Game #24

Buffalo vs. Canadiens

November 27, 2010 7:20pm


Season Record -Buffalo (9-12-3) Fourth in Northeast Division. Montreal (14-8-1) First in Northeast Division.

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

Recently – Buffalo defeated Toronto 3-1 at home Friday night. Prior to that had lost two straight. Canadiens were shutout by the Thrashers 3-0 in Atlanta.

Season Series – Game three of six. Oct. 15@Buffalo Canadiens-2 Buffalo-1   Alexandre Picard, Jos Gorges score goals. Gorges scores Canadiens first power play goal of season.  Derek Roy for Buffalo. Price 22 saves.  40th anniversary of first Buffalo home game.   Nov.5@Bell Centre Canadiens-3 Buffalo-2.  Canadiens come from behind twice.  Plekanec missed game with flu. Benoit Pouliot scored twice. Halpern also scored.   Price-29 saves including 15 in first period.  Sabres got only four shots in third period.  Grier and Leopold scored the Buffalo goals.  Patrick Lalime in goal for Buffalo.

Home/Road – Buffalo on the road (5-4-2) Montreal at home (8-4-1)

Record When They Score First – Buffalo (5-4-1) Canadiens (12-1-1)

Record When Scored Upon First- Buffalo (4-8-2) Canadiens (2-7-0)

Special Teams-Power Play – Buffalo 25th in NHL 13/93 14.0%. Montreal – ranked 21st 17/93 81.7%. Penalty Killing – Buffalo ranked 21st 17/93 81.7%. Canadiens – 2nd in NHL 10/97 89.7%.

Goaltending – Buffalo – Ryan Miller 15 games 7-6-2) 2.52GAA. Save% .914. Sidelined by injury twice this season. Hip problem cost him six games. Returned Friday night vs. Toronto after missing two games with a groin injury.  In 29 games against the Habs he’s 17-7-5 with a 2.43 goals aganst and .917 save percentage. 
 Montreal – Carey Price – 21 games. (13-7-1) 2.00GAA Save% .933.

Back-to-Back – Buffalo is 2-5-0 in the second half of back to back games. Montreal 1-2-1.

Who’s Hot – Buffalo – Tomas Vanek 3 goals last 4 games. (has gone 9 straight without a goal vs. Montreal. Canadiens – Michael Cammalleri – At home, 4 goals the last 5 games and 10 of his 15 points. 0 points his last 5 games against the Sabres.

Who’s Not – Buffalo – Jason Pominville – 1 goal 3 assists his last 15 games. Craig Rivet – Healthy scratch last two games; four of last six games. Minus-4 last two games. Minus-6 in 14 games. Canadiens – Scott Gomez – 1 goal 4 assists last 20 games. Andrei Kostitsyn 1 goal last 15 games.

Injuries – Buffalo – RW Drew Stafford (IR-shoulder) C Rob Niedermayer (knee surgery); C Tim Connolly (groin) Montreal – D Andrei Markov (knee)