Monday, March 3, 2008

Onto the West Coast we go

The Canadiens begin their western road trip on Monday, aiming for their 4th straight win, against the San Jose Sharks.

Carey Price will get his fifth consecutive start in goal tonight, in his first visit to the west coast. Price has been stellar since being named the number one goaltender, posting a 1.33 goals-against average, and a .956 save percentage.

San Jose looks to extend its season-high winning streak to six games Monday (10:30 p.m. start) when it faces Montreal in its first home game since Feb. 14. The Sharks currently sit in 5th place in the Western conference, 7 points behind the division leading Dallas Stars. They are currently riding a 5 game win streak, and can attain 4th place in the West with a win tonight.

The last time these two clubs met was January 14, 2006, in a 6-2 win for Montreal at the Bell Center. The last time they met in San Jose was March 3rd, 2004, in a 4-3 win for the Sharks. The Habs are currently riding a 3 game losing streak in San Jose.


Some interesting stats from Tale of the Tape on records of Montreal and San Jose

San Jose Home record*******14-13-5 (27th)
Montreal Away record*******20-12-4 (3rd)
I like our chances here.

Scoring Vs Defense
Montreal GF/GA*************209 (2nd)/184 (14th)
San Jose GF/GA*************155 (26th)/170 (2nd)
Looks like it will be a contest between Montreal’ scoring and San Jose’s shutdown defense. Montreal has the advantage here.

Special Teams
Montreal PP/PK**********25% (1st)/80% (23rd)
San Jose PP/PK**********17% (18th)/86% (2nd)
This could be a real battle to see which special teams prevail. San Jose could have a slight edge here.

First game at Home/Away
Montreal 1st game of road trip*****11-2
San Jose 1st game back at home*****2-7-2
Very nice. I like our chances here.

Can the East get any closer?

1. MTL 81*
2. PIT 81*
3. CAR 73*
4. OTT 80
5. NJD 80
6. BOS 76
7. NYR 76
8. PHI 74

Has anyone noticed that 31 (Price) + 41 (Halak) - 39 (Huet) = 33 (Roy)?

Mike L

Another Note: Some Player Facts

When Andrei Kostitsyn scores a goal, our record is 12-2-4.
When Mark Streit scores a goal, our record is 11-0-0.
When Andrei Markov has 2 points or more, our record is 11-1-1.
When Maxim Lapierre score a point, our record is 10-0-1.
Without Brisebois our record is 22-6-4

When Canadiens score the first goal, our record is 28-5-6.

From Romo-Sexy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

haha thats hilarious about the jersay numbers..