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02-09-2006, 06:43 AM
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Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres 02/09/06 RDS GDT

Tonight, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres face off a second straight time, with Buffalo taking the last game in Montreal Tuesday night by a score of 3-2 in overtime. The Sabres are the winningest team in the NHL in the last 35 games while the habs have been really awful the last 35 games and coincidently the fall of the habs and the rise of the sabres started during the same time period. Anyhow the past is the past. Tonight's game will feauture two hot goalies in Ryan Miller and Christobal Huet. The Key to the habs success will be to stay out of the penalty box and do something they haven't done in months on the road, capitalise on their chances especially the powerplay. Sabres are one of the least penalised teams and their powerplay and penalty killing numbers as you'll see above speak volumes on why the team has had so much success this year. Daniel Briere wont be playing on the Sabres side and Richard Zednik and J.P. Cote has been sent back to Hamilton on the habs side. Here's a breakdown on both teams roller coaster ride 2005-06 seasons.

Buffalo Sabres:

Record: 53 GP 35- 15- 3
Conference: 4th
Division: 2nd
Last 35 games: 26-6-3 (55 points) **BEST IN THE LEAGUE!**
Last 20 home games: 13-5-2

Powerplay:
2nd overall with 21.2 %
3rd at home with 24.0%

Penalty Killing:
3rd overall with 86.0 %
1st at home with 91.4 %
6 shorthanded goals

Top 5 scorers:

Drury: 52 GP 17 G 25 A 42 P **LAST 17 GP: 6 G, 12 A, 18 P**
Kotalik: 53 GP 21 G 20 A 41 P
Conolly: 48 GP 9 G 29 A 38 P
Afinogenov: 48 GP 14 G 23 A 37 P
Vanek: 53 GP 16 G 17 A 33 P

Top 5 home scorers:

Kotalik: 26 GP 11 G 12 A 23 P
Drury: 25 GP 9 G 13 A 22 P
Conolly: 24 GP 4 G 17 A 21 P
Afinogenov: 23 GP 9 G 10 A 19 P
Hecht: 26 GP 8 G 9 A 17 P

Starting Goalie:
Miller 26 GP .925 SAVE % 2.18 GAA (Last 19 GP 1.80 GAA, .927 Save %)


Montreal Canadiens:
Record: 54 GP 25- 22- 7
Conference: 9th
Division: 4th
Last 35 games: 12-19-4
Last 20 road games: 3-15-2

Powerplay:
9th overall with 18.5 %
29th on the road with 11.8 %

Penalty Killing:
23rd overall with 80.5 %
28th on the road with 78 %
7 shorthanded goals

Top 5 Overall Scorers:
Koivu: 44 GP 14 G 25 A 39 P
Kovalev: 41 GP 12 G 25 A 37 P
Ryder: 54 GP 23 G 13 A 36 P
Ribeiro: 53 GP 10 G 23 A 33 P
Markov: 43 GP 8 G 24 A 32 P **Last 31 GP 8 G, 22 A, 30 P**

Top 5 Road Scorers:
Koivu: 23 GP 8 G 11 A 19 P
Bulis: 27 GP 9 G 8 A 17 P
Ryder: 28 GP 10 G 6 A 16 P
Rivet: 28 GP 2 G 13 A 15 P
Markov: 20 GP 2 G 11 A 13 P

Starting Goalie:
Huet: 15 GP .925 Save % 2.51 GAA (Last 8 full starts: 1.75 GAA, .949 Save Percentage)

And last but not least GOOOO HABSSS GOOO!!!!

P.S. Dont be too hard on me since this is my first GDT, so I know it's like pierre dagenais version number 2!

Projected lineup on the habs:

Higgins Koivu Ryder
Perezhogin Ribeiro Kovalev
Bulis Plekanec ***
Begin Bonk Downey

Markov Komisarek
Souray Rivet
Dandenault Bouillon

Huet


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02-09-2006, 07:36 AM
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Any word on Koivu? I read that he may have the Flu.

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Any word on Koivu? I read that he may have the Flu.
He does have the flu, but RDS reports that despite the fact that he will skip practice today, it is expected that he'll play tonight.

It also says Zednik (who stayed in Montreal with the flu) *might* join the team in time for the game.

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02-09-2006, 07:56 AM
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It also says Zednik (who stayed in Montreal with the flu) *might* join the team in time for the game.

With the way he has been playing in the last games, he cant stay in Montreal no problem.

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I can see Buffalo taking this one big 6-1. With Ottawa losing and Buffalo 4 points back with a game in hand , buffalo comes out flying and gives a solid 60.

