The Montreal Canadiens (11-33-7, 29 pts) will try to extend their win streak to four games when they host the Buffalo Sabres (16-27-8, 40 pts) at the Bell Centre Wednesday (7:30 PM ET, SN1, SNE, RDS, MSG-B) before heading out on a five-game road trip.
This is the second time that the two teams have met in the last two weeks and the second since Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Martin St. Louis was hired back on Feb. 9. The Sabres beat the Canadiens 5-3 at the Bell Centre back on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 13). The Sabres also beat the Habs 5-1 on October 14 in Buffalo and 4-1 back on November 26. Tonight will be the final meeting between the two clubs this season.
Samuel Montembeault is slated to start for the Montreal Canadiens after posting an impressive 35-save performance against the Toronto Maples Leafs on Monday. The young goaltender is 4-10-4, with a 3.71 GAA and a 0.898 save percentage.
Craig Anderson is slated to start for the Sabres. The veteran netminder is 6-5-0 this season with a 2.91 GAA and a .913 save percentage.
Montreal Canadiens Notes
Cole Caufield is on quite the hot streak, posting five goals and three assists over his last six games.
Jeff Petry is also seeing a surge in offensive production, as he comes into this game with two goals and three assists in his last four games.
Buffalo Sabres Notes
Jeff Skinner had one heck of a game in the last tilt between the Canadiens and the Sabres, posting four goals and an assist in a 5-3 win on Feb 13th. Will he be a difference-maker again tonight?
Tage Thompson is the hottest Buffalo Sabre at the moment, with an impressive six goals and four assists in his last eight games.
Montreal Canadiens Lines:
Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki-Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher
Rem Pitlick – Jake Evans- Paul Byron
Michael Pezzetta – Ryan Poehling – Artturi Lehkonen
Alexander Romanov – Ben Chiarot
Brett Kulak-Jeff Petry
Kale Clague-Chris Wideman
Buffalo Sabres Lines:
Jeff Skinner-Tage Thompson-Alex Tuch
Peyton Krebbs-Dylan Cozens-Casey Mittelstadt
Rasmus Asplund-Mark Jankowski-Kyle Okposo
Anders Bjork-Cody Eakin-John Hayden
Rasmus Dahlin-Henri Jokiharju
Mattias Samuelsson-Casey Fitzgerald
Jacob Bryson-Mark Pysk