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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 Garden.

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 win.

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 Arena.

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


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