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NHL Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens

BUFFALO SABRES NOTES:

LAST GAME
Saturday, Nov. 19
Buffalo 2 at Toronto 5
Goals: Tuch, Mittelstadt
Goalie: Luukkonen (18 saves/23 shots)
PP: 2/6; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 34 – Toronto 23

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 40)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Mattias Samuelsson (Lower body, Oct. 25; IR) – 12 games
Kyle Okposo (Lower body, Nov. 12; IR) – 4 games
Eric Comrie (Lower body, Nov. 19; IR) – 1 game
Zemgus Girgensons (Undisclosed) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/17: Recalled G Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from Rochester (AHL); Placed G Eric Comrie on injured reserve
11/20: Claimed F Tyson Jost off waivers from the Minnesota Wild; Assigned F Anders Bjork to Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Wednesday, Nov. 23: St. Louis at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: New Jersey at Buffalo, 8 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 28: Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 30: Buffalo at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1: Colorado at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CANADIENS
• This is the second of three meetings between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
• Last meeting: Montreal defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Buffalo on Oct. 27, 2022.
• Next meeting: Monday, March 27, 2023 in Buffalo.
• The Sabres are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games against the Canadiens; 4-5-1 on the road.
• This is the 291st game all-time between Buffalo and Montreal; Buffalo has a 133-116-41 series record.
• The Sabres are 56-74-14 on the road against the Canadiens all-time.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Jeff Skinner has recorded 35 points (21+14) in 36 games against Montreal in his career.
• In 11 games against the Canadiens as a member of the Sabres, Skinner owns 18 points (10+8), including six multipoint performances.
• Tage Thompson has tallied 19 points (11+8) in his last 11 games.
• Craig Anderson has appeared in 34 games against the Canadiens in his career and has only played more games against one NHL team (Toronto).
• Rasmus Dahlin (0+3) and Alex Tuch (2+3) are both riding three-game point streaks.
• Tuch has tallied seven points (2+5) in his last seven games against the Canadiens.
• Victor Olofsson owns five points (2+3) in five games against the Canadiens in his career.

TAGELESS WONDER
• Entering play Monday and dating back to Oct. 29, Tage Thompson ranked first in the NHL in goals (11) and he was tied for first in points (19).
• Thompson leads all Sabres skaters in goals (12), points (22), points per game (1.22), shots (84) and power-play goals (5).
• Thompson is also tied for the team lead in even-strength points (12) and shorthanded goals (1).
• Thompson ranks second among all Sabres forwards in time on ice per game (18:21), trailing just Alex Tuch (18:34).
• According to Natural Stat Trick, Thompson is tied for the team lead in high-danger scoring chances for (34).
• Entering play Monday, Thompson was the only player in the NHL who had taken at least 80 shots and recorded a shooting percentage higher than 12.0 (14.3).

POWER SURGE
• Entering play Monday, Owen Power was tied for second among rookie defensemen in points (8) and even-strength points (6).
• Entering play Monday, Power led all rookie skaters in time on ice per game (23:45), with the next closest rookie at 20:39 (Kaiden Guhle).
• Through Buffalo’s first 18 games, Power has recorded multiple points on three separate occasions (Oct. 20, 0+2; Nov. 2, 0+2; Nov. 5, 0+2), tied with Guhle for the most among rookie skaters in 2022-23 entering play on Monday.
• Entering play Monday, Power was tied for fifth among all NHL defensemen in primary assists (7).

DAHLIN & CLEAR
• Entering play Monday, among NHL defensemen, Rasmus Dahlin was ranked second in goals (7), fourth in points per game (1.18), third in points (20), first in power-play goals (4), second in power-play points (10), second in time on ice per game (26:31) and fourth in shots (64).
• According to Natural Stat Trick, Dahlin (11) is one of two NHL defensemen who had recorded 11 or more high-danger scoring chances entering play Monday.
• Through his first 17 games, Dahlin has only failed to record a point on two occasions (Oct. 27 vs. Montreal, Nov. 12 vs. Boston).
• Dahlin (450:40) and Owen Power (427:30) are the only two Sabres skaters who have logged more than 335 minutes of ice time through the team’s first 18 games.
• Entering play Monday, only seven total skaters in the NHL had skated 450 minutes or more, and all had played more games than Dahlin.

