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Canadiens vs Sabres game thread & lineups

Reeling from an embarrassing 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens head to Buffalo to kick off a home and home series against the Sabres.

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What a whacky schedule four days off and then three games in four nights. The first of those three is tonight against the Buffalo Sabres on the road in New York State.

Drayson Bowman and Nathan Beaulieu have been sent down, the latter against all logic. Eric Tangradi, the prize in the Peter Budaj sweepstakes, has been called up. Michael Bournival is still unavailable. Tangradi will skate on the right side of Weise and Malhotra.

In another display of questionable logic Tom Gilbert will be scratched tonight. Obviously with this many defensemen (especially of this vintage), someone has to sit, but I presumed it would be one of the leaky-suit brigade (Gonchar or Allen) that might be benched not 31 year old Tom Gilbert.

For the Sabres Tyler Myers comes back, Josh Gorges is still out, and Andre Benoit will sit.

The Habs start Carey Price while the Sabres go with Jhonas Enroth in net.

I'm compiling Top Six Minutes tonight so make your comments count. Any references to the movies the Wizard, Strange Brew, or Dirty Work will be given special consideration.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM EST (8:30 PM In Newfoundland!)

In Canada: Sportsnet-East

In Quebec (French): RDS

In the Sabres region: MSG-B

Elsewhere: NHL Gamcenter Live or NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Brandon Prust Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Dale Weise Manny Malhotra Eric Tangradi
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov
P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin
Sergei Gonchar
Bryan Allen Mike Weaver
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Tom Gilbert

Injured: Michael Bournival

As for the Buffalo Sabres, they'll counter with:

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Matt Moulson Zemgus Girgensons Tyler Ennis
Brian Flynn Torrey Mitchell Brian Gionta
Nicholas Deslauriers Cody Hodgson Drew Stafford
Patrick Kaleta Marcus Foligno Chris Stewart
Left Defense
Right Defense
Tyson Strachan Tyler Myers
Rasmus Ristolainen Nikita Zadorov
Mike Weber Andrej Meszaros
Jhonas Enroth
Michael Neuvirth

Scratched: Andre Benoit

Injured: Mark Pysyk, Jake McCabe, Matthew Hackett, Josh Gorges

Check out the opposing side at Die By The Blade