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Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Sabres

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (24-23-4, 52 PTS) vs. SABRES (20-26-4, 44 PTS)


The Canadiens will play their second game in as many nights on Wednesday when they battle the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre.

On Tuesday night, Michel Therrien’s troops dropped a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers in their first game back following the All-Star break. Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn scored the first two goals of the game on the power play in the opening frame, then Andrei Markov replied with a power play goal of his own to wrap up the first period. Jeff Petry tied things up 2-2 early on in the second period, before the Flyers responded with two more goals of their own in the third.

For their part, the Sabres will be playing their first game since the All-Star break. In their last outing, Buffalo secured a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. It marked goaltender Robin Lehner’s first win in a Sabres uniform. He stopped 34 shots, while rookie sensation Jack Eichel scored two goals in the victory.

The Sabres currently sit seventh in the Atlantic Division with 44 points. While Buffalo might be struggling, the Canadiens will undoubtedly have to pay close attention to both Eichel (16 goals, 34 points) and Ryan O’Reilly (17 goals, 40 points).

Mike Condon, who was in goal against the Flyers on Tuesday, will be back between the pipes on Wednesday. Up front, Sven Andrighetto will take Lucas Lessio's spot, while Alexei Emelin is in for Mark Barberio on the back end.

The Canadiens hammered the Sabres by a score of 7-2 the last time the two teams met. Andrei Markov was named the first star of the game by picking up a goal and five points in the win. P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec amassed three assists each, while Brendan Gallagher and Dale Weise each found the back of the net on two occasions. Condon was solid in goal, stopping 34 of 36 shots against – which was good for a .944 save percentage.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.


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