CANADIENS (27-24-4) vs BUFFALO (21-28-6)
TV: RDS, SNE 7:00 p.m.
The Canadiens kick-off a three game road trip with a Friday night contest against the Sabres at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
In front of a particularly loud Bell Centre crowd on Tuesday night, the Canadiens extended their win-streak to three games with a decisive 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The trio of Tomas Plekanec, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk combined to score three of the Habs four goals, resulting in the trio sweeping the three stars of the game honors.
In his third straight start between the pipes, netminder Ben Scrivens turned in another stellar performance kicking aside 37 of the 39 shots fired his direction, resulting in a save percentage of .949. Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Scrivens will be back between the pipes against the Sabres.
At the other end of the rink, Chad Johnson will be in goal for the Sabres.
After news broke that Brian Flynn is expected to miss six to eight weeks of action after suffering a lower-body injury on February 9, the Canadiens subsequently recalled forward Jacob de la Rose from the St. John’s IceCaps.
With regards to lineup changes, Paul Byron travelled with the team and could be back in uniform on Friday night after missing the last eight games with a lower-body injury. In addition, Greg Pateryn will be back on the blue line replacing Nathan Beaulieu who was injured on Tuesday.
In the Sabres camp, the club suffered a 5-1 defeat in the most recent matchup at the hands of the Flyers on the road in Philadelphia. Despite six opportunities with the man advantage, only Jamie McGinn would find the back of the net.
Following Friday night’s clash in Buffalo, the teams will meet again in Montreal on March 10 before concluding the season series with a game in Buffalo scheduled for March 16.