PRE-GAME #18 – INFO & STATS – Buffalo @ Canadiens (Nov. 11/2017)

Nov 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #18

Buffalo vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 11, 2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Buffalo 16GP (5-9-2) 12pts. Canadiens 17GP (7-9-1) 15pts.

Season Series – Second of four meetings – @Buffalo Oct. 5th (season opener) Canadiens-3 Buffalo-2 (shootout). Pacioretty, Danault and Drouin shootout winner. Pominville with both goals for Buffalo.

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

Last Time Out – Buffalo lost to Florida 4-1 at home Friday night. The Canadiens were shut out by Minnesota 3-0 Thursday.

Home/Away – Buffalo on the Road – (3-5-1 ) Canadiens at home (3-3-1).

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price placed on injury reserve. G Zach Fucale recalled from Laval. Will backup starter Charlie Lindgren.

….D Shea Weber & C Jonathan Drouin return to lineup after missing Thursday’s game against Minnesota.

Head to Head

….Since the start of the 2008-2009 season the Canadiens have lost 13 of 20 home games vs. Buffalo. (7-11-2)

….Over the last 12 seasons (2005-2006) a total of ten Buffalo/Canadiens games have gone into overtime. The Sabres have won nine of them.

….Over the last six full seasons, the Sabres have won 11 of 16 at the Bell Centre (11-5-1). Last season they split at Montreal with the Canadiens; winning 3-2 in overtime Jan. 21st on Zach Bogosian’s goal and losing 5-2 Jan 31st (Max Pacioretty – 3 goals).

….Since the Canadiens swept a four game season series in 2013-14 the Canadiens are 7-4-2. vs. Buffalo Five of the thirteen games were decided in shootouts and another in overtime.

….The road team has won 10 of the last 14 games in the Buffalo/Montreal series.

About the Canadiens

…..This is the Canadiens fourth straight game in which their opponent was playing in it’s second game in 24 hours. The are 2-1-0 in those games – the losses came against Minnesota, the wins in Chicago and at home to Vegas.

…..Thursday the Canadiens totaled 40 shots or more for the 7tth time in 17 games Thursday. The Canadiens won only three of those seven games including the shootout victory in Buffalo to open the season.

….The Canadiens lead the NHL with an average of 37.7 shots per game. However only three teams have scored fewer goals that the Canadiens average of 2.53 per game. (Only Buffalo, Arizona and Edmonton are behind them). The Canadiens are minus-16 in goal differential (44GF / 60GA).

…..Five on five this season the Canadiens have been outscored by opponents 38-30.

….Brendan Gallagher has ten of his team-leading 12 points in his last ten games (6g 4a).

….Alex Galchenyuk has attempted 30 shots in his last four games including 18 on-goal. In the four games he has two assists.

….Max Pacioretty has 28 points in 36 career games vs. Buffalo (11g, 17a). In 22 games against them Alex Galchenyuk has 15 points (8g, 7a)

About the Sabres

…..With the loss to Florida Friday night the Sabres at 5-9-2 replaced the Panthers as the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Florida is now 5-8-2.

….The Sabres opened the season with five straight losses and 7 of the first eight .

….In their 0-4-1 start the Sabres were outscored 21-11. Since then they are 5-5-1 scoring 28 goals while giving up 36.

….The Sabres offense ranks 29th in the league at 2.43 goals per game. Conversely, only Arizona and Florida have allowed more average goals per game than Buffalo (3.56).

….The two former Canadiens defensemen on the Buffalo Roster have spent lengthy time on injury reserve. Josh Gorges has missed the last ten games with a lower body injury; Nathan Beaulieu returned to the lineup Friday night after missing eight games with an upper body injury. D Zach Redmond was called up briefly earlier this week but returned to Rochester of the AHL when Beaulieu was reactivated.

….In his first game since October 20th Beaulieyu played 21:05 vs. Florida Friday night. In nine games this season he has two assist

….Another former Canadiens, Benoit :Pouliot has five goals iand six points n his last eight games. He had one point in his first eight games.

