|61||BUFFALO||+175||Ov 5.5,+105||+170||Ov 5.5,+105|
|62||MONTREAL||-210||Un 5.5,-125||-200||Un 5.5,-125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-11-0||-3.3||6-11||-3.3||7-8||2.5||27.3||3.2||32.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.8||3-2||+1.8||3-2||3.4||29.0||3.2||32.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||31||84||22||24||33||5||6||905||9.3%||113||14||12.4%||138|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17||43||12||12||17||2||2||464||9.3%||56||6||10.7%||70|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||5||6||4||2||1||145||11.7%||20||3||15.0%||29|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||13||38||11||10||14||3||3||397||9.6%||49||5||10.2%||61|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||99||22||41||32||4||5||1018||9.7%||122||27||22.1%||161|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||55||13||22||18||2||3||560||9.8%||76||15||19.7%||89|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||3||8||4||1||0||160||10.0%||14||4||28.6%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||43||9||21||11||2||1||429||10.0%||56||12||21.4%||75|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||6||5||168||152||90.5%||0||2-3||+0.2||2-3-0||0||2-2|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)||5||4||135||120||88.9%||0||1-3||-1.2||1-3-0||-1||2-1|
|JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)||3||2||69||61||88.4%||0||1-1||+0.8||1-1-0||+1||1-1|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||111||92.5%||0||2-2||+1.2||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||27||26||848||770||90.8%||1||10-16||-7.3||10-16-0||-7||14-11|
|RYAN MILLER (Road Games)||14||13||425||388||91.3%||1||5-8||-2.1||5-8-0||-2||5-7|
|RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)||11||11||359||325||90.5%||1||5-6||-1||5-6-0||-1||7-4|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||121||105||86.8%||0||1-3||-2.3||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-6-0||-0.1||9-6||-0.1||7-8||3.1||30.6||2.5||25.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+1.8||4-1||+1.8||3-2||3.6||33.6||2.2||25.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||30||97||27||33||33||4||4||918||10.6%||134||29||21.6%||164|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||47||14||17||14||2||2||459||10.2%||69||13||18.8%||82|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||18||5||5||7||1||1||168||10.7%||20||6||30.0%||29|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||12||31||9||10||11||1||1||398||7.8%||55||11||20.0%||52|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||75||14||33||23||5||3||804||9.3%||112||22||19.6%||127|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||37||9||14||11||3||0||384||9.6%||64||14||21.9%||65|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||4||3||3||1||0||129||8.5%||15||4||26.7%||15|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||35||11||12||9||3||2||342||10.2%||47||11||23.4%||57|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||6||6||155||140||90.3%||1||4-2||+2.6||4-2-0||+3||4-2|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||2||2||38||37||97.4%||1||2-0||+2||2-0-0||+2||0-2|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||3||3||101||89||88.1%||0||1-2||-0.4||1-2-0||0||3-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||88||82||93.2%||1||4-0||+4.6||4-0-0||+5||2-2|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||24||24||648||591||91.2%||1||16-8||+5.1||16-8-0||+6||13-11|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||13||13||346||310||89.6%||1||7-6||-2||7-6-0||-1||7-6|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||9||9||241||220||91.3%||0||4-5||-3.6||4-5-0||-3||4-5|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||104||92.0%||0||3-1||+0.8||3-1-0||+1||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.08, MONTREAL 2.93|
|2/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-1||W||0, +125||W||6 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, +110||W||5 ev||O|
|3/3/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, +175||L||5 ov||P|
|3/5/2013||at CAROLINA||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|3/10/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/12/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||O|
|3/17/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-5||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/19/2013||at MONTREAL||3-2||W||0, +180||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||TORONTO||5-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/28/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|4/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/25/2013||at OTTAWA||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5 un||U|
|2/27/2013||at TORONTO||5-2||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/2/2013||PITTSBURGH||6-7||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||at BOSTON||4-3||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-6||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at CAROLINA||4-2||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/10/2013||at FLORIDA||5-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/13/2013||OTTAWA||4-3||W||0, -185||W||5 un||O|
|3/16/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5 ov||U|
|3/19/2013||BUFFALO||2-3||L||0, -215||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||5-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ov||O|
|3/26/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/27/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|3/30/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|4/3/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Buffalo (12-15-4) at Montreal (20-5-5), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Montreal's only blemish during its current seven-game points streak came at home to the Buffalo Sabres earlier this week.
The Canadians have a chance to avenge that loss as they host the Sabres for the second time in five nights Saturday.
Montreal (20-5-5) avenged its only regulation loss in the last 19 games with a 5-2 road win over the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Canadiens, who are 6-0-1 since that 6-3 loss to the Islanders on March 5, now have a chance to pay back Buffalo (12-15-4) after the Sabres left Montreal with a 3-2 overtime victory Tuesday.
"Obviously a run like this feels good but we know we have a lot of work to do in improving our game," said Montreal forward Max Pacioretty, who had two assists Thursday. "If we want to be successful we have to change a couple things in our game and get better at it and hopefully we can keep doing that."
The Canadiens have a two-point lead over Boston in the Northeast Division and are on the heels of Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh. Montreal is in the midst of a 4-0-3 home stretch but has lost in a shootout and overtime to the Sabres since beating them 6-1 at the Bell Centre on Feb. 2.
Buffalo's Steve Ott scored in regulation and 2:16 into overtime at Montreal on Tuesday. Ott had an assist and scored in the sixth round of Thursday's 5-4 shootout home win over Toronto.
"He was the guy to go to," Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston said. "He brings a lot of energy to the team and especially the grit he plays with on a consistent basis. He can be put out in all situations."
Ott has three goals in two games against the Canadiens, who hope to halt Buffalo's momentum by building on their latest victory.
Montreal trailed 2-1 on Long Island before scoring four straight goals, including three in the third period. Defenseman P.K. Subban had two goals and Michael Ryder scored his third for his 10th point in 10 games since being acquired from Dallas last month.
"This was a big win for us," said Montreal's Carey Price, who made 25 saves. "We wanted to rebound after that last game. I don't think we played particularity well in those first two periods, but we came out really strong in the third.
"We're really comfortable in tight games when we come out in the third period. We have a group with an incredible will and work ethic that allows us to overcome tough situations."
Price has a 2.29 goals-against average while winning five of six, but has yielded three goals in three of his last four against the Sabres.
Buffalo's Thomas Vanek has three of his team-leading 14 goals versus Montreal this season, but could sit out a second straight game after he was struck by a shot in the right hip Tuesday against the Canadiens.
Four points out of the final playoff spot in the East, Buffalo is 6-5-3 since Rolston replaced the fired Lindy Ruff on Feb. 20.
Subban has six of his nine goals in the last 10 games, but one in 15 career contests against the Sabres.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 9:31:00 AM EST|