Habs take on Sabers on 9-game slippage | State News


Buffalo Sabers (14-24-8, seventh in the Atlantic) vs Montreal Canadiens (8-32-7, eighth in the Atlantic)

Montreal; Sunday, 12:30 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Canadians -107, Sabers -112; plus/minus is 6

BOTTOM LINE: Montreal aims to end its nine-game slide with a win over Buffalo.

The Canadians are 2-7-2 against the rest of their division. Montreal is serving 10.8 penalty minutes per game, the most in the Eastern Conference. Michael Pezzetta leads the team in service by 68 minutes in total.

The Sabers are 4-7-4 against opponents in the Atlantic. Buffalo has scored 24 power-play goals, converting on 19.2% of chances.

Buffalo beat Montreal 4-1 in the last meeting between these teams on November 26. Tage Thompson scored twice for the Sabers in the win.

BEST PERFORMERS: Nicholas Suzuki leads the Canadiens with 28 points, scoring nine goals and 19 assists. Tyler Toffoli has four goals and five assists in Montreal’s last 10 games.

Mark Jankowski leads the Sabers with a plus-five rating in 16 games this season. Thompson has seven assists in Buffalo’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Canadiens: 1-7-2, averaged 2.5 goals, 4.2 assists, 4.9 penalties and 14.1 penalty minutes while allowing 4.8 goals per game with save percentage of 0.870.

Sabers: 3-5-2, averaged 2.4 goals, 4.1 assists, 4.6 penalties and 11.6 penalty minutes while allowing 3.4 goals per game with a .910 save percentage.

INJURIES: Canadians: Rafael Harvey-Pinard: absent (health protocols), Louie Belpedio: absent (covid-19), Gianni Fairbrother: absent (covid-19), David Savard: absent (ankle).

Sabers: Casey Mittelstadt: absent (upper body), Zemgus Girgensons: absent (undisclosed), Jack Quinn: absent (lower body).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data write and data from sports radar.

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