NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (16-19-4-1) at Montreal Canadiens (19-15-5-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens hope to extend their unbeaten streak
to five games tonight when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to Bell Centre.
Montreal is 3-0-1 in its last four tries, including consecutive victories over
Atlanta and Washington in the first two portions of a four-game home set.
On Sunday, Michael Ryder scored twice and added an assist to lead a 4-1 win
over the Capitals. Sheldon Souray and Joe Juneau each netted a special teams
goal to snap a 1-1 tie for the Canadiens, who scored the final three tallies
to post their first winning streak since October.
Jose Theodore made 19 saves for Montreal, while Mike Ribeiro, Jason Ward and
Saku Koivu each added an assist.
Ryder netted his ninth goal of the season, and leads NHL rookies with 17
assists and 26 points.
The Habs, 4-0-1 in their last five at home, will conclude its set Thursday
against Tampa Bay.
Buffalo, meanwhile, is 2-0-1 in its last three, including Saturday's 3-3 tie
in Toronto. The Maple Leafs' Matt Stajan scored with 3:02 left in regulation
to force the deadlock.
Miroslav Satan, Chris Drury, and Rory Fitzpatrick tallied for the Sabres, who
scored all of their goals in the second period. Martin Biron finished with 34
Satan has a three-game goal-scoring streak with five tallies in that span,
while Drury has two scores and two assists in his last three.
The Sabres, 2-7-1 in their last 10 on the road, will host Philadelphia on
Montreal and Buffalo have split two meetings this season, as the Canadiens
snapped a four-game series losing streak with a 3-0 home win on November 8.
The Sabres have lost two of their last three at the Bell Centre.
01/06 10:30:05 ET