NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 23rd (All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (12-6-3) at Buffalo Sabres (8-10-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to finish a three-game homestand perfect tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens at HSBC Arena in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Interestingly enough, the Sabres began this stand with a 4-1 victory over the Canadiens last Friday. The club was then out of action until Wednesday when it posted a 4-2 victory over Ottawa.
In all, when this home-and-home series wraps on Saturday, Buffalo would have played three of its last four games against Montreal.
Derek Roy's tally against the Senators on Wednesday capped a three-goal first period. He also added an assist in the win.
Mike Ryan and Ales Kotalik also lit the lamp, Thomas Vanek had a pair of helpers and Ryan Miller finished with 27 saves as the Sabres racked up back- to-back victories on the heels of a three-game skid.
Center Tim Connolly returned for Buffalo after missing five games with a strained oblique.
The Sabres are 6-4-0 at home this season, while the Canadiens are a solid 7-3-1 as the visiting club this season.
Montreal upped its road mark on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders. Steve Begin had two goals, while the Habs also got a great effort out of netminder Cristobal Huet, who made 44 saves in the win.
The Canadiens will hope for a better effort out of Huet versus Buffalo than last time. In the 4-1 loss a week ago, the goaltender allowed all four goals on 28 shots faced.
Chris Higgins and Tomas Plekanec also scored for Montreal, which has alternated losses and wins over its last six contests. Mathieu Dandenault and Bryan Smolinski each recorded two assists.
Montreal is 2-1 against the Sabres this season and has won five of seven and six of the last nine meetings. However, the Habs have dropped two in a row and four of their last six contests in Buffalo.
11/23 10:33:45 ET