Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres
Tip-off: Thursday, February 7, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York
In their last game the Montreal Canadiens offense was hurt by a sizzling goaltender. YouWager experts consider that tonight a new chance versus the struggling Buffalo Sabres may get things going in the right direction.
The Canadiens (6-3-0) are scoring 3.0 goals per game, but the team has totaled that while splitting the last two. Montreal’s latest effort resulted in a 2-1 defeat against the Sabres as 20 of their shots were saved by Tuukka Rask, who has a 1.96 goals-against average.
That certainly wasn’t the case against Buffalo (3-6-1) on Saturday, when the Canadiens pounded them 6-1.
Even with that defeat the Sabres are 8-1-1 in the past 10 meetings with its Northeast Division foe, however much of that success can be attributed to Ryan Miller who had been 6-0-1 with a 1.12 GAA and two shutouts over his previous seven starts against them.
Buffalo give up a league-high 3.7 goals per game — 4.3 during a 1-6-1 stretch.
Thomas Vanek leads the league with 19 points, but he’s looking to bounce back and score after his season-opening eight-game scoring streak came to an end Tuesday.
The left wing found the net against the Canadiensa last week, getting just his second goal over the past 22 games when facing Montreal.
P.K. Subban is giving the Habs some added scoring punch in three games since returning to the team after signing a two-year, $5.75 million contract Jan. 28. As of now, the layoff doesn’t seem to be an issue since the defenseman has managed a point in each of his first three games.
Subban got his first goal Wednesday, and had an assist versus the Sabre on Saturday in his NHL season debut. Nevertheless, that was just his third point — all assists — in 13 career meetings with Buffalo, and he has one in six road matchups.