PREVIEW GAME #24 Buffalo @ Canadiens (Nov. 25/2017)

Nov 25th, 2017 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #24

Buffalo vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 25,2017 – 7:10pm

Season Records – Canadiens 23GP (8-12-2) 19pts. Buffalo – 23GP (6-13-4) 16pts.

Season Series – Third of four meetings – Canadiens (2-0-0) @Buffalo Oct.5th (season opener) Canadiens-3 Buffalo-2 (shootout) Pacioretty, Danault & Drouin (shootout winner). Pominville 2 goals. @Bell Centre Nov. 11th Canadiens-2 Buffalo-1 (overtime). Shaw & Pacioretty (overtime winner). O’Reilly for Buffalo.

Last Ten Games – Buffalo (2-6-2) Canadiens (4-4-2)

Last Time Out – Buffalo defeated Edmonton 3-1 Friday.    Canadiens lost 3-2 in a shootout at Nashville Wednesday.

Home/Away – Buffalo on the road (3-6-3) Canadiens at home (4-5-2)

Lineup Changes

….Carey Price will make his first start since Nov. 2nd. Charlie Lindgren assigned to Laval.

….Shea Weber will miss his third consecutive game. Victor Mete back in lineup – paired with Jakub Jerabek.

….Torrey Mitchell traded to Los Angeles for conditional 5th round 2018 draft choice.

Head-to-Head

….This is the second consecutive time this season the Sabres come into the Bell Centre on the second half of back-to-back games. On Nov. 11th the Sabres lost in overtime.

….Over the last six-plus seasons the Sabres have won 11 of 17 games at the Bell Centre (11-5-2)

….Since the start of the 2008-2009 season the Canadiens have lost 14 of 24 home games vs. Buffalo.

….The Canadiens and Sabres have met a total of 24 times since the 2012 lockout. In those games the Canadiens have a 14-6-2 record. Seven of those games were decided in either overtime or shootout with the Canadiens winning four.

….At the Bell Centre the Canadiens are 6-3-3 vs. Buffalo since the lockout. Four of the 12 decided in extra time with Buffalo winning three.

….Over the last ten seasons the Canadiens have played Buffalo a total of 48 times. Seventeen of those games have gone to overtime or shootout. Buffalo has won 11 of them.

….Going back six seasons the Sabres have won 9 of 15 games at the Bell Centre including five straight from the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Buffalo won 4 of 5 Montreal overtime/shootout games in that stretch..

….Since the lockout Max Pacioretty has 21 points in 23 Buffalo games including 9 goals, 12 assists.

Alex Galchenyuk has 8 goals and 16 points also in 23 games. Brendan Gallagher leads the Canadiens with ten goals in 20 Buffalo games (plus 1 assist).

….Versus the Canadiens Evander Kane has 2 goals, 7 assists in his last nine games and at least a point in each of the last five.

….Ryan O’Reilly has 5 goals and 15 points in 17 career games against the Canadiens. In 10 games as a Sabre he’s scored 2g, 7a vs. Montreal.

….Jason Pominville has nine points in his last nine Montreal games – 2 goals 7assists.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have lost five games in a row (0-3-2). their last win was against Buffalo Nov. 11th in overtime. The Canadiens haven’t a game in regulation time since Nov. 7th (7games)

….During their five game losing streak the Canadiens have scored only eight goals, tDefensemen have accounted for four of them (Morrow-2; Weber, Benn plus Gallagher & Byron with 2 each)

….The Canadiens are currently five points away from the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Over the last 12 seasons only six of 48 teams that were at least four points out on American Thanksving have been able to come back to make the playoffs. In the Eastern Conference four teams are in that category – Philadelphia,the Canadiens, Florida and the Sabres

….Carey Price returns after missing 10 games In his absence the Canadiens were 4-4-2.

….Price is suffering his worst season start in eight years. In 2009-10 he was 2-6-0 with a 3.63GAA and .883sv%. Ultimately he finished that season at 2.77 and a 912 SV%

….Price has allowed four or more goals in 6 of his last 7 starts. And 7 of 11 total. He also allowed 4 goals before being pulled after one period in Washington.

