Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game : MTL 3  NYR 5 

The Canadiens got the start they needed, scoring in the opening minute by Tomas Tatar. Carey Price was outstanding in the opening frame. Jonathan Drouin was responsible for his first opposition goal before the end of the period with Chris Krieder scoring for the Rangers. Tatar scored early in the second period followed by a power-play goal by Max Domi. Mid-way through the second period the Habs had a 3-1 lead. Montreal gave up a late goal resulting from a bad penalty. In the third, Jonathan Drouin and the Canadiens played one of their worst periods of hockey. They gave up three straight goals, all of them were preventable. Turnovers, missed assignments and lazy plays for the Habs was the norm in this period and it was hard to watch. Price was hung-out to dry in the third after giving his team a chance to win earlier. 

For a complete game recap: A Rough Night for Drouin

Players to watch

  • Carey Price
    Price will continue to give his team a chance to win on a nightly basis. The team allowing five goals had nothing to do with him. His team needs to play better in front of him and can’t allow players to beat them to rebounds. 
  • Karl Alzner
    Due to Noah Juulsen’s minor injury, Alzner finds himself back in the line-up. Alzner needs to be defensible sound and needs to bring a physical element. Juulsen leads the team in hits and Alzner needs to do his part to make up for that. 
  • Jonathan Drouin
    Drouin had a terrible game, he was a minus-4, and lacked any effort in the defensive end the entire game. He has to rebound and be the difference maker tonight or he will find himself in a bottom-6 role or watching from a press box soon. 

Keys to Victory

  • Be better defensively
    The Canadiens, in particular Jonathan Drouin, must deliver a much better defensive effort this game. They fell apart last game and lacked effort on the defensive side. In addition, they need to be willing to block shots and take the body. 
  • Use your speed
    The last time the Habs played Buffalo, Max Domi killed them with speed, scoring two similar goals by forcing the defense back and getting the puck on net.
  • Stay out of the box
    The Habs have to stay out of the penalty box. That said, penalties are still a part of the game and the Habs have to do a much better job on the penalty kill, especially when their opponent has control in the offensive zone
Matchup by All Habs staff
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | November 8, 7:30 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, MSG-B

2018-19 statistics

16 (18th) Points (rank) 18 (10th)
7-6-2 Record 8-5-2
3-4-1 Away/Home 5-3-0
4-4-2 Last 10 5-4-1
2.87 GF/G 3.07
2.93 GA/G 3.00
19.6 PP% 15.3
77.8 PK% 83.3
50.79  CF%  53.78
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Skinner – Eichel – Pominville
 Sobotka – Rodrigues – Reinhart
Sheary – Mittelstadt – Okposo
Berglund – Larsson – Girgensons
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Domi – Shaw
Agostino – Kotkaniemi – Lehkonen
Deslauriers – Peca – Hudon
McCabe – Ristolainen
Scandella – Bogosian
Beaulieu – Dahlin
Benn – Petry
Alzner – Reilly
 Mete – Ouellet
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Elie, Thompson, Beaulieu
Injured: Wilson, Malone, Hunwick
Scratched: Scherbak
Injured: Weber, Schlemko, Plekanec, Juulsen, Armia, Byron
Linus Ullmark Carey Price
Record: 3-0-1
GAA: – 1.99
Sv%: – .934
SO: 1
Alternate: Carter Hutton
Record: 5-4-2
GAA: – 2.81
Sv%: – .901
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
After a terrible ending in New York, the Habs need to come out with energy. Drouin needs to play a complete game and be a positive factor. The Habs played Buffalo two weeks ago and were badly outshot and outplayed. The collapse in NYC should be a wake up call for the Habs and they should come out playing some desperate hockey. They need to be physical, the Sabres are young team that can lose focus if the game becomes chippy. Price will do his job giving his team confidence. With the lines shuffled up a bit due to injuries to Armia, Byron and Juulsen, the players taking their spots need to take advantage of the opportunity..
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