CANADIENS (1-0-1) at SABRES (2-0-1)
7 p.m. ET; SN, MSG-B, RDS, NHL.TV
Keith Kinkaid will make his first start for the Montreal Canadiens when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.
Kinkaid was 15-18-6 with a 3.36 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 41 games (38 starts) with the New Jersey Devils last season. He was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 25 but did not appear in a game for them and signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens on July 1.
Montreal is looking for its second straight win after rallying for a 6-5 victory at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
The Sabres, who lost 4-3 in overtime at the Blue Jackets on Monday, can earn points in four straight games to open a season for the first time since they began the 2009-10 season 4-0-1. Buffalo will be without forward Conor Sheary, who is out week to week because of an upper-body injury.
Players to watch
Canadiens forward Max Domi has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 10 games against the Sabres.
Sabres forward Jeff Skinner has 24 points (15 goals, nine assists) in 29 career games against Montreal, including seven (four goals, three assists) in four games last season.
They said it
"We watched some video yesterday and we saw where we weren't getting the job done the way we needed to … We have to be better, know which guy to take. When we don't do our job, it forces someone else to do theirs and ours, and that leads to breakdowns." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien on cutting down on breakaways and odd-man rushes against
"I think it's just the skill in both the groups. People underestimate the power of the [Marcus] Johansson power play. (That unit) is also very lethal and scored two big power-play goals for us here. It's certainly their willingness to skate within a hard-working power play structure and not just being pretty. … We've been pleased with the work ethic." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger on the power play, which has scored six goals in 10 attempts
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki
Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia
Paul Byron -- Nate Thompson - Jordan Weal
Victor Mete -- Shea Weber
Ben Chiarot -- Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak -- Cale Fleury
Scratched: Mike Reilly, Christian Folin
Injured: Nick Cousins (back)
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Vladimir Sobotka
Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Evan Rodrigues
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju
Scratched: John Gilmour
Injured: Conor Sheary (upper body), Brandon Montour (hand), Zach Bogosian (hip)
Rodrigues will play his first game of the season after being scratched for the first three. … Cousins did not make the trip to Buffalo.
Thompson will play in his 700th NHL game. … Skinner's next assist will be the 200th of his NHL career. … Weber is one power-play goal from 100 in the NHL.