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Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens [Game 29]

David Rittich's second start comes against Carey Price

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5:30 PM MST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
960 AM CFAC SN Centre Bell RDS 690 AM CKGM
League Value Metric Value League
19th 53.6% Points Percentage 50.0% 23rd
11th 16.84% Net Power Play Percentage 15.63% 18th
26th 73.12% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 72.63% 28th
21st 89.96% Combined Special Teams Percentage 88.26% 26th
18th 2.89 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.79 24th
22nd 3.21 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.10 20th
14th .07 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .03 17th
9th 52.02% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 50.85% 12th
9th 52.38% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 51.79% 11th
23rd 98.87% P.D.O. (5V5) 98.98% 22nd
28th 6.66% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 7.26% 25th
17th 92.21% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.72% 19th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Eyes On The Prize

The Calgary Flames' second game of a two game road trip in eastern Canada concludes tonight as they take on the Montreal Canadiens. Both of the teams have slipped a bit this season as neither currently sits in playoff position after making moves in the offseason to sure up their clubs. Some pundits had gone so far as to predict a rematch of the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals, but both teams will need to up the ante considerably if they wish to get to that point.

Canadiens netminder Carey Price has been fighting with injuries the entire season forcing him to miss some games. He has not looked good in the games in which he has played as his xSV% in five-on-five situations is 51st out of the top 60 goalies in minutes played. Price recently signed a 10.5 million dollar deal and the Canadiens cannot be happy that they're paying him that type of money to put up numbers than the likes of Keith Kinkaid.

Beyond the goalie struggles, they've had some similar woes to the Flames, namely their shooting percentage is low and their special teams - particularly the penalty kill - have been abhorrent. The two clubs are incredibly similar in play style, but Montreal has the advantages of having a day of rest and being on home ice. Both teams offenses should eventually click out of their funk and each of them are hoping that doesn't happen tonight.

Matthew Tkachuk was suspended earlier today for his spear on Matt Martin in last night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Freddie Hamilton slides into the lineup on the fourth line as a result Troy Brouwer moves up to the second line as continue to struggle with the fact that Troy Brouwer cannot play hockey at the N.H.L. level, much less at a second line level. There will be no chances to the defense.

David Rittich picks up just his second start this season as Mike Smith played last night. Rittich looked good in his last contest and he'll probably need to keep that up if the Flames hope to stand any chance in this one. Puck drop is at 5:35 P.M. M.S.T and can be found on Sportsnet.

Calgary Flames Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Troy Brouwer Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett Mark Jankowski Garnet Hathaway
Freddie Hamilton Matt Stajan Curtis Lazar
Left Defence Right Defense
Mark Giordano Dougie Hamilton
T.J. Brodie Travis Hamonic
Brett Kulak Michael Stone
Goalies
David Rittich
Mike Smith

Montreal Canadiens Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Jacob de la Rose Paul Byron
Nicolas Deslauriers Byron Froese Daniel Carr
Left Defence Right Defense
Jordie Benn Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Jakub Jerabek David Schlemko
Goalies
Carey Price
Antti Niemi