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Buffalo vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 3, 2015 -7:35pm

 

Things to Know 

….Jacob de la Rose will make his NHL debut.  In his ten games since returning from the World Junior tournament de la Rose has 3 goals and 3 assists more than double his output through the 27 AHL rookies games prior to the tournament. In his last six games, all Hamilton wins, de la Rose has 2 goals 3 assists and is a remarkable plus-8.

 ….De la Rose was the Canadiens second choice in the 2013 draft (34th) behind Michael McCarron.  The Canadiens acquired that pick from Nashville as part of the Andrei Kostitsyn 2012 trade deadline deal.   He is listed as a left winger but has been frequently used as a centre in recent Hamilton games.

 ….Lars Eller will be a gametime decision.  If he plays, he will centre de la Rose and Jiri Sekac.  If not, Gabriel Dumont will centre the line.

….In the race for the Connor McDavid draft choice, Buffalo is ‘comfortably’ in last place in the league, seven points behind (or ahead of) the Edmonton Oilers, who hold down 29th place.  

.The Sabres have lost 14 straight games and been outscored 61-21 over that stretch. (They have also lost 18 of their last 19)  In January they were 0-12-0.  The longest losing streak in league history is 17 shared by the 1975 Washington Capitals and 1993 San Jose Sharks. In a 44 game schedule, the 1931 Philadelphia Quakers lost 15 in a row.

.The last time the Sabres won a road game was Nov. 29th at the Bell Centre. Since then their road record is 0-13-1 with ten straight losses. Another road loss would leave the Sabes with the longest road losing streak since Chicago’s 19 in a row during the 2003-2004 season.

….There is nothing positive about the Sabres.  They are last in goals scored – 1.76 per game, putting them on track to become the lowest scoring team in NHL history. (133 goals – Chicago 1953-54). They give up a league leading 3.56 per game.  Their power play is the league worst (11.4%).  On average, they have recorded fewest shots (22.9) and given up the most (35).

The Canadiens are 1-1-1 vs. Buffalo this season. Each of the three meetings was decided by one goal.

…..The Sabres are 7-3-0 their last ten games at the Bell Centre.

.In January Carey Price was 7-1-1 with 1.53GAA and .951 save%. He enters the game with a 152:56 active shutout streak. He has stopped the last 79 shots directed his way. 

.In his last four starts against Buffalo Price is 3-1-0 with a 1.26 GAA. He was a 2-1 shootout loser Nov. 28th after winning all three starts against the Sabres last season. Tokarski was in goal for the other two Buffalo games this season.  

….Jhonas Enroth has a career record of 5-2-0 vs. the Canadiens with a 2.39GAA and .922 save percentage in nine appearances.  

Enroth has given up three goals or more in 15 of his last 16 starts and in his last nine gfames he is 0-8-0 with a 4.47GAA.

.The Canadiens and Sabres are the league worst first period teams, each with 22 goals. In the third period the Canadiens outscore the Sabres 58-33.

.Buffalo has gone 21 straight without a regulation win. The record is 31 without regulation win set by Winnipeg in 1981.

.Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk have accounted for all four goals the Canadiens have scored over the last three games – 2 apiece.

.Galchenyuk has five goals his last six games.

.Over the last 20 games Pacioretty has 11 goals and 9 assists.

.Josh Gorges will play his first game at the Bell Centre since leaving the club last June. He missed the Nov. 29th game with a knee injury. Gorges has a minus-27 rating, which ties him with teammate Rasmus Ristolainen for last in the league.

.Gorges has blocked 134 shots in 41 games. The league leader is Kris Russell who has 152 in 50 games.

.With 30 points, Tyler Ennis is the Sabres top scorer. He ranks 97th in the league. He has no goals in 18 of his last 21 games but has 7 goals, 7 assists his last 15 games vs. the Canadiens and a goal and three assists his last three..

.Ennis has 11 points in 11 games vs. the Canadiens.

.Chris Stewart ,who is considered prime deadline trade-bait, has four goals and six points over his last five games..  In his first 42 games of the season he had 5 goals and 12 points

….Also mentioned in trade rumours is defenseman Tyler Myers who leads the Sabres with 25:13 of ice time, ranking him 9th in the league.  .  

.Brian Gionta is on the first year of a three-year 12.75 million dollar contract. He has four goals – none (and only two assists) in his last 20 games

.Matt Moulson is in the first year of a five-year 25-million dollar contract. He has no goals his last 15 games and seven for the season.

.Cody Hodgson has two goals and five assists in 48 games. He led the Sabres last season with 44 points, including 20 goals.  

…..Give them credit, the Sabres fans a sticking with their team.  They have averaged 18,600 per game this season.   

Buffalo Line Combinations and Pairings

63-Tyler Ennis 28-Semyon Girgensons 80-Chris Stewart

26-Matt Moulson 17-Torrey Mitchell 12-Brian Gionta,

19-Cody Hodgson 65-Brian Flynn 21-Drew Stafford,

44-Nicolas Deslauriers 37-Matt Ellis 36-Patrick Kaleta.

4-Josh Gorges 57-Tyler Myers

51-Nikita Zadorov 55-Rasmus Ristolainen

6-Mike Weber 24-Tyson Strachan

1-Jhonas Enroth

The Hard Stats

Season Records – Buffalo – 50GP (14-33-3) Canadiens – 49GP (32-14-3)

Season Series – Fourth game of series. @Buffalo Nov. 5 Buffalo-2 Canadiens-1. Parenteau scored Habs only goal in regulation and then scored the shootout winner. Dustin Tokarski in goal. @Buffalo Nov. 28 Buffalo-2 Canadiens-1. Matt Moulson’s power play goal was the game winner. Ennis with a goal and assist. Parenteau scored for the Canadiens. @Bell Centre Nov. 29 Buffalo-4 Canadiens-3 (shootout). Brian Flynn won the game in the shootout ‘s fourth round after Flynn tied the game with 5:54 remaining in regulation time.

Last Ten Games – Buffalo (0-10-0) Canadiens (6-3-1)

Home/Road – Buffalo on the Road (4-20-1) Canadiens at Home (17-6-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Buffalo ranked 30th 16/140 11.4% Canadiens – ranked 25th 24/148 16.2%    Penalty Killing – Buffalo ranked 29th 45/171 73.7% Canadiens ranked 5th 26/166 84.3%

Goaltending – Buffalo – Jhonas Enroth 33GP (11-19-2) 3.42GAA .899 save%, Canadiens – Carey Price – 39GP (27-10-2) 2.03GAA .933sv%

From the Clinic Buffalo – G-Michal Neuvirth (lower body); C-Cody McCormick (IR-leg blood clot); LW-Marcus Foligno (hand). Canadiens – RW-P.A. Parenteau (IR-concussion); C-Lars Eller (lower body).

Team Statistical Comparison

Buffalo

Montreal

1.76

Goals Per Game

2.55

3.56

Goals Against Per Game

2.24

22.88

Shots on Goal Per Game

27.45

35.04

Shots Against Per Game

30.71

12.16

Penalty Minutes Per Game

10.71

16

Power Play Goals

24

11.4%

Power Play %

16.2%

45

Power Play Goals Allowed

26

73.7%

Penalty Kill %

84.3%

5

Shorthanded Goals

2

8

Shorthanded Goals Allowed

2