Game Thread: Game 1: Montreal at Buffalo, October 5, 2017

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October 5th, 2017, 2:58 am #1

Montreal Canadiens (0-0-0) vs Buffalo Sabres (0-0-0)
7pm
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October 5th, 2017, 12:50 pm #2

First game thread of the year!  Yahoo!

And sadly I'm traveling tonight and will miss the opener (or at least the start of it).
Vive l'Acadie!
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October 5th, 2017, 2:07 pm #3

My game threads are not as elaborate as Spideys’. He will be missed. Maybe he comes back one day.
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October 5th, 2017, 3:04 pm #4

kudos mario. at least you are doing one
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October 5th, 2017, 7:07 pm #5

Thanks Mario.  Looking forward to the game!
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October 5th, 2017, 7:24 pm #6

The important thing is to have somewhere to discuss the games. 

According to John Lu, the lines at practise are: 

Pacioretty - Drouin - Gallagher
Hudon - Plekanec - Lehkonen
Galchenyuk - Danault - Shaw
Byron - De La Rose - Hemsky

And PP units are: 

First:
Hemsky
Drouin - Galchenyuk - Pacioretty
Weber

Second:
Shaw/Gallagher - Hudon - Lehkonen
Petry - Mete/Streit

https://twitter.com/JohnLuTSNMtl

Our top two lines were clicking very well in pre-season while our top PP unit was also looking extremely strong. 

Our third and fourth lines are still a work in progress, but potentially have enough skill to create a lot of mismatches. Byron and Hemsky, in particular, are unbelievably talented for a fourth line. 

I might miss part of the game, but I'm extremely curious about how Drouin does in his first real game as an NHL centre. I'm also curious to see if Buffalo can exploit our lack of speed on defense. 
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October 5th, 2017, 7:28 pm #7

D pairings: 

Mete-Weber
Alzner-Petry
Benn-Streit

Can Mete look as good in regular season games? 

Is Alzner a shot-blocking guru or a slow, plodding 2nd pairing guy? 

What does Streit have left at this stage of his career?

One game isn't enough to answer these questions, but it can be a fun start. 
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October 5th, 2017, 11:34 pm #8

1-0 sabres. PP goal. Ponminville
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October 5th, 2017, 11:51 pm #9

Pacioretty. 1-1. Pretty pass from Drouin.
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October 5th, 2017, 11:56 pm #10

mariop wrote: Pacioretty.  1-1. Pretty pass from Drouin.
Good opening period.

Very pretty goal by the top line.

Buffalo's power play looks amazing. Montreal's wasn't bad either.

The second pairing (Petry-Alzner) stumbled and bumbled their way through that one. Benn and Streit were better. Weber and Mete looked excellent.

The forward lines looked decent. The Hudon-Plekanec-Lehkonen line is a coach's dream. Pity there's noone with size because they will definitely wear down. Galchenyuk-Danault-Shaw lacked chemistry. Both Galchenyuk and Danault trying to force things unnecessarily. 4th line was pretty good. Hemsky a better battler than I expected.
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October 6th, 2017, 12:18 am #11

Hudon overcommitted and put the Habs in trouble, leading to goal#2. Rookie mistake, but it was fairly quickly rectified by good support from Pleks.

Unfortunately Alzner a space cadet in no man's land on the pass.

Alzner gets a 20-game mulligan for being rusty. But he'd better wake up at some point. He was very weak in the preseason.
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October 6th, 2017, 12:23 am #12

I'm getting frustrated with Alzner, but there is a lot to like so far in tonight's game from many players.
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October 6th, 2017, 12:27 am #13

Both power play units look pretty good for the Habs.
 
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October 6th, 2017, 12:29 am #14

I fully expect Streit to be worn down by mid-season, but right now he's surprisingly good. Very alert with the puck and not as flat-footed as he looked in pre-season.
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October 6th, 2017, 12:32 am #15

traveling hab wrote: I'm getting frustrated with Alzner, but there is a lot to like so far in tonight's game from many players.
On the last Sabres rush Alzner was way quicker to pick up the play and he supported Weber well. Encouraging.
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