Pre-game Notes and Quotes
  • Sabres’ Coach Dan Bylsma: “We have a number of games until the end of the season that are like this, they’re teams that we feel like we should and need to catch with these games and with these 13 remaining games. We want to put teams behind us, we want to catch and put them behind us”.
  • A preview to a Canadiens’ game wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning Alex Galchenyuk, who vaulted himself into the top 20 goal scorers in the NHL Tuesday night. Galchenyuk’s torrid pace of late has helped him reach new career highs in both the Goals and Points categories.
  • While the Canadiens have a 26-15-3 record versus teams in the Eastern Conference this season, the Sabres have a 17-22-4 record against teams from the East.
  • So far this season, the Canadiens have a 14-7-1 record versus teams in the Atlantic division, while the Sabres have a 9-12-4 record versus teams coming from the Atlantic.
  • The Canadiens have moved down in the standings for the goals against category, as they are currently in 22ed in the league in goals against, with 198 in 70 games. The Sabres have allowed 190 goals in 70 games and find themselves in 19th in the league.
  • The Canadiens have dropped down in the standings for the goals scored category as they are currently in 15th place in the NHL, with 188 over their first 70 games. The Sabres are 27th in this category with 167 goals scored in their first 70 games.
Matchup 
First Niagra Center, Buffalo, NY. | March 16, 7:30 PM ET | TV: RDS, SN

2015-16 statistics

SABRES CANADIENS
65 (14th) Points (Eastern Conf. rank) 70 (13th)
28-33-9 Record 32-32-6
13-18-5 Home 19-13-3
15-15-4 Road 13-19-3
4-4-2 Last 10 4-5-1
2.39 G/G 2.69
2.71 GA/G 2.83
18.9 PP% 17.1
81.2 PK% 84.0
 46.3  CF%*  52.1
48.3 CF60*  55.4
56.0 CA60* 51.0
*Advanced statistics: Score adjusted, even strength. CF%: Corsi for percentage of total  CF60: Corsi For/60 minutes  CA60: Corsi Against/60 minutes (via War on Ice)
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Kane- O’Reilly – Deslauriers
Girgensons – Eichel – Reinhart
Foligno – Larsson – Gionta
Catenacci – Legwand – Moulson
Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Andrighetto
Eller – Plekanec – Byron
De la Rose – McCarron – Lessio
Mitchell – Danault – Brown
Expected scratches: Matteau, Gallagher
Defensemen
Gorges – Ristolainen
McCabe – Bogosian
Colaiacovo – Pysyk
Markov – Barberio
Emelin – Pateryn
Bartley – Beaulieu
Expected scratches: Subban
Goalies
Robin Lehner (Confirmed) Ben Scrivens  (Confirmed)
2015-’16 regular season:
Record: 5-9-4
GAA: 2.45
Sv%: .926
SO: 1
Alternate: Chad Johnson
2015-’16 regular season:
Record: 4-6-0
GAA: 3.00
Sv%: .902
SO: 0
Alternate: Mike Condon
Fantasy Outlook
  • Top scorers for the Sabres at home this season are:
  1. Ryan O’Reilly (with 26 points in 30 games)
  2. Jack Eichel (with 25 points in 36 games)
  3. Evander Kane (with 19 points in 31 games)
  • Top scorers for the Canadiens on the road this season are:
  1. Max Pacioretty (with 27 points in 35 games)
  2. Andrei Markov (with 26 points in 35 games)
  3. P. K. Subban* and Alex Galchenyuk (both with 25 points in 35 games)

* – Currently injured

Player stats from War-on-Ice, NHL.com and Yahoo Sports.

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