logo-canadienslogo buffaloPreview Game #48

Buffalo vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan. 21, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season RecordsBuffalo – 45GP (18-18-9) 45 pts. Last in Atlantic Division/14th in Eastern Conference. Canadiens 47GP (28-13-6) 62pts. First in Atlantic Division.

Last Time Out – Buffalo edged Detroit 3-2 in overtime Friday. Canadiens defeated New Jersey 3-1 att Newark Friday.

Last Ten Games – Buffalo (5-4-1) Canadiens (6-4-0)

Season Series – Second of four meetings. @ Buffalo Oct. 13th Canadiens-4 Buffalo-1. Gallagher with 2 goals plus Mitchell and Shaw. Moulson for Buffalo. Montoya stops 30 of 31 shots. Lehner in goal for Buffalo. Next meeting Jan. 31st @ Bell Centre. Last Season – Canadiens were 3-2-0 vs. the Sabres.

Home/Road – Buffalo on the road 7-10-6. Canadiens at home 16-5-2.

0311 spt nhl canadiens 0146Head-to-Head

….Both the Canadiens and Sabres are playing the second half of back-to-back games.

….In the last ten meetings between the teams, the road team has won seven times.

….The Sabres have not made the playoffs for five straight seasons. Over that stretch they have won eight of 12 games at the Bell Centre (7-4-1). Since the start of the 2009-10 season the Canadiens have lost 12 of 18 home games vs. Buffalo (6-11-1)

….Since the Canadiens swept the four game series vs. Buffalo in 2013-14 the Canadiens have an overall record of 4-4-1 against them, including an overtime and shootout win and one shootout loss.

….Versus Atlantic Division opponents the Canadiens are 10-2-4 this season. Buffalo 5-9-3.

….Vs. the Eastern Conference the Canadiens 19-7-5 – Buffalo 10-15-7.

1 sabres goal mitchellAbout the Canadiens

….The Canadiens are 3-4-0 in their last seven games. They were 4-2-0 in the six games prior to that.

….This is the completion of the fourth set of back-to-back games in 25 days. It is also the Canadiens 14th game in 25 days. In the 13 games since Dec. 28th the Canadiens are 7-4-2.

….The Canadiens are 6-3-0 in the second half of back-to-back series this season. They are looking to complete a sweep for the third time. They have split the two games six times.

….With three Friday night at New Jersey, the Canadiens power play has produced 12 goals in it’s last 36 opportunities – 33%. (It was the first time since Nov. 22, 2015 vs. the Islanders the Canadiens scored three power play goals in a game – the third PPG was scored into an empty net)

….This is Alexander Radulov‘s 200th career NHL game.

….Before his three assists vs. the Devils Friday night Radulov had gone four games without a point. However in his last 13 games Radulov has 4 goals, 8 assists. He leads the Canadiens with 9 multiple point games this season. He has registered three 3-point games this season.

….Since returning to the lineup Alex Galchenyuk has 2 goals and 2 assists in four games. Vs. New Jersey he registered his first multi-point game since Nov. 22nd when he also had a goal and assist vs. Ottawa.

….Max Pacioretty has 17 goals and 25 points in his last 27 games.

….Shea Weber now has 9 power play goals. He established his career high at 14 last season.

About the Sabres

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….This is the completion of the eighth of a league high 19 back-to-back games for the Sabres this season. They are 2-4-1 in second games this season.

….Evander Kane has scored all of his 12 goals this season in the last 22 games. Eleven of the goals have come at even strength.

….Kyle Okposo has five goals in his last 11 games. He leads the Sabre in goals (14) and points (30).

….Okposo needs one point to reach 400 for his career.

….Jack Eichel has 2 goals, 2 assists in his last three games.

….Because of injuries to Josh Gorges, Jake McCabe and Dmitry Kulikov, one half of the Buffalo defense is up from their Rochester AHL affiliate . Casey Nelson was called up Saturday morning after McCabe was injured vs. Detroit. Justin Falk and Taylor Fedun also started their season at Rochester.

….Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen played all 4:34 of the 3-on-3 overtime Friday night. Overall he played 35:34 in the game, the highest NHL game total since Erik Karlsson played 36:34 on Dec. 20, 2015.

….Ristolainen leads the Sabres with 25 assists. He has three goals.

….In three-plus seasons with the Sabres Brian Gionta has scored 34 goals in 193 games. His best season with Buffalo was 13 two seasons ago. Since joining the Sabres Gionta has scored 3 goals, 1 assist in ten games against the Canadiens.

….When the Sabres score first their record is 6-13-3. They have scored the opening goal in five of their last six games. The Sabres are 11-0-4 when leading after two periods.

0311 spt nhl canadiens 0188Goaltending

….Carey Price has started 32 games this season with a record of 21-9-4, two shutouts, a 2.35GAA and .920 save percentage.

….Price has appeared in 31 Buffalo games – 13-11-7; one shutout; 1.97GAA and .932sv%/

….Price did not face the Sabres last season. His last game against Buffalo was Feb.3rd 2015, a 3-2 loss at the Bell Centre. He has lost his last two starts against them.

….Price has allowed 20 goals in his last five starts In his last ten games he’s allowed 35 goals while posting a 3-5-2 record..

….Since the first of December Price‘s save percentage is .893.


….In 29 games this season Robin Lehner is 10-12-5 with 0 shutouts; a 2.54GAA and .920 save%.

….Lehner has been in nine career games vs. the Canadiens with a 2-3-3 record; 3.07GAA and .909 save%.

….Lehner was pulled after 30 minutes in his last start vs. Toronto Jan. 17th after allowing three second period goals.

Special Teams Power Play – Buffalo ranked 5th (33/144) 22.9%. Canadiens ranked 7th (33/146) 22.6%. Penalty Killing – Buffalo ranked 30th (35/134) 73.9%. Canadiens ranked 23rd (34/165) 79.4%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron

42-Sven Andrighetto 27 Alex Galchenyuk 65-Andrew Shaw

25-Jacob de la Rose 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry

45-Mark Barberio 20-Zach Redmond

31-Carey Price

Injuries – D Andrei Markov (IR groin); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot).

Scratches – D Greg Johnston; LW Daniel Carr

Buffalo Forward Lines & Pairings

63-Tyler Ennis 90-Ryan O’Reilly 21-Kyle Okposo

82-Marcus Foligno 15-Jack Eichel 23-Sam Reinhart

9-Evander Kane 28-Zemgus Girgensons 12-Brian Gionta

48-Will Carrier 19-Cal O’Reilly 26-Matt Moulson

41-Justin Falk  55-Rasmus Ristolainen

 47- Zach Bogosian   6-Cody Franson

34-Casey Nelson 38-Taylor Fedun

40-Robin Lehner

Injuries – D Jake McCabe (shoulder); D Josh Gorges (hip); C Johan Larsson (IR dislocated wrist); D Dmitry Kulikov (IR back); C Cody McCormick (LTIR blood clots leg)

Scratches – LW  Nicolas Deslauriers