The Sabres could be eliminated from the playoffs in Montreal

The Canadiens are still fighting for their playoff lives

Paul Hamilton
March 23, 2019 - 1:56 pm

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Montreal, QC (WGR 550) - The last time the Sabres played Montreal, Buffalo was in the middle of a 10-game winning streak and beat the Canadiens 3-2. My how things have changed.

The Sabres were on their way to first place in the NHL and looked like they were a can’t miss for the playoffs. It’s kind of ironic that if Montreal wins this game in regulation, the Sabres will be officially eliminated from playoff contention.

The teams haven’t seen each other in four months, and Montreal is currently holding down the second wild card position in the East, two back of Carolina and one in front of Columbus.

The Canadiens have won two in a row since losing four of five games.

Carey Price has played in 21-of-22 games and has given up just one goal in two games. In his last five games, Price has allowed six goals. Overall, Price’s numbers aren’t impressive with a 2.50 goals-against and .917 save percentage. Buffalo scored six on Price in the only game they faced him this season.

Montreal doesn’t have one guy that’s a big points producer as Max Domi leads them in scoring with 64 points in 74 games. Domi has 25 goals, while Brendan Gallagher has 31.

Carter Hutton is 3-0-0 against Montreal this season with a 2.07 goals-against and .917 save percentage. Hutton can expect to see a lot of shots as Montreal is third in the NHL with 33.7 shots per-game.

Montreal has the worst power play in the league, while the Sabres are 18th.

Jeff Skinner has enjoyed playing Montreal this season, picking up four goals and seven points in three games. The problem for Skinner is he has one goal in 16 games.

Evan Rodrigues gets a lot of ice-time in the top six along with power play time. He has one goal in 20 games.

Looking at the rest of the top-six, Sam Reinhart hasn’t scored in 11 games. He has just two assists in that time.

Conor Sheary has one goal in eight games, while Jack Eichel has one point in five games. If you’d like to add Jason Pominville to that mix, he has one goal in 10 games.

This could be Pominville’s final game in his hometown as the 36-year-old's future in up in the air. Pominville has played 63 games against Montreal and has scored 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 points.

Scott Wilson, Tage Thompson and Matt Hunwick will be scratched.

Join Brian Koziol for the pre-game starting at 6:00 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Alex Nylander and Conor Sheary.

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