NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, April 15th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (49-24-6) at Montreal Canadiens (42-29-9), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to lock up a playoff berth
tonight, as they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens have 93 points and are six ahead of the ninth-place Atlanta
Thrashers, who have three games remaining. Montreal, which is seventh in the
Eastern Conference, needs just one point to clinch a spot in the postseason.
The Habs are coming off Thursday's victory in Boston. Alex Kovalev tallied two
goals and an assist as Montreal defeated the Bruins, 4-3, at TD Banknorth
Jan Bulis added a goal and two helpers for the Canadiens, who have won two of
four since their eight-game winning streak. David Aebischer made 25 saves in
The Canadiens will end their regular season on a two-game homestand. After
tonight's test, the Habs conclude their slate Tuesday against New Jersey.
The Sabres, meanwhile, have already clinched a playoff berth and are locked
into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Buffalo has won back-to-back games and four of its last five. Tim Connolly
tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Sabres past Montreal, 3-1, at HSBC
Taylor Pyatt and Daniel Briere added a goal apiece and Ryan Miller made 27
saves for Buffalo.
Maxim Afinogenov notched a pair of assists in the win and extended his point
streak to five games. He has two goals and nine helpers during the tear.
Buffalo is 4-3 against Montreal this season.
04/15 10:18:14 ET