|57||MONTREAL||+145||Ov 5,-110||+140||Ov 5,-105|
|58||LOS ANGELES||-165||Un 5,-110||-160||Un 5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||16-13-0||+2.8||16-13||+2.8||10-15||2.8||28.4||2.8||29.8|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.4||4-1||+3.4||3-1||4.0||26.4||2.6||32.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||62||159||47||51||52||9||12||1757||9.0%||205||41||20.0%||258|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||29||80||26||23||24||7||8||824||9.7%||96||22||22.9%||124|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||5||4||9||2||3||132||15.2%||13||5||38.5%||34|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||152||40||56||49||7||8||1890||8.0%||209||31||14.8%||256|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||80||24||28||26||2||5||863||9.3%||100||14||14.0%||133|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||3||5||1||0||163||8.0%||16||5||31.2%||21|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||17||14||427||392||91.8%||0||8-6||+2.1||8-6-0||+3||3-9|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||12||11||325||300||92.3%||0||7-4||+4||7-4-0||+5||2-7|
|PETER BUDAJ(vs. Non-Conference)||3||2||72||66||91.7%||0||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||111||91.0%||0||3-1||+3.2||3-1-0||+4||2-1|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||48||48||1459||1350||92.5%||2||26-22||-2.8||26-22-0||-2||17-24|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||18||18||535||485||90.7%||0||9-9||-1.2||9-9-0||0||8-8|
|CAREY PRICE(vs. Non-Conference)||20||20||614||570||92.8%||1||11-9||-0.1||11-9-0||0||8-11|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||138||133||96.4%||1||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||1-2|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI(vs. Non-Conference)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18-12-0||-3.9||18-12||-3.9||10-16||2.6||32.3||2.1||23.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||2-3||3.2||27.4||2.2||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||62||150||46||35||59||10||15||1919||7.8%||223||32||14.3%||244|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||30||79||28||19||27||5||8||968||8.2%||117||17||14.5%||132|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||4||4||7||1||2||137||11.7%||21||3||14.3%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||133||39||45||43||6||7||1659||8.0%||238||41||17.2%||227|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||62||17||19||23||3||2||707||8.8%||109||19||17.4%||108|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||6||3||2||0||0||134||8.2%||22||5||22.7%||21|
|MARTIN JONES (All Games)||14||13||379||354||93.4%||3||9-4||+4.2||9-4-0||+4||5-4|
|MARTIN JONES (Home Games)||6||5||135||127||94.1%||2||4-1||+2.1||4-1-0||+2||1-2|
|MARTIN JONES(vs. Non-Conference)||6||5||174||165||94.8%||1||4-1||+2.8||4-1-0||+3||3-2|
|MARTIN JONES (Last 4 Games)||4||3||92||80||87.0%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-0|
|JONATHAN QUICK (All Games)||34||34||814||745||91.5%||3||18-16||-4.9||18-16-0||-6||10-18|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Home Games)||20||20||456||413||90.6%||2||12-8||-1.7||12-8-0||-3||8-11|
|JONATHAN QUICK(vs. Non-Conference)||14||14||310||281||90.6%||1||6-8||-5.8||6-8-0||-6||3-7|
|JONATHAN QUICK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||98||93.3%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.07, LOS ANGELES 3.11|
|2/4/2014||CALGARY||2-0||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|2/6/2014||VANCOUVER||5-2||W||0, -145||W||5 un||O|
|2/8/2014||at CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||P|
|2/26/2014||DETROIT||1-2||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||U|
|2/27/2014||at PITTSBURGH||6-5||W||0, +160||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/1/2014||TORONTO||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2014||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|3/5/2014||at ANAHEIM|| |
|3/6/2014||at PHOENIX|| |
|3/8/2014||at SAN JOSE|| |
|2/6/2014||COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -145||W||5 un||U|
|2/26/2014||at COLORADO||6-4||W||0, -110||W||5 ev||O|
|2/27/2014||at CALGARY||2-0||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/1/2014||CAROLINA||3-1||W||0, -190||W||5 un||U|
|3/6/2014||at WINNIPEG|| |
|3/9/2014||at EDMONTON|| |
|3/10/2014||at CALGARY|| |
|MONTREAL: MONTREAL (AP) - As Montreal embarks on a season laced with expectations, most around the NHL are confused by just what this bunch is.
