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Sabres' Miller faces Canadiens' Price in top matchup

Wednesday, 11.27.2013 / 1:36 PM

By Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Sabres' Miller faces Canadiens' Price in top matchup

BUFFALO -- The matchup between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday at First Niagara Center features a pair of goaltenders who might represent his country at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan confirmed Ryan Miller would get the start in goal against Carey Price of the Canadiens. Miller was the U.S. starter at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and is vying for a spot on the 2014 roster for Sochi, and Price is in the mix to start for Canada.

"They're both playing extremely well since the beginning of the season," Canadiens forward Daniel Briere said. 'I don't think they see it that way. What's important for both of them, I'm sure, is to get a win, get their team on the winning side. They're both very competitive."

Briere was a teammate of Miller's during four seasons in Buffalo from 2002-03 through 2006-07.

Buffalo could see some changes to its lines against Montreal. The Sabres held an optional morning skate and the final players off were forward Mikhail Grigorenko, and defensemen Mike Weber and Jamie McBain.

The Sabres claimed forward Matt D'Agostini off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins. To make room for him on the roster, they waived forward Corey Tropp. If D'Agostini arrives in time for the game, it's possible he could play. If not, John Scott figures to play on the fourth line.

"It'll be a game-time decision," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said about possible changes. "It's one of those things where we want to try and show some consistency here and see what falls off after we do that. To be fair, we have to make sure we keep the same lineup for a couple games in a row and then see."

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Douglas Murray would return to the lineup on defense in place of Francis Bouillon. He'll likely team up with Raphael Diaz on the third pairing.

As for the lineups, here's what they could look like.

SABRES

Matt MoulsonCody HodgsonDrew Stafford

Steve OttVille LeinoTyler Ennis

Luke AdamMikhail GrigorenkoZemgus Girgensons

Marcus FolignoBrian FlynnJohn Scott

Christian EhrhoffAlexander Sulzer

Henrik TallinderTyler Myers

Brayden McNabbMark Pysyk

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Matt D'Agostini, Mike Weber, Jamie McBain

Injured: Cody McCormick (upper body)

CANADIENS

Daniel BriereTomas PlekanecBrian Gionta

Max PaciorettyDavid DesharnaisBrendan Gallagher

Alex GalchenyukLars EllerBrandon Prust

Travis MoenRyan WhiteMichael Bournival

Andrei MarkovP.K. Subban

Josh GorgesAlexei Emelin

Raphael DiazDouglas Murray

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: George Parros, Francis Bouillon

Injured: Rene Bourque (lower body), Davis Drewiske (shoulder)

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It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

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