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Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens Preview and Predictions 11-08-2018 in NHL


The Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres each put together three-game winning streaks last month, but neither team has been able to generate much consistency since then. The Canadiens have alternated losses and wins over their past nine games while the Sabres have dropped four of five entering Thursday night's matchup in Montreal.

The Canadiens were denied a chance at back-to-back victories after surrendering four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, in Tuesday's 5-3 loss at the New York Rangers. "At times in key crucial moments of the game, I think we have to have a better killer instinct," Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher said. "It's tough to sit here at the end of the day when those things are in your control and we could have had a better outcome." Buffalo also is coming off a road loss to the Rangers, although coach Phil Housley had no issues with his team's effort after it poured 40 shots on goal. "I liked the way we played the game tonight," Housley said. "If we continue to play like that, we're going to win a lot of hockey games."

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG-Buffalo, RDS, TSN2 (Montreal) 

ABOUT THE SABRES (7-6-2): Buffalo's No. 1 line of captain Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville was held off the scoresheet Sunday after erupting for nine points in the previous game versus Ottawa and 38 in the previous seven contests. Conor Sheary netted the team's lone goal in Monday's loss and has scored in back-to-back games after managing only one assist during an eight-game goalless drought. Housley said that defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, who has appeared in only one of the past eight games, will return to the lineup Thursday against his former team.



ABOUT THE CANADIENS (8-5-2): Forward Max Domi has scored in four consecutive games and his nine tallies in his first season with Montreal have all come in the past nine contests, matching his total from 82 games with the Arizona Coyotes in 2017-18. Such consistency has been lacking in net, however: Carey Price was singed for three goals on eight shots in the third period against the Rangers and has surrendered a combined 13 tallies in his last three starts. For the season, Price owns a 5-4-2 record with an unsightly 2.81 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.

OVERTIME

1. Domi has seven goals in his last seven games, including two in a 4-3 loss at Buffalo last month.

2. Skinner had three assists versus Montreal last month and has 11 goals and 20 points in 26 games against the Canadiens.

3. The Canadiens recalled F Kenny Agostino from Laval of the American Hockey League.

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Bell Centre
Montreal, Quebec, CAN.
Capacity: 21,273

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Last Injuries

Montreal Canadiens

  • Carey Price

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Price is dealing with an undetermined injury and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against the Maple Leafs.

  • Paul Byron

    Wrist
    Out Sat | out

    Byron is dealing with a wrist injury and will miss Saturday's game against the Maple Leafs.

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Buffalo Sabres

  • Vladimir Sobotka

    Upper Body
    Out Sat | out

    Sobotka has been absent from the lineup during the previous three games with an upper-body injury and will not play in the regular-season finale on Saturday against the Red Wings.

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montreal-canadiens Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Brendan Gallagher 82 33 4 0 11 14 8 4 0 7 0 1775 302
Max Domi 82 28 2 0 9 9 10 4 0 11 0 1751 203
Tomas Tatar 80 25 4 0 9 8 8 4 0 8 0 1737 195
Andrew Shaw 63 19 3 0 4 10 5 3 0 6 0 1267 135
Jonathan Drouin 81 18 3 1 7 5 5 3 0 16 0 1706 190
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Carey Price 66 64 0 0 0 24 35 6 2
Antti Niemi 17 17 0 0 0 6 8 2 0
Andrew Shaw 63 0 203 181 128 0 0 0 71
Artturi Lehkonen 82 0 14 5 120 0 0 0 32
Brendan Gallagher 82 0 28 23 126 0 0 0 49
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Max Domi 82 0 44 7 0
Phillip Danault 81 0 41 4 2
Jonathan Drouin 81 0 35 13 0
Jeff Petry 82 0 33 8 1
Tomas Tatar 80 0 33 4 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Charlie Lindgren 1 1 5 4.615 2 2 1 0 49 4 18 19 8 0
Antti Niemi 17 17 61 3.778 23 17 19 2 539 14 160 170 195 0
Carey Price 66 64 161 2.490 45 59 51 6 1952 12 625 698 617 0
Andrew Shaw 63 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36
Artturi Lehkonen 82 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 39
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Carey Price 66 64 4 0 0 0
Andrew Shaw 63 0 0 0 0 0
Antti Niemi 17 17 0 0 0 0
Artturi Lehkonen 82 0 0 0 0 0
Brendan Gallagher 82 0 0 0 0 0
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Carey Price 66 64 193874 19279 232815 19662
Jeff Petry 82 0 90960 12464 113747 10323
Jordie Benn 81 0 74800 114 88422 13508
Phillip Danault 81 0 71901 2345 86398 12152
Max Domi 82 0 72613 12634 85519 272

buffalo-sabres Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Jeff Skinner 82 40 7 3 12 12 13 8 0 16 0 1721 268
Jack Eichel 77 28 2 2 10 6 10 8 0 26 0 1756 303
Sam Reinhart 82 22 1 0 7 8 7 2 0 15 0 1730 180
Jason Pominville 73 16 3 0 4 7 5 1 0 2 0 1232 134
Conor Sheary 78 14 3 1 5 5 3 4 0 6 0 1480 147
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Linus Ullmark 37 34 0 0 0 14 15 5 0
Carter Hutton 50 48 0 0 0 25 18 2 2
Alexander Nylander 12 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 4
Brendan Guhle 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
C.J. Smith 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Jack Eichel 77 0 54 18 0
Sam Reinhart 82 0 43 13 0
Rasmus Ristolainen 78 0 38 16 0
Rasmus Dahlin 82 0 35 15 0
Jeff Skinner 82 0 23 8 0
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Linus Ullmark 37 34 109 3.111 30 37 37 5 1146 15 398 376 357 0
Carter Hutton 50 48 142 3.000 39 61 40 2 1541 28 531 533 449 0
Alexander Nylander 12 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Brendan Guhle 2 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
C.J. Smith 11 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Linus Ullmark 37 34 2 0 0 0
Alexander Nylander 12 0 0 0 0 0
Brendan Guhle 2 0 0 0 0 0
C.J. Smith 11 0 0 0 0 0
Carter Hutton 50 48 0 0 0 3
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Carter Hutton 50 48 142345 14709 170377 13323
Linus Ullmark 37 34 108083 9519 126126 8524
Rasmus Ristolainen 78 0 91107 14049 115322 10166
Rasmus Dahlin 82 0 89277 14029 104085 779
Jack Eichel 77 0 75701 16283 94439 2455