NHL Preview 10-17-19: Minnesota Wild vs Montreal Canadiens

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45  Minnesota Wild  6  + 1.5 (- 175)

46  Montreal Canadiens  – 162  – 1.5 (+ 151)

It would seem Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has an itch. And he’s been scratching it.

In the first half-dozen games of the season, Boudreau has sat healthy forwards Victor Rask, Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala on various nights. All three players were acquired by former general manager Paul Fenton last season.

Whether those three are in the lineup Thursday when Minnesota meets the Canadiens in Montreal remains to be seen.

Fiala was the latest to get a seat in the press box for Tuesday’s 4-2 loss in Toronto that dropped the Wild to 1-5-0.

“I just think we can get more out of him,” Boudreau said. “He’s a really skilled player, and for our team, we need more from our skilled players. It’s as simple as that. We sat Ryan Donato the other day and he came back and I thought performed really well. We are hoping for the same effect on Kevin.”

Fiala expressed his frustration about sitting out.

“I want to be in the lineup, like everybody in this league,” he told reporters. “I’m not happy at all right now. The next time I’m in, I’m going to try everything to make sure this doesn’t happen anymore.”

Fiala has no goals and one assist thus far this season.

“Obviously, I’ve got to be better,” Fiala said. “I didn’t show what I can do these few games. The good thing is it’s still the beginning of the season; just keep working hard and hope for the best.”

The Wild opened the season with four straight losses before a 2-0 victory at lowly Ottawa on Monday. They failed to build on that against the Maple Leafs despite a goal by Gerald Mayhew in his NHL debut.

“It is frustrating,” said winger Luke Kunin, whose first-period goal gave the Wild a 1-0 lead before Toronto scored four times in the second.

“We are working hard. We are trying to do the right things. It’s just a couple things here and there each game. You saw we played the full 60 minutes in Ottawa and good things happened.”

Canadiens coach Claude Julien is looking for a full 60 from his team, which suffered a 3-1 loss at home Tuesday to Tampa Bay despite scoring first. Montreal dropped to 1-2-0 this season at the Bell Centre.

“After we scored first, we started to be soft,” Julien said. “If we want to have success, you have to be able to play 60 minutes. … We did it Saturday (in a 6-3 victory against defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis) and we saw the results.”

Jeff Petry scored the lone Montreal goal against Tampa Bay, assisted by Max Domi, who is tied for the team lead with six points (three goals, three assists). He shares the honor with Brendan Gallagher (two goals, four assists) and Jonathan Drouin (two goals, four assists), who had a season-opening, five-game point streak snapped Tuesday.

“For the first chunk of the first period, I thought we were executing, we were playing our game,” Petry said. “Towards the end of the first, we got away from it. … I think the breakdowns and not being sharp led them to taking the lead and we weren’t able to fight back.”

Canadiens de Montréal: Notes de presse/Media Notes

– Les Canadiens et le Wild s’affrontent ce soir pour la 24e fois en saison régulière. Ces deux clubs ne se sont jamais affrontés en séries.
– The Canadiens and Wild are facing each other for the 24th time in regular season. The two teams never faced in the playoffs.

But MTL Goal – Petry (AN/PP)
Buts TBL Goals – Coburn, Johnson, Stamkos (AN/PP)
Gardien MTL Goalie – Price (19-22, 57:41)
Gardien TBL Goalie – Vasilevskiy (33-34, 60:00)
Avantage numérique MTL Powerplay – 1-5
Avantage numérique TBL Powerplay – 1-1
Notes – Jeff Petry a marqué son deuxième but de la saison, les deux en avantage numérique. / Jeff Petry netted his second goal of the season, both on the power play.
Meneurs MTL Leaders – TOI (Petry – 24:04) ; S (Petry – 6) ; HT (Byron – 5) ; BS (Mete – 3)

2019-20 : 1-2 2018-19 : 22-160 2017-18 : 28-377

11 oct. : Noah Juulsen cédé à Laval / assigned to Laval
10 oct. : Michael McCarron cédé à Laval / assigned to Laval
4 oct. : Gustav Olofsson cédé à Laval / assigned to Laval
1 oct. : Ryan Poehling cédé à Laval / assigned to Laval

Jeff Petry vient au premier rang des défenseurs de la LNH cette saison, à égalité avec Drew Doughty, avec deux buts en avantage numérique.
Jeff Petry ranks first among NHL defensemen this season, tied with Drew Doughty, with two power play goals.

