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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 Canadiens @ Predators 8:00 PM EST RDS Sportsnet East FS Tennessee TSN 690


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CANADIENS (20-11-3) at PREDATORS (16-11-16)

TV: RDS, Sportsnet East, FOX Sports Tennessee (US Centre Ice GAME06 HD, DirecTV 646/777, Dish Network 412-33/475-09)
Radio: TSN 690 CKGM, The Game 102.5 WPRT

Canadiens Last 5: 1-4-0 (L3) (0.100 Point %)
Predators Last 5: 2-2-1 (W1) (0.700 Point %)

Canadiens: 19.3% PP (13th), 85.2% PK (4th), 3.00 Goals/G (4th), 2.38 Goals Against/G (10th), 31.5 Shots/G (T-3rd), 27.5 Shots Against/G (3rd), 53.1% 5-on-5 Corsi for (T-4th), 52.9% 5-on-5 Fenwick for (4th), 53.7% 5-on-5 Score Adjusted Corsi for (4th), 53.7% 5-on-5 Fenwick Close (4th), 1002 PDO (T-14th)

Predators: 20.5% PP (9th), 76.2% PK (29th), 2.52 Goals/G (19th), 2.55 Goals Against/G (T-16th), 31.5 Shots/G (T-3rd), 26.5 Shots Against/G (2nd), 54.7% 5-on-5 Corsi for (2nd), 56.2% 5-on-5 Fenwick for (1st), 55.0% 5-on-5 Score Adjusted Corsi for (2nd), 57.5% 5-on-5 Fenwick Close (1st), 993 PDO (T-19th)

Season series: The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators split their two-game series last season. Goalie Carey Price made 36 saves and defenseman P.K. Subban scored 4:09 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 2-1 win on Jan. 20. The Predators got an overtime goal from forward Filip Forsberg and 27 saves by Pekka Rinne in a 3-2 victory on March 24.

Canadiens team scope: Montreal reunited captain Max Pacioretty on the top line with center David Desharnais and right wing Dale Weise at practice Sunday. Forward Alex Galchenyuk, who skated to the right of Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec in the Canadiens' 6-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday, centered the second line between Daniel Carr and Lars Eller, and Plekanec was between Tomas Fleischmann and Paul Bryon on the third line. Montreal has lost three straight and seven of eight, is 11-11-3 since starting the season 9-0-0, and has scored 16 goals during a 2-7-1 skid after scoring 35 in its first nine games. "We have to turn it around as a group," Plekanec told the Montreal Gazette. "We've done it before. I've done it so many times before. It's hard, it's not fun, but we have to turn it around." Defenseman Jeff Petry practiced after leaving the game Saturday because of an upper-body injury. Defenseman Andrei Markov was given a day off on his 37th birthday.

Leading Scorer: Tomáš Plekanec (7-20-27)
Leading Possession Player: Sven Andrighetto (58.69% 5-on-5 Corsi For)
Ice Time Leader: P.K. Subban (25:15 ATOI)
Potential Sleeper (High Possession/Low PDO): Max Pacioretty (55.51% 5-on-5 Fenwick For, 964 PDO)
Narrative Player (Low Possession/High PDO): None, really.

Running Statistics
Last 5:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 53.42%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 55.56%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 52.16%
PDO: 943
GD: -8
P%/Pythagorean P% Delta: -0.100

Last 10:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 54.47%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 55.5%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 54.54%
PDO: 953
GD: -12
P%/Pythagorean P% Delta: -0.106

Predators team scope: Nashville is after consecutive victories for the first time since Nov. 14 and 17. The Predators canceled practice Sunday after a 3-2 win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday that ended a three-game losing streak. "We need to continue to work on the process and be good with what we're doing on the ice," coach Peter Laviolette told the Predators website. "I do believe that will lead to wins and lead to winning games consecutively, and maybe getting on a bit of a roll." Despite losing 11 of their past 16 games, the Predators are within two points of the Wild for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. "We're not world beaters by any means," defenseman Shea Weber said. "We've got a tough opponent in Montreal, who's obviously fighting for a lot right now because they've been struggling a little bit too." Weber has 12 points in December, tying him with Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) for the NHL lead.

Leading Scorer: Roman Josi (8-16-24)
Leading Possession Player: Barret Jackman (60.56% 5-on-5 Corsi For)
Ice Time Leader: Alex Goligoski (23:32 ATOI)
Potential Sleeper (High Possession/Low PDO): Calle Järnkrok (55.25% 5-on-5 Corsi For, 963 PDO)
Narrative Player (Low Possession/High PDO): None, really.

Running Statistics
Last 5:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 53.64%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 54.86%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 54.82%
PDO: 1005
GD: -1
P%/Pythagorean P% Delta: 0.237

Last 10:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 58.91%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 61.68%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 57.9%
PDO: 985
GD: 1
P%/Pythagorean P% Delta: -0.020

Cumulative 5-on-5 Fenwick For & PDO for 2015-16:


All Time Record vs. Nashville: 10-5-1-2 (.639 Point %)

Last Meeting: 24/03/15

MTL 2 - NSH 3 (OT)
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Is it too much to ask for at least one point?


Memo to Habs,,,,,,,,, all I want is effort for the full 60 mins. Is that too much to ask? <_<

Yes. And by the way, I blame kinot. razz_zps9um7ix50.gif

Worst line combos to date. that being said amazing game thread habs93!! nice job!

Means there's even less reason to watch tonight. The ONLY redeeming thing about the line combos getting worse and worse is that it should translate into a new head coach sooner rather than later.

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Tonight begins the Habs' descent into mediocrity....into the middle of the pack.....to the "outside looking in" playoff scenario. Being at the top was fun while it lasted, but you KNOW this is coming. Other teams are playing for real. Like Boston, for example.

Look on the bright side,,,, we won't lose until later on. :P

That's not necessarily true. They could easily lose this one in the first ten minutes of the opening period.

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