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Buffalo vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Dec. 7, 20137:15pm


Game Notes

….. On the morning of November 10th the Canadiens were 6th in the Atlantic Division and 8th in the Eastern Conference with an 8-8-1 record.  After a 10-1-2 run they have the division lead and are two points behind Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference lead.

……The Canadiens have not lost a game in regulation time since Nov. 16th when the Rangers shut them out 1-0.  Since then they are  8-0-1,  taking 17 of a possible 18 points.

…..Games against Buffalo bookend the Canadiens 7-games-in-11-days grind.  The Canadiens won 3-1 in Buffalo to start it and have gone 5-0-1 through the first six games.  The last time the schedule maker forced the Canadiens into a 7 in 11 stretch was November 2011.  Their record was 3-3-1 at that time.

…..The Canadiens have allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of the 13 games of the current run.  In the other one, Wednesday at New Jersey, they allowed three.

…..The Canadiens are on their third four-game win streak of the season.  They started their current one after the previous one was interrupted by the shootout loss in Washington.  They won five in a row twice last season.

…..The Canadiens have a five game home winning streak going.  Their last six game home winning streak was at the end of the 2006-2007 season when they won their last nine games at home.

…..The Sabres have beaten the Canadiens seven of the last eight games they’ve played at the Bell Centre and the Canadiens have only 3 home ice wins in 12 home meetings.  The only bright spot for the Habs was a 6-1 afternoon win February 2nd of last season.

….The Sabres have one win in their last eight games.  Buffalo’s 14 points is the lowest total in the NHL.  They are the only team in the league under 20 points..

….Buffalo won it’s first game under new coach Ted Nolan.  Since then they are 1-6-1.  The only win in overtime at home against Toronto.

…..The Sabres have scored one or fewer goals in six of their last seven games and have scored a total of ten in their last eight contests.   .

…..Max Pacioretty is the NHL’s hottest scorer with  nine goals his last nine games.

…..Carey Price has allowed two or fewer goals in nine straight games…

…..Price  has won six consecutive starts.  He hasn’t allowed more than two goals in nine straight. His .954 save percentage since Nov. 12 is the league’s best.

…..Over the last four seasons Carey Price at home is 2-9-2 vs. Buffalo despite a 2.27 GAA against them over the 13 games.  Over his career, Price is 11-9-7 with a 2.02 GAA against the Sabres.

..Jhonas Enroth will start in goal for the Sabres.  He has been in five career  games against the Canadiens with a 3-0-0 record with a 2.34GAA and a .922 save percentage.

……Last season Enroth appeared in three games against the Canadiens, twice in a mop up  role for Ryan Miller.  In his start, Enroth was a 3-2 overtime winner at the Bell Centre March 19th.  In that game the Canadiens held a 26-8 shots on goal advantage over the final two periods before Carey Price gave up the winning goal to Steve Ott in the overtime.

….  The Canadiens have killed 17 straight penalties over the last six games and have moved back up to third in the league at 86.3%.

……Andrei Markov has been on ice for 52 of the Canadiens 82 goals (63.4%) and P.K. Subban for 51.  Only Sidney Crosby has been present more often at 56 of 94 (59.6%),   Conversely,  Subban and Markov have each been on ice for only 25 opposition goals.

…….Last season Raphael Diaz finished 6th on the Canadiens with 44 blocked shots, an average of 0.92 per game.  This year Diaz has 70 blocked shots for an average of 2.3 oer game.  Diaz has only three blocks fewer than perennial team leader Josh Gorges.

…..Matt Moulson scored Buffalo’s only goal against the Canadiens Nov.27th.  He has 7 goals and 2 assists in his last eight games against the Habs; seven of those games with the Islanders..

…..Buffalo forward Steve Ott has a season total of 101 hits, third in the league behind the Islanders Matt Martin (137) and Dustin Brown of Los Angeles (106).  (Lars Eller leads the Canadiens with 53)

…..Former Canadiens forward Matt D’Agostini is playing for his fourth NHL team in the last 11 months.  He started last season with St. Louis, was traded to New Jersey in mid-March, took free agency and signed a one year contract with Pittsburgh in July  and was claimed off waivers by Buffalo Nov. 27th.  He’s played in three games with the Sabres so far.

…..Buffalo first round draft choice Mikhail Grigorenko is one of the few junior age NHLer’s who will be loaned out to play for his country at the World Junior Championships in Malmo Sweden later this month. He did not make the trip to Montreal and will fly to Europe Sunday.

…..In his career, Ryan Miller is 25-11-6 with a 2.35 goals against average.

Projected Buffalo Lineup

26-Matt Moulson    19-Cody Hodgson     21-Drew Stafford

27-Matt D’Agostini    23-Ville Leino      9-Steve Ott

72-Luke Adam     63-Tyler Ennis    28-Zemgus Girgensons

82-Marcus Foligno    8-Cody McCormick    32-John Scott

20-Henrik Tallinder   57-Tyler Myers

10-Christian Ehrhoff   4-Jamie McBain

53-Mark Pysyk    6-Mike Weber

1-Jhonas Enroth


Game Statistics

Season Records    – Buffalo  29GP (6-21-2) 14pts. 8th in Atlantic Division   Montreal  30GP (18-9-3) 39pts.  First in Atlantic Division

Last Ten Games Buffalo (3-6-1)    Canadiens  (8-1-1)

Season Series–   Second game of four.  @Buffalo Nov. 27  Canadiens-3 Buffalo-1

Home/RoadBuffalo on the Road (3-9-1)    Canadiens at Home (10-5-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Buffalo  ranked 26th  12/85  14.1%   Canadiens ranked 5th  25/109  22.9%.    Penalty Killing – Buffalo ranked 25th   21/96   78.1%    Montreal ranked 3rd  14/102   86.3%

Goaltending – Buffalo – Ryan Miller – 21GP (5-16-0)  3.07GAA   .917save%.   Canadiens –  Carey Price – 23GP  (13-8-2)  1.95GAA  .938save%

Who’s HotBuffalo – Matt Moulson two goals last four games, Zemgus Girgensons 2 points last three games.      Canadiens – Max Pacioretty-9 goals last 9 games; David Desharnais – 9 points last nine games.

From The Clinic Buffalo -Alexander Sulzer (undisclosed)        Canadiens –  LW-Rene Bourque (lower body); D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery)






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