|55||MONTREAL||+110||Ov 5.5,+115||+105||Ov 5.5,+115|
|56||BUFFALO||-130||Un 5.5,-135||-125||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-1-0||+0.1||1-1||+0.1||1-1||2.5||27.0||3.0||29.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.9||3-2||+0.9||3-2||2.8||28.6||2.4||27.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||9||27||10||11||5||1||0||252||10.7%||51||12||23.5%||49|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2||5||1||4||0||0||0||54||9.3%||12||3||25.0%||10|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||6||5||3||0||0||143||9.8%||29||6||20.7%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||11||4||4||3||0||0||139||7.9%||29||5||17.2%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||4||8||7||0||0||245||7.8%||45||8||17.8%||36|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||6||1||3||2||0||0||58||10.3%||9||2||22.2%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||5||4||0||0||135||8.9%||24||4||16.7%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||11||3||4||4||0||0||140||7.9%||23||5||21.7%||20|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|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)||8||8||218||204||93.6%||0||6-2||+3.6||6-2-0||+4||3-5|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||1||1||31||30||96.8%||0||1-0||+1.1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||4||4||113||107||94.7%||0||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||101||93.5%||0||3-1||+1.9||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||1-3-0||-3.5||1-3||-3.5||3-1||3.0||33.5||3.2||32.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.4||1-4||-3.4||5-0||3.4||27.6||4.4||31.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||10||30||7||10||13||0||2||297||10.1%||36||6||16.7%||54|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||4||12||4||3||5||0||1||134||9.0%||12||5||41.7%||22|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||4||6||7||0||1||138||12.3%||15||2||13.3%||30|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||16||3||6||7||0||1||138||11.6%||17||2||11.8%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||37||7||18||11||1||2||328||11.3%||41||9||22.0%||58|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||13||2||6||4||1||1||128||10.2%||13||4||30.8%||21|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||22||6||11||4||1||0||155||14.2%||18||4||22.2%||35|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||19||5||9||4||1||0||157||12.1%||23||4||17.4%||31|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)||2||1||35||29||82.9%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||8||8||255||231||90.6%||0||3-5||-2.8||3-5-0||-3||5-3|
|RYAN MILLER (Home Games)||4||4||127||115||90.6%||0||1-3||-3.5||1-3-0||-4||3-1|
|RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)||4||4||122||109||89.3%||0||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||3-1|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||104||86.7%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||4-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 2.9, BUFFALO 2.85|
|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|
|2/2/2013||BUFFALO||6-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/6/2013||BOSTON||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|2/12/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/14/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|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||1-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||FLORIDA||3-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/12/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
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.
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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Sabres Preview* ==========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Montreal (6-2-0) at Buffalo (3-6-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Montreal Canadiens were victimized by a hot goaltender in their last game.
Another meeting with the struggling Buffalo Sabres may get the offense going again.
The Canadiens look to rebound from a recent defeat as they attempt to beat the Sabres for the second time in less than a week Thursday night.
Montreal (6-3-0) is scoring 3.0 goals per game, but the team has totaled that while splitting the last two. The Canadiens' latest effort resulted in a 2-1 loss to Boston as 20 of their shots were saved by Tuukka Rask, who has a 1.96 goals-against average.
"For me, the important thing is that we're getting quality chances," coach Michel Therrien told the team's official website. "It's going to happen in the NHL where you're facing a goalie that's playing really well. It's not a matter of will. I think we worked hard to create those chances.
"There are just nights the puck goes in and there are nights the goalie's going to make the save."
That certainly wasn't the case against the Sabres (3-6-1) on Saturday, when Montreal pounded them 6-1.
Despite the loss, Buffalo is 8-1-1 in the past 10 meetings with its Northeast Division rival, but much of that success is aided by stellar performances from Ryan Miller.
The 2009-10 Vezina Trophy winner surrendered four goals on 21 shots through two periods against the Canadiens last week before being pulled for Jhonas Enroth, who allowed two scores on 11 attempts.
Miller had been 6-0-1 with a 1.12 GAA and two shutouts over his previous seven starts against them.
The Sabres give up a league-high 3.7 goals per game - 4.3 during a 1-6-1 stretch.
Enroth didn't help Tuesday, making 20 saves in a 4-3 loss at Ottawa as Buffalo's slide reached three games.
He's lost both of his starts with a 4.75 goals-against average, while Miller is 1-4-1 with a 3.67 GAA in his last six.
"We need better goaltending. There's no secret to that," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I think (Enroth) will admit that he has to have a couple of those. Now you have to look to bounce back. I tried to let him bounce back in the game and I thought the team answered the bell.
"Right now we've got to worry about winning a game, whatever that takes."
It'll likely take improvement from Miller, who should be back in net. He's 3-0-1 with a 1.45 GAA and a shutout in the last four home meetings with Montreal.
Thomas Vanek leads the NHL with 19 points, but he's looking to get back on the scoresheet after his season-opening eight-game scoring streak came to an end Tuesday.
The left wing found the net against Montreal last week, getting just his second goal over the past 22 games versus the Habs.
P.K. Subban is giving the Canadiens some added scoring punch in three games since returning to the team after signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract Jan. 28.
So far, the layoff doesn't seem to be an issue since the defenseman has managed a point in each of his first three games.
Subban got his first goal Wednesday, and had an assist against Buffalo on Saturday in his season debut. However, that was just his third point - all assists - in 13 career meetings with the Sabres, and he has one in six road matchups.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 9:22:43 PM EST|