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- With a $5 M cap hit, Sergei Gonchar is one of the most expensive d-men in franchise history. The only ones higher are P.K. Subban ($9 M), Andrei Markov ($5.75 M), Mathieu Schneider ($5.75 M), and Roman Hamrlik ($5.5 M).
Today is the one time of the year you can put
Alex Frolov and the Habs in the same sentence without discussing the trade
rumours that never seemed to go away. Montreal is in Los Angeles tonight
to take on the upstart Kings who are in a dogfight for home ice advantage in the
Western Conference playoff picture.
Los Angeles enters this game on a bit of a roll, going 7-2-1 in their last 10; however, they did lose in their last game 4-2 to Nashville. The Habs are 5-4-1 in their last 10 and are coming off a heartbreaking loss in San Jose on Thursday night.
|Team Leaders||Montreal||Los Angeles|
|Goals||Mike Cammalleri (26)||Anze Kopitar (29)|
|Assists||Tomas Plekanec (43)||Doughty/Kopitar (37)|
|Points||Tomas Plekanec (60)||Anze Kopitar (66)|
|PIMS||Mike Cammalleri (+10)||Wayne Simmonds (+19)|
|+/-||Gill/O'Byrne (56)||Raitis Ivanans (117)|
At this time, neither team has announced their
starting goalie. Jaroslav Halak (17-10-2, 2.56 GAA, .923 SV%) may get the
nod as Carey Price (13-19-4, 2.76 GAA, .912 SV%) is coming off a loss although
Price was stellar against the Sharks. For the Kings, Jonathan Quick
(36-18-3, 2.51 GAA, .909 SV%) is likely to get the nod. The league leader
in wins has faced the Habs just once, allowing 4 goals on 26 shots in that
Mike Cammalleri and Marc-Andre Bergeron remain out for the Habs while Justin Williams and Andrei Loktionov are out for Los Angeles.
|Team Stats||Montreal||Los Angeles|
|Goals For||165 (25th)||184 (8th)|
|Goals Allowed||178 (15th)||167 (11th)|
|PP||24.4% (2nd)||19.6% (9th)|
|PK||83.3% (9th)||79.9% (22nd)|
Note: Team rankings for goals for and
allowed are on an average per game basis.
Puck drop is at 10 PM EST and can be seen on CBC and RDS.