Avec un taux de réussite de 55,5% pour les mises au jeu, Nate Thompson se classe au dixième rang parmi les attaquants de la LNH cette saison (minimum de 80 mises au jeu), à égalité avec Patrice Bergeron. With a 55.5% faceoff win percentage this season, Nate Thompson ranks tenth among NHL forwards with a minimum of 80 faceoffs, tied with Patrice Bergeron.

En obtenant un point dans un cinquième match de suite, le 12 octobre contre Saint Louis, Jonathan Drouin a égalé sa plus longue séquence de matchs avec au moins un point en carrière.
With a point in a fifth consecutive game on October 12 against St. Louis, Jonathan Drouin matched his longest career point streak.
07/01/17 – 16/01/17 (2-4-6)
21/03/18 – 31/03/18 (2-4-6)
13/10/18 – 23/10/18 (3-4-7)
08/11/18 – 17/11/18 (3-4-7)
03/10/19 – 12/10/19 (2-4-6)

Plus longues séquences de matchs consécutifs avec au moins un point par un joueur des Canadiens, pour débuter la saison. (source : NHL Stats)
Longest consecutive point streaks by a Canadiens player, from start of a season. (source: NHL Stats)
Jonathan Drouin 5 10/03/19-10/12/19 2-4-6
Alex Galchenyuk 5 10/13/16-10/22/16 1-4-5
Andrei Markov 7 10/10/08-10/25/08 0-10-10
Saku Koivu 6 10/05/96-10/16/96 3-7-10
Bobby Smith 8 10/08/87-10/23/87 6-6-12
John Chabot 5 10/11/84-10/20/84 0-6-6
Guy Lafleur 6 10/06/83-10/19/83 6-4-10
Doug Wickenheiser 11 10/06/82-10/30/82 9-8-17
Guy Lafleur 5 10/08/81-10/18/81 4-7-11
Guy Lapointe 5 10/12/77-10/20/77 3-5-8
Guy Lafleur 10 10/07/76-10/23/76 10-9-19
Steve Shutt 10 10/07/76-10/23/76 9-9-18
Guy Lafleur 10 10/08/75-10/29/75 10-15-25
Peter Mahovlich 9 10/08/75-10/27/75 8-10-18
Guy Lapointe 10 10/09/74-10/30/74 4-8-12
Peter Mahovlich 7 10/09/74-10/23/74 5-5-10
Yvan Cournoyer 7 10/10/73-10/25/73 9-6-15
Jacques Lemaire 7 10/10/73-10/25/73 4-10-14
Peter Mahovlich 5 10/10/73-10/21/73 2-4-6
Yvan Cournoyer 5 10/12/68-10/23/68 5-2-7
Yvan Cournoyer 8 10/11/67-10/28/67 6-7-13
Bobby Rousseau 6 10/22/66-11/05/66 4-7-11
Bobby Rousseau 9 10/23/65-11/10/65 6-10-16
Claude Provost 12 10/14/61-11/09/61 13-10-23
Bernie Geoffrion 7 10/06/60-10/16/60 7-3-10
Dickie Moore 7 10/06/60-10/16/60 9-5-14
Jean Béliveau 7 10/10/57-10/26/57 4-8-12
Maurice Richard 5 10/06/55-10/16/55 5-2-7
Bernie Geoffrion 9 10/07/54-10/24/54 7-4-11
Maurice Richard 6 10/27/45-11/11/45 4-5-9
Toe Blake 5 10/28/44-11/09/44 5-5-10
Tony Demers 5 10/31/42-11/14/42 2-5-7
Toe Blake 5 11/05/39-11/21/39 4-2-6
Aurèle Joliat 6 11/12/31-11/26/31 4-4-8
Aurèle Joliat 7 11/14/29-11/30/29 7-7-14
Howie Morenz 8 11/29/24-12/25/24 6-7-13
Newsy Lalonde 9 12/21/18-01/18/19 17-7-24
Joe Malone 14 12/19/17-02/06/18 35-2-37
Newsy Lalonde 8 12/19/17-01/19/18 16-4-20

