|55||BUFFALO||+210||Ov 5,+100||+215||Ov 5,+100|
|56||MONTREAL||-250||Un 5,-120||-255||Un 5,-120|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3-10-0||-3.8||3-10||-3.8||4-8||1.7||26.0||2.9||38.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-2.8||1-4||-2.8||0-4||1.2||23.8||2.4||28.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||29||49||6||22||17||4||5||731||6.7%||84||12||14.3%||82|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13||22||2||7||11||2||3||338||6.5%||40||4||10.0%||36|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||6||1||3||1||1||0||119||5.0%||13||1||7.7%||9|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||11||20||1||11||7||1||2||275||7.3%||35||6||17.1%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||88||34||26||26||2||3||1014||8.7%||96||21||21.9%||159|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||38||17||9||11||1||2||500||7.6%||46||11||23.9%||66|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||3||5||1||1||144||8.3%||12||4||33.3%||22|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||28||9||8||10||1||1||376||7.4%||34||8||23.5%||50|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||9||8||248||226||91.1%||2||1-7||-5.8||1-7-0||-6||2-6|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)||6||5||165||154||93.3%||2||1-4||-2.8||1-4-0||-3||1-4|
|JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)||3||3||101||93||92.1%||0||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||4||3||86||79||91.9%||2||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||21||21||763||700||91.7%||1||5-16||-7||5-16-0||-7||6-10|
|RYAN MILLER (Road Games)||8||8||333||308||92.5%||1||2-6||-1||2-6-0||-1||3-4|
|RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)||8||8||274||255||93.1%||0||2-6||-3.6||2-6-0||-4||1-6|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||109||91.6%||0||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||0-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||10-7-0||+0.1||10-7||+0.1||6-8||2.8||28.7||2.1||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+2.9||4-1||+2.9||2-2||3.0||30.0||2.2||31.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||30||82||24||28||28||2||5||904||9.1%||109||25||22.9%||135|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||17||47||12||20||15||0||1||488||9.6%||62||12||19.4%||78|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||7||3||1||1||150||10.0%||13||2||15.4%||26|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||6||14||6||5||3||0||0||197||7.1%||22||4||18.2%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||63||13||21||26||3||5||926||6.8%||102||14||13.7%||98|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||35||6||12||15||2||2||553||6.3%||63||11||17.5%||56|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||3||5||1||1||159||6.9%||15||0||0.0%||16|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||14||4||7||2||1||2||201||7.0%||24||1||4.2%||18|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||7||7||197||184||93.4%||0||5-2||+3||5-2-0||+3||1-6|
|PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||112||103||92.0%||0||3-1||+1.8||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||23||23||727||682||93.8%||0||13-10||-0.4||13-10-0||0||7-13|
|CAREY PRICE (Home Games)||17||17||553||520||94.0%||0||10-7||+0.1||10-7-0||0||6-8|
|CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)||6||6||200||188||94.0%||0||3-3||-1.4||3-3-0||-1||2-4|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||118||95.2%||0||4-0||+4||4-0-0||+4||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.27, MONTREAL 3.04|
|11/12/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, +165||W||5 un||P|
|11/15/2013||TORONTO||3-1||W||0, +125||W||5 ov||U|
|11/16/2013||at TORONTO||2-4||L||0, +175||L||5 ov||O|
|11/19/2013||ST LOUIS||1-4||L||0, +165||L||5 ov||P|
|11/21/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5 ov||P|
|11/24/2013||DETROIT||1-3||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|11/27/2013||MONTREAL||1-3||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|11/29/2013||TORONTO||3-2||W||0, +115||W||5 ov||P|
|11/30/2013||at NEW JERSEY||0-1||L||0, +170||L||5 un||U|
|12/5/2013||NY RANGERS||1-3||L||0, +145||L||5 un||U|
|12/7/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|12/12/2013||at OTTAWA|| |
|11/10/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -215||W||5.5 un||O|
|11/12/2013||TAMPA BAY||1-2||L||0, -185||L||5.5 un||U|
|11/15/2013||at COLUMBUS||3-2||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/16/2013||NY RANGERS||0-1||L||0, -125||L||5 un||U|
|11/19/2013||MINNESOTA||6-2||W||0, -115||W||5 un||O|
|11/22/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||U|
|11/23/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||P|
|11/27/2013||at BUFFALO||3-1||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||U|
|11/29/2013||at WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|11/30/2013||TORONTO||4-2||W||0, -180||W||5 ov||O|
|12/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||3-2||W||0, -180||W||5 un||P|
|12/4/2013||at NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, -115||W||5 un||O|
|12/5/2013||BOSTON||2-1||W||0, +105||W||5 un||U|
|12/10/2013||LOS ANGELES|| |
|12/12/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|12/14/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|BUFFALO: BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston is tempering his initial expectations after all the changes the team made over the past year.
