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Game #7 ~ Sabres @ Canadiens. Saturday, February 2nd, 2013.


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Game #7

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

2:00pm

CBC, RDS

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Buffalo Sabres (3-3-1)

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Montreal Canadiens (4-2-0)

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Season series: This is the first of five meetings between the Northeast Division rivals. The Sabres won five of the six games they played against the Canadiens last season.

Big story: Will P.K. Subban make his season debut on defense for the Canadiens? It looked that way at practice Friday, but coach Michel Therrien would not commit to inserting the flashy defenseman in his lineup. The Canadiens could use his help to slow down Thomas Vanek, named the third star for January after compiling an NHL-leading 15 points in six games.

Team Scope:

Sabres: Buffalo is coming off a big 7-4 win in Boston on Thursday, a game in which Vanek notched his second five-point game of the season with a hat trick and two assists.

His line with Cody Hodgson at center and Jason Pominville on the opposite wing has combined for 33 points, or better than five per game.

"Pucks are going in right now for me, and with Pominville, I've always had good chemistry, and Cody fits right in," Vanek said after the game in Boston. "Again, there's going to be stretches where nothing goes, so you like it right now, but eventually it's going to hit the other way. So you just leave the game here today, and it's a new day tomorrow."

As well as that line is playing, the Sabres snapped a four-game losing streak with their win in Boston, and they've allowed 20 goals in their last five games.

Canadiens: Montreal suffered its first blowout loss of the season on Wednesday, losing 5-1 in Ottawa to the Senators, but the imminent return of Subban could make a big difference for a club that has opened the season with four wins in its opening six games.

Subban would give the Canadiens defense incredible depth, allowing Therrien to have one of him, Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges on the ice at all times.

Therrien is well aware of how dangerous a team the Sabres can be, particularly after their effort in Boston.

"They're a good team," Therrien said Friday. "You always have to be aware of when guys like Thomas Vanek's on the ice. He had a great game yesterday, and [Ryan] Miller seems to always play well against Montreal."

Who's hot: Aside from Vanek, Pominville has 12 points this season and Hodgson has four goals in six games for the Sabres. … Markov has points in each of his last five games, all eight of his points this season coming on the power play. Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has a 1.98 goals-against average and a save percentage of .924 in five games this season.

Injury report: The Sabres are missing defenseman Robyn Regehr and forwards Patrick Kaleta, Cody McCormick and Ville Leino. Regehr is listed as day to day after missing the last two games. … The Canadiens are without top line left wing Max Pacioretty (appendicitis), though he took part in Friday's practice and looks close to a return. Center Petteri Nokelainen (back) remains on injured reserve.

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go Habs go!

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Another beauty Clues.

I have a good feeling about this one. The boys should come out fired up after that last game.

Why do i have this sneaky suspicion we might see Pacman this weekend?

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Another beauty Clues.

I have a good feeling about this one. The boys should come out fired up after that last game.

Why do i have this sneaky suspicion we might see Pacman this weekend?

Thanks, htl! I have a good feeling about this one aswell.

Excellent GDT, Clues.

We may just let you make another one :P ,,,JK. of course.

One minor detail tho,,,it's on CBC,,,not CBS :P

I fixed the minor detail :P

Great job Clues, lets hope it's another winning one :)

:blush: Whoops. Thanks for the fix, CRB. :)

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Haven't found the same info about Subban being in yet, but I think there's a good chance it's true. Awaiting confirmation.

On the subject of today's game, I think we're going to see the DD line finally turn in a good performance. Eller, Cole, and DD all need to get it going, and I think we'll see something positive from them today. Wouldn't be surprised if DD or Eller cashes in with a goal.

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Looking at Buffalo's stats we see a top line that's producing well but not much elsewhere. Not that I'm undermining the sabres and I hope that the Habs don't either but I really think that if we shut down their top line and our guys keep producing from every roster spot then we have a good shot at this one. I think the boys are going to come out hard after last game. I think our fourth line will be full of energy and the forecheck will be fierce. I hope that White amps it up a bit and puts that Ottawa game behind him. I really want to see Eller have a good game, he's due. I'd also like to see Price start both of these games.

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Confirmation re PK playing

"According to RDS, defenceman P.K. Subban will be in the lineup for the first time this season as the Montreal Canadiens look to get back on the winning track when they host the Buffalo Sabres this afternoon. "

11 forwards 7 D today woohoo!!!!!!! (where's the sarcasm font when you need it?)

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Pick one, CRB :D

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Guessing that means Therrien decided it was easier to scratch White than Kaberle, or that someone is hurt. At this point, against a chippy team like the Sabres, it would make more sense to me to keep a guy like White or Armstrong in the line-up rather than having a 7th D man like Kabs or Weber, who would only play sparingly outside of the PP.

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Looking at Buffalo's stats we see a top line that's producing well but not much elsewhere. Not that I'm undermining the sabres and I hope that the Habs don't either but I really think that if we shut down their top line and our guys keep producing from every roster spot then we have a good shot at this one. I think the boys are going to come out hard after last game. I think our fourth line will be full of energy and the forecheck will be fierce. I hope that White amps it up a bit and puts that Ottawa game behind him. I really want to see Eller have a good game, he's due. I'd also like to see Price start both of these games.

I agree with you, but wow, what a top line! I knew that Vanek had been playing well, but 15 points in the first 7 games is off the charts

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Well, I hope the Canadiens can generate more goals than they did against Ottawa. Come out playing hard and fast!

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Seems their D isn't quite up to snuff,,,,allowing 23G (as much as they have scored). Miller doesn't seem to be the Miller of old either,,,as of yet. Their secondary scoring isn't much to write home about, as Vanek, Pomminville, and Hodgson have accounted for 15 of their goals. Little or no scoring from the back end or anywhere else, it seems.

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