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Canadiens vs. Sabres Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

The Canadiens seek their fourth win in a row.

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Habs have been making a go at pulling up the crashing jet that is the 2015-16 season. What started off as a flight high up in the clouds, nothing but smooth skies ahead turned into a violent two-month spiral that is only now coming to a potential end.

A win over the Lightning on Tuesday provided some hope that the Habs can string together some wins and make a serious push for the playoffs.

Controversy surrounding the return of Carey Price surged today, as La Presse announced he probably won't come back for the regular season. Michel Therrien did his best to deflect the report, protecting his player and responding to the report by saying Price is working hard on coming back to the NHL, not trying to get his beach-bod ready for summer.

Carey's team will try to "Carey On" tonight and continue to build off a series of games where their hard work and possession paid off. The Habs will try to solve the enigma that is the Buffalo Sabres. The Habs have only beaten the Sabres twice in the past two seasons (2-3-1), including a 7-2 romp back in October. Hopefully the Canadiens will find their form from that game, and not from their more recent 4-2 loss just over a week ago.

The Sabres lost 5-1 to the Flyers last night, so the Habs will look to take advantage of the fact they are well rested, while their opponent will be working extra hard to bounce back from a bad loss.

Line-up notes: Paul Byron draws back into the lineup after missing three games with a lower body injury; Byron will fill the spot left by Brian Flynn's absence due to a long-term lower body injury; Nathan Beaulieu will also be out with a lower body injury, meaning Greg Pateryn will play in his 12th game this season.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In the Sabres region: MSG-B
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Sven Andrighetto
Tomas Fleischmann Lars Eller Devante Smith-Pelly
Paul Byron Torrey Mitchell Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Mark Barberio Tom Gilbert
Alexei Emelin Greg Pateryn
Ben Scrivens
Mike Condon

Scratched: Jacob de le Rose
Carey Price (lower body),  Daniel Carr (lower body), Lucas Lessio (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body), Brian Flynn (lower body)

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Nicolas Deslauriers Ryan O'Reilly Jamie McGinn
Evander Kane Sam Reinhart Brian Gionta
Marcus Foligno Jack Eichel Matt Moulson
Daniel Catenacci David Legwand Justin Bailey
Left Defense
Right Defense
Josh Gorges Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe Cody Franson
Zach Bogosian Mark Pysyk
Chad Johnson
Robin Lehner

Scratched: Carlo Colaiacovo, Mike Weber
Injuries: Johan Larsson (undisclosed), Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), Tyler Ennis (upper body), Cody McCormick (blood clots)

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