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Monday, November 5th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (5-6-1) at Montreal Canadiens (7-3-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will conclude a four-game homestand tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to the Bell Centre.

Montreal is 1-1-1 on the stand after Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto. Cristobal Huet made 28 saves in the setback, but he couldn't stop Matt Stajan from lighting the lamp with 1:34 left in the game.

Stajan took a loose puck from his own blue line, cruised down the right wing, and uncorked a slapper from the bottom of the right circle which slipped between Huet's arm and body to give Toronto the victory.

Mike Komisarek and Chris Higgins tallied for the Canadiens, who had won five of their last six games. Higgins now has a goal in three straight games.

Bryan Smolinski, one of three Montreal players to recently reach the 1,000- game plateau, picked up a pair of assists.

Montreal is 3-2-2 as the host this season, and following tonight's game hits the road for four straight. That includes a contest in Buffalo on November 16.

The Sabres will try to halt a two-game skid tonight. After falling to Boston on Thursday, Buffalo was defeated by Florida, 4-2, the following day.

The Sabres failed to give head coach Lindy Ruff a victory in his 750th appearance as a head coach. Ruff is the 31st coach in league history to reach the mark, and he's appeared in all 750 games with Buffalo.

Buffalo is 2-3-1 as the visiting team this season and will play its next two games at home.

Brian Campbell has performed well in his career against Montreal, posting 19 points (4g, 15a) in 27 career games against the Canadiens, his best numbers against any other team. That includes two goals and seven assists in 14 games in Montreal.

Montreal will be hosting Buffalo for the second time this season, and defeated the club, 4-2, on October 20. It was the Canadiens fifth win over the Sabres in the last seven meetings.

Buffalo has also lost three straight road games in the series.

11/05 10:21:13 ET

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