logo canadienslogo buffaloPreview Game #68

Buffalo vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – March 10, 2016 – 7:35pm

Lineup Changes

….The Canadiens lineup remains the same as Tuesday night vs. Dallas. (see below). Michel Therrien told reporters Lars Eller remains out with a lower body injury, although Eller says his status is will be a gametime decision.

….Eller‘s absence brings the injury list to nine players.

….Mike Condon will start in goal for the ninth time in the last 11 games.

1 buff prv plekHead to Head

….Fourth of five meetings.

….The last six meetings in the series, the road team is 5-2.

….The Canadiens have lost 9 of their last 12 Bell Centre games against Buffalo (7-3-2).

….Since the Canadiens swept the four game season series in 2013-’14 the Sabres are 5-1-1 vs. the Canadiens.

….The Canadiens are sixth in the Atlantic Division with 68 points. The Sabres seventh with 63 points

….Part of the Canadiens nine game season-opening win streak the Canadiens beat the Sabres 7-2 Oct. 23. Since then the Sabres defeated the Canadiens 4-2 Feb. 3rd at the Bell Centre and 6-4 in Buffalo Feb. 12th.

….In three games against the Sabres this season Andrei Markov has one goal and six assists. P.K. Subban has five assists.

….Alex Galchenyuk has three goals against them in 2015-16.

1 buff prv galchAbout the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are 6-0-1 over their last six at home.

….Another story on the road where the Canadiens have won only two of their last 14 (2-10-2) and four of their last 23 (4-17-2).

….Six the Canadiens top twelve scorers this season have not been available – including Brendan Galalgher, David Desharnais, Lars Eller, Nathan Beaulieu and Jeff Petry through injury plus Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann via trade.

….The forty ‘hits’ recorded by the Canadiens against Dallas Tuesday was a season high (Previous was 39 vs. Toronto Jan 23). Mike Brown‘s 9 hits was also a season high for a member of the Canadiens. (The previous high was 8- Alexei Emelin Dec 12 vs. Ottawa & Jeff Petry vs. Toronto Jan. 23rd) The previous high by a forward was Paul Byron – 7 hits vs. LA, Dec. 17th)

….Alex Galechenyuk has two straight two-goal games and four in the last seven games. He has nine goals in those seven contests and eleven over his last 19. In the season’s first 48 games he scored ten goals. Over his seven game hot streak he has only one assist (7g,1a)

….From Elias Sports BureauGalchenyuk is the first Canadiens player with four multi-goal games in a seven game span since Stephane Richer Feb. 2 -March 5, 1988. In his 1988 hot streak Richer had 12 goals, 3 assists.(That seven-game spurt was springboard for Richer’s first (of two) 50-goal seasons with the Canadiens) In his current seven game stretch Galchenyuk has 7 goals, 1 assist)

….In his seven games with the Canadiens Phillip Danault has won 72% of his faceoffs (48 of 69).

….Andrei Markov has seven points against Buffalo this season including a goal and 4 assists in the 7-2 win at Buffalo Oct. 23rd.

1 buff prv buffaloAbout the Sabres

….The Sabres are currently in 25th place in the overall NHL standings.

….The Sabres have scored the fewest first period goals in the league this season – 36 in 67 games.

….Jack Eichel has 3 goals, 2 assists in a four game point streak.

….Eichel at 19 years, 131 days is the youngest 20-goal scorer in Sabres history, besting Pierre Turgeon (1989) by nine days.

….The line of Evander Kane, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart has combined for 6 of the Sabres 13 goals over the last four games and a total of 13 points..

….Sam Reinhart has 19 goals. When he scores his 20th, he and Eichel will become the third pair of rookies in Sabres history to each score 20 in the same season, joining Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in ’74-’75 and Gilbert Perreault (38) and Steve Atkinson (20) in ’70-’71.

….Evander Kane is second among all NHL forwards in average ice time per game at 21:10. Injured teammate Ryan O’Reilly leads the league at 21:51.

….Johan Larsson has three goals in his last four games.

….Team captain Brian Gionta at age 37 has eight goals in 65 games and one in his last 17.

1 buff prv ellerGoaltending

….Mike Condon has played in all three games against Buffalo this season.

….Vs. the Sabres he is 1-2-0 with 2.69GAA and .912 save%.

….This will be Condon‘s 45th appearance in his rookie season.

….Robin Lehner will start for Buffalo. He was pulled early in the Tuesday after giving up three goals on 14 New York Ranger shots. .

….In his last ten games Lehner is 3-4-3 with a .938 save% and a 1.98GAA.

…..Lehner has been in six career games against the Canadiens with a 2-1-2 record; 2.90GAA and .923 save%.

….Lehner was in goal for the Sabres Feb. 3rd win at the Bell Centre. He missed part of the season with a high ankle sprain.

In his last 10 games, Lehner is 3-4-3 with a .938 save percentage and a 1.98 goalsagainst average.

Special Teams

….The Canadiens power play has failed to score in it’s last 16 opportunities and has two goals in the last 28 power play opps (7.1%).

….Overall the Canadiens power play ranks 24th in the league at 17.1% (37/216). Their penalty killing is 5th at 84.2% (33/209)

….Buffalo’s power play ranks 13th in the league at 19.4% (41/211). Their penalty killing 11th @ 81.6% (32/174)

Buffalo Line Combinations & Pairings

9-Evander Kane 15-Jack Eichel 23-Sam Reinhart

82-Marcus Foligno 22-Johan Larsson 12-Brian Gionta

44-Nicolas Deslauriers 19-Cal O’Reilly 28-Zemgus Girgensons

43-David Catenacci 17-David Legwand 26-Matt Moulson

4-Josh Gorges 55-Rasumus Ristolainen

29-Jake McCabe 47-Zach Bogosian

25-Carlo Colaiacovo 3-Mark Pysyk

40-Robin Lehner

Injuries – D Cody Franson (head, neck); C Ryan O’Reilly (lower body); C Tyler Ennis (IR concussion); C Cody McCormick (IR-leg blood clots)

Projected Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto

21-Stefan Matteau 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron

25-Jacob de la Rose 34-Mike McCarron 17-Torrey Mitchell

53-Lucas Lessio 24-Phillip Danault 13-Mike Brown

79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban

74-Alexei Emelin 5-Greg Pateryn

20-Victor Bartley 45-Mark Barberio

39-Mike Condon

Healthy Scratches

Injuries – C Lars Eller (lower body); RW Brendan Gallagher (lower body); D-Nathan Beaulieu (IR-lower body); C David Desharnais (IR broken foot) D-Jeff Petry (IR sports hernia surgery); LW-Brian Flynn (IR knee); G Carey Price (IR knee); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee); Tom Gilbert (IR left knee surgery)