SABRES (18-18-9) at CANADIENS (28-13-6)
7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Sabres team scope
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe did not make the trip because of a right shoulder injury he sustained during a 3-2 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. The Sabres, who did not have a morning skate, recalled defenseman Casey Nelson from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Saturday. Coach Dan Bylsma had to shuffle his defense pairs on the fly against Detroit after losing McCabe, who played two more shifts after he was injured, but left before the end of the first period and did not return. Rasmus Ristolainen played a career-high 35:24, including all 4:34 of overtime, and Zach Bogosian played a season-high 29:51. "It's really a lot of mix and match there throughout the game, and I thought at times we gave our defensemen too much to handle there, in the second period in particular," Bylsma said. "... They had to play some tough defense against their skill forwards, and I thought those guys were up to the task, all five of them." Forward Kyle Okposo, who scored the winning goal with 26 seconds left in overtime Friday, has three points (two goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak and needs one point for his 400th in the NHL.
Canadiens team scope
After failing to score a power-play goal in their previous three games, the Montreal Canadiens scored a season-high three in a 3-1 win at the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Center Alex Galchenyuk scored his 11th goal in the first period and assisted on goals by defenseman Shea Weber and left wing Max Pacioretty 38 seconds apart in the third. Left wing Alexander Radulov, who will play in his 200th NHL game Saturday, had a season-high three assists for his third three-point game. "Special teams mean so much coming down the stretch and heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs," Weber said, "so trying to get some chemistry going and help the team win a game is a big thing," It was Galchenyuk's first multi-point game since Nov. 22, when he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Center Phillip Danault played on Montreal's top line instead of Galchenyuk, who played his first three games with Pacioretty and Radulov after returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 18 games. "Everyone was making a big deal about if I had lost my rhythm or game or stuff like that," said Galchenyuk, who centered a line with Sven Andrighetto and Andrew Shaw at even strength. "I knew going in I had to just play my game." The Canadiens are 3-4-0 in their past seven games after going 4-2-0 in their previous six.
Sabres projected lineup
Tyler Ennis -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo
Marcus Foligno -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Evander Kane -- Zemgus Girgensons -- Brian Gionta
Matt Moulson -- Cal O'Reilly -- William Carrier
Zach Bogosian -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Justin Falk -- Cody Franson
Casey Nelson -- Taylor Fedun
Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers
Injured: Jake McCabe (right shoulder), Josh Gorges (hip), Johan Larsson (wrist), Dmitry Kulikov (lower back), Cody McCormick (blood clots)
Canadiens projected lineup
Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen -- Tomas Plekanec -- Paul Byron
Sven Andrighetto -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Andrew Shaw
Jacob De La Rose -- Torrey Mitchell -- Brian Flynn
Alexei Emelin -- Shea Weber
Nathan Beaulieu -- Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio -- Zach Redmond
Scratched: Daniel Carr, Ryan Johnston
Injured: Brendan Gallagher (hand), Andrei Markov (groin), David Desharnais (knee), Greg Pateryn (ankle)
With Gorges and Kulikov out, Falk is the only left-handed shot remaining among Buffalo defenseman in the wake of McCabe's injury. ... Price, who did not play Friday, will make his 35th start.
Eichel has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games. … (two goals, two assists). O'Reilly had a goal and an assist Friday.