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Game #36 ~ Montreal Canadiens @ Minnesota Wild. Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015.


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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

CANADIENS (20-12-3) at WILD (17-9-6)
TV: NBCSN, RDS, SNE
8:00pm


Season series: The Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild each won at home last season, with the Wild winning 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Dec. 3, 2014. David Desharnais had two assists to lead Montreal. Minnesota's Jason Pominville had two goals.

Canadiens team scope: Montreal will look to end a four-game losing streak, all against Western Conference opponents. It has been outscored 17-4 during that span. The Canadiens are 2-8-0 in December and have won three games since goaltender Carey Price sustained a lower-body injury on Nov. 25. "Puck luck is going to turn," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said following a 5-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday. "We need better performances from goaltending, obviously. Every goalie that we face, they end up having the first star. The thing a coach could ask is that they are focused on playing the right way, playing in a structure and having a really good work ethic. This is what we ask from the players."

Wild team scope: Minnesota also plays its second game in as many nights following a 6-3 loss to the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy Center on Monday. "We want to prove that we are one of the top teams in the League," coach Mike Yeo said. "It was a good opportunity for us to do that [Monday], but lucky for us, we'll get another chance." Goaltender Darcy Kuemper is expected to start; he has won each of his past two starts and is 3-0-4 this season.

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Nice as usual, Clues. :)

MIN Last 5:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 51.47%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 53.42%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 52.09%
PDO: 1017
GD: +5
P%/Pythagorean P% Δ:

MIN Last 10:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 53.53%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 55.47%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 54.48%
PDO: 1020
GD: +8
P%/Pythagorean P% Δ: -0.106

Potential Sleeper (High Possession/Low PDO): None, really.
Narrative Player (Low Possession/High PDO): Thomas Vanek (46.02% 5-on-5 Fenwick For, 1039 PDO)

MTL Last 5:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 58.03%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 61.84%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 56.50%
PDO: 907
GD: -11
P%/Pythagorean P% Δ: 0.069

MTL Last 10:
5-on-5 Fenwick For: 56.75%
5-on-5 Fenwick Close: 57.75%
5-on-5 Score Adjusted Fenwick For: 55.88%
PDO: 930
GD: -15
P%/Pythagorean P% Δ: -0.110

Potential Sleeper (High Possession/Low PDO): Max Pacioretty (56.2% 5-on-5 Fenwick For, 962 PDO)
Narrative Player (Low Possession/High PDO): None, really.

Cumulative season-to-date graph:

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Darcy Kuemper will likely start in goal for Minnesota after Devan Dubnyk started Monday. Kuemper is 2-0-2 with a 1.48 goals-against average in four starts this month.

Sometimes you just gotta laugh.

Chris Lee and Justin St. Pierre are the refs for tonight. <_<

LOL. :lol:

Might as well start getting some sad, pathetic, depressing GIFS ready to post.

I'll be tuned into this one. Been a few games since I've watched one. Hopefully some other board members will be posting here tonight, as well.

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We had Dubnyk?

Yep. Acquired for futures from Nashville. To be fair, his renaissance probably has a lot to do with working with Sean Burke in Arizona. So I'm not sure we ever had this Dubnyk. Would the same thing have happened had he gone to training camp with Stéphane Waite? Who knows.

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