New York Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens – Game 5 – 8:00pm

NHL Referee Steve Kozari (#40)

Steve Kozari #40

Reg Season Playoffs
Team Records
– NYR 1-3 2-1
– MTL 2-1 0-2
Minors per game 4.0 4.2
PIM per game 11.6 12.8
% more minors on road team 15.4% -15.1%
Home win % 47% 45%
Calls/Pd (Avg)* 1st 2nd 3rd
– Rd 1 2.2 4.0 2.4
– Rd 2 1.5 2.8 1.3
– Rd 3 2.0 2.0 1.5
Average Minors by Team:
– NYR 2.3, Opp 2.1 (6% more on NYR)
– MTL 2.2, Opp 2.0 (8% more on MTL)
  • Kozari worked Rd 1 with Dean Morton.
    • Worked Rangers/Flyers Game 65 (NYR W 5-2)
  • He’s worked with Watson since Rd 2.
  • Regular season games: 537. Playoff games: 50
  • From Penticton, BC
  • Power Plays per game (Playoff):
    • NYR – 5.3 PP/gm. vs 3.3 times SH
    • MTL – 2.0 PP/gm. vs. 4.5 times SH

NHL Referee Brad Watson (#23)

Brad Watson #23

Reg Season Playoffs
Team Records
– NYR 3-1 3-0
– MTL 3-1 0-2
Minors per game 3.8 4.0
PIM per game 10.9 8.6
% more minors on road team 14.2% -17.7%
Home win % 46.5% 40%
Calls/Pd (Avg)* 1st 2nd 3rd
– Rd 1 2.2 4.0 2.4
– Rd 2 1.5 2.8 1.3
– Rd 3 2.0 2.0 1.5
Average Minors by Team:
– NYR 1.4, Opp 1.5 (9% more on Opp )
– MTL 2.0, Opp 2.3 (13% more on Opp)
  • Watson worked Rd 1 with Justin St. Pierre.
    • Worked Rangers/Flyers Game 5 (NYR W 4-2)
  • He’s been paired with Kozari since the start of Rd 2.
  • Regular season games: 1,029. Playoff games: 150
  • From Regina, SK
  • Watson calls more penalties on home teams (54% of all calls) than any other remaining playoff ref
  • Home teams have a lower win % under Watson (40%) than any other ref
  • Power Plays per game (Playoff):
    • NYR – 4.7 PP/gm. vs 4.0 times SH
    • MTL – 2.0 PP/gm. vs. 4.5 times SH

  • Notes
    • Both refs call more penalties on home teams
    • Home teams are a combined 8-11 (42% win) under Kozari/Watson
  • Past Games:
    • Most recently officiated Game 3 of Blackhawks/Kings
    • Kozari and Watson worked Game 1 of this series, a 7-2 Rangers win in Montreal
    • Rangers/Penguins Game 1 (NYR W 3-2 OT)
    • Canadiens/Bruins Game 4 (MTL L 1-0 OT)

 

  • Linesmen: Pierre Racicot #65, Steve Barton #59
  • Standby Officials: Dave Jackson #8, Jonny Murray #95 (Linesman)
  • Series Supervisor: Kris King
  • Anthems: Ginette Reno & Sara Diamond

 

*Calls per Period represents combined total (both refs) and excludes matching penalties and game misconducts


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