|67||TORONTO||+140||Ov 5,-140||+145||Ov 5,-140|
|68||MONTREAL||-160||Un 5,+120||-165||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-1-0||+5.7||5-1||+5.7||3-3||3.2||21.7||2.5||29.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.3||3-2||+1.3||0-5||2.0||28.4||2.2||29.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||11||28||11||8||8||1||0||311||9.0%||54||7||13.0%||46|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6||19||6||8||4||1||0||130||14.6%||26||5||19.2%||30|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||4||2||4||0||0||142||7.0%||23||2||8.7%||14|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||7||2||3||1||1||0||106||6.6%||17||3||17.6%||13|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||31||7||10||14||0||2||326||9.5%||36||9||25.0%||55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||15||3||4||8||0||1||177||8.5%||22||5||22.7%||29|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||4||4||0||0||146||7.5%||16||5||31.2%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||7||3||2||2||0||0||108||6.5%||11||2||18.2%||13|
|JAMES REIMER (All Games)||8||7||231||212||91.8%||0||4-3||+2||4-3-0||+2||3-4|
|JAMES REIMER (Road Games)||4||4||128||117||91.4%||0||3-1||+3.1||3-1-0||+3||3-1|
|JAMES REIMER (vs. Division)||2||2||66||62||93.9%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||111||92.5%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||0-4|
|BEN SCRIVENS (All Games)||4||4||93||83||89.2%||0||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Road Games)||2||2||48||45||93.7%||0||2-0||+2.6||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|BEN SCRIVENS (vs. Division)||2||2||42||39||92.9%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||93||83||89.2%||0||2-2||+0.2||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-2-0||+2.5||5-2||+2.5||3-4||3.1||28.3||1.9||26.7|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.1||2-3||-1.1||3-2||2.8||29.8||2.8||30.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||31||11||13||6||1||0||284||10.9%||55||13||23.6%||57|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||22||9||7||5||1||0||198||11.1%||39||9||23.1%||39|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||6||3||0||0||149||9.4%||28||5||17.9%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||6||15||5||6||4||0||0||171||8.8%||33||6||18.2%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||24||5||9||9||1||1||285||8.4%||52||9||17.3%||42|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||13||3||5||5||0||0||187||7.0%||36||6||16.7%||24|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||4||6||1||1||154||9.1%||25||4||16.0%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||16||4||5||6||1||1||180||8.9%||30||6||20.0%||26|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||2||2||67||58||86.6%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||2||2||67||58||86.6%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||2||2||67||58||86.6%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||8||8||218||204||93.6%||0||6-2||+3.6||6-2-0||+4||3-5|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||7||7||187||174||93.0%||0||5-2||+2.5||5-2-0||+3||3-4|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||4||4||113||107||94.7%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||101||93.5%||0||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: TORONTO 2.96, MONTREAL 2.89|
|1/19/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/21/2013||BUFFALO||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/23/2013||at PITTSBURGH||5-2||W||0, +170||W||6 un||O|
|1/24/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-7||L||0, -105||L||5.5 ev||O|
|1/26/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-5||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/31/2013||WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/2/2013||BOSTON||0-1||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/4/2013||CAROLINA||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, +140||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/7/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-2||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/9/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|2/14/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|2/18/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/19/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|1/19/2013||TORONTO||1-2||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at WASHINGTON||4-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||WINNIPEG||4-3||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||O|
|1/30/2013||at OTTAWA||1-5||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||BUFFALO||6-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||BOSTON||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||at BUFFALO||4-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/12/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/14/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/19/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 13th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Randy Carlyle, 2nd season with Leafs, 6-9-3; 8th overall, 279-191-64 in NHL.
ADDED: LW James van Riemsdyk, C Jay McClement.
LOST: RW Colby Armstrong, D Luke Schenn, G Jonas Gustavsson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: The focus in Toronto continues to be on the turnstile in goal, a position that's been unsettled since Curtis Joseph led the Leafs to their last playoff berth in 2004 (yes, two NHL lockouts ago). Unless the Maple Leafs do go ahead and make a push to trade for Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, they'll settle on the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.
OUTLOOK: Unsettled as usual. The Maple Leafs couldn't even get out of the lockout without making headlines by firing GM Brian Burke last week. Toronto has more than enough offensive punch, particularly with the addition of van Riemsdyk. The question always remains whether they have enough defense and goaltending to end what's now a seven-season playoff drought.
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 (TORONTO-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Maple Leafs-Canadiens Preview* ===============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Toronto (6-5-0) at Montreal (6-3-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Maple Leafs are optimistic after Phil Kessel snapped a lengthy goal drought and ended another for the team's power play.
The Maple Leafs' recent results in Montreal could provide another reason for encouragement.
Kessel will try to contribute again as Toronto seeks to sweep a three-game trip with its fifth win in the past six visits to the rival Canadiens on Saturday night.
Kessel's 136 goals over the last four-plus seasons put him among the league's top 10, but he had all kinds of trouble increasing that total through the first 10 games this year. He finally got his first of the season with the game-winner late in the third period in a 3-2 victory at Winnipeg on Thursday.
"You just hope that he can use this as a building block," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Goal scorers have streaks, and we hope this is the start of a streak."
The goal also snapped Toronto's 0-for-14 drought on the power play to start this month, and lifted the Maple Leafs (6-5-0) to their third consecutive road win.
"We've got to feel fortunate that our power play finally came through and our top goal scorer finally hit the back of the net," Carlyle said. "That's a great sign for us."
Toronto, 5-1-0 away from home this season, has a pair of one-goal wins on its current trip, and it beat its next opponent by that same margin in the season opener.
Kessel assisted on both of his team's goals - from Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak - in that 2-1 victory at Montreal on Jan. 19. The Maple Leafs went 2 for 5 on the man advantage while the Canadiens also scored their lone goal, Brian Gionta's third-period tally, on the power play.
Kessel has three goals and five assists while helping Toronto to a 4-1-0 mark in its last five games at Montreal.
The Canadiens (6-3-1) will try to limit the winger and keep from adding to their first losing streak of the season. After ending a run of five consecutive home victories with Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Boston, Montreal suffered a heart-breaking 5-4 shootout defeat in Buffalo the next night.
The Sabres rallied from two goals down in the final period and scored the tying goal with 2 seconds left in regulation.
"This was one we obviously wanted to win, but again we're going to have to turn the page, learn from our mistakes and look towards the next game," center Tomas Plekanec told the Canadiens' official website.
Carey Price, boasting a 1.74 goals-against average, figures to be back in net Saturday after Peter Budaj gave him a night off.
Plekanec scored twice Thursday, giving him a team-best six goals, and P.K. Subban extended his point streak to four games - all of his appearances since ending his holdout - with his second goal.
The defenseman, though, has no goals and three assists in 12 career games against Toronto. Plekanec has eight points in his past nine in the series.
Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who has no points in his last 10 games overall, might have an opportunity to end his offensive woes. He has two goals and four assists during a five-game point streak in Montreal.
Mikhail Grabovski, without a point in his last six contests, has three goals and three assists in his last four at the Bell Centre.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 9:27:45 AM EST|