Game Preview: Canadiens (31-30-6) vs. Sabres (27-32-9)
TV: RDS, SN, SN360 7:30 p.m.
The Sabres and Canadiens are set two square off twice in the span of just six days, with the first match-up taking place on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
The Bell Centre faithful had plenty to cheer about in the Canadiens most recent game on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars. The crowd was brought to its feet when Phillip Danault scored his first goal as a Montreal Canadien, only to rise once more when Alex Galchenyuk scored the eventual overtime winner.
Meanwhile, the Sabres arrived in Montreal following a 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. After the Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second period, the Sabres attempted to mount a second half comeback with goals from Sam Reinhart and Johan Larsson, only to fall short.
Coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Mike Condon will get the nod between the pipes against the Sabres, after Ben Scrivens guided the Habs to Tuesday’s win over the Stars. In two career starts against Buffalo, the rookie goaltender holds a 1-2-0 record with a 2.69 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
In the injury department, Lars Eller is questionable to play Thursday night after sporting a non-contact jersey in Wednesday morning’s practice in Brossard.
Thursday night’s contest comes with just five points separating the Canadiens and Sabres in the Eastern Conference standings.