|63||MONTREAL||-200||Ov 5,-110||-190||Ov 5,-110|
|64||FLORIDA||+170||Un 5,-110||+165||Un 5,-110|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||21-16-0||+6.2||21-16||+6.2||14-19||2.7||28.2||2.8||29.9|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.4||4-1||+3.4||2-3||3.0||29.8||2.2||31.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||75||195||61||56||66||12||15||2160||9.0%||258||48||18.6%||316|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||37||100||38||26||27||9||10||1045||9.6%||128||24||18.7%||155|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||7||1||6||1||1||149||10.1%||20||3||15.0%||23|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||26||66||25||16||20||5||2||778||8.5%||92||14||15.2%||108|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||188||50||69||62||7||8||2292||8.2%||260||37||14.2%||314|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||102||31||35||34||2||5||1107||9.2%||132||20||15.2%||170|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||2||6||0||0||159||6.9%||21||2||9.5%||15|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||65||19||25||17||4||4||800||8.1%||78||7||9.0%||101|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||22||19||544||495||91.0%||0||9-10||-0.2||9-10-0||+1||4-12|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||16||15||410||375||91.5%||0||8-7||+2.7||8-7-0||+4||3-10|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||7||7||200||184||92.0%||0||3-4||-0.6||3-4-0||0||1-3|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||95||83||87.4%||0||1-3||-1.3||1-3-0||-1||1-2|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||54||54||1651||1525||92.4%||3||31-23||+0.9||31-23-0||+2||21-26|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||20||20||601||544||90.5%||0||11-9||+0.8||11-9-0||+2||10-8|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||18||18||569||524||92.1%||1||11-7||+1.5||11-7-0||+2||8-8|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||130||120||92.3%||1||3-1||+1.7||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)||3||2||93||88||94.6%||0||2-0||+2.7||2-0-0||+3||1-1|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)||3||2||93||88||94.6%||0||2-0||+2.7||2-0-0||+3||1-1|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (vs. Division)||1||1||29||29||100.0%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Last 4 Games)||3||2||93||88||94.6%||0||2-0||+2.7||2-0-0||+3||1-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||14-21-0||-6.4||14-21||-6.4||15-18||2.5||30.4||3.0||30.9|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3||1-4||-3||1-4||1.2||30.6||3.4||32.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||74||178||41||57||72||8||12||2199||8.1%||246||25||10.2%||272|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||35||86||20||25||36||5||8||1064||8.1%||112||16||14.3%||129|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||0||4||1||1||1||153||3.9%||11||0||0.0%||8|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||28||69||20||18||27||4||6||864||8.0%||90||11||12.2%||108|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||240||76||86||70||8||14||2312||10.4%||229||58||25.3%||402|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||105||30||40||30||5||8||1083||9.7%||104||25||24.0%||177|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||6||9||2||0||0||162||10.5%||10||4||40.0%||31|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||88||27||29||31||1||5||867||10.1%||95||23||24.2%||145|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (All Games)||16||13||414||371||89.6%||0||6-7||+1.3||6-7-0||+1||7-4|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Home Games)||5||4||123||109||88.6%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (vs. Division)||9||8||236||210||89.0%||0||4-4||+0.8||4-4-0||0||4-2|
|SCOTT CLEMMENSEN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||121||109||90.1%||0||1-2||+0.4||1-2-0||0||3-0|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||16||13||414||367||88.6%||0||5-8||-2.4||5-8-0||-1||10-3|
|DAN ELLIS (Home Games)||8||6||198||179||90.4%||0||4-2||+1.9||4-2-0||+3||5-1|
|DAN ELLIS (vs. Division)||6||4||138||120||87.0%||0||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||108||91||84.3%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||3-0|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (All Games)||52||51||1468||1348||91.8%||4||24-27||-5.1||24-27-0||-3||15-29|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Home Games)||30||30||825||761||92.2%||3||15-15||-3.8||15-15-0||-3||9-18|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (vs. Division)||18||18||537||495||92.2%||2||9-9||-0.8||9-9-0||-1||6-9|
|ROBERTO LUONGO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||93||91.2%||1||1-3||-2||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.05, FLORIDA 3.15|
|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||2-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/8/2014||at SAN JOSE||0-4||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/12/2014||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|3/15/2014||OTTAWA||5-4||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/16/2014||at BUFFALO||2-0||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||U|
|3/18/2014||COLORADO||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||O|
|3/20/2014||COLUMBUS||2-3||L||0, -130||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2014||at TORONTO||4-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/24/2014||at BOSTON||2-1||W||0, +170||W||5 ov||U|
|3/25/2014||BUFFALO||2-0||W||0, -210||W||5 ev||U|
|3/27/2014||at DETROIT||5-4||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2014||at FLORIDA|| |
|4/1/2014||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/4/2014||at OTTAWA|| |
|4/9/2014||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/2/2014||at NY ISLANDERS||5-3||W||0, +130||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/4/2014||at BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +205||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2014||BUFFALO||2-0||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/9/2014||BOSTON||2-5||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/11/2014||PHOENIX||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/13/2014||at TAMPA BAY||4-5||L||0, +220||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/14/2014||NEW JERSEY||5-3||W||0, +140||W||5 ov||O|
|3/16/2014||VANCOUVER||3-4||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/18/2014||at SAN JOSE||3-2||W||0, +265||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/20/2014||at PHOENIX||1-2||L||0, +185||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/22/2014||at LOS ANGELES||0-4||L||0, +245||L||5 un||U|
|3/23/2014||at ANAHEIM||2-6||L||0, +260||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/25/2014||OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/27/2014||CAROLINA||0-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/31/2014||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/1/2014||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|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.
|FLORIDA: SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - When the lockout ended and last season started for the Florida Panthers, there was so much promise.
