The Sabres look for their second straight win in Montreal

November 25, 2017

Montreal, QC (WGR 550) - There’s good news and bad news in Sabreland. The good news is, Buffalo no longer has a seven game losing streak and they won’t have to face Shea Weber tonight in Montreal. The bad news is Carey Price returns in goal for the Habs after missing 10 games with a lower body injury.

This season Price is 3-7-1 with a 3.77 goals against and a .877, so he’ll likely have a lot of resolve to get back to the goaltender he’s been in the past.

In six of his last seven starts, Price has given up four or more goals.

Montreal is looking for a boost after five straight losses. The Canadiens only win in the last seven games was two weeks ago in overtime against Buffalo.

In the last seven games, Montreal has only scored 10 goals and four of them came in a loss to Arizona.

The O/T goal against Buffalo is Max Pacioretty’s only goal in seven games.

Tomas Plekanec only has one goal in 11 games.

Phillip Danault hasn’t scored in 12 games.

Alex Galchenyuk is goalless in his last 11 games.

Paul Byron has two goals in 12 games.

Jonathan Drouin has one goal in 16 games.

The Sabres are coming off one of their better efforts against Edmonton. In the 3-1 victory, Robin Lehner made 29 saves to pick up his first win in six games.

Jack Eichel scored giving him three goals in six games, but more importantly, he looked good in both ends of the rink.

Rasmus Ristolainen returned after missing nine games with an upper body injury. He paired with Marco Scandella and did a superb job of shutting off Connor McDavid.

Ristolainen has two assists and five shot in 27:32 of work and said after the game he could go another 27 minutes. He very much looked like a number one defenseman in that game.

Kyle Okposo has spent two games playing with Jacob Josefson and Jordan Nolan and the trio have found a chemistry. Okposo has a goal and three assists in those two games. Nolan has two goals and an assist and Josefson has a goal and an assist.

The win didn’t do much for Buffalo in the standings as they’re only at a .348 point percentage. Edmonton is .391 and Montreal is next at .413. The only team under the Sabres is Arizona at .300.

The number one power play in the NHL last season is now 30th at a horrible 13.7 percent. Montreal is next at 14.4 percent.

Buffalo is 5-4-1 in their last 10 visits to Montreal.

The Sabres did not hold a morning skate, so there is no lineup news.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame starting at 6:00 when we’ll hopefully hear from Phil Housley, Marco Scandella and Kyle Okposo.