Preview: Shuffling Away From Buffalo
Preview: Shuffling Away From Buffalo(2005-11-05 08:32 posted by Norman Szcyrek)

The Habs were fortunate to take 2 points away from the Sabres last night, as neither team showed a consistent effort. However, they did manage a 3-2 victory, coming from behind twice. Before last night, the Habs had not won in Buffalo in their last 7 encounters. They had scored no more than 1 goal in any of those 7 games.

Former Habs Rory Fitzpatrick managed to haunt his old team with the games first goal. Fitzpatrick, who surprised many in training camp with an impressive showing, leads the Sabres defense in goals with 3 this season. The Sabres have been a streaking team this season, trying to find some consistency. At the start of the season, they faced a goaltending dilemma of having 3 top netminders [Ryan Miller, Martin Biron, Mika Noronen]. Miller grabbed hold of the starterís job, and held it until he recently fractured his thumb in practice. Biron has more experience but a larger salary than Noronen. The Sabres will likely go back to Noronen for their game in Montreal, although Biron played a good game. Coach Julien will likely start Jose Theodore at home. Watch for Sabres grinder Adam Mair to have a big game against the Habs, as he has 4 career goals against them. Rookie call ups Derek Roy and Jason Pominville played well, particularly Pominville who earned a spot on Daniel Briere's line during the middle of the game.

Projected Lineups

Montreal Canadiens:
Zednik-Koivu-Kovalev
Higgins-Ribeiro-Ryder
Bulis-Plekanec-Sundstrom
Dagenais-Begin-Perezhogin

Markov-Rivet
Bouillon-Dandenault
Souray-Komisarek

Injuries & Scratches: Cristobal Huet [G, knee], Raitis Ivanans [LW/RW, fractured orbital], Mark Streit [D, scratch], Radek Bonk [C, flu/groin]

Buffalo Sabres
Jason Pominville-Daniel Briere-JP Dumont
Jochen Hecht-Chris Drury-Ales Kotalik
Tomas Vanek-Derek Roy-Maxim Afinogenov
Adam Mair-Tim Connolly-Paul Gaustad

Rory Fitzpatrick-Dmitri Kalinin
Teppo Numminen-Brian Campbell
Henrik Tallinder-Jay McKee

Injuries & Scratches: Mike Grier [RW, hip flexor, day to day], Toni Lydman [D, groin, day to day], Ryan Miller [G, fractured thumb, late December], Taylor Pyatt [LW, head injury/concussion, indefinitely], Mika Noronen [G, healthy]

The Week Ahead:
Nov 08 Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Nov 10 @Pittsburgh 7:30 PM
Nov 12 Toronto 7:00 PM





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