Sabres try to get out of the cellar in Montreal

November 11, 2017

Montreal, QC (WGR 550) - The Sabres have no excuses for another lifeless performance Friday against Florida. They lost to a team that was the worst in the Eastern Conference, which is where Buffalo is now. Kyle Okposo said the Sabres record isn’t an accident, "That's what the record says, that's what we are. There's no bones about it. We are where we are for a reason."

The Sabres had too many passengers on Friday night and handed Roberto Luongo a very easy night in net.

The Sabres are a perimeter bunch with very few players willing to pay the price in the areas where goals are scored. The only player willing to get around Luongo was defenseman Nate Beaulieu. He was in front causing the screen the helped in Buffalo’s only goal by Okposo.

Jack Eichel is trying to force plays and isn’t playing like this team needs him to. Eichel hasn’t scored a goal in seven games and has just three assists.

Jason Pominville has cooled way off which at his age, isn’t surprising. Pominville has one goal in seven games and just two assists.

Ryan O’Reilly was invisible against the Panthers and played like he did in the first six games of the season. That happens way too much for a player that is supposed to be their leader and best two-way player.

Sam Reinhart has not produced at all this season. He hasn’t scored in nine games.

Matt Moulson has no points in his 10 games.

Zemgus Girgensons is pointless in eight games.

If we go to the defensemen, they’re 0 for the season.

Tonight, Beaulieu will be coming back to play in Montreal for the first time since the Habs traded him.

Benoit Pouliot will play tonight’s game. It looked to me like he drilled his shoulder into the head of Keith Yandle, but the Department of Player Safety said the head was not the main point of contact.

Phil Housley did not have a morning skate, but if he holds true to form, I would expect Chad Johnson in net.

Johnson is 1-3-1 with a 3.84 goals against and .878 save percentage.

Montreal had its three game winning streak broken here on Thursday losing to Minnesota 3-0. The Habs have won six of their last nine after a very slow start.

Montreal fired 41 shots at the Minnesota net and still couldn’t score.

You might think Buffalo is getting a break with Montreal’s top two goalies, Carey Price and Al Montoya out injured, but Thursday’s loss was Charlie Lindgren’s first after winning his first five NHL games. This season Lindgren is 2-1-0 with a 1.35 goals against and .961 save percentage. He’s only given up four goals in three games played.

Shea Weber and Jonathan Drouin missed Thursday’s game with injuries, but both took part the the Habs morning skate.

Brendan Gallagher is Montreal’s leading scorer with 12 points in 17 games. His seven goals is also tops for Montreal. Gallagher has six goals and four assists for 10 points in his last 10 games.

Tomas Plekanec has five points in six games.

Phillip Danault has seven points in seven games.

Max Pacioretty has five goals in nine games.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame starting at 6:00 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Nate Beaulieu and Benoit Pouliot.