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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 11/8/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (7-6-0-2, 16 pts.) at MONTREAL (8-5-0-2, 18 pts.)
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Thursday, 11/8/2018 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
57BUFFALO+115Ov 5.5,-110+115Ov 5.5,-115
58MONTREAL-135Un 5.5,-110-135Un 5.5,-105
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games7-8-0+0.27-8+0.28-62.932.92.931.3
Team Stats (Road Games)3-5-0-13-5-14-32.634.03.030.4
Last 5 Games1-4-0-3.51-4-3.52-23.439.23.231.6
vs. Division2-2-0-0.32-2-0.32-13.740.73.227.2
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1543111715034938.7%561119.6%78
Team Stats (Road Games)8215610022727.7%32515.6%39
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)517647001968.7%18316.7%30
Team Stats (vs. Division)415366001639.2%13430.8%29
Stats Against (All Games) 44121416254699.4%451022.2%72
Stats Against (Road Games) 24698142439.9%27725.9%40
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 162842215810.1%15213.3%28
Stats Against (vs. Division) 134540210911.9%9333.3%23
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CARTER HUTTON (All Games)111134231190.9%04-7-2.84-7-0-35-5
CARTER HUTTON (Road Games)5514613290.4%01-4-31-4-0-32-2
CARTER HUTTON (vs. Division)33786988.5%01-2-1.31-2-0-11-1
CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)4411210291.1%01-3-2.51-3-0-21-2
LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)4412211493.4%03-1+33-1-0+33-1
LINUS ULLMARK (Road Games)33938793.5%02-1+22-1-0+22-1
LINUS ULLMARK (vs. Division)11292793.1%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
LINUS ULLMARK (Last 4 Games)4412211493.4%03-1+33-1-0+33-1

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-7-0+2.98-7+2.97-
Team Stats (Home Games)5-3-0+2.35-3+2.33-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-12-3-13-
vs. Division2-4-0-1.62-4-1.63-
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1548171910244989.6%59915.3%77
Team Stats (Home Games)8256126122928.6%34514.7%36
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515455121838.2%20210.0%21
Team Stats (vs. Division)61911530117810.7%21314.3%31
Stats Against (All Games) 451514142143510.3%54916.7%78
Stats Against (Home Games) 259790122211.3%27518.5%43
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 207670114513.8%2015.0%31
Stats Against (vs. Division) 18556201999.0%19526.3%31
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)4412210989.3%03-1+2.43-1-0+24-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)22565089.3%02-0+2.42-0-0+22-0
ANTTI NIEMI (vs. Division)22706390.0%01-101-1-002-0
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)4412210989.3%03-1+2.43-1-0+24-0
CAREY PRICE (All Games)111131228190.1%05-6+0.55-6-0+13-7
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)6616514789.1%03-3-0.13-3-001-5
CAREY PRICE (vs. Division)4412911891.5%01-3-1.61-3-0-11-3
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)4412010486.7%01-3-21-3-0-22-2
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 2.94,  MONTREAL 3.16
BUFFALO - Schedule
10/13/2018at ARIZONA3-0W0, +140W5.5 unU
10/16/2018at VEGAS1-4L0, +175L5.5 evU
10/18/2018at SAN JOSE1-5L0, +200L5.5 ovO
10/20/2018at LOS ANGELES5-1W0, +160W5.5 unO
10/21/2018at ANAHEIM4-2W0, +135W5.5 unO
10/25/2018MONTREAL4-3W0, -125W5.5 unO
10/27/2018at COLUMBUS4-5L0, +170L5.5 ovO
10/30/2018CALGARY1-2L0, -120L6 evU
11/1/2018at OTTAWA2-4L0, -130L6 evP
11/3/2018OTTAWA9-2W0, -175W6.5 evO
11/4/2018at NY RANGERS1-3L0, +110L5.5 ovU
11/8/2018at MONTREAL 
11/13/2018TAMPA BAY 
11/16/2018at WINNIPEG 
11/17/2018at MINNESOTA 
11/19/2018at PITTSBURGH 

