NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 20th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (3-3-0) at Montreal Canadiens (2-2-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt a three-game losing
streak this evening, when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens have gone 0-2-1 during their skid with the lone point gained in
a shootout loss to Florida on Tuesday.
Montreal was in action Thursday night in Ottawa and was handed a close loss at
Scotiabank Place. Jason Spezza scored the go-ahead goal with 6:45 remaining in
the third period, as the Senators fended off the Habs, 4-3.
Guillaume Latendresse, Michael Ryder and Alex Kovalev all lit the lamp for
Montreal, which has dropped three straight. Rookie netminder Carey Price
yielded four goals on 33 shots.
The Habs are playing the first of two straight at home tonight and will
complete the brief homestand Monday against Boston. Montreal is 0-1-1 on its
home ice so far this season.
The Sabres, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak halted by visiting
Columbus on Friday evening. Pascal Leclaire notched his third shutout in just
his fourth game of the season as the Blue Jackets beat Buffalo, 3-0, at HSBC
Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Sabres, who were shut out for the first time
since a 7-0 loss at Toronto on April 1, 2006.
Buffalo and the Canadiens split eight meetings last season, but the Sabres
have taken six of 10 and nine of the 14 matchups in the series. However, the
Sabres have lost in two straight and six of their last 11 trips to Montreal.
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