Brendan Gallagher a inscrit trois points dans deux matchs cette saison (5 octobre à TOR et 12 octobre contre STL). Son sommet personnel en une saison est de trois matchs de trois points ou plus, établi en 2018-2019 (5 février c. ANA ; 21 février c. PHI et 23 mars c. BUF). Brendan Gallagher recorded three points in two games this season (October 5 at TOR and October 12 vs. STL). His personal-high in a season is three games with three or more points, set in 2018-19 (February 5 vs. ANA; February 21 vs. PHI and March 23 vs. BUF).

Il manque un but en avantage numérique à Shea Weber pour atteindre le plateau des 100 en carrière dans la LNH. Il se classe au premier rang des défenseurs actifs et au 12e rang parmi tous les défenseurs dans l’histoire de la LNH. Shea Weber is one power play goal away from career number 100. He ranks first among active blueliners and 12th among all-time NHL defensemen.

Plus longues séquences actives de matchs consécutifs en saison régulière (date du dernier match raté) :
Longest active games streaks in regular season (date of the last game missed):
1 – Max Domi, 203 (31 janvier 2017/January 31, 2017)
2 – Jeff Petry, 201 (31 janvier 2017/January 31, 2017)
3 – Brendan Gallagher, 195 (11 février 2017/February 11, 2017)

Avec son but décisif le 5 octobre à Toronto, Paul Byron vient maintenant au premier rang pour le plus de buts de la sorte dans l’histoire des Canadiens (depuis 2005-2006), à égalité avec David Desharnais avec sept. With his game-deciding goal on October 5 at Toronto, Paul Byron now ranks first for the most such goals in Canadiens history (since 2005-06), tied with David Desharnais with seven.

Le 5 octobre à Toronto, Jeff Petry s’est vu décerner un lancer de punition, le premier à un défenseur des Canadiens depuis Mark Streit, le 8 janvier 2008 contre Chicago (Patrick Lalime) et le septième dans l’histoire des Canadiens. C’était également la deuxième fois dans l’histoire de l’équipe et la première depuis Ken Reardon, le 12 janvier 1949 à Boston (Frank Brimsek), qu’un défenseur marquait dans une telle circonstance. On October 5 at Toronto, Jeff Petry was awarded a penalty shot, the first one to a Montreal defenseman since Mark Streit on January 8, 2008 against Chicago (Patrick Lalime) and seventh time in Canadiens history. It was also the second time in team history and first one since Ken Reardon on January 12, 1949 at Boston (Frank Brimsek) that a defenseman scored in such occasion.

Matchs/Games : 1191 (19e dans la LNH / 19th in the NHL)
Victoires/Wins : 629 (15e dans la LNH / 15th in the NHL)
Points de classement/Standing points : 1409 (17e dans la LNH / 17th in the NHL)
Avec les Canadiens / With the Canadiens
Matchs/Games : 353 (6e / 6th)
Victoires/Wins : 163 (8e / 8th)
Points de classement/Standing points : 375 (8e / 8th)

Les Canadiens ont 14 séries de deux matchs en autant de jours cette saison… L’an passé, l’équipe a conservé une fiche de 7-5-2 lors des premiers matchs et de 5-8-1 lors des deuxièmes matchs de leurs séries de deux matchs en autant de jours. The Canadiens have 14 back-to-back game series this season… Last season, the team had a record of 7-5-2 in the first games and a 5-8-1 record in the second games of the back-to-back series.

