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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Sabres

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (8-4-1) @ SABRES (3-9-1)

After dropping a 5-0 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Bell Centre, the Canadiens will have another opportunity to get back on track on Wednesday night in Buffalo where they’ll battle the Sabres, who currently sit last in the NHL standings.

The Habs will be looking a snap a three-game losing streak during which they’ve been outscored by a 14-4 margin.

The tilt in Buffalo also provides the Canadiens with a chance to see a few familiar faces in former teammates Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges, both of whom now play for the Sabres after spending many years in a Habs uniform.

It is unknown whether or not head coach Michel Therrien will make any lineup changes. On Tuesday night, the Canadiens bench boss inserted Michael Bournival in the lineup for the first time this season. Travis Moen was a healthy scratch.

Dustin Tokarski will likely get the start in goal for the Canadiens. It would be his third start of the season.

Tokarksi lost his last outing in Edmonton a little over a week ago. Last season, Tokarkski registered the first shutout of his NHL career in Buffalo when the Canadiens downed the Sabres 2-0.

For their part, Buffalo will start Michal Neuvirth in goal. He was spectacular in the Sabres’ win over the Red Wings on Sunday night, pacing his squad to a 3-2 shootout victory. Neuvirth stopped 38 of 40 shots against on the night.

Up front, the Sabres are off to somewhat of a slow start. They’ve only lit the lamp 14 times all year, which equates to an average of 1.08 goals per game. That’s good enough for last in the league in that department. With 43 goals against, the Sabres also sit tied with the Phoenix Coyotes as the team that’s given up the most goals on the year, too.

Last season, the Canadiens won all four games they played against Buffalo. They hold an all-time record of 112-105-31-14 against the Sabres.

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