|1||MONTREAL||+130||Ov 5.5,+105||+130||Ov 5.5,+105|
|2||CHICAGO||-150||Un 5.5,-125||-150||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||23-17-0||+7.2||23-17||+7.2||15-20||2.8||27.8||2.7||30.5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||3-1||4.4||24.6||3.0||36.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||79||212||68||61||71||12||16||2254||9.4%||272||48||17.6%||345|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||40||112||44||29||30||9||11||1113||10.1%||139||24||17.3%||175|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||22||9||6||7||0||1||123||17.9%||17||0||0.0%||37|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||199||53||71||68||7||9||2442||8.1%||282||41||14.5%||332|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||110||34||37||37||2||6||1220||9.0%||149||22||14.8%||182|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||3||9||0||1||180||8.3%||24||4||16.7%||24|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||23||20||587||534||91.0%||0||10-10||+0.8||10-10-0||+2||5-12|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||17||16||453||414||91.4%||0||9-7||+3.7||9-7-0||+5||4-10|
|PETER BUDAJ(vs. Non-Conference)||6||5||128||113||88.3%||0||1-4||-2.9||1-4-0||-3||1-4|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||115||104||90.4%||0||2-2||+0.7||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||57||57||1757||1625||92.5%||3||33-24||+1.9||33-24-0||+3||22-27|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||22||22||670||610||91.0%||0||12-10||+0.8||12-10-0||+2||10-9|
|CAREY PRICE(vs. Non-Conference)||21||21||642||595||92.7%||1||12-9||+0.9||12-9-0||+1||9-11|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||136||126||92.6%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|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. Non-Conference)||2||1||64||59||92.2%||0||1-0||+1.7||1-0-0||+2||1-0|
|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)||25-14-0||-2.8||25-14||-2.8||17-21||3.5||34.9||2.4||25.3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||3-1||3.0||34.8||3.2||26.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||79||259||66||101||86||6||14||2628||9.9%||250||49||19.6%||442|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||39||135||35||56||41||3||7||1362||9.9%||138||26||18.8%||230|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||1||8||5||1||2||174||8.6%||14||2||14.3%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||207||61||66||65||15||16||2139||9.7%||243||45||18.5%||341|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||94||25||29||33||7||8||986||9.5%||106||23||21.7%||149|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||7||3||6||0||1||133||12.0%||12||3||25.0%||28|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||57||55||1483||1361||91.8%||3||31-24||-9.5||31-24-0||-7||24-30|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)||30||29||733||668||91.1%||1||17-12||-7.2||17-12-0||-7||12-16|
|CORY CRAWFORD(vs. Non-Conference)||21||20||540||499||92.4%||1||12-8||-0.2||12-8-0||0||5-15|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||99||89||89.9%||1||2-2||-0.1||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)||4||3||74||60||81.1%||0||1-2||-2||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)||2||1||41||35||85.4%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN(vs. Non-Conference)||3||2||66||54||81.8%||0||1-1||-0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||74||60||81.1%||0||1-2||-2||1-2-0||-2||2-1|
|ANTTI RAANTA (All Games)||22||21||556||503||90.5%||1||13-8||+1.3||13-8-0||+2||12-9|
|ANTTI RAANTA (Home Games)||9||9||209||194||92.8%||1||7-2||+3.4||7-2-0||+3||5-4|
|ANTTI RAANTA(vs. Non-Conference)||8||8||218||193||88.5%||0||5-3||+0.5||5-3-0||+1||7-1|
|ANTTI RAANTA (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||108||88.5%||0||1-3||-3||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|KENT SIMPSON (All Games)||1||0||7||5||71.4%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KENT SIMPSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KENT SIMPSON(vs. Non-Conference)||1||0||7||5||71.4%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|KENT SIMPSON (Last 4 Games)||1||0||7||5||71.4%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.02, CHICAGO 3.15|
|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||W||0, -190||W||5 ov||P|
|4/1/2014||at TAMPA BAY||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/4/2014||at OTTAWA||7-4||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2014||DETROIT||5-3||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2014||at CHICAGO|| |
|4/10/2014||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|4/12/2014||NY RANGERS|| |
|3/14/2014||NASHVILLE||2-3||L||0, -215||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/16/2014||DETROIT||4-1||W||0, -205||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/18/2014||at PHILADELPHIA||2-3||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/19/2014||ST LOUIS||4-0||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2014||CAROLINA||3-2||W||0, -205||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/23/2014||NASHVILLE||0-2||L||0, -235||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/25/2014||DALLAS||4-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/27/2014||at BOSTON||0-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/28/2014||at OTTAWA||3-5||L||0, -145||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/30/2014||at PITTSBURGH||1-4||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2014||MINNESOTA||3-2||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||P|
|4/4/2014||at COLUMBUS||4-3||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/6/2014||ST LOUIS||4-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/11/2014||at WASHINGTON|| |
|4/12/2014||at NASHVILLE|| |
|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.
