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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 1/12/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
MONTREAL
 
MINNESOTA
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MONTREAL (26-10-0-6, 58 pts.) at MINNESOTA (25-9-0-5, 55 pts.)
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Thursday, 1/12/2017 8:05 PM
#1 GOALTENDERS: MONTREAL - CAREY PRICE, MINNESOTA - DEVAN DUBNYK
Board OpeningLatest
 LineTotalLineTotal
7MONTREAL+125Ov 5,+105+130Ov 5,-105
8MINNESOTA-145Un 5,-125-150Un 5,-115
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games26-16-0+7.926-16+7.919-183.130.92.430.2
Team Stats (Road Games)11-10-0+1.611-10+1.69-102.831.02.931.0
Last 5 Games4-1-0+3.44-1+3.44-13.832.03.033.4
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)4213235434955129810.2%1342921.6%228
Team Stats (Road Games)2159141822516509.1%571322.8%100
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5197372016011.9%17635.3%33
Stats Against (All Games) 1012935316212688.0%1543120.1%170
Stats Against (Road Games) 61172218416519.4%792025.3%107
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15645001679.0%17529.4%26
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
AL MONTOYA (All Games)131238835290.7%26-6+0.56-6-004-6
AL MONTOYA (Road Games)111134731189.6%15-6-0.55-6-004-5
AL MONTOYA(vs. Non-Conference)5414012790.7%02-2+0.62-2-002-0
AL MONTOYA (Last 4 Games)4412611591.3%03-1+2.63-1-0+22-2
CAREY PRICE (All Games)303087981692.8%220-10+7.420-10-0+915-12
CAREY PRICE (Road Games)101030428092.1%06-4+2.26-4-0+25-5
CAREY PRICE(vs. Non-Conference)111129026992.8%17-4+2.27-4-0+36-4
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)4413912791.4%02-2-0.12-2-003-1

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-L-TUnitsW-LUnitsO-UScoreShotsScoreShots
All Games25-14-0+8.225-14+8.215-173.229.52.230.4
Team Stats (Home Games)13-4-0+6.213-4+6.26-83.229.51.826.5
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.83-2+0.84-13.630.63.429.4
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
 GamesGoals1rst2nd3rdOTENShotsPctNumConvPctAst
Team Stats (All Games)39123294842412115210.7%1102119.1%206
Team Stats (Home Games)17551123201650111.0%481225.0%95
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5183780115311.8%14428.6%32
Stats Against (All Games) 851929325311877.2%1131614.2%147
Stats Against (Home Games) 309714004506.7%52611.5%52
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 173851014711.6%12216.7%31
MINNESOTA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
GoalieGamesStartsShotsSavesPCTSHOATSUnitsSUUnitsO-U
DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)313192286693.9%421-10+8.221-10-0+710-15
DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)151539236693.4%311-4+4.211-4-0+45-8
DEVAN DUBNYK(vs. Non-Conference)141444642094.2%110-4+5.410-4-0+56-7
DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)441119888.3%03-1+1.83-1-0+23-1
DARCY KUEMPER (All Games)8826423890.2%04-404-4-005-2
DARCY KUEMPER (Home Games)22585493.1%02-0+22-0-0+21-0
DARCY KUEMPER(vs. Non-Conference)331039390.3%02-1+1.52-1-0+12-1
DARCY KUEMPER (Last 4 Games)4413412089.6%02-2-0.12-2-003-0
Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.16,  MINNESOTA 2.97
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
MONTREAL - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
12/16/2016SAN JOSE2-4L0, -140L5 unO
12/17/2016at WASHINGTON2-1W0, +120W5 unU
12/20/2016ANAHEIM5-1W0, -175W5 ovO
12/22/2016MINNESOTA2-4L0, -145L5 unO
12/23/2016at COLUMBUS1-2L0, +130L5.5 unU
12/28/2016at TAMPA BAY3-4L0, -110L5 ovO
12/29/2016at FLORIDA3-2W0, -105W5.5 unU
12/31/2016at PITTSBURGH3-4L0, +140L5.5 ovO
1/3/2017at NASHVILLE2-1W0, +105W5 ovU
1/4/2017at DALLAS4-3W0, +105W5.5 unO
1/7/2017at TORONTO5-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
1/9/2017WASHINGTON1-4L0, -115L4.5 ovO
1/11/2017at WINNIPEG7-4W0, +150W5.5 evO
1/12/2017at MINNESOTA 
1/14/2017NY RANGERS 
1/16/2017at DETROIT 
1/18/2017PITTSBURGH 
1/20/2017at NEW JERSEY 
1/21/2017BUFFALO 