À vie / All-Time
CANADIENS vs. MIN 8-13-1-1 (23 PJ / GP)
Dom. / Home 5-6-1-0 (12 PJ / GP)
Étr. / Away 3-7-0-1 (11 PJ / GP)
Dern. Match / Last game:
D 1-0 L @ MTL (07/01/19)
C. Price 1-25 | D. Dubnyk 0-32
BG / WG: M. Granlund

07/01/19 – MIN 1 @ MTL 0
11/12/18 – MTL 1 @ MIN 7
09/11/17 – MIN 3 @ MTL 0
02/11/17 – MTL 3 @ MIN 6
12/01/17 – MTL 1 @ MIN 7
22/12/16 – MIN 4 @ MTL 2
12/03/16 – MIN 4 @ MTL 1
22/12/15 – MTL 1 @ MIN 2
03/12/14 – MTL 1 @ MIN 2
08/11/14 – MIN 1 @ MTL 4

1) Shea Weber (6-19-25, 45 pj/gp)
2) Brendan Gallagher (4-2-6, 9 pj/gp)
3) Joel Armia (3-3-6, 10 pj/gp)

1) Shea Weber (36, 45 pj/gp)
2) Max Domi (16, 9 pj/gp)
3) Brendan Gallagher (12, 9 pj/gp)

– Shea Weber a joué avec Ryan Suter (2005 à 2012), Devan Dubnyk (2013-2014) et Kevin Fiala (2014 à 2016) à Nashville.
– Dubnyk (2014-2015) et Greg Pateryn (2008 à 2017) ont tous deux déjà appartenu à l’organisation des Canadiens.
– Mike Reilly a évolué pour le Wild de 2015 à 2018.
– Phillip Danault a côtoyé Ryan Hartman à Chicago entre 2014 et 2016.
– Jeff Petry a joué avec Dubnyk (2010 à 2014) et avec Brad Hunt (2013 à 2015) à Edmonton.
– Tomas Tatar a également joué avec Hunt à Vegas en 2017-2018.
– Shea Weber played with Ryan Suter (2005 to 2012), Devan Dubnyk (2013-14) and Kevin Fiala (2014 to 2016) in Nashville.
– Dubnyk (2014-15) and Greg Pateryn (2008 to 2017) have both belonged to the Canadiens’ organization.
– Mike Reilly played with the Wild from 2015 to 2018.
– Phillip Danault skated with Ryan Hartman in Chicago from 2014 to 2016.
– Jeff Petry played with Dubnyk (2010 to 2014) and Brad Hunt (2013 to 2015) in Edmonton.
– Tomas Tatar also played with Hunt in Vegas in 2017-18.

Victoires/Wins: 3
Défaites/Losses: 6
Nulles/Ties: 0
Défaites en prolongation/OTLosses: 0
Défaites en tirs de barrage/SOLosses: 0
Buts pour/Goals for: 20
Buts contre/Goals against: 36

Minnesota Wild: Notes de presse/Media Notes

Greg Pateryn – 6 (IR – bilateral core muscle surgery, 10/1)
Mats Zuccarello – 2 (lower body)
2019-20 Total Man Games Lost: 8

All-Time Wild Record: 14-6-3 (8-2-1 at Xcel Energy Center, 6-4-2 at Montreal)

2018-19: The Wild earned a 7-1 victory in its first season meeting against the Canadiens at Xcel Energy Center (12/11) and a 1-0 shutout win in the second meeting at Bell Centre (1/7)…RW Mikael Granlund led Minnesota with four points (1-3=4)…LW Zach Parise recorded three points (1-2=3)…D Matt Dumba (2-0=2), D Jared Spurgeon (1-1=2) and D Ryan Suter (0-2=2) tallied two points apiece…G Devan Dubnyk went 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA, a .984 SV% and one shutout in two starts…D Jeff Petry scored the lone goal for Montreal…G Antti Niemi recorded the loss in the first game, stopping 16-of-23 shots…G Carey Price went 0-1-0 with a 0.84 GAA and a .971 SV% in two games.

