|7||MONTREAL||-140||Ov 5,-140||-140||Ov 5,-155|
|8||BUFFALO||+120||Un 5,+120||+120||Un 5,+135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12-6-0||+6.8||12-6||+6.8||12-6||3.3||30.1||2.7||28.9|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.1||3-2||+0.1||1-4||3.0||25.6||2.2||28.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||39||122||35||41||41||5||6||1176||10.4%||157||36||22.9%||208|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||18||59||15||19||22||3||3||541||10.9%||76||17||22.4%||98|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||5||6||4||0||1||128||11.7%||10||4||40.0%||28|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||15||40||11||12||15||2||2||494||8.1%||65||14||21.5%||67|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||94||16||45||28||5||4||1063||8.8%||135||24||17.8%||162|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||49||5||26||16||2||4||520||9.4%||57||9||15.8%||82|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||5||4||0||1||141||7.8%||13||0||0.0%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||43||11||19||10||3||2||428||10.0%||55||13||23.6%||71|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||8||7||204||187||91.7%||1||5-2||+3.6||5-2-0||+4||4-3|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||5||4||132||117||88.6%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||4-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||4||3||116||103||88.8%||0||1-2||-0.4||1-2-0||0||3-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||3||99||92||92.9%||0||3-0||+3.6||3-0-0||+4||2-1|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||32||32||857||784||91.5%||3||20-12||+3.6||20-12-0||+4||15-17|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||14||14||386||356||92.2%||1||10-4||+6.2||10-4-0||+6||8-6|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||12||12||312||284||91.0%||0||6-6||-3.2||6-6-0||-3||5-7|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||97||91.5%||0||2-2||-0.9||2-2-0||-1||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-10-0||-3.8||8-10||-3.8||11-6||2.8||30.3||3.0||33.5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.4||3-2||+2.4||1-3||2.4||28.2||2.2||31.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||40||106||27||34||39||6||7||1141||9.3%||143||17||11.9%||173|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||18||51||13||15||19||4||5||546||9.3%||68||9||13.2%||84|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||3||4||1||1||141||8.5%||17||0||0.0%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||16||44||12||12||17||3||3||471||9.3%||58||6||10.3%||73|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||122||27||47||42||6||8||1315||9.3%||153||34||22.2%||194|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||54||11||20||20||3||3||603||9.0%||59||14||23.7%||87|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||3||5||0||1||157||7.0%||14||2||14.3%||17|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||48||10||21||15||2||1||536||9.0%||63||13||20.6%||84|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||7||6||206||187||90.8%||0||2-4||-0.8||2-4-0||-1||3-2|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)||2||2||71||67||94.4%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|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||134||126||94.0%||0||2-2||+1.2||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||35||34||1106||1011||91.4%||1||14-20||-5.4||14-20-0||-5||16-16|
|RYAN MILLER (Home Games)||16||16||530||483||91.1%||0||7-9||-4.1||7-9-0||-4||10-5|
|RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)||14||14||466||427||91.6%||1||7-7||+0.8||7-7-0||+1||8-6|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||125||117||93.6%||0||3-1||+3.4||3-1-0||+3||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3.02, BUFFALO 3.1|
|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|
|3/23/2013||BUFFALO||1-2||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at PITTSBURGH||0-1||L||0, +135||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/27/2013||at BOSTON||6-5||W||0, +145||W||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-5||L||0, -135||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||WINNIPEG||4-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/6/2013||BOSTON||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|4/9/2013||WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/11/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|4/13/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|4/17/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/18/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|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||2-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-2||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/28/2013||at FLORIDA||4-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||WASHINGTON||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|3/31/2013||BOSTON||0-2||L||0, +145||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH||4-1||W||0, +220||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/5/2013||OTTAWA||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||O|
|4/7/2013||NEW JERSEY||3-2||W||0, -115||W||5 un||P|
|4/9/2013||at WINNIPEG||1-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/14/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|4/17/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|4/19/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|4/20/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
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 TOM CASTRO STATS Senior Editor
Montreal (25-9-5) at Buffalo (16-18-6), 7:00 p.m. EDT
If the Buffalo Sabres want to make the playoffs, they can't afford too many more sloppy efforts like they had in their last game.
The Sabres hope to bounce back from a costly defeat and resume their late postseason push Thursday night when they host the Montreal Canadiens, whom they've surprisingly dominated this season.
A three-game winning streak had Buffalo (16-18-6) thinking playoffs, but a 4-1 loss at Winnipeg on Tuesday damaged those hopes. The Sabres, 11th in the Eastern Conference, gave up three goals in the second period in falling to one of the teams they're battling for a postseason berth.
"Three wins in a row. ... We're really close to the playoffs again, and this was a huge game for us coming here and this is that much more disappointing tonight," defenseman Christian Ehrhoff said.
The Sabres will be opening a three-game homestand, and play six of their final eight at home. They also got leading scorer Thomas Vanek back after a six-game absence due to an upper-body injury, but he didn't record a point and was minus-4 for the game.
"It's a tough break at this time of the year. It's unfortunate," Vanek said of the loss.
Vanek, though, has five goals in the season series with Montreal.
A visit from the Canadiens may also be reason for optimism, given how the season series has gone.
Since losing 6-1 on Feb. 2 in the first matchup, Buffalo has taken three straight meetings by one goal. The Sabres won the latest one 2-1 on the road March 23 behind a stellar effort from Ryan Miller, who made 38 saves and stopped 15 of 16 shots in the third period.
Vanek had two second-period goals in that game and the Sabres won despite managing just 18 shots. They were also outshot in the previous matchup, 34-21 in a 3-2 overtime victory March 19.
The Canadiens (25-9-5) are also coming off a defeat, though they're much more secure in their position in the conference. Montreal, second in the East with an 11-point edge over third-place Washington and five points behind Pittsburgh, fell 3-2 to the red-hot Capitals on Tuesday.
Lars Eller scored two goals, opening the scoring in the first period and then cutting the deficit to one with 3:22 remaining, but Montreal couldn't complete the comeback.
"They got away with two points they probably shouldn't have tonight," said Eller, who ended an 11-game goal drought. "All I can say is we're going to be looking forward to the next game."
The Canadiens play six of their final nine away from home. Though Montreal is 12-4-2 on the road, it's dropped two of its last three there.
"Now you're nine games, 10 games away from the playoffs and the intensity picks up," right wing Brian Gionta said. "You've got teams that are fighting to get in, teams that are fighting for position."
Teammate Alex Galchenyuk recorded two assists Tuesday and has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak.
Buffalo's Steve Ott has three goals and an assist in the four matchups with the Canadiens. Ott had a three-game goal streak snapped Tuesday.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 3:29:21 PM EST|