SABRES (14-33-3) @ CANADIENS (32-14-3)
The Canadiens will look to get back on track against the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at the Bell Centre.
Coming off a surprising 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday, Michel Therrien’s men now get set to host another team looking to play spoiler in the last place Sabres.
Carey Price will be back in goal after enjoying a rare afternoon off on Sunday. The 27-year-old netminder has not allowed a goal since the second period of last week’s January 27 game against the Dallas Stars. Having registered a pair of shutouts since then, Price was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week on Monday.
On the other side of the ice, Jhones Enroth will be tasked with trying to stop the Habs between the pipes.
Despite owning just a 14-33-3 record this season, the Sabres enter Tuesday’s game with a 2-0-1 advantage over the Habs in 2014-15 – their last road win coming in a 4-3 shootout decision on November 29 at the Bell Centre.
Unlike the Canadiens, who have won five of their last six games, the Sabres are currently mired in a difficult stretch, having lost 14 games in a row to remain winless in the new year.
Ted Nolan’s squad has won just four games on the road this season – losing 21 – while the Habs are currently enjoying a 17-6-2 home record.
Lars Eller’s status remains questionable on Tuesday after taking a violent hit into the opposing goalpost on Sunday and not returning to finish the game against the Coyotes, although Therrien did hint that the Danish forward would be a game time decision.
The Canadiens have since called up Jacob De La Rose from the Hamilton Bulldogs as a precautionary measure.