The Buffalo Sabres can set the franchise record for consecutive wins to start a season by beating the Montreal Canadiens - something they've already done once in the early going.
The Sabres look to improve to 9-0 on the season and earn their 14th straight victory overall when they face the Canadiens in a road matchup Monday night.
Buffalo matched the team's best start of eight consecutive wins, set by the 1975-76 club, with a 6-2 victory over Boston on Saturday. The win extended the Sabres' franchise-best winning streak to 13 regular season games.
Buffalo, the NHL's only remaining undefeated team, is enjoying its run.
"Everybody's having fun right now," Sabres right wing Maxim Afinogenov said. "We know we have a good streak."
Afinogenov has been one of the major reasons for that streak, recording a goal and an assist Saturday to bring his NHL-leading point total to 14. He has a point in five straight meetings with Montreal (4-1-2), recording four goals and three assists in that span.
Afinogenov's consistent scoring against the Canadiens has helped the Sabres win six of the last seven matchups. He scored with 15 seconds left in regulation to force overtime in the first meeting Oct. 6, and Buffalo went on to a 5-4 shootout victory.
Chris Drury, who assisted on that goal by Afinogenov, scored twice Saturday to bring his total to nine on the season, tying him for the league lead. Both of Drury's goals came on the power play as Buffalo converted three of seven chances, improving its season efficiency to 24.5 percent (12-of-49).
The Canadiens have been even better with the man advantage, scoring on 10 of 37 opportunities (27.0 percent) this season, and went 4-for-8 in an 8-5 win over Colorado on Saturday.
Sheldon Souray had two of those power-play goals and added two assists, helping his team record its highest offensive output since an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 10, 2004.
"These are games that build character, that build confidence," said Souray, who's tied for the team lead in points (nine) and goals (five). "It sends a message, to ourselves, really, that we can be down in games and not be out."
The Canadiens may have trouble matching Saturday's production if Ryan Miller is in net for Buffalo on Monday. Miller is 5-0-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average against the Sabres, and the five wins are tied for his highest total against any opponent.
Miller, 6-0-0 with a 2.73 GAA this season, has keyed a penalty-killing unit that has allowed only six goals in 52 short-handed situations (88 percent).
Montreal has also been dominant on the penalty kill, thwarting 42 of 46 opponents' chances (91 percent).
The Sabres will be playing the middle contest of a three-game road trip, one that coach Lindy Ruff has been pretty pleased with so far.
"When you've got a group that's playing well it's fun to watch," Ruff said. "I think we're definitely enjoying this. You enjoy it for a period of time when you can reflect after a game, saying, 'Boy we made some nice plays and scored some nice goals."'