March 31, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Montreal Canadiens


Good morning Buffalo Sabres Fans!  It’s an interesting hockey filled weekend seeing the guys in action both today and tomorrow in matinee timed games.

Today’s opponent is the historic Montreal Canadiens – who have struggled as of late and were blown out by the Ottawa Senators 5-1 in their last game.  Buffalo is flying high after a five point night for Thomas Vanek saw the Buffalo Sabres win in Boston for the first time in two years.

Thomas Vanek on a hot streak could spell trouble for the Habs – but now that the contract dispute betweek P.K. Subban and the team has ended, he could be ahuge pick me up for the Montreal Canadiens blue line.  He could also stumble through the early moments of the game, trying to get a feel for the speed of the game again.

The key for the Buffalo Sabres will be attacking that early, and getting ahead permanently in the game.

History bodes well for the Buffalo Sabres as well – last season they won five of six against Montreal.  Three of those games were one goal affairs.

Buffalo remains without Robyn Regehr and Patrick Kaleta – lost to injuries during the season; and Cody McCormick and Ville Leino have yet to see the ice in this shortened season. The stantions for the Buffalo Sabres have been Ryan Miller (on most nights) – but he needs some definite help from the Blue line in front of him.  Offensively, the line of Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, and Cody Hodgson have account for 33 points for the Buffalo Sabres, they are clicking at just about five points per game. With back to back matinees games, it is likely that we could see Jhonas Enroth this weekend, though Lindy is tight lipped about who will be manning the blue paint for the Buffalo Sabres.

For Canadiens fans who loved the eccentric post game celebration of P.K. Subban – don’t expect to see it anymore.  The three low high fives he used to give goalie Carey Price is a thing of the past, being banned by head coach Michel Therrien on Friday.

It’s a team concept, you have to respect the game, the other team and the fans. The way we decided to celebrate this year is to salute the fans because they deserve it.

Therrien doesn’t think the celebration aligns with Habs philosophy – of tributing the fans when the team wins.

Just like a Stanley Cup in Montreal – the triple low five is a thing of the past.

Game time is scheduled for 2PM and can be seen on CBC, RDS, and MSG.

 

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