|CHICAGO: CHICAGO (AP) - The last time Chicago won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and the title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.
Not so much this time. When the Blackhawks hit the ice next week for their opener against Washington, it will be a very familiar group.
Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and company are all set to go for their second consecutive NHL. There was no salary-cap purge this summer, leaving the Blackhawks largely intact as they try to become the first team to repeat since Detroit won it all in 1998.
The defending champs open the season at home Oct. 1 against Washington.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES to Colorado with four-point lead in 3rd graph)
*Canadiens-Blackhawks Preview* ==============================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Montreal (45-27-7) at Chicago (45-19-15), 7:30 p.m. EDT
With Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane out until the playoffs, some unlikely contributors have helped the Chicago Blackhawks stay in the hunt for home-ice advantage in the first round.
Keeping pace could prove to be a bigger challenge with a visit from the red-hot Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.
The Blackhawks (45-19-15) are likely headed for a first-round series with Colorado, but with the Avalanche extending to a four-point lead in the race for second place in the Central Division, Chicago needs to win this game to stay alive for home ice. Colorado will have a game in hand following Wednesday's slate of games.
Chicago dropped four of six after losing Kane to a lower-body injury March 20 against St. Louis, and the outlook only worsened when Toews left the club's March 30 tilt at Pittsburgh with an upper-body injury.
However, the Blackhawks have responded with three straight wins without their second- and third-leading scorers, including a 4-2 home victory over the Western Conference-leading Blues on Sunday.
Rookie Jeremy Morin, recalled from the club's AHL affiliate after Kane got hurt, has two goals and two assists over the last three games after getting one of each against St. Louis. Morin assisted on Patrick Sharp's go-ahead goal in the second period, his team-high 33rd of the season.
Chicago also received goals from fourth-year forwards Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith, who scored for the third straight game after tallying three goals in his previous 21 contests.
"Obviously we miss Kane and Toews in the lineup and a few other guys, but when we have everybody playing hard and contributing, it helps," defenseman Duncan Keith told the team's website.
The Canadiens (45-27-7), trying to hold off Tampa Bay for second place in the Atlantic, are 10-2-0 since March 15 while averaging 3.7 goals. They had been tied for 23rd in the league with 2.4 per game through their first 67 contests.
Max Pacioretty has keyed the offensive surge with nine goals and six assists over the last 10 games. He's tied for third in the league with a career-high 39 goals.
Pacioretty's goal Saturday helped Montreal take a 3-0 lead after two periods against Detroit, but the Red Wings scored three straight in the first 10:44 of the third. Brian Gionta answered with his second goal of the game, and Alex Galchenyuk scored to close out a 5-3 victory.
The Canadiens could soon be even stronger, with alternate captain Josh Gorges practicing Monday and set to return soon after being out since March 5 with a hand injury. He's third among the team's defensemen in average ice time and with a plus-7 rating.
"The guys played unbelievable hockey these couple of weeks. Watching the games, you see the commitment to detail and the perseverance," Gorges told the team's website.
Andrei Markov had both of Montreal's goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Blackhawks on Jan. 11 and has scored four over his last three games in the series. Chicago was outshot 38-20, still its worst such margin this season.
Carey Price improved to 3-1-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average versus the Blackhawks.
Chicago's Corey Crawford has lost two of three career starts against Montreal despite stopping 89 of 94 shots (.947).
The Canadiens last won in Chicago on Feb. 27, 2002, but have only visited three times since that game. The Blackhawks are 2-0-2 in the past four meetings overall.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 11:29:31 PM EST|