent in their first two games. After cruising to a season-opening 5-1 win over Carolina on Saturday, Florida failed to generate any offense Monday in a 4-0 loss at Ottawa.
"Hopefully we can turn this (loss) around and show our fans that we're ready to work hard and put a good product on the ice," Brian Campbell told the club's official website. "I thought early in the game, we weren't going north with the puck, and a lot the times you can't be too successful if you're too busy being cute. We're not that type of team. We need to keep moving forward."
Jose Theodore made 41 saves against the Hurricanes but allowed all four goals on 37 shots Monday. Scott Clemmensen, who is 6-0-0 with a 1.68 goals-against average lifetime against Montreal, is expected to make his season debut in this game.
Carey Price has never beaten Florida at Bell Centre, going 0-2-1 with a 2.62 GAA. He went 0-1-1 overall in this series last season despite a 1.94 GAA.
While Erik Cole has tallied seven goals and five assists during a 10-game point streak against the Panthers, Plekanec has been held off the stat sheet in each of his last five matchups in this series.
Florida's Alex Kovalev will face another of his former teams in this game after he was booed every time he touched the puck in the loss to Ottawa.
"It's great to get recognition," said Kovalev with a smile. "It means they still remember me."
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 3:54:46 PM EST|