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Canadiens vs Sabres game thread & lineups

Less than 24 hours after an embarrassing 2-1 loss to the lowly Sabres in Buffalo, Montreal is back at it again. Habs take another crack at the express elevator to Connor McDavid in Montreal

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Back at it again (in more ways than one)! Everyone loved that Sabres-Habs contest so much they decided to go back and do it all again tonight in Montreal. It's like they channeled Ernie Banks for a moment.

The less said about last night the better, but I hope that Bryan Allen is scratched and Tom Gilbert is rightfully returned to the lineup. Who knows, maybe it'll be Alexei Emelin who is hooked from the lineup and Bryan Allen will be shoehorned into his minutes on the second pairing. I'm already dreading tonight just thinking about it.

Alexei Emelin has been fined for his hit to the head of Brian Gionta last night to the tune of 11,000 dollars, but he has not been suspended.

The Sabres may have at least on change to their forward lines tonight. Drew Stafford left the game at the end of the first and did not return due to an upper body (possibly elbow) injury. Stafford will travel with the team to Montreal and take part in the morning skate, but he remains a game time decision.

If Stafford doesn't play the Sabres could either call someone up from the Amerks (they're playing in Binghamton tonight) or dress 7 D with Andre Benoit drawing in.

As this is the second half of a back-to-back expect back-up netminders Dustin Tokarski and Michael Neuvirth to guard their respective nets. Jhonas Enroth will start for the Sabres as Buffalo sticks with what works.

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

In Canada: City

In Quebec (French): TVA

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
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

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
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, Drew Stafford, Cody McCormick

Check out the opposing side at Die By The Blade