…..In the games in Dallas and Nashville Jonathan Drouin won only 4 of 23 faceoffs. Over the last five games he has won just 20 of his last 73 attempts (27.3%) and now is below 40% for the first time. His 39.6% ranks him 98th among NHL centres.

….The Canadiens goal differential is minus-26. Only Buffalo (minus-27) and Arizona (minus-3) are worse.

….On Nov. 11th Max Pacioretty scored the game winner against Buffalo on an overtime power play. In the five games since, the Canadiens power play is 1-for-15.

….Over the last nine games the Canadiens power play is 2-for-24 while their opponents power play is 5 for 28.

About the Sabres

….The Sabres won their first game of November (at Arizona). They lost nine in a row before beating Edmonton Friday night at home. They have won two of their last 13 (2-9-2).

….This is the 6th time in the last 7 weeks that the Sabres are in a back-to-back situation. After beating Edmonton Friday night they are 2-4-0 in the opening game. In the second game they are 2-2-1.

….Jonathan Drouin has company at the bottom of the faceoff statistics. Jack Eichel is just ahead of Drouin (96th) at 41.7%. (Interesting to note others near the bottom of the list Nathan Mackinnon (38.8%); Evgeny Malkin -43.9%).

….By contrast Ryan O’Reilly ranks third in league faceoff % at 60.4. (Anaheim’s Antoine Vermette leads at 63.5)

….The Sabres are the only NHL team without a goal from a defenseman this season.

….The goal Jack Eichel scored was only his third in his last 14 games, along with 5 assists.

….Evander Kane leads the Sabres with 12 goals and 22 points. Over his last 12 gfames he has 5 goals, 6 assists.

….Of Kane’s 12 goals, eight have been scored even strength, plus a league-leading 3 goals shorthanded.

….Kane scored 11 points in 11 games in October. In 11 November games he also has 11 points.

Goaltending

….Carey Price will make his first start since Nov. 2nd.

….Career vs. Buffalo 15-12-8 in 35 games. 2.00GAA and .933 save%.

.This season Price is 3-7-1 with a 3.77GAA and .877SV%.

….Chad Johnson has been in 10 games this season with a record of 1-4-2 with a 3.59GAA and .885 save%.

…..Johnson’s last win was October 15th. Since then he is 0-3-2. Johnson allowed 2 goals on 29 shots in the Sabres 2-1 overtime loss at the Bell Centre Nov. 11th.

….In seven appearances against the Canadiens, Johnson is 1-3-1 with a 3.93GAA and .846 save%.

Special TeamsPower Play – Buffalo ranks 30th (10/73) 13.7%. Canadiens ranked 29th (12/83) 14.5%. Penalty Killing – Buffalo ranks 11th (12/69) 82.6% Canadiens ranked 27th (19/77) 75.3%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 41-Paul Byron

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

54-Charles Hudon 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher

20-Nicolas Deslauriers 25-Jacob de la Rose 42-Byron Froese

22-Karl Alzner 26-Jeff Petry

8 Jordie Benn 45-Joe Morrow

53-Victor Mete 28- Jakub Jerabek

31-Carey Price

Healthy Scratch– D Brandon Davidson;

Injuries –D Shea Weber (lower body); RW Artturi Lehkonen (lower body); G Al Montoya (concussion); 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 Forward Lines and Pairings

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

67-Benoit Pouliot 90-Ryan O’Reilly 23-Sam Reinhart

28-Zemgus Girgensons 22-Johan Larsson 51-Kyle Criscuolo

17-Jordan Nolan 10-Jacob Josefson 21-Kyle Okposo

6-Marco Scandella 55-Rasmus Ristolainen

19-Jake McCabe 93-Viktor Antipin
82-Nathan Beaulieu 41-Justin Falk

40-Robin Lehner

31-Chad Johnson

Injuries – D Taylor Fedun (IR lower body); D Matt Tennyson (IR foot); D Zach Bogosian (IR lower body)

Healthy Scratches – D Josh Gorges; C Seth Griffith; LW Matt Moulson

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