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Note: FH was supposed to open the thread but he messaged me that he has some personal things to tend to and wont be able to make it. I'm opening it old school, text only, no fancy images.

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Montreal Canadiens

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Buffalo Sabres

Friday November 5, 2010 , 7:30 PM

TV: RDS(HD) - TSN-HABS(HD)

Radio: CJAD (English) CKAC (French)

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Preview

Last 10: Montreal 6-3-1; Buffalo 2-6-2

Season Series:
Second of six meetings this season between these Northeast Division rivals, with Montreal already owning a win at HSBC Arena. Carey Price made 22 saves and was backed from goals by defensemen Alexandre Picard and Josh Gorges in a 2-1 victory on Oct. 15. Derek Roy scored in the third for Buffalo to break up Price's shutout bid.

Big Story:
Teams residing at opposite ends of the Northeast standings face off in this game, as the Canadiens look to protect their one-point lead in the division over the surging Bruins, while the Sabres are just desperate for a win. Their 8 points are tied with the Panthers and Oilers for fewest in the NHL, and they're 0-5-1 on home ice this season.

Team Scope:

Canadiens:
Carey Price has given Montreal fairly consistent goaltending night in and night out, but he hasn't gotten the offensive support during a two-game losing streak the Canadiens will be looking to snap Friday. It hasn't necessarily been for a lack of trying -- they fired a combined 70 shots on net against the Panthers and Blue Jackets, but came away with 3-1 and 3-0 defeats.

"We've got some lines that are creating some opportunities and other lines are not," coach Jacques Martin said after Tuesday's loss in Columbus. "We'll look at the video and analyze and see what we can bring as far as a solution for the next game."

Sabres:
The last thing Buffalo needs as it tries to fight its way out of a horrendous start is having to play games without reigning Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller. That's the reality of the moment, however, as a lower-body injury suffered by Miller led to rookie Jonas Enroth starting in a 5-2 loss to Boston on Wednesday. Enroth allowed three first-period goals and Patrick Lalime finished out the game for the Sabres, who currently look nothing like the team that won the Northeast last season.

"We're looking at trying to get a win, and guys are uptight before we even start the game," said captain Craig Rivet, who returned to the lineup after a two-game benching. "The breakdowns are coming from guys squeezing their sticks like it's a grenade."

Who's Hot:
Montreal has looked comfortable on the road this season, winning four in a row prior to its defeat in Columbus.

Injury Report:
Miller remains day-to-day for Buffalo, which also has forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve with a broken jaw.

Stat Pack:
The Canadiens are the only NHL team that has not given up more than three goals in a game this season. … Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, will coach his 998th NHL game. He's due to reach the 1,000-game plateau on Nov. 10 at New Jersey.

Puck Drop:
These teams have combined for three goals over their last 120 minutes of play, so this sets up to be a low-scoring affair. If Miller can return it would be a huge boost for Buffalo, which has spent the first month of the season struggling to find answers.

"Until you really deserve to win, you're not going to win. We didn't deserve to win," Ruff told the Buffalo News after Wednesday's loss. "[The embarrassment] is getting worse."

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Lineup (as per practice today)

Eller - Plek - Cammy

AK - Gomez - Gionta

Moen - Boyd - Lappy

Pouliot - Halpern - Darche

Markov - Georges

Gill - Subban

Hammer - Spacek

Price

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GO! HABS! GO!

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Note: FH was supposed to open the thread but he messaged me that he has some personal things to tend to and wont be able to make it. I'm opening it old school, text only, no fancy images.

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Montreal Canadiens

@

Buffalo Sabres

Friday November 5, 2010 , 7:30 PM

TV: RDS(HD) - TSN-HABS(HD)

Radio: CJAD (English) CKAC (French)

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Preview

Last 10: Montreal 6-3-1; Buffalo 2-6-2

Season Series:
Second of six meetings this season between these Northeast Division rivals, with Montreal already owning a win at HSBC Arena. Carey Price made 22 saves and was backed from goals by defensemen Alexandre Picard and Josh Gorges in a 2-1 victory on Oct. 15. Derek Roy scored in the third for Buffalo to break up Price's shutout bid.

Big Story:
Teams residing at opposite ends of the Northeast standings face off in this game, as the Canadiens look to protect their one-point lead in the division over the surging Bruins, while the Sabres are just desperate for a win. Their 8 points are tied with the Panthers and Oilers for fewest in the NHL, and they're 0-5-1 on home ice this season.

Team Scope:

Canadiens:
Carey Price has given Montreal fairly consistent goaltending night in and night out, but he hasn't gotten the offensive support during a two-game losing streak the Canadiens will be looking to snap Friday. It hasn't necessarily been for a lack of trying -- they fired a combined 70 shots on net against the Panthers and Blue Jackets, but came away with 3-1 and 3-0 defeats.

"We've got some lines that are creating some opportunities and other lines are not," coach Jacques Martin said after Tuesday's loss in Columbus. "We'll look at the video and analyze and see what we can bring as far as a solution for the next game."

Sabres:
The last thing Buffalo needs as it tries to fight its way out of a horrendous start is having to play games without reigning Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller. That's the reality of the moment, however, as a lower-body injury suffered by Miller led to rookie Jonas Enroth starting in a 5-2 loss to Boston on Wednesday. Enroth allowed three first-period goals and Patrick Lalime finished out the game for the Sabres, who currently look nothing like the team that won the Northeast last season.