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02-09-2006, 09:54 AM
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Great quote from Cristobal Huet on RDS, showing a lot of confidence, and the desire to win being back in the team (referring to the OT loss to Buffalo):

« Nous ne sommes pas satisfaits avec ce point », avait indiqué le gardien Cristobal Huet après la rencontre. « Mais nous allons l’accepter. »

Which translates to: "We're not satisfied with this point," said Cristobal Huet after the game. "But we'll take it."

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I can see Buffalo taking this one big 6-1. With Ottawa losing and Buffalo 4 points back with a game in hand , buffalo comes out flying and gives a solid 60.
He said HUET was in nets for us. If you guys play as mediocre 5 on 5 as you did last game, I wouldn't expect you guys to win.

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I also think Buffalo will come out flying and **** us... something like 4-1 or 4-0.

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If Zednik does stay home, it would be nice to see Kostitsyn get the call. That could be a pretty effective line of Bulis - Plekanec - Kostitsyn.

On the other hand perhaps a last minute game time decision by Zednik to start the game could lead to a four-goal effort a la Bulis?

Wishful thinking I know. Regardless, Go Habs Go - Another close game.

Montreal 3 Buffalo 2 in OT. Kovalev with the OT winner and two rookies with the other goals. I'll say Perezhogin and Plekanec.

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stay away from the stupid penalties and the habs should take it.

The habs basically giftwrapped the previous game to the sabres and still the sabres needed OT.

Just gotta translate their last 7 periods at home to a solid 3 periods on the road. If that happens, then I believe this team has officially turned the corner and will be in playioff contention right to the bitter end.

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I think the Habs pull out the win tonight. Also see Perezhogin scoring at least once tonight...he seems due for something big.

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I think the Habs pull out the win tonight. Also see Perezhogin scoring at least once tonight...he seems due for something big.
I am with you on this one!
Habs will pull a fast one right under the noses of these Buffalo Sabres...

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The last game was hardly a blowout by the Sabres. They needed a 5 on 3 to win. Had the Habs survived the penalty, they had just as good a chance of winning. Ryder could have put it away in the 3rd period.

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He said HUET was in nets for us. If you guys play as mediocre 5 on 5 as you did last game, I wouldn't expect you guys to win.
The 5 on 5 Sabres are a complete different team than the 35 wins Sabres, they needs PPs to win most of their games.

They are a small +3 this year 5 on 5.

I say: STAY AWAY FROM THE DAMN PENALTY BENCH HABS...

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The last game was hardly a blowout by the Sabres. They needed a 5 on 3 to win. Had the Habs survived the penalty, they had just as good a chance of winning. Ryder could have put it away in the 3rd period.
Ryder did put it away in the third. Habs must use that disallowed goal as motivation. Go Habs Go.

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RDS confirms Zednik will indeed miss tonight's game. Opens a spot for Sundstrom or Streit, barring a call-up.

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Quote:
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Koivu is worse than expected..

He has BIRD FLU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you serious about this? If yes, where did you hear it?

If not, that's not exactly an appropriate joke, especially considering Koivu's unfortunate medical past.

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I'm going to be attending this game and it will mark my first Habs game ever.

I'm leaving for Buffalo at around 4pm.

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Ill predict a win for the habs tonight since zednik is not playing.

Lets hope kost gets called back, if he is called back, sunny's will be very down but hey who cares about a 3rd-4th liners feeling when u have a chance do give experience to your future go to guy

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What's the Habs record without Zednik this year? Like 9-1 or something?

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I thought it was 10-1 without Zednik.

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10-2?

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If Koharski's the ref, we lose 6-2


If not, we win 3-2 in a SO with Ryder, Perez and Bulis scoring

 
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I can't emphasize enough the importance of staying out of the penalty box. No lazy penalties please!

If I were Bob Gainey, that would be my mantra from here on in. No lazy penalties. If we can keep our minor penalties to 2 or fewer and play with the intensity we have over the last few, the team will start to get on a roll. Lazy, late period and overtime penalties have been a nightmare all year for this team. How many points have we lost alone due to an overtime power play goal scored against? I believe we have lost at least 4 games in overtime because we were in the penalty box. A 4 on 3 powerplay is like the kiss of death.

My prediction less than 3 Buffalo powerplays = Montreal win; 3 or more = Buffalo win.

Simple formula: Skate for sixty minutes+no lazy penalties=win

Go Habs Go

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If Koharski's the ref, we lose 6-2


If not, we win 3-2 in a SO with Ryder, Perez and Bulis scoring
Could be worse: Warren & Pollock.

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