GAME: Buffalo Sabres (16-19-4-1) at Montreal Canadiens (19-15-5-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Buffalo Sabres look to record their longest unbeaten streak of the
season and the Montreal Canadiens try to match theirs when the Northeast
Division rivals meet for the third time this season.
Buffalo tied its season-best unbeaten run at three games on Saturday,
skating to a 3-3 tie on the road with the Northeast-leading Toronto Maple
The Sabres took a 3-1 lead after second-period goals by Miroslav Satan,
Chris Drury and Rory Fitzpatrick, but allowed the Leafs to score twice in the
With the draw, Buffalo has earned a point in six of seven contests (4-1-2)
after a seven-game losing streak.
"We're making strides," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We've been getting
more shots at the net and more people at the net. It's starting to pay off."
Montreal continued its strong play on Sunday with a 4-1 home win over the
Washington Capitals, improving to 3-0-1 in its last four games. The Canadiens
went a season-high five straight without a loss (3-0-2) from Nov. 28-Dec. 6.
Michael Ryder scored twice and assisted on Sheldon Souray's goal Sunday as
Montreal won consecutive games for the first time in more than two months.
"To go that long without putting together back-to-back wins, but to still
be in the position we are, I think is pretty good," Souray said. "Now that
the halfway point is here, we've got something to build on."
The Canadiens have earned at least a point in nine of their last 11
(6-2-2-1), and are four games over .500 for the first time this season. They
have gone 4-0-1 in their last five at the Bell Centre.
Goalie Jose Theodore has allowed one goal in each contest during Montreal's
four-game unbeaten streak, and is unbeaten in regulation in his last six