"We're looking at trying to get a win, and guys are uptight before we even start the game," said captain Craig Rivet, who returned to the lineup after a two-game benching. "The breakdowns are coming from guys squeezing their sticks like it's a grenade."

Who's Hot:
Montreal has looked comfortable on the road this season, winning four in a row prior to its defeat in Columbus.

Injury Report:
Miller remains day-to-day for Buffalo, which also has forward Nathan Gerbe on injured reserve with a broken jaw.

Stat Pack:
The Canadiens are the only NHL team that has not given up more than three goals in a game this season. … Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday, will coach his 998th NHL game. He's due to reach the 1,000-game plateau on Nov. 10 at New Jersey.

Puck Drop:
These teams have combined for three goals over their last 120 minutes of play, so this sets up to be a low-scoring affair. If Miller can return it would be a huge boost for Buffalo, which has spent the first month of the season struggling to find answers.

"Until you really deserve to win, you're not going to win. We didn't deserve to win," Ruff told the Buffalo News after Wednesday's loss. "[The embarrassment] is getting worse."

Text:

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Lineup (as per practice today)

Eller - Plek - Cammy

AK - Gomez - Gionta

Moen - Boyd - Lappy

Pouliot - Halpern - Darche

Markov - Georges

Gill - Subban

Hammer - Spacek

Price

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GO! HABS! GO!

Wow lots of work there,nice GDT CRB I hope all the minor changes give us the wins we need this weekend,Reading the injuries and Gerbe with a broken Jaw reminded me of Gordie Howe talking about JC (superstar)Tremblay receiving his by skating into "Mr. Hockey's"thumb yeah we all now Howe it is.

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Great job on the thread, CRB. Thank you.

As hrf mentioned, hope all is well FH.

I won't be here for the game as I'll be watching our baby Habs at the Bell, but

go Habs go!

Enjoy the game wish I lived so close, Baby Habs are playing good hockey right now. Hope FH#10 is okay.

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Wow lots of work there,nice GDT CRB I hope all the minor changes give us the wins we need this weekend,Reading the injuries and Gerbe with a broken Jaw reminded me of Gordie Howe talking about JC (superstar)Tremblay receiving his by skating into "Mr. Hockey's"thumb yeah we all now Howe it is.

Thanks. Copy/Paste goes a long way ;):lol:

Nice old school feel...How about we go for an old-school win...That would mean scoring more than 2 goals...<_< *shakes fist*

That was sorta the intent (my usual style of GDT doesn't have too much success this season so I benched my usual player, the image) B)

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Nice GDT hope all is well with FH

It is an understatement to say I have been disappointed

The play in our last games seemed disjointed

We started out the season so well

Now our playing has gone to hell

But that is in the past i know

Now the team will really show

The D will be there to take care of Price

When the opposition came down the ice

We have made a lot of shots

But they are not making pots

So tomorrow we will see our team

Pot those shots behind the seam

JM is fed up with the play

So he is changing the lines today

So come on guys lets see your soul

And get that puck in the goal

GO HABS GO :D :D

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A heartfelt thanks for the GDT, CRB,,,most appreciated.

We are due,,,but so are the Buffs as they haven't won on home ice and I am sure Ruff will have read the riot act.

i'm sure he can recite it without having to read it by now ... not sure it's heard though ... not sure if miller can play either (hopefully not)

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We better wake up, and fast, or we might spiral in a string of loses. With the exception of Gorges, Suban and of course Markov (don't worry CRB I love him too) the rest of our D is less than average as far as I'm concerned. Our goalie, and again this is my opinion of which I'm sure many of you will disagree, is average, which is not to say that he won't be a great goalie one day, but that day hasn't come yet and I think it's quite a ways down the road. Gomez and Gionta haven't clicked at all since the beginning of the season and it seams that the first line has fizzled out in the last 3 games. Even if Pleky's line comes back to life and I'm sure it will, you can't expect one line to win game in and game out, night after night. I think it's a given that our D will not get any better this season than they have shown us so far. Price will have to stand on his head every game and Gomez and Gionta are going to have to start scoring goals otherwise all that the opposing teams have to do is concentrate on shutting down Pleky's line and we're dead.

If these two things don't come together, we will not make the playoffs.

They have to wake up now before it's too late. There's a great leader on the team by the name of Plekanec, if everyone plays with his determination and heart we'll do just fine.

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thanks crb for the thread. it just goes to prove one thing though: you read your email. nice thought. i'll try to get on that myself one of these days. :blink:

line changes aside, cause they certainly are risky, i find it hard to believe that the word experiment counts here, as jm says that's what he's doing. this is about work, and nothing but as far as i can tell. not playing up to par, having your own goalie coach, or doing your own program as a player within what the coaches say, and vice versa. today's game will say a lot about who we are as a team. this should be a fairly easy win, but the final result will tell us more about the future of the team, at least to my mind it will.

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A heartfelt thanks for the GDT, CRB,,,most appreciated.

We are due,,,but so are the Buffs as they haven't won on home ice and I am sure Ruff will have read the riot act.

I believe he's at a dinner celebrating his coming 1000th game as coach, I'm sure it was tonight.So hopefully that doesn't get Buffalo playing to win one for Lindy, because that could be bad news. He is a player's coach and he has done some amazing coaching in his time never mind his playing days.

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