As we close in on the midpoint of the 2013-2014 regular season, the Buffalo Sabres (6-21-2) face off tonight against Atlantic Division rivals the Montreal Canadiens (18-9-3).
Montreal has a one point lead on the division title – something that they would like to hold on to and claim for the season. They were the Northeast Division champs last year, claiming the last divisional banner for the Northeast, and would like to add the first Atlantic banner to their rafters since realignment. Montreal has 22 division championships.
This is the second meeting of four this year, the first ended in a 3-1 Montreal victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The final meetings of the season don’t take place until the middle of March.
This is the 260th all time game between the Sabres and Canadiens. Buffalo holds a 119-103-67 record overall with the Habs, but are 60-67-13 when visiting Montreal.
In the Sabres last fifteen games against Montreal, Buffalo has gone 11-3-1. Jhonas Enroth gets the nod for the Buffalo Sabres tonight – and his career numbers against the Canadiens are probably the best against any other team Enroth has played. Enroth is 3-0-0 in five appearances, with a .922 save percentage and a 2.34 goals against.
With the offensive problems continuing with just one goal in their last seven periods of play. It is very feasible that tonight’s game could easily mirror the last time the two teams met.
When Tyler Ennis scored against the New York Rangers at the 17:54 mark of the third period, it was the first goal in regulation that the Sabres have scored since the second period of the game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday November 30th. The Sabres played 139 minutes and 40 seconds of regulation hockey without scoring a goal.
Montreal isn’t letting their success go to their heads and the guys in their room know there is more to give.
“There’s a lot of character in this room and we all know we have a lot more to give,” Pacioretty said. “Certain guys are stepping up, like Carey tonight.”
That’s a quote from Pacioretty after the Canadiens beat Boston on Thursday. Puck drop is 7PM tonight, and remember to keep it tuned here before and after the game for the staff reactions to what happened on and off the ice tonight.