|5||MONTREAL||-115||Ov 5,-140||-120||Ov 5,-140|
|6||FLORIDA||-105||Un 5,+120||+100||Un 5,+120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-2-0||+0.2||2-2||+0.2||3-1||3.2||30.0||3.5||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||3-2||2.2||31.2||3.4||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||35||12||15||6||2||1||355||9.9%||66||14||21.2%||62|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||13||3||8||1||1||1||120||10.8%||23||5||21.7%||23|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||4||5||1||1||1||156||7.1%||25||3||12.0%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||33||7||11||14||1||1||337||9.8%||63||12||19.0%||57|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||14||2||4||7||1||1||122||11.5%||21||4||19.0%||24|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||4||3||9||1||1||148||11.5%||25||5||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 (Road Games)||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)||10||10||270||247||91.5%||0||7-3||+3||7-3-0||+3||5-5|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||2||2||55||51||92.7%||0||2-0||+2.2||2-0-0||+2||1-1|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||96||88.9%||0||2-2||-0.7||2-2-0||-1||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-3-0||-1.2||2-3||-1.2||4-1||3.6||29.6||4.0||31.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.8||2-3||-0.8||2-3||2.8||27.0||3.8||25.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||12||30||11||9||9||1||2||338||8.9%||51||10||19.6%||43|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5||18||7||5||6||0||1||148||12.2%||26||7||26.9%||27|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||5||3||1||1||135||10.4%||15||2||13.3%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||46||14||18||12||2||1||360||12.8%||48||13||27.1%||77|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||20||5||7||7||1||1||159||12.6%||22||5||22.7%||33|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||5||8||4||2||0||127||15.0%||14||5||35.7%||32|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||5||3||104||87||83.7%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)||2||1||46||36||78.3%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||2||71||58||81.7%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JACOB MARKSTROM (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOSE THEODORE (All Games)||9||9||255||227||89.0%||1||4-5||-0.6||4-5-0||-1||5-4|
|JOSE THEODORE (Home Games)||4||4||112||103||92.0%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|JOSE THEODORE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||98||85||86.7%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 2.91, FLORIDA 2.82|
|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|
|2/9/2013||TORONTO||0-6||L||0, -170||L||5 ov||O|
|2/12/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ev||O|
|2/14/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/19/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/21/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/23/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|2/25/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|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||1-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||OTTAWA||1-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||PHILADELPHIA||1-7||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-5||L||0, +150||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/31/2013||WINNIPEG||6-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at BUFFALO||4-3||W||0, +120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/7/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-2||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at WASHINGTON||0-5||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2013||WASHINGTON||5-6||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/16/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/21/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|2/22/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Panthers Preview* ============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Montreal (7-4-1) at Florida (4-6-2), 7:30 p.m. EDT
Letting points slip away could be especially detrimental to a team's playoff chances in this shortened season, and that's something the Montreal Canadiens and Florida Panthers both have had trouble preventing lately.
The struggling teams meet Thursday night in Florida, where they'll each try to avoid a fourth loss in five games.
Montreal has scored first in three of its last four contests, though it has only one victory to show for it. That came in a 4-3 shootout win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday - after it blew a 3-0 lead with less than six minutes remaining - as David Desharnais was the only player to score in the shootout.
Despite earning two points, the Canadiens (7-4-1) allowed a conference foe to pick up a crucial one that could prove big down the road.
"You know what? We came to win this hockey game, and this is what we did," coach Michel Therrien said. "And we were almost perfect for 54 minutes. We opened the door. We will learn from it."
Carey Price made 21 saves but has a 3.59 goals-against average while losing two of his last three starts.
"At the end of the day, as long as we're getting wins, that's what really matters," Price said. "But, it would be nice to close out one, that's for sure."
It's unclear if Price, who is 2-1-1 with a 1.23 GAA in his last four in this series, will get the start Thursday against Florida, which also can't seem to hold onto a lead.
The Panthers (4-6-2) held a two-goal third-period advantage Tuesday before allowing three unanswered in a 6-5 overtime loss to Washington, which won the first game of the home-and-home set 5-0 on Saturday.
Florida has either scored first or held a multiple-goal lead in three of its last four, with the only win being a 3-2 shootout victory at Philadelphia on Feb. 7.
"It's kind of a tough pill to swallow, especially (because) we know how in this season, every point is important," said rookie Drew Shore, who scored his first NHL goal and added an assist Tuesday. "We let one slip away."
Fellow rookie Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice and has a team-best five goals for the Panthers, who began a four-game homestand Tuesday.
"Right now it's the most important part of the season," defenseman Erik Gudbranson said. "We need to come out here with as many points as we can. We need to create an identity for ourselves in our home rink.
"We have to play teams hard and be on top of them and use our crowd to our advantage and pull out some wins at home."
Florida had its four-game winning streak over Montreal snapped with a 4-1 road loss Jan. 22 in the teams' first meeting this season. Andrei Markov scored twice on the power play for the Canadiens and Price made 27 saves, allowing only Tomas Kopecky's second-period power-play goal.
Jose Theodore, who won the Hart and Vezina trophies with Montreal in 2001-02, will get the start for the Panthers in this matchup. He's 4-5-0 with a 3.41 GAA this season and 2-2-1 with a 4.60 GAA in six career regular-season appearances against his former team.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 10:15:41 PM EST|