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Ullmark in goal for Buffalo; Montreal has alternated wins, losses in past 10 games

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

SABRES (7-6-2) at CANADIENS (8-5-2)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Goalie Linus Ullmark will make his second start in three games for the Buffalo Sabres against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.

Ullmark is 3-0-1 with a 2.00 goals-against-average and .934 save percentage in four games.

Buffalo is 1-2-2 in five games since Oct. 25, when a 4-3 win against Montreal extended its winning streak to three.

The Canadiens have alternated wins and losses in their past 10 games. They have allowed at least four goals in four of their past five games.

 

Players to watch

Sabres forward Jason Pominville has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past eight games.

Canadiens forward Max Domi has 13 points (nine goals, four assists) during an 11-game point streak. He has scored in four consecutive games and equaled his goal total (nine) from each of past two seasons.

 

They said it

"We're playing the game aggressively. We're attacking the game aggressively. I still think that we've got to pay more of a price in front of the net to score goals, but the results are not in our favor. So it's good to be trending in one direction but you've still got to win hockey games." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley

 

"If we're able to make it a speed game it should suit both teams pretty well. It's just a matter of who executes and it usually comes down to who makes the least amount of mistakes, so it's going to be important for us to play strong defensively and that's obviously going to lead to our offensive game." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

 

Sabres projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Vladimir Sobotka -- Evan Rodrigues -- Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Kyle Okposo

Patrik Berglund -- Johan Larsson -- Zemgus Girgensons

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella -- Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu -- Rasmus Dahlin

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Casey Nelson, Remi Elie, Tage Thompson

Injured: Scott Wilson (ankle), Sean Malone (knee), Matt Hunwick (neck)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan Drouin -- Max Domi -- Andrew Shaw

Kenny Agostino -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Artturi Lehkonen

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Matthew Peca -- Charles Hudon

Jordie Benn -- Jeff Petry

Karl Alzner -- Mike Reilly

Xavier Ouellet -- Victor Mete

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Noah Juulsen

Injured: Joel Armia (knee), Paul Byron (lower body), Shea Weber (knee), David Schlemko (knee), Tomas Plekanec (back)

 

Status report

Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Armia had an MRI on Wednesday and they are waiting for results. ... Byron is week to week and will not play against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. ... Plekanec and Schlemko took part in the morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Eichel has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past five games. … Skinner has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … Sheary will play his 200th NHL game. … Price is 16-12-8 with a 1.94 GAA, .935 save percentage and two shutouts in 36 games against Buffalo.

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