PREVIEW: Habs Week (March 16 – March 22, 2014)

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Photo: Zachery E/All About The Habs
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Games This Week (March 16th – March 22nd, 2014):

Sunday March 16th, 2014 (7:00pm Eastern): @ Buffalo Sabres.

Tuesday March 18th, 2014 (7:30pm Eastern): vs. Colorado Avalanche.

Thursday March 20th, 2014 (7:30pm Eastern): vs. Columbus Blue Jackets.

Saturday March 22nd, 2014 (7:00pm Eastern): @ Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Habs Leaders:

Goals: Max Pacioretty (30)

Assists: P.K. Subban (38)

Points: Thomas Vanek (54)

Penalty Minutes: Brandon Prust (119)

Time on Ice Per Game: Andrei Markov (25:08)

Leading Goaltender: Carey Price (27-17-5, GAA: 2.36, Save Percentage: .924%)

 

Game #1: Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres

After a wild comeback against the Sens, Montreal will be right back at it the next night in Buffalo where they will take on the worst team in the National Hockey League, who are also on a 5 game losing streak. The Habs are 2-0 when facing Buffalo this year as they head into their 3rd of 4 regular season meetings. Carey Price was the starter for the last 2 games against Buffalo, but will not travel with the team on Sunday (via @CanadiensMTL).

Top 5 leading scorers vs. Buffalo this season. Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

 

Photo: Bill Wippert

Photo: Bill Wippert

Sabres Leaders:

Goals: Tyler Ennis (18)

Assists: Christian Ehrhoff (24)

Points: Tyler Ennis (36)

Penalty Minutes: John Scott (94)

Average Time on Ice Per Game: Christian Ehrhoff (23:57)

Leading Goaltender: Jhonas Enroth (4-16-5, GAA: 2.81, Save Percentage: .911%)

 

Montreal Canadiens: 36-25-7 / 79 points / 4th in Atlantic / -2 Goal Difference / Last 10: 5-4-1

Buffalo Sabres: 19-40-8 /46 points / 8th in Atlantic /-68 Goal Difference / Last 10: 4-6-0

TV Networks: RDS, TSN-Habs, MSG-B, Bell TV

All Time Record vs. Buffalo: 126-136-31 (47-79-19 on the Road)

 

Previous Meeting 

Score: 3-2 Montreal.

Shots on Goal: 25-19 Buffalo.

Faceoff Wins: 29-25 Buffalo.

 

 

Game #2: Colorado Avalanche @ Montreal Canadiens

This will be the final regular season meeting this season the Avs and the Habs as red hot Nathan MacKinnon and the squad will be coming to the Bell Centre. Last time the two sides met, Landeskog of the Avalanche was the only player to tally a multi-point game, while MacKinnon scored the game winning goal. Colorado iare one of the only seven teams to top 90 points thus far.

Only point scorers vs. Colorado this season. Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

Only point scorers vs. Colorado this season.
Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

 

Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Photo: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Avalanche leaders:

Goals: Ryan O’Reilly (25)

Assists: Matt Duchene (40)

Points: Matt Duchene (62)

Penalty Minutes: Cody McLeod (108)

Average Time on Ice Per Game: Erik Johnson (22:52)

Leading Goaltender: Semyon Varlamov (33-13-5, GAA: 2.52, Save Percentage: .924%)

 

Montreal Canadiens: 36-25-7 / 79 points / 4th in Atlantic / -2 Goal Difference / Last 10: 5-4-1

Colorado Avalanche: 43-19-5 / 91 points / 2nd in Central / +26 Goal Difference / Last 10: 7-3-0

TV Networks: RDS, TSN-Habs, Altitude TV

All Time Record vs. Colorado: 83-66-15 (48-26-10 at Home)

 

Previous Meeting 

Score: 4-1 Colorado.

Shots on Goal: 31-30 Colorado.

Faceoff Wins: 39-35 Montreal.

 

Game #3: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Montreal Canadiens

The Habs hope to complete a season sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets as they will meet for the third time this season. Unlike against the other two teams earlier this week, the Habs are leading their opponent in the shots on goal department. Against Columbus this season, Markov is our leading point scorer while Subban averages the most time on ice.

Top 5 leading scorers vs. Columbus this season. Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

Top 5 leading scorers vs. Columbus this season.
Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

 

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

Blue Jackets leaders:

Goals: Ryan Johansen (26)

Assists: James Wisniewski (33)

Points: Ryan Johansen (50)

Penalty Minutes: Brandon Dubinsky (92)

Average Time on Ice Per Game: Jack Johnson (24:27)

Leading Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky (26-16-4, GAA: 2.46, Save Percentage: .920%)

 

Montreal Canadiens: 36-25-7 / 79 points / 4th in Atlantic / -2 Goal Difference / Last 10: 5-4-1

Columbus Blue Jackets: 35-26-6 / 76 points / 2nd in Metropolitan / +11 Goal Difference / Last 10: 6-3-1

TV Networks: RDS, TSN-Habs, Fox Sports-Ohio

All Time Record vs. Columbus: 6-6-1 (3-4-1 at Home)

 

Previous Meeting 

Score: 3-2 SO Montreal.

Shots on Goal: 40-25 Montreal.

Faceoff Wins: 31-27 Montreal.

 

Game #4: Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs

One of the biggest, most historic rivalries in NHL history will hit the stage for the last time in the 2013-14 NHL regular season on Saturday night. Montreal and Toronto split the season series 2-2 to this point and both teams will be looking to break the tie come this weekend. JVR and Pacioretty have been in the spotlight of the season series, scoring 5 and 4 goals respectively. The total score between the two teams this year is 14-14, with the Habs leading in overall shots and faceoff wins.

Top 5 leading scorers vs. Toronto this season. Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

Top 5 leading scorers vs. Toronto this season.
Photo: canadiens.nhl.com

 

Photo: Dave Abel/Toronto Sun Files

Photo: Dave Abel/Toronto Sun Files

Maple Leafs leaders:

Goals: Phil Kessel (34)

Assists: Phil Kessel (39)

Points: Phil Kessel (73)

Penalty Minutes: Dion Phaneuf (107)

Average Time on Ice Per Game: Dion Phaneuf (24:02)

Leading Goaltender: Jonathan Bernier (25-16-7, GAA: 2.61, Save Percentage: .925%)

 

 

Montreal Canadiens: 36-25-7 / 79 points / 4th in Atlantic / -2 Goal Difference / Last 10: 5-4-1

Toronto Maple Leafs: 36-24-8 / 80 points / 2nd in Atlantic / -6 Goal Difference / Last 10: 6-2-2

TV Networks: CBC, RDS, NHLN-US

All Time Record vs. Toronto: 382-320-88 (147-203-45 on the Road)

 

Previous Meeting 

Score: 4-3 OT Montreal.

Shots on Goal: 30-25 Montreal.

Faceoff Wins: 40-37 Montreal.

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