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Buffalo Sabres (19-9-2, 40pts) Game #31 Montreal Canadiens (15-15-3, 33pts)
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Date: December 12, 2009
Location: Montreal, QC
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Arena: Bell Centre
TV: Versus
SBN Affiliate/ Blogs Habs Eyes On The Prize
Radio:

WGR (550AM)

Season Series BUF 1-0-1,MTL 1-1-0
Final Score

Buffalo Sabres Category Montreal Canadiens
79 (2.63) Goals For 81 (2.46)
65 (2.17) Goals Against 93 (2.82)
962 (32.1) Shots For 892 (27.0)
914 (30.5) Shots Against 1044 (31.6)
24/132 - 18.2% (19) Power Play 19/98 - 19.4% (15)
16/105 - 84.8% (5) Penalty Kill 24/145 - 83.4% (9)
Game Notes
  • The Sabres are on a three game winning streak after their 3-2 victory at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
  • Thomas Vanek (1+1) and Tyler Myers (0+2) are both on a two game point streak.
  • Marc-Andre Bergeron has a a four game point streak (2+3).
  • Michael Cammalleri leads the Canadiens with 17 goals, Brian Gionta is second with eight goals.
  • Thomas Vanek and Clarke MacArthur lead the Sabres with nine goals each.
  • The Sabres have a decided advantage while playing 5-on-5. Buffalo is a plus-11 while 5-on-5 and the Habs are a minus-13.
  • The Sabres and Habs have met twice this season. Montreal took the first meeting in a shootout but the Sabres coasted to a 6-2 victory on December 3.
  • Mike Grier is expected to return to the lineup tonight and Mark Mancari has been sent back to Portland.
Starting Goalies


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Ryan Miller 26 1540 18 6 47 1.83 768 721 .939 4


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jaroslav Halak 11 601 6 4 28 2.80 301 273 .907 0



Projected Lines

Sabres Current Lines

Thomas Vanek - Tim Connolly -Drew Stafford
Jochen Hecht - Derek Roy - Jason Pominville
Clarke MacArthur - Tim Kennedy - Patrick Kaleta
Matt Ellis - Adam Mair - Mike Grier
Craig Rivet - Andrej Sekera
Steve Montador - Toni Lydman
Tyler Myers - Henrik Tallinder
Updated 12/14/09