Game #5

Buffalo at Canadiens

Bell Centre – October 19, 2011 – 7:35pm


Season Record –  Buffalo (3-1-0) 6 pts.  5th in Eastern Conference; second in NE Division.
Canadiens (1-2-1)  3 pts.  12th Eastern Conference 4th in NE Division.

Last Time Out – Buffalo ended a six game losing streak against the Penguins dating back to Dec.29, 2009, with a 3-2 win in Pittsburgh Saturday night.  First game of four game road trip.    Canadiens edged
by Colorado 6-5 in shootout.

Last Season – The teams split the six game season series.  The Canadiens won the first three games.  Carey Price posted a 1.33GAA and the Canadiens supported him with eight goals.  Buffalo came back to win the final three games as the Canadiens offense dried up.  While Price had a 1.62GAA his teammates managed only three goals.  In the final meeting of the season, March 22nd, the Sabres shutout the Canadiens 2-0 at the Bell Centre.  Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots for the shutout.  Nathan Gerbe scored both goals, the second into an empty net.

Goaltending – Buffalo – Ryan Miller 3GP  (2-1-0) 2.35GAA  .928save%.  Was 2-2-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a shutout against the Canadiens last season.    Canadiens – Carey Price will make his fifth straight start.  4GP (1-2-1)  2.96GAA  .880save%.   Against Buffalo in nine starts since the start of the 2009-10 season Price is 4-2-3 with a 1.41 GAA.

Who’s Hot – Buffalo – Thomas Vanek has a point in all four games (3 goals 4 assists).  Luke Adam 3 goals, 4 assists.  Nathan Gerbe has two multi point games. 1goal  3assists in four games.  Leads team at plus-4.   Canadiens –  Brian Gionta  2 goals 1 assist vs. Colorado.  Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec with 2 goals 2 assists each.

Special Teams – Power Play – Buffalo  ranked 12th in NHL – (3/15) 20.0%.     Canadiens 19th ranked (2/16) 12.4%.    Penalty Killing – Buffalo  ranked 13th  (2/15) 86.7%.      Canadens ranked 22nd
(4/19) 79.0%.

Injuries – Buffalo– C-Jochen Hecht (concussion)      Montreal – LW Michael Cammalleri (lacerated left leg); D Chris Campoli (IR-hamstring); D-Andrei Markov (IE-knee inflammation); D-Brendon Nash (IR-shoulder surgery); D-Jaroslav Spacek (rib injury); RW Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery)

Notes –

…..Carey Price will make his third attempt to record his 100th career regular season
victory.  Win number 99 came in Winnipeg October 9th followed by losses to Calgary and Colorado.

….. The Canadiens are trying to avoid their worst start in a dozen years.  Last time they lost four of the first five was 1999-2000 when the only win in their first five was in Calgary.  Their losses were to Toronto at home and in Edmonton, Vancouver and Florida.  The Canadiens won only three of that season’s first sixteen games (3-12-1) under head coach Alain Vigneault and eventually missed the playoffs.

…..The Sabres will complete their four game road trip with games in Florida vs. the Panthers on Thursday and Tampa on Saturday.

…..The Sabres opened their regular season in Europe beating Anaheim 4-1 in Helsinki and Los Angeles 4-2 in Berlin.

Tonight’s lines

81-Lars Eller    –             14-Tomas Plekanec    –    72-Erik Cole

87-Max acioretty            51-David Desharnais      46-Andrei Kostitsyn

32-Travis Moen              11-Scott Gomez                 21-Brian Gionta

52-Mathieu Darche       63-Andreas Engqvist       60-Aaron Palushaj


76-P.K. Subban                26-Josh Gorges

51-Raphael Diaz               75 Hal Gill

68-Yannick Weber           74-Alexei Emelin

Goal               31-Carey Price  (30-Peter Budaj)


The Buffalo Forward Lines

26-Tomas Vanek        72-Luke Adam       29-Jason Pominville

42-Nathan Gerbe         9-Derek Roy         21-Drew Stafford

63-Tyler Ennis           23-Ville Leino         22-Brad Boyes

8-Cody McCormick   28-Paul Gaustad    36-Patrick Kaleta