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[open thread] Sabres @ Canadiens

Time: 7:00 TV: MSG(HD) Radio: WGR55

Sabres Notes:

Shutout last night at HSBC against the Columbus Blue Jackets...Have played only one game away from HSBC Arena this season, a 3-2 loss to the NY Islanders on Saturday October 6th...still averaging four goals a game which is third in the league behind Philadelphia (4.17 goals/game) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (4.12 goals/game)...Jaro Spacek will once again miss the game because of a shoulder injury...Andrej Sekera will be in the lineup again for the Sabres...power play was 0-5 against Columbus and dropped the Sabres to 10th in the league from 7th previously...allowed one power play goal on Friday, killed five of six in the game...Nathan Paetsch seen some power play time in the absence of Jaro Spacek...

Canadiens Notes:

Have lost last three games, last game was a 4-3 loss to Ottawa on Thursday night...0-1-1 at home this season...Cristobal Huet (1-1-2, .927 sv%, 2.17 GAA) is expected to start for the Habs...Michael Ryder scored his first goal of the season on Thursday against Ottawa...Ryder had five goals in eight games against Buffalo last season

Fast Fact:

Ryan Miller has never lost in Montreal...he is 4-0-0 with a 1.71 Goals Against Average

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals: Jaroslav Spacek, Derek Roy 4
  • Points: Brian Campbell 9
  • +/-: Brian Campbell +5
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 13
  • Wins: Ryan Miller 2
  • Save %: Ryan Miller .894
  • GAA: Ryan Miller 2.83

Montreal Canadiens

  • Goals: Alex Kovalev 3
  • Points: Saku Koivu 6
  • +/-: Saku Koivu +2
  • PIM: Mike Komisarek 12
  • Wins: Cristobal Huet, Carey Price 1
  • Save %: Cristobal Huet .927
  • GAA: Cristobal Huet 2.17

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 61-Afinogenov
55-Hecht, 19-Connolly, 29-Pominville
21-Stafford, 28-Gaustad, 12-Kotalik
20-Paille, 22-Mair, 37-Ryan

Buffalo Defensemen
45-Kalinin, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 10-Tallinder

30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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