GameThread: We Need 23 More Cups

Jeff Gross

It would be cool if Saku Koivu scored. It would be way cooler if the Ducks won. It would be the coolest if they won and nobody got injured.

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Anaheim Ducks
@ Montreal Canadiens

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013, 4:30 PM PDT
Honda Center

TV: Prime Ticket

Radio: AM 830 KLAA

Your Enemy: Eyes On The Prize



Numbers for Nerds: 24- Number of Stanley Cups the Montreal Canadiens have won in franchise history. 9- Number of those Cups that were won when the NHL had only six teams. 13- total number of cups when the NHL had 10 or fewer teams. 0- Number of cups Montreal has won with 30 teams in the NHL.

Team Records: Ducks 7-2-0, Canadiens 5-4-0, Ducks were 1-0-0 against Canadiens in 2011-12

Team Leaders: The Ducks' offense is led by three players with nine points apiece: Corey Perry (5G, 4A), Mathieu Perreault (4G, 5A), and Ryan Getzlaf (3G, 6A). Shameless Hampus Lindholm plug: His +9 leads the team (meaningless stat yeah yeah yeah whatever).

P.K. Subban (2G, 9A) leads the Habs in points with 11 while Lars Eller (5G, 3A) and Brendan Gallagher (5G, 2A) lead in goals. Andrei Markov's +9 rating is 5 better than that of his second best teammate.

Goalies: No reason to suspect Frederik Andersen (1-0-0) will play — although I wouldn't mind seeing him again soon. Jonas Hiller (4-1-0) will look to bounce back from one of his worst games of the season (which isn't saying much, fortunately) and play closer to his .921 save percentage and 2.39 goals against average.

Carey Price has played in all but one of the Habs' games thus far, and he is 4-4-0 on the season with a .932 save percentage and a 2.27 goals against average. Arguably their best player (although Subban might have something to say about that), he has been named the first star of the game in half of the games he's played this season.

Power Play: Ducks: 30th, 8.3%. Teemu Selanne, Corey Perry, and Nick Bonino have each scored a goal on the power play. Canadiens: 6th, 24.3%. Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher, and Rene Bourque each have a pair of power play goals.

Penalty Kill: Ducks: 24th, 77.4%. Emerson Etem has their only shorthanded goal. Canadiens: 16th, 81.6%. Tomas Plekanec, Lars Eller, and Andrei Markov all have shorties.

Shots per Game: Ducks: 2nd, 36.2. Canadiens: 6th, 32.6.

Shots Allowed per Game: Ducks: 12th, 30.0 Canadiens: 22nd, 32.4.

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