NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 1st
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (15-9-1) at Montreal Canadiens (14-7-4), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The streaking Buffalo Sabres charge into Quebec this
evening, as they battle the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
The Sabres have won four in a row and seven of their last eight contests. The
latest win came Tuesday in Pittsburgh, as they picked up a 3-2 victory over
Ales Kotalik netted the game-winning goal early in the third period and Maxim
Afinogenov tallied a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo to the win at Mellon
Paul Gaustad scored his fourth goal of the season and Martin Biron made 30
saves for the Sabres.
Tonight's game is the finale of a three-game road trip for Buffalo, which is
7-5-0 as the visiting team this year.
The Habs, meanwhile, have dropped three straight, including a 4-0 setback in
Ottawa on Tuesday. Ray Emery earned his first career shutout with 27 saves and
Jason Spezza recorded a goal and an assist for the Senators.
Jose Theodore allowed four goals on 26 shots for Montreal. The Canadiens were
shut out for the second time this season. Atlanta also blanked Montreal, 2-0,
on October 12.
The Canadiens begin a four-game homestand tonight. Montreal is 8-4-1 at the
Bell Centre this year.
This is the fourth meeting of the season between these teams. Montreal won the
first two matchups, but the Sabres came back with a win last Friday. The
Sabres' victory halted a three-game losing streak in the series.
Montreal has won five of the last eight meetings overall and four in a row at
the Bell Centre.
12/01 10:25:02 ET