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[open thread] Sabres vs. Canadiens

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Time: 7:30 TV: MSG(HD) Radio: WGR55

Sabres Notes:

Drew Stafford has scored goals in the past two games but will not play tonight due to a shoulder injury...Thomas Vanek has four points in previous two games...Derek Roy has at least one point in last three games...Won two straight games both at home...Scored first goal in last two games after allowing the first goal in 14 straight...Ranked number seven in the NHL on PK...scored three first period goals in past two games

Canadiens Notes::  

Chris Higgins has scored goals in each of the last two games...Alex Kovalev has a three game point streak (1-2-3)...Number one ranked PP in the NHL, as well as number on eon the road...Alex Kovalev has scored six of his ten goals while on the power play...scored 22 power play goals on the season...the Habs are a minus eight while 5-on-5

Fast Fact:

Sabres won the previous meeting betwwen the two teams 4-1 last Friday but trail the season series 2-1.

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy 7
  • Points: Derek Roy 15
  • +/-: Daniel Paille +4
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 36

Montreal Canadiens

  • Goals:  Alex Kovalev 10
  • Points:  Alex Kovalev 19
  • +/-: Roman Hamrlik +8
  • PIM: Tom Kostopolous 43

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 12-Kotalik
55-Hecht, 41-MacArthur, 29-Pominville
20-Paille, 19-Connolly, 61-Afinogenov
37-Ryan, 28-Gaustad, 76-Peters

Buffalo Defensemen
6-Spacek, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 10-Tallinder
4-Pratt,38-Paetsch

Goaltenders
30-Miller, 35-Thibault

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