MINNESOTA - Schedule
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTotalO/U
12/17/2016ARIZONA4-1W0, -235W5 ovP
12/20/2016COLORADO2-0W0, -245W5 ovU
12/22/2016at MONTREAL4-2W0, +125W5 unO
12/23/2016at NY RANGERS7-4W0, +135W5 ovO
12/27/2016at NASHVILLE3-2W0, -105W5 ovP
12/29/2016NY ISLANDERS6-4W0, -200W5 ovO
12/31/2016COLUMBUS2-4L0, -130L5.5 unO
1/5/2017at SAN JOSE5-4W0, -105W5 unO
1/7/2017at LOS ANGELES3-4L0, -105L5 evO
1/8/2017at ANAHEIM2-1W0, +115W5 ovU
1/12/2017MONTREAL 
1/14/2017at DALLAS 
1/15/2017at CHICAGO 
1/17/2017NEW JERSEY 
1/19/2017ARIZONA 
1/21/2017ANAHEIM 
1/22/2017NASHVILLE 
KEY GAME INFORMATION
MONTREAL: LAST SEASON: 38-38-6, 82 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division.
COACH: Michel Therrien (fifth season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: D Shea Weber, RW Alexander Radulov, F Andrew Shaw, G Al Montoya
LOST: D P.K. Subban, C Lars Eller.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Carey Price. The 2015 Hart, Vezina and Pearson Trophy winner is back after missing almost all of last season with a knee injury and has the ability to carry the Canadiens back to the playoffs. He looked like his old self helping Canada to a perfect record at the World Cup of Hockey and could be even better than two years ago.
OUTLOOK: If Price is on top of his game and Weber strengthens Montreal's defense, this is a playoff team again. Goal-scoring continues to be an issue, but captain Max Pacioretty and center Tomas Plekanec should lead the way and Radulov is on a prove-it contract to produce and prove he deserves big money back in the NHL.
MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 38-33-11, 87 points. Finished fifth in Central Division. Lost to Dallas Stars in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (first season, 10th NHL season).
ADDED: C Marc Staal, RW Chris Stewart.
LOST: LW Thomas Vanek, RW Justin Fontaine, LW Chris Porter, C Jarret Stoll, RW David Jones.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mikael Granlund. The ninth pick in the 2010 draft, a cult hero in his native Finland, hasn't matched the hype with offensive production over his first four NHL seasons. But he has proved to be a hard-nosed defensive player and, playing all 82 games for the first time, posted a career-best 13 goals and 44 points last season. Granlund, who has been playing left wing on a line centered by captain and fellow Finn Mikko Koivu, is poised for a breakout in Boudreau's system.
OUTLOOK: With Granlund and fellow forwards Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Erik Haula and Jason Zucker, plus defensemen Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba, the Wild have a young core. Koivu, Staal, Zach Parise, Jason Pominville and defenseman Ryan Suter will all be 32 or older this season, so the time is now to make a move past the early rounds of the playoffs where they've been stuck the last four years. It's up to Boudreau to guide them there.
PREVIEW
Canadiens-Wild likely a low-scoring battle

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Montreal Canadiens scored seven times in beating the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday and are fifth in the league in goals per game. The Minnesota Wild are just ahead, fourth in the league with 3.13 goals per game.

The two teams will likely have a hard time finding the back of the net as they meet Thursday in Minnesota.

The Wild, coming off a West Coast swing in which they went 2-0-1, will likely have goaltender Devan Dubnyk between the pipes for a matchup with Montreal's Carey Price.

Price is considered by many as the top goaltender in the NHL, and he backs up the talk with a 2.12 goals-against average (sixth in the league) and .928 save percentage (fifth). Dubnyk, however, holds the statistical advantage this season with league-bests 1.80 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.

Dubnyk was named to his second straight All-Star Game on Tuesday and he's won 12 of his past 13 games as Minnesota has climbed to within four points of Central-leading Chicago.

"You don't do that for 82 games ever," Dubnyk told the Minneapolis Star Tribune of his first 27 starts. "There's always going to be some lulls. And fortunately, two of the three (tough starts in the past four games) we were able to score five and six goals, so we'll take those.

"But, it's nice to get out there and remember what it feels like to give up one, and not four."

Dubnyk had not allowed four goals all season until Dec. 29 against the Islanders. But he gave up four goals in three straight games before allowing just one against the Anaheim Ducks s Minnesota finished its strong West coast swing. The Wild still won two of the three games in which Dubnyk allowed four goals.

"This is, if not the toughest, for sure, one of the toughest trips every year," Minnesota center Mikko Koivu told the Star Tribune. "All three teams, they play hard, they play good two-way hockey."

Strong two-way hockey has defined the Wild and Canadiens.

Minnesota has the fourth-most goals per game and is allowing the second fewest per game (2.13). The Canadiens are fifth in scoring at 3.12 goals per game and fifth in the fewest allowed (2.38).

In the first game of the back-to-back, Montreal got two goals each from Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen. Danault scored a highlight-reel goal in skating the length of the ice and weaving between four defenders before scoring with a quick shot.

"You don't see those types of goals very often in the NHL," coach Michel Therrien told NHL.com. "For the young kid, it's good for his confidence. He's playing really well. There's a reason we put him out there. He was always a good skater, he can move the puck and protect the puck well and he's responsible at both sides of the ice."

Danault has stepped up as the No. 1 center with the Canadiens deal with a glut of injuries. Montreal is playing without forwards Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais and Andrew Shaw, and defenseman Andrei Markov.

"For us, I'll say that we want to play our game," Therrien told NHL.com after Wednesday's game. "We want to play a fast-paced game and we want to dictate from the start and move on from our last game (a 4-1 home loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday). And this is what we did. First shift set the tone of the game and we went from there."

Al Montoya earned the win in net on Wednesday with 23 saves, setting up the Price-Dubnyk matchup.

It will be the second time the two teams, and goalies, will meet. The Wild won 4-2 in Montreal on Dec. 22 as Eric Staal scored a shorthanded goal.

Coincidentally, Montoya is 5-0 against Minnesota with six goals allowed, while Price is 4-4 in his career against the Wild with a 2.51 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in eight starts.

Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau, with three days off since beating Anaheim, gave his older players Wednesday off.

"I thought (Tuesday's practice) was a real good day," Boudreau told the Star Tribune, "and (today) was sort of an experiment. I don't know how it's going to work or if it's not going to work. But with all the games that we've got now, ... so we wanted to give a couple of our older players and/or guys that get a lot of ice time a little bit of a break today and see how it works out for (Thursday's) game and whether it's something we'll continue to do."


Last Updated: 3/30/2017 7:43:54 PM EST


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