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Buffalo: November 24 vs Red Wings Loss 3-1
Montreal: November 23 vs Penguins Won 3-2
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Montreal: 6th(5th in Atlantic)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Moulson and Hodgson(8), Ennis(4), Foligno and Ott(3), 6 Tied With 2 Goals
Montreal: Gallagher(8), Plekanec, Eller, and Pacioretty(7), Bournival(6), Galchenyuk and Borque(5)
Buffalo: Moulson(10), Hodgson(9), Stafford(6), Foligno, Girgensons and Ennis(5)
Montreal: Subban(17), Markov(12), Galchenyuk(11), Plekanec and Diaz(8)
Buffalo: Moulson(18), Hodgson(17), Ennis(9), Foligno and Stafford(8)
Montreal: Subban(20), Galchenyuk(16), Plekanec(15), Gallagher and Plekanec(14)
Buffalo: McNabb(+1), Sulzer, Adam, and Moulson(EV), Kaleta(-1), Larsson(-2), Girgensons and Grigorenko(-3)
Montreal: Markov(+10), Gallagher(+8), Subban(+7), Plekanec, Bournival, and Gorges(+5)
Buffalo: McCormick(38), Ott and Myers(37), Scott(33)
Montreal: Parros(32), Prust(26), Subban(25), White(23)
Buffalo: Stafford(65), Hodgson(58), Moulson(51), Ennis(49)
Montreal: Subban(78), Gallagher(70), Plekanec(61), Pacioretty(60)
Buffalo: Hodgson(194), Ott(117), Foligno(101), Larsson(67)
Montreal: Plekanec(248), Eller(208), Desharnais(141), White(87)
Buffalo: Ott(86), Foligno(65), Myers(48), Girgensons(46)
Montreal: Eller(42), Gorges and White(32), Subban(28), Murray(27)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(41), Pysyk(33), Myers(30), Weber(27)
Montreal: Gorges(63), Diaz(59), Markov(58), Bouillon and Subban(34)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 4-13-0 3.11 GAA .919 SV% 0 SO
Montreal: Carey Price 9-8-2 2.05 .935 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: April 11 Canadiens Won 5-1
Season Series: Sabres Won 3-2-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 119-102-37
All-Time vs MTL: Sabres Lead 69-35-24
December 7 at Canadiens 7:00 PM
March 16 vs Canadiens 7:00 PM
March 25 at Canadiens 7:30 PM
Last Game Recap:
Sabres Unable To Hold Off Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings were coming off a loss at home the night before when they rolled into Buffalo on Sunday. The Sabres hadn’t played since Thursday and had the chance to take advantage of a tired hockey club. They got off to the start they wanted, but were unable to capitalize on a golden opportunity.
Cody Hodgson scored 7:47 into the first period, but the Red Wings came back to score the next three as Detroit defeated Buffalo 3-1 at First Niagara Center.
Darren Helm, Johan Franzen and Daniel Alfredsson scored for Detroit. Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves for Detroit.
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots.
“Did we have an opportunity? Yes, we did. That’s three games in a row now where I thought we had a pretty good start,” Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan said. “Then we just don’t seem to be consistent with our play. Shift after shift, we have lapses and we do things that are characteristics of losing.”
Hodgson scored after accepting a pass from Drew Stafford. Hodgson took the puck from the side of the net, waited for a sprawling Gustavsson to go down and then tucked it in past him.
Hodgson is now tied for the team lead in goals with eight.
For the third game in a row, the Sabres opened the scoring, but they haven’t been able to earn points in any of those three games. They also skated into the dressing room with a lead after one period for the second time this season – and the second straight game.
“You have to make it count in this League. You can’t just be satisfied with a little glimmer of what we feel is the right way to play,” Miller said. We have to not teams let back into games. We’ve taken a lot of penalties in those games, too. It’s going to be a common theme and we’ve got to just be smarter. ”
After the game, Nolan praised Miller’s play and talked about how the team needs to be able to play a full 60-minute game.
“The only consistency we’ve had some far, I think, is our goaltending. He gives us a chance all the time. We kind of shoot ourselves in the foot,” Nolan said.
“They get momentum, we look like we’re tired. I think it’s a state of mind. We just gotta change a little bit of things moving forward. I know it’s frustrating. In order to get, you can’t blame and point fingers all the time. We have to collectively work on this thing together.”
Sabres aim to deny Canadiens a fourth straight win
Big story: The Sabres have trouble scoring; the Canadiens don’t give up many goals. Buffalo has scored an NHL-low 44 goals and is the only team averaging fewer than two goals a game (1.6). Montreal allows the second-fewest goals in the league at 2.1 per game.
Canadiens: Montreal comes in winners of three in a row, all over current playoff teams, beating the Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Max Pacioretty had two goals in the 3-2 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
“There’s obviously going to be times where things don’t go our way. … We’ve played some good teams and had some success last week, and now we have to build on that moving forward,” defenseman Josh Gorges said after practice Monday.
During the winning streak, Montreal has scored three power-play goals. The Canadiens rank in the top five in power-play percentage, and much of that has to do with puck-moving defenseman Andrei Markov running the point.
“Everybody sees the big shot from P.K. [Subban] but [Andrei Markov] controlling things back there, when he wasn’t healthy obviously it was a big hit to our power play,” captain Brian Gionta said Monday. “When he’s back, it makes it look so easy. He’s the real key to it. Everything goes through him. The way he sees the ice is unbelievable.”
Sabres: Don’t blame the losing streak on Ryan Miller, who started and kept Buffalo in three of the four losses. Miller allowed nine goals but has stopped 100 of 109 shots, a .927 save percentage. Miller has faced 30 or more shots 16 times in his 18 starts.
“There’s glimpses of playing well, then we collapse. We just got to learn to do it on a consistent basis and having faith in one another. Right now, I don’t think we have too much faith in one another and we have to work on that. When things aren’t going well, that’s usually what happens,” interim coach Ted Nolan told the Sabres website Monday.
Who’s hot: The Sabres have scored five goals in four games, but Tyler Ennis has figured in on three of those with two goals and an assist. … Pacioretty has five goals and is plus-5 in his past three games. Goalie Carey Price hasn’t allowed more than two goals in his past five starts.
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out)
Montreal: Drewiske Shoulder Surgery(IR/Out), Bourque Lower Body(Questionable)
Next 5 Games:
November 29 vs Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
November 30 at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
December 5 vs New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
December 7 at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CBC HD)
December 10 vs Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)