Game Thread: Habs Visit Sabres in a Must Win Game

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The Montreal Canadiens will have another valuable four-point game in there last ditch effort to make the playoffs this season. Despite the Buffalo Sabres record this season, it won't be easy.

Lindy Ruff's squad has beat the Habs in all three meetings this season, in which all three games could have gone in Montreal's favor. Ruff knows how to adapt well in game situations, which he demonstrated well in the Sabres 3-1 win over Montreal on January 31.

But with a Canadiens win tonight and a strong finish through February, the remaining two games against Buffalo could be highly beneficial.

With Jhonas Enroth getting the start, and getting chased, Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers, Ryan Miller will be between the pipes for the Sabres tonight. Miller has allowed just a single Canadiens goal in each of his starts this season.

Carey Price has been outstanding against Buffalo, despite being unable to record a win this season. He has a 1.97 GAA and a .935 SvPct in all three games against the Sabres.

With Hal Gill traded this afternoon, Erik Cole will now be an alternate captain for the Canadiens.

MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Mathieu Darche - Tomas Plekanec - Rene Bourque

Andrei Kostitsyn - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc

Yannick Weber / double shift- Scott Gomez - Ryan White

Defensemen

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Tomas Kaberle - Alexei Emelin

Raphael Diaz - Chris Campoli

Goalies

Carey Price - Peter Budaj

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BUFFALO SABRES PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Nathan Gerbe - Tyler Ennis - Thomas Vanek

Ville Leino - Derek Roy - Jason Pominville

Drew Stafford - Paul Gaustad - Patrick Kaleta

Matt Ellis - Brad Boyes - Zack Kassian

Defensemen

Mike Weber - Christian Ehrhoff

Jordan Leopold - Robyn Regehr

Andrej Sekera - Tyler Myers

Goalies

Ryan Miller - Jhonas Enroth

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