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Tuesday, February 7th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (34-15-3) at Montreal Canadiens (25-22-6), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres shoot for their sixth consecutive win tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre for the opener of a home-and-home.

The Sabres have toppled two of the Eastern Conference's best in the last two tilts, defeating Philadelphia and Ottawa. On Saturday, Ryan Miller made 28 saves and turned aside all three skaters he faced in the shootout, as the Sabres defeated the Senators, 2-1, at HSBC Arena.

Thomas Vanek netted the game-winning shootout goal and Ales Kotalik scored in regulation for the Sabres.

Buffalo, with 71 points, sits six behind the first-place Senators in the Northeast Division standings. Overall in the East, the Sabres are tied with Philadelphia for fourth place.

On Monday, Miller was named NHL Defensive Player of the Week. He recorded a 1.63 goals-against average and .944 save percentage as he led the Sabres to three victories.

Buffalo, which is 17-8-1 on the road, will host the Canadiens on Thursday.

Montreal, meanwhile, has won two straight games -- both shutouts by backup goaltender Cristobal Huet. The Habs have blanked Boston and Philadelphia by a combined 7-0.

On Sunday, Michael Ryder netted his first career hat trick and Huet made 25 saves to lead the Canadiens to a 5-0 victory over the Flyers at the Bell Centre.

Jan Bulis and Sheldon Souray scored the other goals for the Canadiens, who have won two straight on the heels of a two-game slide.

Huet stopped 35 shots in Montreal's 2-0 win over Boston on Saturday. This shutout was Huet's second this season and sixth in his career.

Huet has started the last two games in place of the struggling Jose Theodore. Theodore has been pulled in three of his last four starting assignments.

Montreal is 16-7-2 on home ice.

The Canadiens and Sabres have split four meetings this season, with buffalo taking the last two.

02/07 10:49:42 ET

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