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Game Preview: Sabres @ Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

SABRES (7-14-2) @ CANADIENS (16-7-1)

The Canadiens will complete the second half of a two-game series against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Coming off a tough loss at the First Niagra Center less than 24 hours ago, in which Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the equalizer in the third after trailing 1-0 for the first two frames, the Sabres nevertheless avoided overtime when Matt Moulson cashed in on a lucky bounce while Carey Price was behind his net to seal the 2-1 win. It marked the Canadiens' second loss in as many games this week.

Michel Therrien has not yet confirmed whether Price or Dustin Tokarski will get the start in goal, although Tokarski has received the nod in the second half of every back-to-back series so far this season. In a similar situation on November 5, the Canadiens' backup netminder picked up a 2-1 win against the Sabres following a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks the night prior.

Buffalo coach Ted Nolan meanwhile, will look to Jhonas Enroth once again on Saturday, after also giving the Swedish goalkeeper the start in Buffalo the night prior.

Sidelined since November 11, Josh Gorges will not return to action in time to face his former team on Saturday, unlike former Habs captain Brian Gionta, who will make his first Bell Centre appearance since signing in Buffalo over the offseason, marking the occasion with his 800th career NHL game played.

Although Alexei Emelin faced a hearing for his hit on Gionta in Buffalo, the Canadiens defenseman was not suspended and will be in uniform again opposite the Sabres.

The Canadiens and Sabres will meet one more time during the 2014-15 regular season, on February 3 in Montreal.

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