WILD LEADERS: C Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 44 points (22-22=44) in 48 games against Montreal…Parise has 28 points (15-13=28) in 34 contests…LW Marcus Foligno owns 12 points (5-7=12) in 26 contests…Suter has 11 points (2-9=11) in 17 games.

WILD GOALIES: Dubnyk is 9-1-1 with a 1.90 GAA, a .939 SV% and two shutouts in 11 career starts vs. the Canadiens…G Alex Stalock earned a shutout win in his sole career action, stopping all 20 shots faced (3/2/15).

CANADIENS LEADERS: D Shea Weber leads Montreal with 25 points (6-19=25) in 45 games against Minnesota…RW Brendan Gallagher owns six points (4-2=6) in nine contests…RW Joel Armia has six points (3-3=6) in 10 matches.

CANADIENS GOALIES: Price is 4-7-0 with a 2.96 GAA and a .893 SV% in 12 games (11 starts) vs. the Wild…G Keith Kinkaid is 1-0-0 with a 5.10 GAA and a .842 SV% in three games (two starts).

CONNECTIONS: Minnesota Wild Assistant General Manager Tom Kurvers was selected by Montreal in the seventh round (145th overall) of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft and collected 75 points (17-58=75) and 66 PIM in 138 games with the Canadiens in parts of three seasons (1984-1987)…Wild Amateur Scout Guy Lapointe helped the Canadiens win six Stanley Cups and his jersey (#5) was retired by Montreal on Nov. 18, 2014…D Greg Pateryn totaled 13 points (2-11=13) and 53 PIM in 82 games with Montreal (2012-2017)…D Christian Folin skated in 118 games with Minnesota, collecting 23 points (4-19=23) and 50 PIM in four seasons (2013-17)…D Mike Reilly collected 18 points (4-14=18) in 84 games with Minnesota (2015-18) and played three seasons at the University of Minnesota (2012-15).

– The Wild completes its three-game road trip Thursday visiting Montreal.
– Minnesota plays 17 of its first 26 games of the season on the road (Oct. 3-Nov. 30). The nine home games in October and November are the fewest in franchise history.
– Minnesota went 21-18-2 on the road last season – its third most road wins and points (44) in a season.
– Mikko Koivu is the all-time franchise leader in road points (291) – he sits at 91 goals and 200 assists in 488 career road games.

– Minnesota will play a home-and-home series against Montreal visiting the Canadiens Thursday and hosting the team Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
– The Wild is on a nine-game win streak against the Canadiens, Dec. 3, 2014-Jan. 7, 2019, outscoring Montreal, 36-10.
– The current nine-game win streak ties the franchise record for longest winning streak vs. an NHL opponent: Arizona (11/24/06-11/13/08) and Chicago (1/20/06-1/11/08).
– Per NHL Stats, the Wild is one of three NHL teams in the expansion era to have at least a nine-game win streak against Montreal: New Jersey, 11/18/05-11/30/07 and Buffalo, 10/30/83-10/11/84. The last team to have a winning streak of more than nine games against the Canadiens was the Toronto Maple Leafs (12-0-0), 12/9/39-1/23/41.
– Minnesota has won each of the last six games played at Xcel Energy Center (11/1/13-12/11/18) and the last four games played at Bell Centre (3/12/16-1/7/19).

– Minnesota plays its fourth contest of a five-game stretch against an Eastern Conference opponent (Oct. 12-20), including four games against a Canadian team.
– This is the fourth consecutive season the Wild faces an Eastern team for at least five straight games. The five-game stretch is tied for the third-longest in franchise history.
– Eric Staal leads Minnesota with 721 career points against an Eastern Conference opponent (307-414=721). He ranks second amongst active NHL players in games (833), shots (2,743), fourth in goals, SHG (15) and points, fifth in GWG (49) and sixth in assists and PPG (94) against the East.

