|15||MONTREAL||+120||Ov 5.5,+115||+120||Ov 5.5,+115|
|16||PHOENIX||-140||Un 5.5,-135||-140||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17-14-0||+3.5||17-14||+3.5||11-16||2.7||28.2||2.7||29.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.1||3-2||+2.1||3-2||3.2||25.6||3.0||30.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||64||164||50||52||52||10||13||1806||9.1%||213||41||19.2%||265|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||31||85||29||24||24||8||9||873||9.7%||104||22||21.2%||131|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||6||3||4||3||2||128||12.5%||19||4||21.1%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||157||41||60||49||7||8||1954||8.0%||219||33||15.1%||266|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||85||25||32||26||2||5||927||9.2%||110||16||14.5%||143|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||5||5||4||1||0||151||9.9%||19||5||26.3%||25|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||18||15||449||412||91.8%||0||8-7||+1.1||8-7-0||+2||3-10|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||13||12||347||320||92.2%||0||7-5||+3||7-5-0||+4||2-8|
|PETER BUDAJ(vs. Non-Conference)||4||3||94||86||91.5%||0||1-2||-0.9||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||97||89.0%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|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)||1||1||42||39||92.9%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)||1||1||42||39||92.9%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI(vs. Non-Conference)||1||1||42||39||92.9%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Last 4 Games)||1||1||42||39||92.9%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18-14-0||-1.5||18-14||-1.5||18-10||3.0||33.2||2.7||30.3|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||2-3||1.6||32.4||2.6||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||62||170||41||67||55||7||9||1970||8.6%||217||44||20.3%||294|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||32||96||21||38||33||4||6||1062||9.0%||116||25||21.6%||159|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||4||1||3||0||0||162||4.9%||20||4||20.0%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||180||50||64||55||11||15||1977||9.1%||219||45||20.5%||283|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||85||18||34||30||3||6||970||8.8%||101||24||23.8%||136|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||2||7||1||1||148||8.8%||16||4||25.0%||18|
|THOMAS GREISS (All Games)||15||12||385||357||92.7%||2||6-6||-1||6-6-0||-1||5-6|
|THOMAS GREISS (Home Games)||7||5||167||156||93.4%||2||3-2||-0.1||3-2-0||0||3-1|
|THOMAS GREISS(vs. Non-Conference)||3||2||73||68||93.2%||0||1-1||-0.8||1-1-0||-1||0-1|
|THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||114||103||90.4%||1||1-3||-3.1||1-3-0||-3||2-1|
|MIKE SMITH (All Games)||52||50||1582||1445||91.3%||3||22-28||-10.6||22-28-0||-8||26-21|
|MIKE SMITH (Home Games)||28||27||798||730||91.5%||3||15-12||-1.4||15-12-0||-1||15-9|
|MIKE SMITH(vs. Non-Conference)||19||19||563||514||91.3%||0||10-9||-1.3||10-9-0||-1||11-6|
|MIKE SMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||107||93.0%||1||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.09, PHOENIX 3.1|
|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||1-2||L||0, +155||L||5 ev||U|
|3/5/2014||at ANAHEIM||4-3||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/6/2014||at PHOENIX|| |
|3/8/2014||at SAN JOSE|| |
|3/16/2014||at BUFFALO|| |
|2/7/2014||CHICAGO||2-0||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/8/2014||at DALLAS||1-2||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/27/2014||at WINNIPEG||2-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2014||at COLORADO||2-4||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/2/2014||ST LOUIS||2-4||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/4/2014||VANCOUVER||1-0||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/8/2014||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/10/2014||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/11/2014||at FLORIDA|| |
|3/13/2014||at BOSTON|| |
|3/17/2014||at LOS ANGELES|| |
|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.
|PHOENIX: GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes played the past four seasons with a chip on their shoulders, trying to prove they could win without an owner.
Now that there are owners looking over their shoulders, the Coyotes are facing something new: Expectations.
When IceArizona purchased the Coyotes from the NHL this summer, it put the Coyotes on the same financial and operational ground as the league's 29 other teams.
The group headed by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc has already made a mark on the team, giving Phoenix the resources to re-sign goalie Mike Smith and lure top-line center Mike Ribeiro in free agency.
The next step for the Coyotes is to take their newfound stability - and wealth - and win more games after missing the playoffs last season.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-PHOENIX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Coyotes Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Montreal (35-22-7) at Phoenix (28-23-11), 9:00 p.m. EDT
The Montreal Canadiens just got a whole lot stronger, acquiring offensive threat Thomas Vanek before the deadline.
That doesn't bode well for the Phoenix Coyotes, who have had enough trouble in the series as is.
Vanek is expected to be in uniform as the visiting Canadiens go for a 10th consecutive win over the Coyotes on Thursday night.
Montreal (35-22-7) made a big splash Wednesday, sending prospect Sebastien Collberg and a conditional 2014 second-round pick to the Islanders in exchange for Vanek and a conditional fifth-rounder. The picks will only be exchanged if the Canadiens make the playoffs.
Vanek, who opened the season with Buffalo before getting sent to New York on Oct. 27, becomes Montreal's leading scorer with 53 points.
"When you think of a hockey Mecca, Montreal is it. I played many times for Buffalo in Montreal and it's so electric. I'm super excited," he said. "It's been a tough year for me and my family. I knew there was a chance we'd move again. Now it's over and I'm a Montreal Canadien and I can just focus on hockey and helping that team win a lot of games."
The Canadiens occupy second place in the Atlantic Division with 77 points.
"The most important thing is to make the playoffs and right now I have a chance to do so. This is why we play," Vanek, who has two goals and six assists over an eight-game stretch against Phoenix, told the Canadiens' official website. "Anything can happen in the playoffs."
Montreal improved to 6-1-1 in its last eight after pulling out a 4-3 shootout win at NHL-leading Anaheim on Wednesday. Captain Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty both scored, and Dustin Tokarski made 39 saves in his season debut while starting in place of the injured Carey Price.
"We knew we were going to the best team in the league, and they especially play great at home," defenseman Andrei Markov said. "So we just tried to stick to the game plan and our system and do our job.
"Everybody played hard, and our goalie played unbelievable. He made great saves and was really in the game."
The Canadiens will try to stay hot against the Coyotes, whom they have outscored 34-17 during a nine-game winning streak. Pacioretty scored twice and added an assist as Montreal took this season's first matchup 3-1 at home Dec. 17.
The Canadiens are 11-0-0 with three ties in the series since falling 4-2 at Phoenix on Dec. 9, 1998.
The Coyotes (28-23-11) snapped a season worst-tying four-game losing streak with Tuesday's 1-0 victory over Vancouver. Antoine Vermette scored his team-leading 22nd goal and Mike Smith turned away 23 shots.
"It was a pretty boring game from my standpoint, but I think that's a good thing," said Smith, 5-3-0 with a 1.64 goals-against average and three shutouts in his last eight home starts.
"We all know how close it is and to beat a team right there with us in the standings is big."
With 67 points, the Coyotes are one behind Dallas for the Western Conference's second wild-card spot. They traded for veteran forward Martin Erat on Tuesday in their only noteworthy move before the deadline.
"We like our team," general manager Don Maloney told the team's official website. "Adding Erat was a key for us. If we can stay healthy and get Martin Hanzal back healthy, that really sets our forward group well. Defensively, we are where we are. Hopefully it's good enough. And if Mike continues to play the way he did (Tuesday) night we'll be in great shape here."
Hanzal is questionable after sitting out against the Canucks with a lower-body injury.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 8:46:41 AM EST|