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Sports Canadiens at Sabres: Five things you should know

13:50  09 october  2019
13:50  09 october  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Riley Barber placed on waivers by Montreal Canadiens

  Riley Barber placed on waivers by Montreal Canadiens The Canadiens hope their veteran will clear and make his way to Laval.Les Canadiens ont placé le nom de l’attaquant Riley Barber au ballottage de la LNH aujourd’hui.

Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens - Sabres game at KeyBank Arena Friday (4 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio): The matchup: This is the third of four meetings between these Atlantic Division rivals.

Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens - Sabres game Thursday at the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio): The matchup: The Canadiens go on the road for a pair of games against Atlantic Division rivals — they’re in Boston Saturday — and they hold

a group of hockey players posing for a picture: Sabres' Jeff Skinner is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal Monday night against the Blue Jackets. Skinner, who signed a $72-million contract this past off-season, has 2-1-3 totals this season. © Kirk Irwin Sabres' Jeff Skinner is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal Monday night against the Blue Jackets. Skinner, who signed a $72-million contract this past off-season, has 2-1-3 totals this season.

Here are five things you should know about Wednesday’s game between the Canadiens (1-0-1) and the Sabres (2-0-1) in Buffalo (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

Kinkaid expected to start: Coach Claude Julien wouldn’t confirm it after Tuesday’s practice in Brossard, but you can expect Keith Kinkaid to get his first start in goal with the Canadiens after signing a one-year, US$1.75-million contract as a free agent this summer to be Carey Price’s backup. This is the first of three games in four nights for the Canadiens and Julien did confirm Kinkaid will start one of them. It makes sense to play Price in home games against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday and the Stanley Cup-champion St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

In the Habs' Room: Carey Price spectacular in shootout win over Leafs

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The Canadiens wrap up a three-game road trip in Buffalo Wednesday (7:30 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Here are five things you should know about the game: Take a deep breath: The pressure is off the Canadiens after wrapping up first place in the Atlantic Division with a 4-1 win in Florida Monday.

Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens - Sabres game at Key Bank Arena in Buffalo on Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio): Race to the bottom: The Canadiens are 27th in the NHL standings, while the Sabres are six points back in 31st position.

The power plays: After ranking 30th in the NHL on the power play last season with a 13.2 per cent success rate, the Canadiens have two power-play goals (by Jeff Petry and Tomas Tatar) on six opportunities in their first two games for a 33.3 per cent success rate. “It takes time,” Brendan Gallagher said after practice Tuesday. “It doesn’t just happen. It’s something that you got to work on, you got to practise. I thought today was a good day. It’s really just being a little bit more patient with the puck.” The Sabres’ power play is clicking at 60 per cent, with six goals on 10 opportunities, led by Victor Olofsson with three.

The $72 Million Man: The Sabres signed left-winger Jeff Skinner to an eight-year, US$72-million contract during the off-season and the 27-year-old is off to a good start with 2-1-3 totals in the first three games. Skinner was selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft. The Sabres acquired him from the Hurricanes on Aug. 2, 2018, in exchange for Cliff Pu, a second-round pick at the 2019 NHL Draft (Pyotr Kochetkov), along with third- and sixth-round picks in 2020. Skinner posted 40-23-63 totals last season with the Sabres while playing in all 82 games.

Nick Cousins will not travel to Buffalo with a back injury

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The Canadiens are 3-0 against the Sabres this season with two of the games being decided in overtime. Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens - Sabres game at Key Bank Arena in Buffalo on Friday (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio)

Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens game against the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., SN, TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690): Price returns: Carey Price will be back in goal for the Canadiens after missing 10 games with a lower-body injury.

The No. 1 draft pick: Nineteen-year-old defenceman Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 overall pick at the 2018 NHL Draft, leads the Sabres in scoring with 1-4-5 totals and a plus-4 while averaging 18:50 of ice time in the first three games on the second pairing with Colin Miller. Defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen leads the Sabres with an average of 23:59 of ice time on the first pairing with Jake McCabe (21:27).

Time and space: The Sabres won their first three games against the Canadiens last season before losing the final one 7-4 at the Bell Centre. “We know how dangerous they are, especially their forwards,” Gallagher said. “When they get the puck it’s kind of always about limiting their time and space. As soon as you give them too much time to make plays they’re pretty dangerous over there. They usually make you pay. So the games that we’ve had success, we’ve been able to be in their face, not give them a lot of time.”

Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres odds, picks and betting tips

  Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres odds, picks and betting tips Previewing Wednesday's Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres matchup, with NHL betting odds, picks and betting tips Place a sports bet on this hockey action or other games at BetMGM.

Domi leads the Canadiens with 10 points — one more than defenceman Jeff Petry — on four goals and six assists. He has a five -game point streak with Stay out of the box: That’s the best advice for the Canadiens until they can figure how to kill penalties on a regular basis. The Sabres scored twice on

Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens -Ducks game at Honda Center Friday (10 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN-690 Radio). The matchup: The Canadiens are hoping to end their three-game swing through California with a victory over the struggling Ducks.

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