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Game Preview : Sabres @ Canadiens

The Canadiens will play their first game following the All-Star break against the Sabres on Tuesday

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

SABRES (20-19-9) @ CANADIENS (29-14-7)
 
After enjoying a few well-deserved days off while the All-Star Game festivities were going on in Los Angeles, the Canadiens will be back at work on Tuesday when they play host to the Buffalo Sabres.

For the second time in 10 days, the Canadiens and Sabres will meet at the Bell Centre. Back on January 21, Dan Bylsma's squad secured a 3-2 overtime victory in Montreal.
 
The same goaltenders will likely be between the pipes this time around, too. Carey Price and Robin Lehner both faced 38 shots during the previous encounter in a true goaltending duel.
 
Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, Nikita Nesterov will play his first game in a Canadiens uniform. In 35 games with the Lightning this season, the Russian rearguard has three goals and 12 points.
 
David Desharnais, Andrei Markov and Greg Pateryn all skated with the rest of their teammates in Montreal. Desharnais and Markov will both be in the lineup on Tuesday night.

Jeff Petry, meanwhile, missed the morning skate with the flu and is a game-time decision. If Petry is unable to play, Pateryn will take his spot in the lineup.

In their most recent outing last Thursday, the Canadiens dropped a 3-1 decision to the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. The Sabres also came up short in their last contest, falling 4-3 to the Dallas Stars.

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