…..Evander Kane has nine goals in the Sabres first 16 games. He has 16 points in his first 16 games (9g, 7a). He also has an active three game point scoring streak. Kane is the final year of a six year 31.5 million dollar contract signed when was with Winnipeg.

…..Kane has eight points in is last eight games vs. Montreal (2g, 6a)

….Ryan O’Reilly has 11 points in his last 11 games (5g, 6a).

….Jack Eichel has gone seven games without a goal. In that stretch he has three assists. He has 4 goals, 10 assiss in 16 games.

….In nine career games with the Canadiens Eichel has no goals, four assists and is minus-4.

….Eichel has signed an eight year 80-million dollar contract that will kick in next season.

….Jason Pominville scored two goals in the season opener against the Canadiens. In the 15 games since he has three more.

….In his last eight games vs. the Canadiens Pominville has nine points -including 7 goals.

….When he suffered his injury, Nov. 2nd defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was leading the NHL in average ice time. Ristolainen’s upper body problem has now been listed as week-to-week by the Sabres.

….The Sabres have given up six shorthanded goals, tied with the Islanders for most in the league.


….Charlie Lindgren will be in goal for the Canadiens fourth consecutive game. He is 2-1-0 with a 1.35GAA and .961 save%.

….In his brief career Lindgren is 5-1-0 with a 1.50GAA and .953save%.

…..Chad Johnson has been in six career games vs. the Canadiens with a 1-3-0 record and a 4.40GAA and .825 save percentage. In seven games this season Johnson is 1-3-1 with a 3.84GAA and .878 save%.

….Johnson last appeared against the Canadiens Jan. 24th of last season – a 5-1 Canadiens win over Calgary at the Bell Centre. He gave up five goals on 20 shots.

….Johnson is 1-2-0 in his last three starts vs. the Canadiens. In the three games he has given up 16 goals on 76 shots (.789 save% and a 5.33GAA) He started two games with Buffalo two seasons ago and once with Calgary last season)

.Robin Lehner has appeared in 12 games this season with a 4-6-1 record, 2.90 GAA and .905 save%. …..Career vs. the Canadiens Lehner is 4-4-4 in 13 games with a 2.86GAA and .916 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Buffalo ranks 28th (7/54) 13.0%. Cnadiens ranked 24th (10/66) 15.2%. Penalty Killing – Buffalo ranked 11th (8/41) 83.0%. Canadiens ranked 29th (14/57) 75.4%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 62-Artturi Lehkonen

41—Paul Byron 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 65-Andrew Shawt

54-Charles Hudon 25J-acob de la Rose 42-Byron Froese

8 -Jordie Benn 6-Shea Weber

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

53-Victor Mete 45-Joe Morrow

39-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratches – C Torrey Mitchell; D Brandon Davidson;

Injuries –G Carey Price (IR knee); G Al Montoya (upper body); RW Nikita Scherbak (IR knee surgery); D David Schlemko (IR hand surgery); RW Ales Hemsky (IR concussion); Season Opening IR -D Noah Juulsen (broken foot) –; LW Jeremiah Addison (shoulder surgery).

Buffalo Sabres Lines and Pairings

9-Evander Kane 15-Jack Eichel 29-Jason Pominville

67-Benoit Pouliot 90-Ryan O’Reilly 21-Kyle Okposo

73-Nick Baptiste 23-Sam Reinhart 25-Seth Griffith

28-Zemgus Girgensons 22-Johan Larsson 17-Jordan Nolan

6-Marco Scandella 41-Justin Falk

19-Jake McCabe 27-Taylor Fedun

82-Nathan Beaulieu 93-Victor Antipin

40-Robin Lehner

32-Chad Johnson

Injuries – C Evan Rodriguezs(IR hand); D Zach Bogosian IR lower body); C Jacob Josefson (IR lower body); D Josh Gorges (IR lower body); RW Justin Bailey (IR lower body); D Rasmus Ristolainen upper body)

Healthy Scratches – D Matt Tennyson; LW Matt Moulson;

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