JOST IN TIME
• Tyson Jost was claimed off waivers by Buffalo from the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 20.
• Jost was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round (10th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft held in Buffalo.
• In 354 NHL games, Jost has tallied 112 points (47+65).
• Jost has also appeared in 46 playoff games in his NHL career with Colorado and Minnesota, recording 10 points (6+4).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings entering play on Nov. 21)
• Buffalo Sabres: 62 GF (T-10th), 3.44 GF/GP (T-8th)
• Rasmus Asplund: 1 SHG (T-6th)
• Rasmus Dahlin: 26:31 TOI/GP (2nd)
• Casey Mittelstadt: 1 SHG (T-6th)
• Victor Olofsson: 1 OTG (T-3rd)
• Tage Thompson: 12 G (T-3rd), 5 PPG (T-8th), 1 SHG (T-6th), 84 S (4th)
• Alex Tuch: 3 GWG (T-1st)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Shots: Thompson (84), Dahlin (64), Olofsson/Skinner (51)
Hits: Dahlin (28), Lyubushkin (26), Cozens (19)
Blocked Shots: Dahlin (34), Bryson (30), Power (23)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 7-3-0 (14), 43/28, 9/38, 25/32
11-20: 0-8-0 (0), 19/38, 8/35, 15/25

OVERTIME RESULTS (1-0; 131-146 all-time)
Oct. 29 vs. CHI: W, 4-3 (GWG-Olofsson)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (0-0; 84-77 all-time)
N/A

MONTREAL CANADIENS NOTES:
À SURVEILLER CE SOIR / KEEP AN EYE ON…

  • Les Canadiens et les Sabres s’affrontent ce soir pour la 291e fois en saison régulière. En ajoutant les matchs de séries, ce sera la 326e confrontation entre les deux équipes.
  • The Canadiens and Sabres are facing each other for the 291st time in regular season. Including the playoffs, this will be the 326th match-up between the two teams.

DERNIER MATCH / LAST GAME – MTL 5 VS. PHI 4 (TB/SO) (@ CENTRE BELL)
Buts MTL Goals – Dvorak, Caufield (AN/PP), Matheson, Caufield, Suzuki (TB/SO)
Buts PHI Goals – Sanheim, Tippett, Tippett, Hayes
Gardien MTL Goalie – Allen (25-29)
Gardien PHI Goalie – Hart (28-32)
Avantage numérique MTL Powerplay – 1/3
Avantage numérique PHI Powerplay – 0/4
Meneurs MTL Leaders – TOI (Suzuki – 24:58) ; S (Caufield – 6) ; HT (Pezzetta – 4) ; BS (Edmundson – 5)

MATCHS À VENIR / UPCOMING GAMES
23 NOV. @ COLUMBUS 19 h / 7 p.m.
25 NOV. @ CHICAGO 14 h / 2 p.m.
29 NOV. VS. SAN JOSE 19 h / 7 p.m.
1 DÉC. @ CALGARY 21 h / 7 p.m.
3 DÉC. @ EDMONTON 19 h / 7 p.m.

RAPPORT MÉDICAL DE LA SAISON / SEASON INJURY REPORT
Joueur
Player
Date Blessure
Injury
Matchs ratés
Games lost
Retour
Return
C. Price – Genou / Knee 18 –
P. Byron – Hanche / Hip 18 –
J. Edmundson – Bas du dos / Lower-back 10 03/11/2022
J. Armia – Haut du corps / Upper-body 3 –
M. Matheson – Haut du corps / Upper-body 17 19/11/2022
J. Drouin – Haut du corps / Upper-body 3 –

RÉAFFECTATIONS, SIGNATURES ET TRANSACTIONS / ROSTER MOVES, SIGNINGS AND TRANSACTIONS
Les Canadiens ont cédé l’attaquant Rem Pitlick au Rocket de Laval (18/11)
The Canadiens have loaned forward Rem Pitlick to the Laval Rocket (11/18)
Les Canadiens ont rappelé l’attaquant Rem Pitlick du Rocket de Laval (16/11)
The Canadiens have recalled forward Rem Pitlick from the Laval Rocket (11/16)
The Canadiens have loaned goaltender Cayden Primeau to the Laval Rocket and recalled defenseman Corey
Schueneman (10/18)

