Montreal, Quebec (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres will try to break their eight-game losing streak on Tuesday in Montreal when they take on the Canadiens.
Peyton Krebs, Riley Sheahan, Lawrence Pilut and Casey Fitzgerald are the healthy scratches for this game with Mattias Samuelsson, Zemgus Girgensons and newly acquired Tyson Jost going in for Buffalo.
Samuelsson missed 13 games with a knee injury.
All three players re-entering the lineup will help, what’s been, a pathetic penalty kill during the losing streak. Buffalo has only killed 60% of their penalties in those eight games, which, of course, is last in the NHL.
Buffalo has also given up 4.75 goals-against per-game, which is also last during the eight-game streak.
In three short weeks, the Sabres have gone from sixth in NHL points percentage to 30th at .389. Only the Ottawa Senators and the Anaheim Ducks are worse.
It’s hard to win when most of your team is slumping:
- Jeff Skinner has only scored in one of the last six games.
- Victor Olofsson hasn’t scored in seven games.
- Rasmus Asplund has one goal in nine games.
- JJ Peterka hasn’t scored in eight games and has only one goal in 15 games.
- Dylan Cozens hasn’t scored in nine games.
- Jack Quinn hasn’t scored in six games and has one goal in 13 games this season.
- Vinnie Hinostroza hasn't scored in any of the 11 games he’s played in.
- Girgensons has one goal in 12 games.
- Krebs hasn’t scored this season in 16 games.
- Rasmus Dahlin hasn’t scored in six games.
- Owen Power hasn’t scored in any of the 18 games he’s played in.
- Henri Jokiharju hasn’t scored in any of his seven games.
- Ilya Lyubushkin hasn’t scored in any of the 13 games he’s played in.
- Jacob Bryson has one goal in 18 games.
Craig Anderson will be in goal for Buffalo on Tuesday. After a good start to the season, the veteran has given up 15 goals in his last four starts. Anderson is 3-3-0 this season with a 2.82 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
The Sabres last played Montreal at home in late October, losing that game 3-2.
The Canadiens have lost two out of three, but they have improved this season. Overall, the Habs are 18th in the NHL with a points percentage of .528.
Jake Allen is the likely starter in net for Montreal. Recently, he’s struggled, giving up 12 goals in his last three starts and 27 goals in his last seven starts. Overall this season, Allen is 6-6-0 with a 3.33 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage.
Mike Hoffman is injured and won’t play for the Canadiens in this game.
Nick Suzuki’s 23 points in 18 games leads Montreal, while Cole Caufield has 11 goals in 18 games. Suzuki has eight goals and eight assists for 16 points in his last 10 games.
Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6 p.m. EST for pregame coverage on WGR when you’ll hear from head coach Don Granato, general manager Kevyn Adams and Jost.
Just a programming note, Jason Pominville is going into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame. You’ll also hear from him during Wednesday’s pregame show.