MONTREAL - Schedule
10/13/2018PITTSBURGH4-3W0, +145W6.5 unO
10/15/2018DETROIT7-3W0, -155W6 unO
10/17/2018ST LOUIS3-2W0, -105W5.5 ovU
10/20/2018at OTTAWA3-4L0, -120L6 unO
10/23/2018CALGARY3-2W0, -110W6 evU
10/25/2018at BUFFALO3-4L0, +105L5.5 unO
10/27/2018at BOSTON3-0W0, +155W5.5 ovU
10/30/2018DALLAS1-4L0, -105L5.5 unU
11/1/2018WASHINGTON6-4W0, +105W6 unO
11/3/2018TAMPA BAY1-4L0, +115L6 unU
11/5/2018at NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -105W5.5 evO
11/6/2018at NY RANGERS3-5L0, +105L5.5 unO
11/13/2018at EDMONTON 
11/15/2018at CALGARY 
11/17/2018at VANCOUVER 
BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Dahlin, the 18-year-old Swedish-born smooth-skating, play-making defenseman selected with the first pick in the draft. Dahlin has such potential, Hockey Hall of Fame
COACH and nine-time Stanley Cup-winner Scotty Bowman says the youngster has the potential to become the best defenseman in Sabres history. Dahlin has already roused a fan base, which jammed the Sabres 1,800-seat practice facility to see him perform during the team's rookie camp in June and a four-team prospects tournament earlier this month.
OUTLOOK: The Sabres can't get much worse than the over-priced and under-achieving squad that won three straight games just once, and endured losing streaks of four or more games seven times last season. Things became so grim, O'Reilly in April revealed he
LOST his passion for playing at times, and a losing mentality crept into the locker room. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis in one of numerous moves GM Jason Botterill made to overhaul a roster that will feature anywhere between nine and 12 players not in the season-opening lineup a year ago. The question is how long it will take for the newcomers to find chemistry.
MONTREAL: LAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)
ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel Armia
LOST: LW Max Pacioretty, F Alex Galchenyuk
PLAYER TO WATCH: Carey Price. The all-world goaltender could be the difference between Montreal being one of the worst teams in the NHL and a playoff contender. He has the ability to steal games and will have to stay healthy and be at his best to have the Canadiens even dreaming about returning to the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Absent a heroic performance from Price, the Canadiens are in rebuilding territory after trading Pacioretty and Galchenyuk and counting on Domi and a youth movement to generate some optimism in hockey-mad Montreal. It's tough to see this as a playoff team on paper, especially with top defenseman Shea Weber out for at least the first couple of months of the regular season.
Skinner leads Sabres into matchup vs. Domi, Canadiens

Two of the hottest scorers in the NHL will face off when the Montreal Canadiens host the Buffalo Sabres at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Max Domi of the Canadiens and Jeff Skinner of the Sabres each have eight goals since Oct. 20, tying Timo Meier of the San Jose Sharks for the most in the league in that span.

Both squads were lottery teams last season, but they found themselves holding down the two wild cards in the Eastern Conference entering games Wednesday. The Canadiens (8-5-2) are in the first wild-card position while the Sabres (7-6-2) were in the second spot.

Both teams are coming off losses to the New York Rangers. Montreal lost 5-3 to the Rangers on Tuesday and Buffalo dropped a 3-1 decision Sunday.

The Canadiens will be looking for forwards Domi and Tomas Tatar to continue to show hot hands. Domi scored his team-leading ninth goal (tied with Brendan Gallagher) while Tatar had two goals, including his first 23 seconds into the game in the loss to the Rangers.

The Canadiens, playing the second half of a back-to-back against the Rangers, couldn't hold a 3-1 lead in the third period at Madison Square Garden.

"I don't care what anybody says, we had a 3-1 lead so we weren't that tired," Montreal coach Claude Julien told NHL.com. "At the end of the day, we made a lot of individual mistakes, mental mistakes. Whether it's focus, whatever it is, it was self-inflicted."

"I thought our jump was pretty good off the start of the game," Canadiens goaltender Carey Price told NHL.com. "I think just as the game went on, we just allowed ourselves to become fatigued. I don't know if that's the reality of it, but it's what it seems to me."

Domi has already equaled his goal output from last season with the Arizona Coyotes. He was obtained in a trade that sent Alex Galchenyuk to the Coyotes.

Montreal lost forward Joel Armia after a knee-on-knee hit with Rangers defensemen Brendan Smith in the second period Tuesday. The Canadiens called up forward Kenny Agostino from their American Hockey League farm team in Laval on Wednesday.

Agostino, 26, leads The Rocket with four goals and six assists in 12 games this season.

Like the Canadiens with Domi, the Sabres are benefiting from an offseason acquistition with Skinner, obtained in a trade for prospect Cliff Pu and three draft picks from the Carolina Hurricanes. He has scored his eight goals since he was put on a line with Jack Eichel and Jason Pominville.

Skinner got off to a slow start with no points in his first four games, but has been on fire. He has 16 points in his past 11 games.

"The adjustment has gone pretty smoothly here," Skinner told The Buffalo News on Wednesday. "The first three, four games didn't work out the way I wanted them to personally and not as a team, either. But individuals tend to feel their success like the team. All the guys here have been very welcoming and it's been a really smooth transition for me away from the rink as at the rink. And I'm happy we're going pretty well as a team."

Skinner had six 20-goal seasons for the Hurricanes.

"I can't believe how strong he is on his stick and on his feet," Sabres coach Phil Housley said, according to The Buffalo News. "He doesn't get bounced off pucks. The one thing that's intriguing is the way he's stripping pucks from behind. He never dies on a play and is always trying to find a way to get that puck back, whether it's on the forecheck or reloading back into our own zone."

The Sabres have won one of their past five games, a 9-2 blowout of the Ottawa Senators at home on Saturday. They are 1-2-2 in that span.

Last Updated: 8/23/2019 8:02:46 PM EST

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