NOTES DES CANADIENS / CANADIENS NOTES
STATISTIQUES D’ÉQUIPE / TEAM STATISTICS – AVANT LES MATCHS DU 21/11 – BEFORE GAMES ON 11/21
PTS (19 – 18e/18th)
V/W (8 – 17e/17th)
BP/GF (55 – 22e/22nd)
BC/GA (63 – 22e/22nd)
Tirs-PM/Shots-PG (30.8 – 16e/16th)
Tirs accordés-PM/Shots allowed-PG (33.2 – 21e/21st)
MÉ/Hits (288 – 31e/31st)
MP/PIM (225 – 5th/5th)
AN/PP (18.0% – 27e/27th)
DN/PK (81.4% – 8e/8th)

LES CANADIENS CONTRE CHAQUE DIVISION L’AN DERNIER / THE HABS VS. EVERY DIVISION LAST SEASON
Adversaire
Opponent
Fiche
Record
PTS Buts pour
Goals for
Buts contre
Goals against
Atlantique 9-14-3 21 84 89
Centrale 3-9-4 10 39 65
Métropolitaine 6-17-1 13 55 103
Pacifique 4-9-3 11 43 62
Total 22-49-11 55 221 319
*Inclut les buts en fusillade / Includes the shootout goals

LES CANADIENS CONTRE CHAQUE DIVISION CETTE SAISON / THE HABS VS. EVERY DIVISION THIS SEASON
Division Fiche
Record
PTS Buts pour
Goals for
Buts contre
Goals against
Atlantique 3-1-0 6 10 10
Centrale 2-3-1 5 19 21
Métropolitaine 3-3-0 6 19 24
Pacifique 1-1-0 2 9 8
Total 9-8-1 19 57 63
*Inclut les buts en fusillade / Includes the shootout goals
MARTIN ST-LOUIS EN CHIFFRES / MARTIN ST. LOUIS’ NUMBERS…
Matchs/Games : 55
Victoires/Wins : 23
Fiche : 23-27-5
Points de classement/Standing points : 51

CANADIENS VS. BUFFALO
À vie / All-Time
CANADIENS vs. BUF 126-114-31-19 (290 PJ / GP)
Dom. / Home 76-46-12-10 (144 PJ / GP)
Étr. / Away 50-68-19-9 (146 PJ / GP)
Dern. Match / Last game:
V 3-4 W @ BUF (27/10/22)
S. Montembeault 2-45 | Comrie 3-34
BG / WG: J. Anderson

10 DERNIERS MATCHS CONTRE BUFFALO / LAST 10 GAMES VS. BUFFALO:
27/10/22 – MTL 3 @ BUF 2
23/02/22 – BUF 0 @ MTL 4
13/02/22 – BUF 5 @ MTL 3
26/11/21 – MTL 1 @ BUF 4
14/10/21 – MTL 1 @ BUF 5
30/01/20 – MTL 3 @ BUF 1
09/10/19 – MTL 4 @ BUF 5 (P/OT)
23/03/19 – BUF 4 @ MTL 7
23/11/18 – MTL 2 @ BUF 3 (P/OT)
08/11/18 – BUF 6 @ MTL 5 (P/OT)

CETTE SAISON CONTRE BUFFALO / THIS SEASON VS. BUFFALO
Match #1: 27/10/2022 @ BUF – V/W 3-2
Match #2: 22/11/2022 @ MTL
Match #3: 27/03/2022 @ BUF

MEILLEURS BUTEURS CONTRE BUFFALO / LEADING GOAL SCORERS VS. BUFFALO:
1) Brendan Gallagher (16-3-19, 33 pj/gp)
2) Mike Hoffman (8-11-19, 27 pj/gp)
3) Sean Monahan (7-11-18, 17 pj/gp)

MEILLEURS POINTEURS CONTRE BUFFALO / LEADING SCORERS VS. BUFFALO:
1) Mike Hoffman (8-11-19, 27 pj/gp)
2) Brendan Gallagher (16-3-19, 33 pj/gp)
3) Sean Monahan (7-11-18, 17 pj/gp)

MENEURS MINUTES DE PÉNALITÉ CONTRE BUFFALO / MOST PENALTY MINUTES VS. BUFFALO:
1) David Savard (16, 23 pj/gp)
2) Brendan Gallagher (15, 33 pj/gp)
3) Mike Hoffman (12, 27 pj/gp)

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