Game Preview: Canadiens (32-32-6) vs. Buffalo (28-33-9)
TV: RDS, SN 7:00 p.m.
The Habs and Sabres square off for the second time in the last six days, this time at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
In the first leg of back-to-back games, the Canadiens took on the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night. Sniper Alex Galchenyuk picked up his eighth point in his last five games, scoring the lone goal for the Habs in the loss.
In the Sabres camp, rookie sensation Jack Eichel sits just one point behind Ryan O’Reilly for the team lead in points after a two goal performance – including the overtime winner - in Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over Carolina. Between the pipes Chad Johnson kicked aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced to extend his win streak to an impressive four games.
As Mike Condon got the nod against the Panthers, the Habs will turn to Ben Scrivens to defend the blue paint in Buffalo. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native sports a 3-2-2 record in seven career starts against the Sabres.
In the injury department, the Canadiens confirmed that both Lars Eller and Nathan Beaulieu will make their returns to the lineup against Buffalo. As a result, Eller takes Stefan Matteau's spot in the formations, while Beaulieu's return allows the Habs to return emergency-recall Darren Dietz back to the St. John's IceCaps.
Back on March 10, 2016, the Canadiens 3-2 victory over the Sabres evened the season-series up at 2-2. Puck drop for the fifth and final game between the two Atlantic Division combatants is set for 7:00 p.m.