|13||MONTREAL||-110||Ov 5.5,-110||-110||Ov 5.5,-110|
|14||WINNIPEG||-110||Un 5.5,-110||-110||Un 5.5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13-9-0||+4.4||13-9||+4.4||15-6||3.2||30.7||2.9||28.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-4.6||1-4||-4.6||3-1||2.6||31.0||4.6||29.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||141||39||51||46||5||6||1410||10.0%||190||42||22.1%||245|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||22||71||18||25||25||3||3||676||10.5%||95||20||21.1%||121|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||1||8||4||0||0||155||8.4%||21||4||19.0%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||123||29||56||33||5||4||1251||9.8%||169||34||20.1%||215|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||64||14||30||18||2||4||616||10.4%||75||14||18.7%||110|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||23||9||10||4||0||0||145||15.9%||27||9||33.3%||42|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||12||9||256||232||90.6%||1||6-3||+3.6||6-3-0||+4||6-3|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||8||6||180||159||88.3%||0||3-3||+0.6||3-3-0||+1||6-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||2||52||45||86.5%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||2-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||38||37||993||898||90.4%||3||21-16||-1.2||21-16-0||-1||18-18|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||17||16||434||395||91.0%||1||10-6||+3.8||10-6-0||+4||9-6|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||3||103||90||87.4%||0||1-2||-1.8||1-2-0||-1||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-10-0||+1||13-10||+1||8-15||2.9||28.7||2.7||26.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.9||3-2||+0.9||4-1||3.4||32.2||3.4||30.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||47||126||30||55||35||6||7||1364||9.2%||143||20||14.0%||211|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||66||13||30||19||4||6||660||10.0%||76||12||15.8%||115|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||3||8||4||2||1||161||10.6%||18||4||22.2%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||140||46||37||54||3||8||1394||10.0%||134||27||20.1%||232|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||62||20||15||26||1||2||615||10.1%||66||9||13.6%||97|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||5||5||6||1||2||153||11.1%||9||1||11.1%||28|
|AL MONTOYA (All Games)||7||5||168||151||89.9%||1||3-2||+1.2||3-2-0||+1||1-4|
|AL MONTOYA (Home Games)||3||2||52||43||82.7%||0||1-1||-0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|AL MONTOYA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||89||89.9%||1||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (All Games)||43||42||1221||1106||90.6%||0||21-21||+0.1||21-21-0||0||19-22|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Home Games)||22||21||562||511||90.9%||0||12-9||+1.4||12-9-0||+3||7-14|
|ONDREJ PAVALEC (Last 4 Games)||4||4||125||113||90.4%||0||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.06, WINNIPEG 3.03|
|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||3-5||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||BOSTON||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at BUFFALO||5-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/13/2013||at TORONTO||1-5||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/15/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-7||L||0, -185||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/17/2013||at PITTSBURGH||4-6||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/18/2013||TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 ov||U|
|4/20/2013||WASHINGTON||1-5||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/23/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||P|
|4/25/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
|4/27/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|3/30/2013||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -135||L||5.5 ev||U|
|4/1/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-4||L||0, +135||L||5 ev||O|
|4/2/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||2-5||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||at MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, +130||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||PHILADELPHIA||4-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||BUFFALO||4-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||FLORIDA||7-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/16/2013||TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -135||W||5.5 ov||O|
|4/18/2013||CAROLINA||4-3||W||0, -160||W||5.5 ov||O|
|4/20/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-5||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/22/2013||at BUFFALO||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/23/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-5||L||0, +175||L||5.5 ev||O|
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: 37-35-10, 84 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 10th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Claude Noel, 2nd season with Jets, 37-35-10; 3rd overall, 47-43-16 in NHL.
ADDED: C Olli Jokinen, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, G Al Montoya.
LOST: G Chris Mason, LW Tanner Glass, RW Tim Stapleton, D Mark Flood.
PLAYER TO WATCH: After nearly making the team out of training camp last season, 19-year-old center Mark Scheifele is eager for another shot this year. He's a dependable two-way forward who's enjoyed a solid first half of the season playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.
OUTLOOK: Will the honeymoon of the NHL's return to Winnipeg be over after last season? The former Atlanta Thrashers are still stuck in what's becoming a tough Southeast Division. And until the NHL realigns its divisions, the Jets are still stuck with a grueling travel schedule that could wear them down in a tightly packed 48-game schedule.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-WINNIPEG) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Jets Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Montreal (27-14-5) at Winnipeg (24-20-3), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Montreal Canadiens are back in the playoffs following a one-year absence, but their recent poor play may have cost them their first Northeast Division title since 2007-08.
One loss just about ended the Winnipeg Jets' playoff chances.
Montreal will try to snap a season-worst three-game road losing streak Thursday night when the Jets close out their regular season.
The Canadiens (27-14-5) clinched a playoff spot with a 5-1 victory over Buffalo on April 11, but they've since lost five of six and are tied with Boston for the division lead. The Bruins, though, have a game in hand.
Montreal is fourth in the Eastern Conference and still has a chance to secure home-ice advantage in the opening round if it doesn't finish ahead of Boston, but the club has issues to fix before the postseason kicks off. Starting stronger would be one of those, as the Canadiens have fallen behind by at least two goals in the first period of each of their last five losses.
"It's been our last five or six now that we've come out flat and gone down early," forward Rene Bourque told the Canadiens' official website following Tuesday's 3-2 loss at New Jersey.
The Canadiens also need to fix a penalty-kill unit that's allowed 10 goals in 27 chances during the 1-5-0 stretch.
"We have to make the right decisions and we have to be smart," said coach Michel Therrien, whose team plays at Toronto in Saturday's season finale.
The Jets (24-20-3) have to win Thursday, and even that might not be enough to prevent them from getting eliminated from the East race. That's a tough position for the club to be in, especially since it could have moved a point ahead of Washington for the Southeast Division lead when the teams met Tuesday.
Instead, the Capitals' 5-3 victory gave them the division title, and it left Winnipeg - which was 6-0-1 in its previous seven - in ninth place, one point behind Ottawa and the New York Rangers.
That's not a huge gap, but it is considering the Senators have three games left and the Rangers play two more times.
"It was basically our Game 7 in the playoffs," said center Nik Antropov, who scored after missing the previous eight games with a lower-body injury. "And it's frustrating to lose that way."
The Jets have very little chance of making the postseason for the second time in franchise history - and first since 2007 when they were based in Atlanta - but they don't plan on just going through the motions in their finale.
"The worst thing you can do is sell yourself short and end up having those teams losing and then shoot yourself in the foot by not putting forth your best effort," said captain Andrew Ladd, the team leader with 46 points. "We're all professionals in this room - we'll show up and work hard and try to win that game against Montreal."
The Jets are 5-0-1 in their last six at home, while the Canadiens are riding their worst road skid since finishing last season 0-3-4.
Montreal, which lost 4-0 in its last game in Winnipeg on Dec. 22, 2011, has won four straight and seven of eight in this series following a pair of victories this season.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 6:26:08 AM EST|