Game Thread: Habs Visit Surging Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres are still on the outside looking in on this season's playoff race, but are quickly making a legitimate shot for the post season. Buffalo has gone 7-2-1 in their last ten games,

A big reason for their recent success, has been the turnaround of goaltender Ryan Miller. The former Vezina winner has won five of his last six starts, and has been on fire since the All-Star break. The Sabres' number one man between the pipes will face Peter Budaj tonight.

The Sabres are expected to be without forwards Matt Ellis (knee) and Patrick Kaleta (neck , day-to-day), but got some good news that Tomas Vanek will return to the lineup. Vanek has been battling shoulder problems since taking a hit from Erik Cole on January 31.

Marcus Foligno, son of former jumping Sabre Mike, scored his first NHL Saturday in Ottawa. He says he's saving the trademark family leap until he pots one at home. Father Mike is making the trip down from Sudbury for the game.

Buffalo has won three of four meetings so far this season against Montreal, with the Habs taking the most recent in a 4-3 shootout win, on February 12. Max Pacioretty had the shootout winner that night, and has five points against the Sabres this season.

Pacioretty has five goals and five assists in his last five games for the Canadiens.

David Desharnais could be a game-time decision for Montreal.

A look at the Sabres' season, from HNIC's Elliotte Friedman, after the jump.


MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Erik Cole

Rene Bourque - Lars Eller - Ryan White

Blake Geoffrion - Scott Gomez - Aaron Palushaj

Louis Leblanc - [double shift] - Brad Staubitz

Defensemen

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin

Tomas Kaberle - Yannick Weber

Chris Campoli

Goalies

Peter Budaj - Carey Price

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BUFFALO SABRES PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Ville Leino - Tomas Vanek - Jason Pominville

Nathan Gerbe - Derek Roy - Brad Boyes

Marcus Foligno - Cody Hodgson - Drew Stafford

Patrick Kaleta - Tyler Ennis - Corey Tropp

Defensemen

Jordan Leopold -Tyler Myers

Robyn Regehr - Mike Weber

Christian Ehrhoff - Alexander Sulzer

Goalies

Jhonas Enroth - Ryan Miller

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