NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 24th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (12-5-3) at Buffalo Sabres (18-3-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres hope to sweep a three-game homestand
tonight, when they host the Montreal Canadiens at HSBC Arena.
The Sabres opened their stand with a 7-2 win over Tampa Bay on Monday and then
beat Toronto, 7-4, on Wednesday. Daniel Briere scored two goals, including the
game winner, and also had an assist, to lead Buffalo to the victory over the
Jason Pominville, Maxim Afinogenov and Brian Campbell each had a goal and an
assist for the Sabres, and Ryan Miller finished with 32 saves.
Buffalo, which has won seven of its last nine games, leads the NHL with 37
points this season.
The Sabres are 8-2-1 as the host club this season and have won three straight
games at home. Buffalo will close out its November schedule with Sunday's road
test against the New York Rangers.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens will aim for their third consecutive win
Montreal hosted the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday and came away with a 4-2
triumph at the Bell Centre behind a goal and an assist from Alex Kovalev.
Radek Bonk picked up the game-winning goal, and Steve Begin and Mike Komisarek
also tallied for Montreal.
Cristobal Huet made 36 saves including 20 in a frantic second period for
Montreal, which has won four of its last five games, but is still 10 points
behind Buffalo for the top spot in the Northeast Division.
Buffalo is 2-0 against the Habs this year and has taken four straight and
seven of the last eight meetings.
11/24 10:33:09 ET