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Game Preview: Sabres (5-9-2) @ Canadiens (7-9-1)

The Habs are looking to rebound from their second straight loss to the Wild on Thursday night

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Although the Canadiens had strung together a three-game winning streak this week, that string got sandwiched between two losses to the Minnesota Wild and the Habs will be looking to reverse their fortunes when they take on the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.

On Thursday, the Canadiens didn't get the bounces and endured two disallowed goals on their way to a 3-0 loss to the Wild at home, snapping their three-game winning streak. The Habs have won six of their last nine contests dating back to a 5-1 win over Florida at the Bell Centre on October 24.

The loss to the Wild marked goaltender Charlie Lindgren's first career NHL defeat, after he won the first five games he played.

Absent from Thursday's game against the Wild, both Jonathan Drouin (upper-body injury) and Shea Weber (lower-body injury) joined in an optional practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Friday. 

Both players took part in Saturday's morning skate. It remains to be seen, though, if they'll be in uniform against the Sabres.

The Canadiens announced on Friday that Al Montoya had suffered an upper-body injury, and they recalled goaltender Zach Fucale from the AHL's Laval Rocket on an emergency basis. Julien is expected to go with Lindgren against the Sabres.

The Sabres, meanwhile, are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Friday night. Kyle Okposo was the lone goal scorer for Phil Housley's squad. 

The Canadiens won the first of four contests against the Sabres this year, beating them 3-2 in the shootout in their first game of the campaign. Last season, the Habs went 2-1-1 against Buffalo, outscoring them 12-8. 

For his part, Nathan Beaulieu will be playing his first game back at the Bell Centre since being dealt to the Sabres.

Saturday's game marks the another edition of FANatic Saturdays at the Bell Centre. The SiriusXM guest DJ of the night is DJ Psychology, while Steve Begin will be available for a photo op from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Click here for a full list of special initiatives taking place surrounding the game.

The Canadiens will also be marking Remembrance Day with a short pregame ceremony.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on TV on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and on the radio on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.

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