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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Sabres

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (7-0-0) @ SABRES (2-4-0)

TV: RDS, CITYM, NHL-US - 7:00 pm

The Habs look to extend their perfect start to the season Friday night in Buffalo.

Michel Therrien’s squad, who has not yet tasted defeat in 2015-2016, will be looking for an eighth consecutive victory to start the season. Friday night’s contest also marks the first of two back-to-back games for the Canadiens, who will return to Montreal to face the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre Saturday night.

Coach Therrien will turn to rookie goaltender Mike Condon for the first game against the Sabres, meaning Carey Price will likely be between the pipes against the Maple Leafs the following night. Condon is in search of his second victory of the season after defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-1 his NHL debut on October 11, 2015.

With the exception of the goalie change, the Canadiens lineup will remain unchanged, meaning Paul Byron, Greg Pateryn and Jarred Tinordi will therefore continue to await their season debuts.

On the other side of the ice, the Sabres recently earned their second win of the season with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. North York, Ontario native Matt Moulson ended the contest scoring the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout.

Moulson (1G-2A) is also one of five players tied atop the Sabres points leaderboard. Jack Eichel, the second overall pick of the 2014-2015 entry draft, is the only member of the Sabres with more than one goal to his credit. The Sabres have scored a total 10 goals in six games, good for just 28th place in the NHL.

It has yet to be determined whether Chad Johnson or Nathan Lieuwen will get the start in goal for the Sabres.

Johnson has started the last five games for the Sabres as the team’s number one goaltender Robin Lehner has been sidelined since suffering an injury in the first game of the season. Lieuwen, for his part, is still waiting to make his first appearance of the 2015-2016 season, after starting seven games for the Sabres in his rookie year.

In 2014-2015, the Sabres got the better of the Canadiens in the regular season, having won three of four meetings between the teams last year.

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