|3||BUFFALO||+115||Ov 5.5,+120||+120||Ov 5.5,+120|
|4||MONTREAL||-135||Un 5.5,-140||-140||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-2-0||+0.7||2-2||+0.7||2-2||3.5||27.2||3.5||36.2|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.6||1-4||-3.6||3-2||3.2||32.4||4.0||35.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||7||23||4||8||11||0||2||223||10.3%||25||6||24.0%||42|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||4||14||2||6||6||0||1||109||12.8%||14||1||7.1%||25|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||2||6||8||0||1||162||9.9%||16||3||18.7%||30|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||3||12||2||5||5||0||1||84||14.3%||7||2||28.6%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||23||2||12||8||1||2||240||9.6%||29||5||17.2%||36|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||14||1||8||5||0||1||145||9.7%||18||2||11.1%||21|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||2||10||7||1||2||175||11.4%||18||3||16.7%||30|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||9||1||5||2||1||0||101||8.9%||13||1||7.7%||15|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||1||1||37||32||86.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)||1||1||37||32||86.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||1||1||37||32||86.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||6||6||201||185||92.0%||0||3-3||-0.4||3-3-0||-1||3-3|
|RYAN MILLER (Road Games)||3||3||107||99||92.5%||0||2-1||+1.6||2-1-0||+2||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)||3||3||101||92||91.1%||0||2-1||+1.1||2-1-0||+1||2-1|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||137||124||90.5%||0||1-3||-2.6||1-3-0||-3||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-1-0||+1.6||3-1||+1.6||2-2||3.2||28.2||2.2||25.0|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.1||4-1||+3.1||3-2||3.4||29.0||2.6||26.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||6||18||7||7||3||1||0||167||10.8%||33||9||27.3%||34|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||13||6||3||3||1||0||113||11.5%||21||6||28.6%||24|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||7||7||2||1||0||145||11.7%||28||8||28.6%||32|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||2||2||1||0||1||0||0||54||3.7%||11||2||18.2%||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||15||3||8||4||0||0||158||9.5%||32||7||21.9%||30|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||9||2||5||2||0||0||100||9.0%||23||5||21.7%||18|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||2||7||4||0||0||132||9.8%||27||5||18.5%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||7||2||4||1||0||0||53||13.2%||10||4||40.0%||14|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||5||5||131||121||92.4%||0||4-1||+2.7||4-1-0||+3||2-3|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||4||4||100||91||91.0%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||1||1||26||24||92.3%||0||0-1||-1.4||0-1-0||-1||0-1|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||97||92.4%||0||4-0||+4.1||4-0-0||+4||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 2.77, MONTREAL 2.8|
|1/20/2013||PHILADELPHIA||5-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ev||O|
|1/21/2013||at TORONTO||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at CAROLINA||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/25/2013||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||TORONTO||3-4||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/31/2013||at BOSTON||7-4||W||0, +155||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|2/5/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|2/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/12/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|1/19/2013||TORONTO||1-2||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/22/2013||FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at WASHINGTON||4-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||WINNIPEG||4-3||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||O|
|1/30/2013||at OTTAWA||1-5||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|2/12/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference
COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.
ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.
LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.
LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.
LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.
OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BUFFALO-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sabres-Canadiens Preview* ==========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Buffalo (3-3-1) at Montreal (4-2-0), 2:00 p.m. EDT
After coming up short against one of the NHL's top goalies, the Montreal Canadiens will have to deal with one of the league's leading scorers.
The Canadiens will try to bounce back from their first loss in five games Saturday when they host a Buffalo Sabres team looking for its sixth straight win in Montreal.
The Canadiens were riding high during a four-game winning streak before Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson denied them their first five-game run in nearly two years in a 5-1 loss Wednesday.
Montreal (4-2-0) scored four goals in each game of the streak but couldn't do it again despite getting off 32 shots. Anderson, though, has been tough on everyone, leading the NHL with a 0.99 goals-against average.
Now Montreal takes on a much different challenge as it tries to contain Buffalo's Thomas Vanek, who had his second five-point game of the season with three goals and two assists in a 7-4 victory at Boston on Thursday.
The left wing has six goals and nine assists, but he's scored one goal in his last 21 games against the Canadiens.
"Pucks are going in right now for me," Vanek said. "There's going to be stretches where nothing goes. So you like it right now, but you know it's going to head the other way."
After winning its first two games, Buffalo lost four straight before beating the Bruins, who entered 5-0-1.
Right wing Jason Pominville has also enjoyed a fast start with five goals and 12 points, including a goal and two assists Thursday.
Montreal's Carey Price, who has won four straight starts, will try to slow Buffalo (3-3-1) after sitting out at Ottawa. Price has a 1-4-2 record in his last seven home games against the Sabres despite a 1.55 GAA.
Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov may also play a key role after notching eight points in his last five games - all on the power play. Markov had his fourth assist Wednesday, setting up Tomas Plekanec's fourth goal in five games.
Fellow defenseman Raphael Diaz ranks among the league leaders with eight assists.
Montreal, however, went 1 for 6 on the power the Senators after converting 8 of 27 in its first five games.
"Special teams are key if you want to win hockey games," coach Michel Therrien said.
The Canadiens may have a tough time getting back on track in that area against the Sabres, who have killed eight of nine penalties over their last three games.
Buffalo's Ryan Miller allowed five goals in his first three games but has given up 11 in his last three. Miller, though, is 6-0-1 in his last seven starts against the Canadiens, including three straight wins with a 0.67 GAA in Montreal.
He had 34 saves in a 3-0 home win March 21 that gave the Sabres an 8-0-1 record in the last nine meetings between the Northeast Division rivals.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 2:23:12 AM EST|