A banner commemorating the team's division title was unfurled on opening night, the franchise's star-in-waiting scored on his first NHL shot and everything looked bright.
That good feeling disappeared in a hurry. The Panthers went from celebrating to collapsing without warning, and wound up finishing the season having given up more goals than any other team while being tied for last in goal-scoring - and posting the worst record in the NHL.
``It wasn't pleasant,'' Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski said.
One disaster after another - injuries and scoring droughts, mostly - plagued Florida last season, and the Panthers haven't forgotten. When camp opened earlier this month, the Panthers talked of both a need to move ahead but the necessity to remember how painful it was to be out of the playoff chase so early last season.
``I think we all pretty well know that we don't want to have another disaster like last year,'' Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. ``Guys are professional. They should be able to figure it out and if they don't figure it out, I'll figure it out for them.''
Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said his team cannot ignore the memory of last season's freefall. Not counting goals awarded in shootouts, Florida skaters scored 109 times last year, tied with Nashville for the worst total in the league.
``We had to acknowledge what happened as a group. We had to understand that there was ownership by all of us, from the GM to the coaching to the players and I think we all did that,'' Dineen said. ``I think the commitment was made to be better. There's been some hard decisions made this summer ... but we need to put a team and a style of that gives us the best chance to win.''
Changes were made, such as letting longtime Florida forward Stephen Weiss leave through free agency, and bringing Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Tim Thomas into the organization as a veteran influence. Thomas and Jacob Markstrom figure to get the bulk of the work in net early.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-FLORIDA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Panthers Preview* ============================
By BRETT HUSTON STATS Editor
Montreal (42-26-7) at Florida (27-39-8), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Montreal Canadiens know they're almost certain to begin the playoffs against a team based in Florida, but they'd prefer not having to travel south to kick off their playoff run.
Getting two points against the Sunshine State team that won't even sniff the postseason will get them closer to that goal.
Montreal looks to take another step toward earning home-ice advantage in the first round as it seeks a fifth straight victory Saturday night against the host Florida Panthers.
The Canadiens (42-26-7) are all but locked into a first-round matchup with Tampa Bay, which it will visit for a critical game Tuesday, but which club has home ice for that series is very much up in the air.
The Lightning have earned 14 of a possible 16 points in their last eight games but so has Montreal, which blew a two-goal third-period lead Thursday at Detroit before pulling out a 5-4 victory.
Tampa Bay also won, keeping the Canadiens' lead at two points - although the Lightning have a pair of games in hand.
"It doesn't matter if you win 1-0 or 10-9 at this point. It all adds up the same," goaltender Carey Price said. "... Every point's huge at this point in the season."
Continuing to pile up points may not be as easy without top-line center Tomas Plekanec, who didn't travel to Florida due to personal reasons. Plekanec scored twice against the Red Wings and had six points in his previous seven games.
Lars Eller figures to take Plekanec's place on the top line between Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.
Though the Panthers (27-39-8) are toiling away in 15th place in the Eastern Conference, they've outscored the Canadiens 7-4 in winning two of three meetings this season.
Price, however, was only in net for a 2-1 home victory on Jan. 6, and Montreal has had few problems against Florida when he's been starting. The Olympic gold medalist is 4-1-1 with a 0.98 goals-against average and two shutouts in his last six starts in the series.
A similarly stingy performance wouldn't be much of a surprise considering how inept the Panthers have looked offensively of late. Florida has been outscored 17-5 while dropping four of its past five games, going 0 for 11 with the man advantage while allowing opponents to score four times in 10 power-play chances.
The Panthers couldn't get any of their 35 shots past Anton Khudobin in a 3-0 loss to Carolina on Thursday, but it was the health of their own goaltender that was a bigger concern. Roberto Luongo didn't come out for the second period after Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak crashed into him midway through the first.
Dan Ellis stopped 18 of 20 shots the rest of the way and figures to get the call Saturday. He's 0-3-0 with a 5.08 GAA in three post-Olympic starts.
"They told me I was going in there," Ellis said Thursday. "It's never a fun situation because you know your partner ... something might not be good with him. That's the job, and you have to be ready when they call you."
With Plekanec out Saturday and possibly Tuesday, the Canadiens would love to see Max Pacioretty's hot streak continue. The winger scored for the third time in four games Thursday to match his career high with 33 goals as Montreal improved to 21-1-1 when he finds the back of the net.
Oddly, that's something Pacioretty hasn't done versus Florida. He's never scored on 50 shots in 16 career games against the Panthers, though he does have eight assists.
|Last Updated: 1/28/2015 2:34:48 AM EST|