Preview: Habs Look to Clinch Playoff Berth vs Sabres

Today the Montreal Canadiens play a very important game as they take-on the Sabres in Buffalo.

With a win tonight, Montreal will clinch a playoff spot. Meanwhile, Buffalo is 11th in the east and 6 points out of a playoff spot with 8 games left on there schedule.

The last meeting between these two teams was on March 23rd when the Sabres picked up a 2-1 win in Montreal.

Here is a look at player stats, game notes and more, for tonight’s match-up:

Team Records: Canadiens - 2nd in East (25-9-5, 55 points) vs Sabres - 11th in East (16-18-6, 38 points)

Season Series:

Date Score Game Winner
Apr 11 ’13 TONIGHT
Mar 23 ’13 BUF 2 at MTL 1 T. Vanek
Mar 19 ’13 BUF 3 at MTL 2 – OT S. Ott
Feb 07 ’13 MTL 4 at BUF 5 – SO J. Pominville
Feb 02 ’13 BUF 1 at MTL 6 B. Gallagher

*Winners of each game are in Bold.

Game Notes:

- Canadiens can clinch a playoff spot with a win.

- Buffalo has won 3 of the 4 meetings between the two this season.

- Peter Budaj will be between the pipes for MTL tonight.

- It’s unclear on who will get the start for Buffalo.


Leading Scorers:

Montreal

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
M. Ryder 38 16 16 32 +4 14 8 5
P. Subban 33 10 22 32 +12 26 6 0
M. Pacioretty 35 11 19 30 +6 22 2 0

Buffalo

Player GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
T. Vanek 30 16 17 33 +1 18 7 2
C. Hodgson 40 13 17 30 +1 20 1 1
T. Ennis 39 9 17 26 -9 14 1 0

 

Goaltenders:

Montreal
Goalie GP Min Rec. GA SA GAA Sv%
C. Price 32 1921 19-8-4 73 857 2.28 .915
P. Budaj 8 448 6-1-1 17 204 2.28 .917
Buffalo
Goalie GP Min Rec. GA SA GAA Sv%
R. Miller 35 2052 14-16-5 95 1108 2.78 .914
J. Enroth 7 386 2-2-1 19 206 2.95 .908

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens

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