logo buffalologo canadiensGame Preview #24
Canadiens vs. Buffalo
First Niagara Center – Nov. 28, 2014 – 7:05pm



Things To Know –

….Josh Gorges will not play in the weekend games against the Habs. He suffered a knee injury in a game against St. Louis November 11th. He has missed five games.

….Brian Gionta leads the Sabres in most career points AGAINST the Canadiens with 18 in 24 games (11G, 7A)

….The Canadiens have beaten the Sabres in six consecutive games outscoring them 16-5.

….The Habs have won four in a row in Buffalo.

….The Canadiens have won eight of their last ten games but are 2-2-0 their last four following a six game winning streak.

….The Canadiens were shutout in each of their last three losses (Chicago-Pittsburgh-NY Rangers)

….This is the first of six games in nine days for the Habs. Five of the six on the road.

….Buffalo started the season with a 1-7-1 record. Since then they are 5-7-1.

….The Sabres actually have a better record at this stage of the season than last year. Last season after 22 games they were 5-16-1 (11pts) This season 6-14-2 for 14 points.

….The Sabres had a three game winning streak halted in a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg Wednesday. Prior to that they had beaten Toronto, San Jose and Washington.

….For the second time this season the Sabres will playing the Canadiens right after the Habs had suffered 5-0 losses. Last time it was the 5-0 defeat at the hands of Chicago. Sunday the Canadiens were beaten 5-0 by the Rangers.

….Over the last year and 96 regular season games, 37 of Max Pacioretty‘s 49 total goals have been scored at even-strength, most in the NHL.

….In his past seven games Carey Price is 6-1-0 with two shutouts and three one-goal games.

….Price has a 1.00 goals against average with one shutout during a three game win streak over Buffalo.

….In 29 career games against them Price has a record of 13-9-7 with one shutout and a 1.93GAA.

….Price has faced 541 shots this season, the fourth highest total in the league.

….In his last three games Jhonas Enroth has a 1.90GAA, .956 save% and a 2-1-0 record. He has not allowed an even-strength goal in 208:35.

.P.A. Parenteau has three goals and eight assists in his last 12 games against Buffalo. He scored both the Canadiens only goal and the shootout winner in the 2-1 win November 4th at Buffalo.

.Tom Gilbert will be a healthy scratch for the game despite holding the second best plus/minus figure on the Habs defense at plus-5. Alexei Emelin is at plus-9. Bryan Allen, a left shot, will be paired with Mike Weaver.

….Buffalo has the worst power play in the league at 6.2% (4-of-64) and 0-for-7 in its last three games.

…The Sabres score the fewest goals per game at 1.59 making them also the only team to scorer fewer than two goals a game on average.

….On the road this season the Canadiens power play is 1 for 33.

….Over the last six games the Sabres have given up six goals.

….According to Forbes Magazine’s annual NHL evaluation, the Sabres are valued at $288 million. The team was purchased for $189 million in 2011. The same survey listed the Canadiens at one-billion.

….The Habs are 7-0-1 in one-goal games and 4-0 in shootouts.

….Six of the Canadiens wins have come after the team had trailed after one period, an NHL high. The Sabres are 0-9.

Buffalo Line Combinations and Pairings

26-Matt Moulson 28-Zemgus Girgensons 63-Tyler Ennis

65-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchedll 12-Brian Gionta

44-Nicolas Deslauriers 19-Cody Hodgson 21-Drew Stafford

82-Marcus Foligno 36-Patrick Kaleta 80-Chirs Stewart

24-Tyson Strachan 57-Tyler Myers

55-Rasmus Ristolainen 51-Nikita Zadorov

6-Mike Weber 61-Andre Benoit

1-Jhonas Enroth

The Hard Stats
Season Records – Canadiens – 23 GP (16-6-1) 33pts. First In League.       Buffalo 22GP (6-14-2) 14pts. Last in NHL
Season Series – Second of four games – @Buffalo Nov. 5 – Canadiens-2 Buffalo-1 (shootout). Parenteau scored Canadiens only goal in regulation and then scored the shootout winner. Dustin Tokarski and Michal Neuvirth were the goaltenders.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (7-3-1) Buffalo at Home (3-7-2)
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 25th 8/63 12.7%. Buffalo ranked 30th 4/64 6.2%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 9th 13/83 84.3% Buffalo ranked 25th 19/82 76.8%.
Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price – 18GP (13-4-1) 2.35GAA .922save%. Jhonas Enroth – `13GP (3-9-1) 3.30GAA .902save%.
In the Clinic – Canadiens – LW-Michael Bournival (IR-shoulder); Buffalo -D-Josh gorges (IR-knee); G-Matt Hackett (IR-knee surgery); D-Jake McCabe (IR-undisclosed); D-Mark Pysyk (IR-upper body)



2.48 Goals Per Game 1.59
2.48 Goals Against Per Game 3.23
27.48 Shots on Goal Per Game 23.09
30.61 Shots Against Per Game 36.41
11.04 Penalty Minutes Per Game 13.27
8 Power Play Goals 4
12.7% Power Play % 6.3%
13 Power Play Goals Allowed 19
84.3% Penalty Kill % 76.8%
2 Shorthanded Goals 2
0 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 3