Rolston is opening his first full season after taking over in February when Lindy Ruff was fired. And he's overseeing a roster that's been transformed following the team's youth movement over the past two seasons.
And more changes could be in store with goalie Ryan Miller and forward Thomas Vanek's futures uncertain beyond this season.
That has led Rolston to caution that he doesn't expect the Sabres to start revealing their true potential until a few months into the season.
Patience remains the watchword in Buffalo, for a franchise that's missed the playoffs in four of the past six seasons.
The Sabres open at Detroit on Oct. 2.
|MONTREAL: MONTREAL (AP) - As Montreal embarks on a season laced with expectations, most around the NHL are confused by just what this bunch is.
Are the Canadiens the team that won 13 of their first 20 games on their way to the franchise's 22nd division title last season, and first since 2007-08? Or are they the team that lost six of their last 10 regular-season games and were eliminated from the playoffs in five games by the Ottawa Senators?
The talent is certainly still in place, but the trek will be tough. Montreal, in the reconfigured NHL, is in the difficult Atlantic Division with the likes of Boston, Ottawa, Toronto and Detroit. All of those teams made the playoffs last season, and the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup finals.
Montreal opens vs. Toronto on Oct. 1.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BUFFALO-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sabres-Canadiens Preview* ==========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Buffalo (6-21-2) at Montreal (18-9-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The red-hot Montreal Canadiens have jumped into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Ensuring they remain there for more than 48 hours won't require anything extraordinary - just a win Saturday night against the lowly Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre.
The surge that got the Canadiens (18-9-3) to the top of the division has been more impressive. They're 8-0-1 since Nov. 19 and haven't allowed more than three goals in 13 straight games.
It doesn't seem league-worst Buffalo (6-21-2) should throw them off track. While Montreal can win six straight at home for the first time since a nine-game run to close 2006-07, the Sabres try to avoid a sixth consecutive road loss after dropping the last five by a 17-5 margin.
Thursday's 2-1 home win over Boston extended Montreal's overall winning streak to four while pushing the team one point ahead of the Bruins for the Atlantic lead.
"For us, it was the ideal opportunity to give it our all," defenseman P.K. Subban told the team's official website. "It's really satisfying to know that your team is on top because you worked hard. We're proving day after day that this team is part of the elite in the NHL."
Carey Price made 32 saves to win a sixth consecutive start during the team's streak without a regulation loss, and he hasn't allowed more than two goals in nine straight. His .954 save percentage since Nov. 12 is the league's best.
The win over Boston was Montreal's third in four days, and backup Peter Budaj has made such stretches quite a bit easier on Price and coach Michel Therrien with his 5-1-1 season record and 1.80 GAA.
"There are a lot of things I like about our team this year, starting with our goalies," Therrien said. "They are both playing great hockey and giving us a lot of confidence. Peter Budaj has given us great performances, which lets Carey Price to come out rested and ready every time."
Price has a 1.74 GAA in 13 career home games against Buffalo.
One of the league's best penalty kills also has keyed the recent defensive consistency. The Canadiens' 86.3 percent mark has been bolstered by killing 17 straight over the last six games.
Max Pacioretty has highlighted the Canadiens' play in the offensive zone during the hot streak with nine goals in nine games, including the winner late in the second period Thursday.
The Sabres have won seven of eight in Montreal but only one of their last eight overall. They're the only team in hockey without 20 points, and given the pace at which they've reached 14, they're still a ways off.
Offensive struggles have doomed them all season, but the problem has been magnified recently. They've scored 10 goals in eight games after Thursday's 3-1 home loss to the New York Rangers.
"Sometimes we show it, sometimes we don't," coach Ted Nolan said. "That's been the common theme since I've been here. We try to find that button to push to say, "Let's do it not sometimes but all the time.'"
They typically look to Ryan Miller to earn them the occasional win when in such jams, but he's 2-3-0 with a 3.67 GAA against the Canadiens since the start of last season.
Montreal has won two straight meetings, including 3-1 in Buffalo on Nov. 27, as Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored in both.
Sabres winger Matt Moulson also had a goal in last month's matchup and has six points in his last four games against the Canadiens.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 12:02:58 AM EST|