Are the Canadiens the team that won 13 of their first 20 games on their way to the franchise's 22nd division title last season, and first since 2007-08? Or are they the team that lost six of their last 10 regular-season games and were eliminated from the playoffs in five games by the Ottawa Senators?
The talent is certainly still in place, but the trek will be tough. Montreal, in the reconfigured NHL, is in the difficult Atlantic Division with the likes of Boston, Ottawa, Toronto and Detroit. All of those teams made the playoffs last season, and the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.
Montreal opens vs. Toronto on Oct. 1.
|LOS ANGELES: |
LOS ANGELES (AP) - After the most successful two-year stretch in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings just want to keep it going.
That's because the Kings historically aren't used to good times. The 2012 Stanley Cup champions returned to the Western Conference finals last summer, winning six total playoff rounds - twice as many as this long-struggling team had ever managed in any two-year stretch.
To stay on top, Los Angeles plans to rely on the same unflashy, workmanlike style that allowed coach Darryl Sutter's club to raise the Cup for the first time.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-LOS ANGELES) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Kings Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Montreal (34-21-7) at Los Angeles (34-22-6), 10:30 p.m. EDT
Los Angeles and Montreal are rolling, as the Kings have woken up offensively and some surprising backup goaltending has keyed the Canadiens' surge.
Montreal might need another strong performance in net from Peter Budaj with Carey Price's availability in question for Monday night's matchup at Los Angeles.
Montreal (34-21-7) has won five of six and has scored four-plus goals in four of its last five games. The Canadiens are coming off a 4-3 overtime home victory over Toronto on Saturday, though they squandered a 2-0 lead when Phil Kessel put the Maple Leafs ahead early in the third period.
P.K. Subban forced overtime with a goal midway through the third and Max Pacioretty notched his second goal 3:28 into the extra period, with Andrei Markov getting his third assist of the night. He has seven assists over his last five games.
Budaj stopped 22 shots in his third straight start in place of Price, who suffered a suspected groin injury during practice earlier in the week. Budaj allowed five goals on 32 shots against Pittsburgh on Thursday, but helped secure victory in the shootout when he stopped attempts from James Neal, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. He also made 28 saves in Wednesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Detroit.
Price is expected to travel with Montreal for its four-game Pacific Division trip, though he's still day-to-day. Budaj owns a 2.85 goals-against average in 10 career starts versus Los Angeles.
"He's been unbelievable," Pacioretty, who also had a goal and an assist against the Penguins, said of Budaj. "He's kept us in all three games he's played and he's made key saves at key moments. That's probably the most important thing a goalie can do."
Los Angeles (34-22-6) figures to provide a challenge for whoever's in net, given its recent offensive surge. The Kings have won four straight while scoring 13 goals after tallying as many during their previous 1-8-1 stretch.
"It's no secret we weren't happy with our game before the break started," said defenseman Alec Martinez, who scored the go-ahead goal with 11:45 remaining in Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Carolina. "We worked on a lot of things, and we knew that when we came back, this would be crunch-time, playoff hockey."
Anze Kopitar also tallied his team-leading 32nd assist and has three goals and five assists in his last five games, while Jonathan Quick was strong again in net with 24 saves. Quick is undefeated in three starts since the Olympic break, stopping 73 of 75 shots. He had lost eight of his previous nine starts while posting a .891 save percentage. He was less than stellar in his only two career starts against the Canadiens, losing both while surrendering seven goals on 50 shots.
Montreal had won nine of 10 in the series until Los Angeles' 6-0 road victory Dec. 10. Martin Jones stopped 31 shots in the midst of Quick's 24-game absence due to a strained groin. Price was pulled in the second period after surrendering four goals on 16 shots.
The Canadiens have four power-play goals on nine chances over their last two games, while the Kings haven't yielded a score on the penalty kill in two straight after allowing at least one in each of their previous six contests.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:44:10 PM EST|