|1||MONTREAL||-130||Ov 5.5,-110||-130||Ov 5.5,-110|
|2||PHILADELPHIA||+110||Un 5.5,-110||+110||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12-5-0||+8.2||12-5||+8.2||11-6||3.3||30.8||2.6||28.6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||1-4||2.8||31.8||1.8||27.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||35||111||31||36||39||5||6||1077||10.3%||150||33||22.0%||186|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17||56||14||17||22||3||3||524||10.7%||73||17||23.3%||92|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||4||3||6||1||2||159||8.8%||16||4||25.0%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||84||15||40||24||5||3||941||8.9%||127||24||18.9%||144|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||44||5||24||13||2||3||486||9.1%||54||9||16.7%||73|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||9||1||7||1||0||0||137||6.6%||15||2||13.3%||17|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||7||6||170||154||90.6%||1||4-2||+2.6||4-2-0||+3||4-2|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||5||4||132||117||88.6%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||4-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||3||84||78||92.9%||1||3-0||+3.6||3-0-0||+4||2-1|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||29||29||770||705||91.6%||3||19-10||+5.6||19-10-0||+6||14-15|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||13||13||353||327||92.6%||1||10-3||+7.6||10-3-0||+7||7-6|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||98||94.2%||2||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||11-7-0||+2.3||11-7||+2.3||9-9||2.9||30.6||2.8||28.3|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.2||2-3||-1.2||3-2||2.8||30.8||3.2||33.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||35||95||37||30||25||3||3||1017||9.3%||133||33||24.8%||166|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18||53||20||18||12||3||3||551||9.6%||64||20||31.2%||93|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||3||5||1||1||154||9.1%||9||6||66.7%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||108||38||26||41||3||8||979||11.0%||144||23||16.0%||181|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||50||15||14||19||2||4||510||9.8%||71||10||14.1%||79|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||2||4||8||2||1||165||9.7%||20||4||20.0%||26|
|BRIAN BOUCHER (All Games)||4||1||55||49||89.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|BRIAN BOUCHER (Home Games)||2||0||17||15||88.2%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRIAN BOUCHER (Last 4 Games)||4||1||55||49||89.1%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)||33||33||892||803||90.0%||2||15-18||-4.4||15-18-0||-3||17-15|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Home Games)||18||18||491||447||91.0%||0||11-7||+2.3||11-7-0||+3||9-9|
|ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||130||117||90.0%||0||2-2||-0.2||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (All Games)||1||1||26||21||80.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Last 4 Games)||1||1||26||21||80.8%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.02, PHILADELPHIA 3.04|
|3/7/2013||at CAROLINA||4-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/10/2013||at FLORIDA||5-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/13/2013||OTTAWA||4-3||W||0, -185||W||5 un||O|
|3/16/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||BUFFALO||2-3||L||0, -215||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||5-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/23/2013||BUFFALO||1-2||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at PITTSBURGH||0-1||L||0, +135||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/27/2013||at BOSTON||6-5||W||0, +145||W||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|4/11/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|4/13/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|3/7/2013||PITTSBURGH||4-5||L||0, +115||L||6.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at BOSTON||0-3||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/10/2013||BUFFALO||3-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ev||U|
|3/13/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-5||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/15/2013||NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/18/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-4||L||0, -115||L||6 ev||P|
|3/24/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, +170||L||6 ov||U|
|3/26/2013||NY RANGERS||2-5||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||O|
|3/28/2013||NY ISLANDERS||3-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||BOSTON||3-1||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/31/2013||WASHINGTON||5-4||W||0, -120||W||5.5 ov||O|
|4/4/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|4/6/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|4/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|4/13/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
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:47-26-9,103 points. Lost to New Jersey Devils 4-1 in second round.
COACH: Peter Laviolette, 4th season with Flyers, 122-73-26; 11th season overall, 366-257-25-60 in NHL.
ADDED: D Luke Schenn, LW Ruslan Fedotenko, D Bruno Gervais.
LOST: RW Jaromir Jagr, G Sergei Bobrovsky, RW James van Riemsdyk, D Matt Carle, D Pavel Kubina
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov made few fans in his first season in Philadelphia with his quirky personality and erratic play. He had his moments of proving he was worth the $51 million, nine-year deal he signed, but he'll need more of them in the playoffs to win a Stanley Cup.
OUTLOOK: The Flyers have one of the best players in the game in team captain Claude Giroux, but the thin defense needs improvement and Bryzgalov has to improve if Philadelphia is going win its first Stanley Cup since 1975.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Flyers Preview* ==========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Montreal (23-7-5) at Philadelphia (15-17-3), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Flyers know they have plenty of work left in order to get into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, but their performances the last two games seem to indicate they're heading in the right direction.
Philadelphia seeks a fifth consecutive home victory over the Montreal Canadiens as it completes a five-game homestand Wednesday night.
The Flyers (15-17-3) aren't far behind the East's final playoff spot, though they're running out of time to secure their sixth straight postseason appearance with only 13 regular-season games remaining.
They've won two straight after a 0-2-2 stretch, though, beating Boston 3-1 on Saturday before Sunday's 5-4 come-from-behind overtime win over Washington.
Kimmo Timonen scored with 9.5 seconds remaining in regulation before Ruslan Fedotenko netted the OT goal.
"Every win, every point right now is crucial," Fedotenko said. "We need to focus on the next game and make sure we get the next two points."
Philadelphia definitely possesses the intensity necessary to make a run. After captain Claude Giroux, who scored a power play goal in the third, was checked hard Monday, Jakub Voracek came to his defense and picked up 19 penalty minutes as a result of his first NHL fight.
While his teammates lauded that effort, Voracek simply is focused on helping his team make the playoffs.
"Thirteen games left is a lot of games," Voracek said. "We haven't been on a hot streak yet. Maybe we'll start one now."
Philadelphia has outscored Montreal 15-6 while winning the last four matchups at the Wells Fargo Center, but the Canadiens enter this matchup with one of the NHL's best road marks at 12-3-2.
Montreal (23-7-5) holds a slim advantage over Boston for the Northeast Division lead and has won three straight following Monday's 4-1 win over Carolina.
Max Pacioretty netted two goals after scoring just once over his previous 12 games.
"It takes a bounce and that's how it goes," Pacioretty said. "Different people step up every night for this team and I guess (it) was my chance."
Montreal also killed all five penalties and has held opponents to 2 for 19 with the man advantage over its last six games.
"That was an aspect of our game that we were not pleased with," coach Michel Therrien said. "Guys know their responsibilities and right now they're doing a good job."
Both teams went 0 for 4 on the power play, but Pacioretty and Brian Gionta had two assists each in Montreal's 4-1 home win over Philadelphia on Feb. 16.
The Flyers, 2-1-1 on this homestand, had won six of the previous seven meetings, though, and hope to carry over their new-found confidence.
"(Confidence is) something I think we've been lacking all year," winger Matt Read said. "You come in the locker room and you're just having a little bit more fun. Hopefully we can keep having fun in this locker room, find ways to win hockey games, and make a run for a top eight position."
Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves Monday and could be in net for the Flyers for this contest despite being 1-3-1 with a 3.21 goals-against average in five career starts versus the Canadiens.
Montreal might counter with Carey Price, who has stopped 52 of 53 shots while winning his last two starts. However, he's 1-5-0 with a 3.38 GAA in his last six starts versus Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 3:53:50 PM EST|