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Game #1

Buffalo Sabres (0-0-0, 0PTS) vs. Montreal Canadiens (0-0-0, 0PTS)

7:30 PM EST, HSBC Arena

TV: MSG-B (Buffalo),

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 208 (National)

Listen Here

In yesterday's post I talked about it being a long six months for the players and a feeling they don't want again next year. It's been just as long for us fans. Sure we have had the Bills to help us through the painful off-season but tonight it begins for real. You have read all the previews and now it's about you the fan. Make sure to stop by during the game and chat with other Sabres fans.

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Buffalo Sabres

Players to Watch

  • Derek Roy (78GP, 32G-49-81P, 6 power play goals, 3 short-handed goals)
  • Jason Pominville (82GP, 27G-53A-80P)
  • Thomas Vanek (82GP, 36G-28A-64P, 19 power play goals, 9 game-winning goals)
  • Ales Kotalik (79GP, 23G-20A-43P, 12 power play goals)
  • Jaro Spacek (60GP, 9G-23A-32P, 7 power play goals)
  • Daniel Paille (77GP, 19G-16A-35P, 3 short-handed goals)

Notes

  • Lost last years home opener 6-4 to the NY Islanders
  • Fourth in the league in goals scored last season with 251
    finished in 10th place last season, missing the playoffs
  • named Craig Rivet Captain, first time the Sabres have had only one captain since Stu Barnes wore the "C" from 2001-2003
  • finished Pre-Season 2-4-1

Montreal Canadiens

Players to Watch

  • Alex Kovalev (82GP, 35G-49A-84P, 17 power play goals)
  • Tomas Plekanec (81GP, 29G-40A-69P, 12 power play goals)
  • Andrei Kostitsyn (78GP, 26G-27A-53P, 12 power play goals)
  • Christopher Higgins (82GP, 27G-25A-52P, 12 power play goals)
  • Andrei Markov (82GP, 16G-42A-58P, 10 power play goals)
  • Carey Price (41GP, 2.56 GAA, .920 sv%)

Notes

  • second in the league in goals scored last season with 257
  • led the league with 90 power play goals last season converting 24.1%
    Finished last season in 1st place in the Eastern Conference
  • led the league with 130 goals scored on the road

07-08 Meetings

Season Series: 3-4-1

Buffalo Outshot: 1-2-1

Montreal Outshot: 1-0-0

Even shots: 1-2-0

Buffalo PP: 7-32 - 21.88%

Montreal PP: 8-28 - 28.57%

Date O/S Vis Home W/ Goalie W/T Goal Vis PP Home PP
Oct 20 Buf 2 Mon 4 C.Huet R. Hamrlik 1-6 2-6
Nov 5 Buf 0 Mon 2 C. Huet T. Plekanec 0-2 0-2
Nov 16 Mon 1 Buf 4 R. Miller D. Paille 0-2 0-1
Nov 23 Mon 2 Buf 4 R. Miller T. Vanek 1-6 2-3
Nov 24 Buf 3 Mon 0 J. Thibault J. Spacek 1-4 0-3
Feb 29 Mon 6 Buf 2 C. Price T. Plekanec 3-3 2-6
Mar 28 O Mon 4 Buf 3 C. Price C. Higgins 1-2 0-5
Apr 3 Buf 1 Mon 3 C. Price B. Smolinski 1-5 1-4