NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 9th (All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (21-5-2) at Montreal Canadiens (16-8-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens try to narrow the gap in the Northeast Division race tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Bell Centre.
With 36 points, the Habs are second in the division race -- eight behind the frontrunning Sabres.
Montreal ended a two-game skid on Thursday, as Saku Koivu netted two power- play goals and added an assist to spearhead a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
Michael Ryder and Sheldon Souray each added two assists and Cristobal Huet made 25 saves for the Habs.
Koivu has tallied four goals and two assists in three games so far this month. He already has two multi-goal efforts in December.
Montreal begins a four-game homestand tonight and will host Boston on Tuesday.
Buffalo, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Thursday the Sabres dropped a 3-1 tilt to Florida, as Ric Jackman and Stephen Weiss each scored in the third period to lift the Panthers.
Daniel Briere scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who came into the game winners in three of their previous four. Ryan Miller stopped 35-of-38 shots faced in the loss.
The Sabres dropped to 12-3-0 on the road as they played the third portion of a five-game trip. They will visit New Jersey on Tuesday.
Buffalo has taken two of three meetings with the Habs this year and seven of the last nine overall.
12/09 10:17:32 ET