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Saturday, November 8th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (7-6-1-0) at Montreal Canadiens (6-8-0-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens try to halt a three-game losing streak tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Bell Centre for the back end of a home-and-home.

On Friday, Montreal was on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision, allowing a pair of second-period goals to seal its demise. Donald Audette delivered a third- period tally for the Canadiens, who are 1-6-0 in their last seven tries.

Jose Theodore made 15 saves and fell to 2-5-0 in his last seven starts.

There was, however, some good news for the Habs, as captain Saku Koivu made his season debut after recovering from a knee injury suffered in September. Koivu skated for 19:32 of the match and recorded no shots on net. He won 10 of the 17 faceoffs he took.

Montreal, 4-5-0 at home this season, will host Columbus on Tuesday.

Daniel Briere and Ales Kotalik provided the necessary goals for Buffalo, which is 2-1-1 in its last four. Mika Noronen turned away 36 shots -- including 13 in the first period -- for the Sabres, who improved to 7-0-1 when scoring first this season.

Kotalik's tally was his fifth of the season, which places him in a second- place tie on the club with captain Miroslav Satan. Taylor Pyatt leads the team with six.

The Sabres, 4-3-1 on the road, will host New Jersey on Wednesday.

Buffalo has won four straight meetings with the Canadiens, and eight of the last nine. The Sabres have taken six of their last seven games in Montreal.

11/08 10:08:51 ET


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