Sabres Host Rival Canaidens In First Half Of Holiday Weekend Home and Home 7:00 PM(MSG HD, Bell TV, WGR 550)

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Last Game:

Buffalo: November 26th vs Jets Loss 2-1

Montreal: November 23rd @ NY Rangers Loss 5-0


Buffalo: 6-14-2

Montreal: 16-6-1


Buffalo: 14

Montreal: 33

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Montreal: 1st(1st in Atlantic)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 35(30th)

Montreal: 57(T-16th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 71(T-26th)

Montreal: 57(T-13th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 6.2%(30th)

Montreal: 12.7%(T-25th)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 76.8%(24th)

Montreal: 84.3%(9th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 508(30th)

Montreal: 632(24th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 801(30th)

Montreal: 704(23rd)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 42.1%(30th)

Montreal: 54.6%(1st)


Buffalo: 608(8th)

Montreal: 450(22nd)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 387(3rd)

Montreal: 406(2nd)

Team Leaders:


Buffalo: Ennis and Girgensons(6), Stafford(4), Moulson and Mitchell(3), 5 Tied With 2 Goals

Montreal: Pacioretty(10), Plekanec(8), Eller(6), Galchenyuk, Subban, Gallagher, and Parenteau(5)


Buffalo: Stafford(8), Ennis(7), Moulson(6), Girgensons and Gionta(5)

Montreal: Plekanec, Galchenyuk, and Desharnais(9), Pacioretty, Subban, and Markov(8), Gallagher(7), Emelin(6)


Buffalo: Ennis(13), Stafford(12), Girgensons(11), Moulson(9)

Montreal: Pacioretty(18), Plekanec(17), Galchenyuk(14), Subban(13)


Buffalo: Zadorov and Girgensons(+5), Flynn(+1), Strachan, Kaleta, Larsson, and Reinhart(-1), Deslauriers(-2)

Montreal: Pacioretty(+10), Desharnais and Emelin(+9), Gilbert(+5), Plekanec and Weise(+3)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Myers(33), Stafford and Weber(31), Deslauriers(28), Ennis(21)

Montreal: Prust(35), Subban(26), Pacioretty, Weise, and Gilbert(16), Galchenyuk and Beaulieu(15)


Buffalo: Stewart and Ennis(49), Stafford(44), Moulson(43), Girgensons(41)

Montreal: Pacioretty(80), Plekanec(65), Gallagher(64), Galchenyuk(52)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(137), Hodgson(96), McCormick(82), Ennis(61)

Montreal: Malhotra(236), Plekanec(198), Desharnais(197), Eller(141)


Buffalo: Deslauriers(73), Weber(61), Foligno(59), Girgensons(51)

Montreal: Emelin(66), Pacioretty(40), Galchenyuk(39), Weise(30)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(60), Myers(44), Weber(40), Benoit(31)

Montreal: Weaver(47), Gilbert(46), Subban(44), Markov(39)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:





Sabres Defense Pairings:




Canadiens Forward Lines:





Canadiens Defense Pairings:




Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 13 GP 3-9-1 3.30 GAA .909 SV% 0 SO

Montreal: Carey Price 18 GP 13-4-1 2.36 GAA .922 SV% 2 SO


Last Meeting: November 5th Canadiens Won(SO) 2-1

Season Series: Canadiens Lead 1-0-0-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 119-106-31-5-2

All-Time vs MTL: Sabres Lead 69-37-19-4-2

Upcoming Matchups:

November 29th @ Canadiens 7:00 PM

February 3rd @ Canadiens 7:30 PM

Last Game Recap:

Frolik’s shorthanded goal lifts Jets past Sabres

The Winnipeg Jets are finding ways to win on the road.

Michael Frolik’s shorthanded goal with 5:40 left in the second period helped the Jets to a 2-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on Wednesday.

The win was the second in as many nights for the Jets, who are 8-4-2 on the road.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game by any standards, but we had a couple huge penalty kills, the power play came through again,” Jets forward Bryan Little said. “It was ugly, but we’ll take it.”

Frolik beat goalie Jhonas Enroth with a backhand wraparound after Sabres defenseman Andre Benoit turned over the puck. The goal, Frokik’s fifth, came after the Jets’ Adam Lowry was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta with 5:54 left in the second.

“I think we wanted to have hard pressure to kill the [penalty] and I tried to get in on him and I think he missed the pass a little bit and it bounced on him,” Frolik said. “I just kind of read that and tried to wrap it around. I think the goalie thought I was going to go all the way around and I just tried the short side. I didn’t even know it went in for a second, but it did, and I was happy.”

The loss ended the Sabres’ three-game winning streak.

Benoit was a late addition to the Sabres lineup. He replaced Tyler Myers, who was a late scratch because of a lower-body injury. Myers was struck in the hand by a slap shot against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

“That shorthanded goal against us really set us back,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “We couldn’t get our power play going. We practice it every day, and it didn’t look like we did at all.”

Tonight’s Preview:

Eastern Conference-leading Canadiens visit Sabres

Season series: On Nov. 5, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in a shootout. PA Parenteau scored in the third period, and then ended the game with a goal in the third round of the tiebreaker. Sabres goalie Jonas Enroth and Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski each made 31 saves in regulation and overtime. Montreal and Buffalo will play the back end of their home-and-home Saturday at Bell Centre.

Canadiens team scope: Montreal has not played since a 5-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. With four days between games, coach Michel Therrien gave his players two days away from the rink before reconvening Wednesday for practice. The Canadiens sit atop the Eastern Conference standings with 33 points, tied with the Anaheim Ducks for most in the NHL. “We’re first in the League, so that’s really positive,” center David Desharnais said. “And the fun part about it is we can go another step higher. We’ve played some good games and some that weren’t as good, then there were games where (goalie) Carey (Price) was incredible and he went and got us a win. So I think we can be better, and that’s the beauty of it.” Price is 13-4-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. Tokarski played in New York on Sunday, meaning Price, who blanked the Boston Bruins in a 2-0 win Saturday, will have had five days off between starts if Therrien goes with him against the Sabres.

Sabres team scope: Buffalo had its three-game winning streak snapped Wednesday in a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Defenseman Tyler Myers did not play because of a lower-body injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Andre Benoit, who committed a turnover that led to Michael Frolik’s shorthanded, game-winning goal in the second period. The Sabres pulled to within a goal at 5:30 of the third period on Chris Stewart’s second goal of the season, but they could not beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec with any of their six shots the rest of the way. Buffalo had 10 shots after two periods, then doubled that total in the third. “That first period and a half or so, I thought our hands were handling that puck like a grenade,” coach Ted Nolan said. “It just kept bouncing and bouncing. That third period we played the way we have to in order to be successful.” After this game, the Sabres will play three of four on the road.

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), Gorges Lower Body(IR/Questionable), Neuvirth Lower Body(Doubtful), McCormick Concussion Like-Symptoms(Out), Myers Lower Body Injury(Questionable)

Montreal: Bournival Shoulder(IR/Out)


Next 5 Games:

November 29th @ Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM(MSG HD/CITY/TVA)

December 2nd vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

December 4th @ Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 6th @ Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

December 9th vs Los Angeles Kings 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD)

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