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Ducks at Canadiens Game Thread: Seeking Redemption

Anaheim and Montreal each leading in different statistical categories ensures an exciting contest on Thursday evening.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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Anaheim Ducks
@ Montreal Canadiens

Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:30pm PST
Bell Centre

TV: Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Radio: KLAA AM830

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Numbers for Nerds:

Anaheim has only lost two consecutive games in regulation once this season. The string of two losses without a single point gamed began with the Black Friday game vs. Chicago Blackhawks (lost 4-1), and continued with a second loss just one day later on Saturday, November 29, in San Jose (lost 6-4).

Montreal seems to be finding some unparalleled chemistry between Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty, and Brendan Gallagher with Galchenyuk tallying a hat trick on Tuesday evening, with Pacioretty drawing assists on all three of his linemates' goals.

Team Records:

Ducks: 21-7-5, 47 points, 1st in Pacific Division, 2.94 G/GP, 2.70 GA/GP

Canadiens: 20-10-2, 42 points, 2nd in Atlantic Division, 2.72 G/GP, 2.50 GA/GP]

Ducks Team Leaders:

Scoring: Ryan Getzlaf (10+24=34), Ryan Kesler (11+15=26), Sami Vatanen (9+15=24).

TOI/GP: Francois Beauchemin (22:43), Hampus Lindholm (22:26), Sami Vatanen (22:20), Among Forwards: Ryan Getzlaf (20:33), Ryan Kesler (19:48)

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 25 GP): Matt Beleskey (56.4%), Tim Jackman (54.6%), Patrick Maroon (52.7%).

Possession numbers and chart via

Canadiens Team Leaders:

Scoring: Max Pacioretty (13+12=25), Tomas Plekanec (9+13=22), PK Subban (8+14=22).

TOI/GP: PK Subban (25:05), Andrei Markov (24:33), Alexei Emelin (21:53), Among Forwards: Max Pacioretty (19:06).

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 25 GP): PA Parenteau (55.1%), Max Pacioretty (53.8%), David Desharnais (53.8%).

Possession numbers and chart via


Ducks: Frederik Andersen (17-5-4), .912 Sv%, 26.8 Shots Faced/GP; or Ilya Bryzgalov (0-0-0), .714 Sv%, 7 Shots Faced/GP (obviously Bryzgalov's stats are skewed since he has only played 15 minutes of a game with Anaheim)

Canadiens: Carey Price (17-8-1), .923 Sv%, 30.1 Shots Faced/GP; or Dustin Tokarski (3-2-1), .914 Sv%, 26.7 Shots Faced/GP

Power Play:

Ducks: 18.0% (Ranked 17th in NHL), top PPG scorer: Sami Vatanen (5 PPG)

Canadiens: 14.6% (Ranked 24th in NHL), top PPG scorers: Andrei Markov, PA Parenteau, and PK Subban (3 PPG each)

Penalty Kill:

Ducks: 80.9% (Ranked 7th in NHL), top SHG scorer: Andrew Cogliano (2 SHG)

Canadiens: 85.3% (Ranked 7th in NHL), top SHG scorer: Tomas Plekanec (2 SHG)