Game Thread: Habs Host Sabres

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After getting barreled over by the Boston Bruins, in more ways than one, on Saturday, you have to think the Buffalo Sabres will take their frustrations out on the Canadiens tonight.

Buffalo took the first game of the regular season series 3-1, and snapping the Habs two-game win streak might make them feel better.

"I’m embarrassed that we didn’t respond the way we should have."—C Paul Gaustad, after Milan Lucic hit Ryan Miller and faced no retribution.

Ryan Miller is out indefinitely with a concussion, after being steamrolled by Milan Lucic Saturday. Jhonas Enroth is a capable backup for Buffalo and is 5-0-0 (1.75 GAA) this season. Enroth has faced the Canadiens once in his career, a 34-save performance in the Sabres 3-2 SO win on February 15.

In the meantime, the Sabres have called up Drew MacIntyre from the Rochester Americans. MacIntyre played last season with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is not afraid to take a page from Scotty Bowman, and has Tyler Ennis listed as a healthy scratch

When on a winning streak, Jacques Martin will seldom make any line changes. But Mike Cammalleri is now a no-go per RDS, and Andrei Kostitsyn is not ready either. The Habs have allied up Andreas Engqvist from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Hal Gill was not at the morning skate, due to illness, so expect Alexei Emelin in the lineup.

Carey Price gets the call in goal for the Canadiens

 

 

MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Travis Moen - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta

Erik Cole - David Desharnais - Max Pacioretty

Scott Gomez - Lars Eller - Aaron Palushaj

Andreas Engqvist - Petteri Nokelainen - Mathieu Darche

Defense Pairings

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Raphael Diaz

Jaroslav Spacek - Yannick Weber

Goalies

Carey Price  - Peter Budaj

 

BUFFALO SABRES PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Thomas Vanek - Luke Adam - Jason Pominville

Ville Leino - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford

Nathan Gerbe - Paul Gaustad - Brad Boyes

Cody McCormick - Matt Ellis - Patrick Kaleta

Defense Pairings

Andrej Sekera - Mike Weber

Robyn Regehr - Jordan Leopold

Marc-Andre GragnaniChristian Ehrhoff

Goalies

Jhonas Enroth - Drew MacIntyre

 

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