GAME PREVIEW – Sabres @ Canadians (Tuesday, October 18, 2011)
In Game 5 of their 2011-12 Season, the Sabres (3-1-0) travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens (1-2-1). Ryan Miller is expected to draw the start in goal for the Sabres while Carey Price will handle goaltending duties for the Canadiens. The Sabres are very healthy going into this contest, with only Jochen Hecht appearing on the injury report. Hecht is day-to-day with a head injury.
The Sabres look to carry the momentum from their 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh in their last game into Montreal on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Montreal has lost two straight games, giving up six goals to the Colorado Avalanche in a loss on Saturday. Goaltender Carey Price has been a bright spot for the Canadiens and he will look to slow down the Sabres offense as much as possible. This is the first of six match-ups between the Sabres and Canadiens this season.
Thomas Vanek has started out the season very hot for the Sabres with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the Sabres first four games. Not to be outdone, Vanek’s linemate Luke Adams has six points of his own (3 goals, 3 assists) to open the season. Ryan Miller has been his usual stellar self, recording two wins in his three starts so far this season.
The Sabres come into this game with a definite advantage on special teams (20.0% Power Play, 86.7% Penalty Kill) over the Canadiens (12.5% Power Play, 79.0% Penalty Kill). The Sabres also averaging more goals per game (3.50) than the Canadiens (2.75) while allowing few goals per game (2.25 to 3.00). That seems to make the Sabres the favorite in this game, despite playing on the road. The oddsmakers agree and they’ve installed the Sabres a road favorite (-130) in Montreal.
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Time: 7:30 ET
Location: Bell Centre in Montreal