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Scouting Report: Montreal Canadiens

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

MONTREAL, QC -- The Montreal Canadiens are looking to put Saturday's game behind them when they square off against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on Sunday.

The Canadiens were routed 5-0 by the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night, allowing three short-handed goals in the loss.

"It’s unacceptable. Everyone offered up a bad effort. We weren’t playing together. We weren’t following the system. We weren’t winning our battles. It was an unacceptable loss tonight," Phillip Danault told "It’s unacceptable to let down the way we did in the third period. That’s the biggest thing. You have to find a way to stay in the game. [Mike] Brown stepped up for us and fought with [Chris] Neil. It was a big team move. After that, you have to find a way to move forward. We didn’t do that tonight."

Ben Scrivens made 39 saves against the Senators, facing 44 shots in Ottawa. In 13 games with the Canadiens this year, the 29-year-old holds a 5-7-0 record with a 3.07 GAA and a .906 save percentage.

"I can’t comment on how everyone else feels or anything. I thought I was playing well. Through two periods, it’s a close game. I thought I made some good saves. I was trying to give the team a chance. Obviously, in the third period I’ve got to try to do a better job at that. But, I’ll go over the video here with Stephane [Waite] and see what we can correct," Scrivens told "I thought I battled hard the whole night. My goal is to just give the team a chance. It kind of got away at the end."

Given the back-to-back situation, Montreal will likely turn to Mike Condon in net tonight. Condon has just one win in his last five appearances but has a 17-21-6 record this year with a 2.61 GAA and a .905 save percentage.

The Canadiens season has changed dramatically since the last time they faced the Flames. When they paid a visit to the Scotiabank Saddledome back in October, they had won their first nine games of the season and had a 9-2-0 record in their opening 11 contests. They ended up defeating the Flames 6-2 on Oct. 30, with former Hab Dale Weise netting a hat trick.

Now, the Canadiens sit sixth in the Atlantic Division and are 11 points out of a wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. Their roster has been hit hard by injuries, including losing starting goaltender Carey Price to a lower body injury that has held him out of 49 games this year.

"We can’t use injuries as an excuse. It’s the reality of this league,” Mark Barberio told the team's website earlier this month. "Every team has injuries. We’re obviously in a rough spell but it can’t be an excuse for us. Whatever 20 guys we put out on our lineup, we need to get the job done."


Record: 33-33-6

Power Play: 16.8 percent overall (39 goals scored in 232 chances with the man advantage), 17.7 percent at home (20 goals scored in 113 chances with the man advantage)

Penalty Kill: 83.9 percent overall (36 goals allowed in 223 times being short-handed), 87.6 percent at home (12 goals allowed in 97 times being short-handed)

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 1-0-0

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 1-1-0

Notable Injuries: PK Subban (neck), Mark Barberio (upper body), Brendan Gallagher (lower body), Tom Gilbert (lower body), David Desharnais (lower body), Brian Flynn (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Daniel Carr (lower body), Carey Price (lower body)

Who's HOT: Alex Galchenyuk

The third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft is third in team scoring this season with 26 goals and 48 points in 72 games. In his last five games, Galchenyuk has three goals and four points with 12 shots on net.

The 22-year-old was held off the scoresheet in the previous game against the Flames this season, posting a minus-one rating in the Canadiens 6-2 win on Oct. 30.

Honourable Mention: Max Pacioretty

The captain leads his team in all regards.

Pacioretty sits first in scoring amongst Montreal skaters with 24 goals and 53 points this season and leads his team in shots on net with 265. He is also tied for the lead in game-winning goals with Galchenyuk with four.

In his past five games, Pacioretty has four assists and 15 shots.

Who's NOT: Nathan Beaulieu

Beaulieu, who returned to the lineup from a lower body injury on Mar. 15, hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 20 and has seven points since Jan. 1. In his last five skates, the 23-year-old is pointless and has a minus-three rating.

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