– Thursday’s match marks the third of a five-game stretch against a Canadian opponent.
– The five-game stretch is the fifth time in team history Minnesota has played five straight against a Canadian team: Dec. 2-Dec. 11, 2003; March 21-28, 2008; Nov. 20-Dec. 9, 2016; Dec. 1-11, 2018
– Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, the Wild is 15-8-0 in its last 23 games against a Canadian team, including 9-2-0 in the last 11 meetings.

– Gerald Mayhew made his NHL debut Tuesday at TOR and scored his first NHL goal, tallied two shots on goal and three hits in contest.
– He became the eighth player to score a goal in his NHL debut with the Wild and the ninth oldest player to make his NHL debut in team history (26 years, 287 days).
– The Wyandotte, Mich., native also became the 84th player to make his NHL debut with Minnesota and the 257th player to play in an NHL game with the Wild.

– Minnesota has totaled 36 points in its six games this season (14-22=36), 15 of those points (5-10=15) have been collected by the defensemen.
– Wild defensemen rank T-4th in the NHL for most goals scored by team blueliners. Minnesota ranks first in the NHL in percentage of assists (45.5%) and points (41.7%) and second in percentage of goals totaled by defensemen (35.7%).

– Jared Spurgeon owns four points (1-3=4) in the last three games. He recorded his first points of the season Oct. 12 (1-2=3), his seventh career three-point game and third of the 2019 calendar year.
– The Edmonton native is in his 10th NHL season and sits at 597 career games, all with Minnesota. He will become the third Wild player in franchise history to reach 600 games, second defenseman.
– Spurgeon is the franchise leader in goals scored by a defenseman (71) and ranks T-1st in GWG (13) and PPG (26) with Brent Burns.
– He signed a seven-year ($7.575m AAV) contract extension through the 2026-27 season on Sept. 14.

– Brad Hunt has three points (2-1=3) in the last four games, including his first career goal streak. He ranks T-1st on the Wild with four points (2-2=4) this season.
– The blueliner tallied two points (1-1=2) Oct. 12 vs. PIT, his sixth career multi-point game and second in a Wild sweater.
– Since being acquired by Minnesota on Jan. 21, he has nine points (5-4=9) with six of those points coming on the power-play (3-3=6). He owns 43 points (12-31=43) in 126 career NHL games, including 25 power-play points (8-17=25).
– The Maple Ridge, British Columbia native, signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract on June 24.

– Ryan Suter is in his 15th NHL season, one of 13 active defensemen skating in their 15th-plus NHL season. He ranks sixth amongst active NHL blueliners in games played (1,079).
– He notched two points (1-1=2) at COL (10/5), his 100th career multi-point game – per NHL Stats, he became the ninth active NHL defenseman to record 100-plus multi-point games.
– The Madison, Wisc., native ranks second amongst active NHL defensemen (461) and second in franchise history (261) in assists.

– Matt Dumba returned to action in the Wild season opener at NSH (10/3) after missing the last 50 games of the 2018-19 season due to a tear in his right pectoralis muscle and netted his first goal since Dec. 11, 2018. The goal marked the ninth time a Wild defenseman tallied a goal in a season opening game.
– The Regina, Saskatchewan native, led NHL defensemen in goals (12) and PPG (6) and ranked T-6th in shots (93) at the time of his injury (12/15/18).
– The blueliner is one of five defensemen since 2005-06 to have three consecutive 10-plus goal seasons before the age of 24.

– Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots faced Monday at OTT to record his sixth career shutout, second in a Wild sweater.
– The shutout marked his first since Dec. 14, 2017 vs. TOR and the second time in his career he recorded a shutout in his first start of a single season (last, 10/11/14 vs. WPG).
– Per NHL Stats, the South St. Paul native is the only active Minnesota-born goalie on any NHL team’s roster and Monday’s game was the fifth time a Minnesota-born goalie has recorded a shutout in his first start of a single season: Charlie Lindgren, Nov. 5, 2017; Stalock, Oct. 11, 2014; Jack McCartan, Oct. 19, 1960; Sam LoPresti, Nov. 6, 1941.