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Losers of three straight games, the Habs rumble into Buffalo to face the bottom-dwelling Sabres and ex-Habs Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges

Jen Fuller

Which team in the NHL has had a longer history of ugly uniforms than the Sabres? Maybe the Canucks? Coyotes? The Ducks? The Sabres went through a period from 1996-2010 where their uniforms were just awful. They seemed to fix it for a bit, but then they introduced the hideous alternate predominantly yellow jerseys.

It took a little while, but this iteration of the Habs' lines might cause me the least amount of anguish. Eller is given quality wingers, Bourque and Moen are out, Dale Weise isn't on the top line, and Bournival is drawing in. Will the result differ?

Buffalo goes with the same lineup that won Sunday night. This is a team that hasn't won back-to-back games this year, so are they easy pickings or a potentially dangerous opponent?

I'm not sure I agree with the decision to bench Nathan Beaulieu - I thought his game was solid and I'm not convinced he's part of the problem. Laura Saba has some thoughts on the problem and the solution.

Will Beaulieu and Tinordi (barring injuries) ever draw into the lineup on the same night again? Are Gorges and Gionta the ex-Habs you most want to see or least want to see playing against the Canadiens?

See you in the comments!

Update: It appears that Mike Weaver is sitting and both Beaulieu and Tinordi are drawing in, possibly alongside one another.

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM ET

Time: 7:30 PM ET
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In the Habs' Region: RDS
In Buffalo: MSG-B
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Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Michael Bournival
Lars Eller Jiri Sekac
Dale Weise
Manny Malhotra Brandon Prust
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov
P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin
Tom Gilbert
Jarred Tinordi
Nathan Beaulieu
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

Scratched: Rene Bourque, Travis Moen, Mike Weaver (possible illness)

As for the Buffalo Sabres, here's how they're winging it tonight:

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Torrey Mitchell Tyler Ennis
Chris Stewart
Johan Larsson Cody Hodgson
Drew Stafford
Matt Moulson
Zemgus Girgensons Brian Gionta
Nicholas Deslauriers
Cody McCormick Brian Flynn
Left Defense
Right Defense
Josh Gorges
Tyler Myers
Rasmus Ristolainen Andrej Meszaros
Nikita Zadorov Tyson Strachan
Michael Neuvirth
Jhonas Enroth

Scratched: Mike Weber, Andre Benoit

Injured: Marcus Foligno (undisclosed), Patrick Kaleta (jaw)

Check out the opposing side at Die By The Blade