Game #7

Buffalo at Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 2/2013 – 2:05pm


Notes –

…..The is the second of six straight games the  Canadiens will play against Northeast Division rivals.  They will play Ottawa for the second tiime Sunday followed by games next week against Boston at home, in Buffalo and at home again to Toronto.  Both  Canadiens losses have come against the Northeast (Toronto and Ottawa).

…..Turnabout.  After six games last season the Canadiens record was (1-4-1)  (Now 4-2-0).    Last season after six games the Canadiens power play was ranked 26th in the league (2 for 25   – 8%)   This season it’s ranked 7th – 9/33 &  27.3%.   Their penalty killing was 14th (4/25  84.0%)  The penalty killing has deteriorated so far this season  to 19th overall –   7/32  78.1%

…..Buffalo left wing Tomas Vanek was  named the third star for January after compiling an NHL-leading 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in six games.   He recorded two five-point nights during the month, including Thursday night against Boston.

…..The line of Vanek, C-Cody Hodgson, and RW-Jason Pominville  has combined for 33 points in seven games; almost  five per game (4.7),

…..While the Hodgson line has 33 scoring points, the rest of the Buffalo team, forwards and defense combined, has a total of 32 points.  The top line has 15 goals, the rest of the team – eight.

….. Vanek scored one goal in his last 21 games against the Canadiens.

….. Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak with their win in Boston. They have allowed 20 goals in their last five games.

……..After the Sabres fifth game of the season, the team announced Thursday they were not sending first round draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko back to the Junior Quebec Remparts. Thursday night against Toronto he was  benched in the second period after he was on the ice for all three of Toronto’s’ goals to that point. He was allowed back in the game in the third period and scored his first NHL game to tie the game.  The Sabres lost in 4-3 in overtime..

…..The Sabres won five of the six meetings against the Canadiens last season.  Three  games went into overtime, one of which the Canadiens won.  Two were 3-1 Buffalo wins that included Sabres empty net  goals.  The  final meeting  was  a 3-0 Ryan Miller shutout win.

….Buffalo Sabres team looking for its sixth straight win in Montreal.

….Carey Pricee has a 1-4-2 record in his last seven home games against the Sabres despite a 1.55 GAA.

….Ryan Miller is 6-0-1 with a 0.67GAA at the Bell Centre in his last seven starts against the Canadiens, including three straight wins.

….Miller allowed five goals in his first three games but has given up 11 in his last three.

….Sabres an 8-0-1 record in the last nine meetings between the Northeast Division rivals

….Overall Buffalo is 8-1 the last nine meetings between these two clubs and 5-0 their last five trips to Montreal.



Season Records – First of five meetings – Buffalo   (3-3-1) 5th in NE Division-9thin East Conf.     Canadiens (4-2-0) 5th in NE Division-9th Eastern Conference.

Last Time Out Buffalo  –  Beat Boston  7-4 Thursday- Vanek notched his second five-point game of the season with a hat trick and two assists.  Canadiens lost  5-1 in  Ottawa. Ended four game winning streak.

Last  Season  Buffalo  won  five of six games.  Oct. 18, 2011 @Bell Centre  Buffalo-3 Canadiens-1.  Canadiens outshot Sabres 41-23.   Ryan Miller in goal for Buffalo.    Thomas Vanek’s goal with 2.8 seconds remaining in the second period was the game winner.  Also Leopold and Ehrhoff (ENG).  Raphael Diaz scored his first NHL goal.  Three Stars – Miller, Max Pacioretty (9SOG); Diaz.    Nov. 14/2011 – @Bell Centre – Buffalo-3 Canadiens-2. (shootout)   Canadiens blow 2-0 third period lead.  Pominville and Roy score in third period after Cole and Pacioretty gave the Canadiens their lead.  Pacioretty also had an assist. Vanek and Boyes score in shootout.   Three Stars – Boyes, Pacioretty and Cole.      Jan. 31/2012 @Bell Centre – Buffalo-3  Canadiens-1  Leino, Gaustad (plus 2 assists) and Kaleta (ENG).  Pacioretty for the Canadiens  Sabres outshot Canadiens 40-28.  Ryan Miller’s 234th victory tieing Dominik Hasek’s franchise record.  @ Buffalo Feb.17/2012 – Canadiens-4 Buffalo-3 (shootout)  Kaberle, Gomez and Campoli for the Canadiens.  Regehr, Myers and Ennis for Buffalo.  Pacioretty and Desharnais scored in the shootout.  The Canadiens end six game losing streak against the Sabres.  Canadiens outshot 30-19.    At the time, the loss sent the Sabres to the cellar of the Eastern Conference.Three of the previous five matchups have gone past regulation, with Buffalo winning all three overtime games for a  4-0-1 record.  @Buffalo – Mar.12/2012 – Buffalo-3 Canadiens-2 (overtime).  .  David Desharnais scored the tying goal with five seconds left in regulation.  Tyler Myers scored 2:01 into overtime.  Myers was subsequently suspended for three games for a dangerous hit on Scott Gomez.  Peter Budaj in goal for the Canadiens.  @Buffalo Mar.31/2012 – Buffalo-3  Canadiens-0.  Ryan Miller  34 saves.  Cody Hodgson first two goals after being acquired from Vancouver.  Derek Roy –two assists.  Jason Pominville  with the other goal.

Goaltenders Buffalo – Ryan Miller  6GP  (3-2-1)  2.64GAA   ,920save%      Canadiens –  Carey Price – 5GP=  (4-1-0)  1.98GAA    .924save%.

Special Teams Power Play Buffalo ranked  11th   6/25  24.0%   Canadiens  ranked 7th  9/33  27.3%  Penalty Killing – Buffalo – ranked12th   5/29  82.8%       Canadiens   ranked  19th  7/32  78.1%

Who’s Hot:    Buffalo -Vanek-15points in seven games; Jason Pominville 12 points in seven games;Cody Hodgson has four goals in six games for the Sabres      Canadiens – Andrei Markov has points in each of his last five games, all eight points have come on the power play. Carey Price – 1.98 goals-against average and a save percentage of .924.


Injury report:   Buffalo – D-Robin Regehr (high ankle sprain); RW-Patrick Kaleta (neck), C- Cody McCormick ; LW-Ville Leino  (IR-lower body).. … Canadiens  LW- Max Pacioretty (appendicitis), C- Petteri Nokelainen (IR-back)