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The Habs enter the contest with a great opportunity to win two straight

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Montréal Canadiens played a dominant game against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night, though it took them until the third period and a five-minute major powerplay for them to get the lead. Once that happened, they were able to roll all forward lines and defence pairings more evenly to conserve more energy for tonight's game. The Canadiens are playing the Buffalo Sabres, another team near the bottom of the standings, for the second game in as many nights.

The last time these two teams met was during the season opening game back in early October, when the Canadiens won 4-1. Brendan Gallagher was the star of that game, scoring a pair of goals, but he is still out with his hand injury. The top forward combination of Max Pacioretty, Alex Galchenyuk and Alex Radulov got the job done on the powerplay versus the Devils, although they’ll be looking to use their forward depth to score more goals during even-strength play. The Canadiens will have to come out strong again, as letting their guard down. even against a lower echelon team. could be dangerous.

The Sabres will be bringing some strong forward depth of their own, seeing as scored as many goals as the Canadiens since the new year. Ryan O'Reilly, Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart have been producing well during that period of time, spread over two lines of attack. They've also allowed fewer goals against, though the Canadiens' defensive core should be considered better than Buffalo's. The Habs will need to use their speed to pressure the opposing defence and take away their space, which should lead to taking control of the game.

How to watch:

Puck drop: 7 PM EST / 4 PM PST

In Canada: Sportsnet (English), TVA Sports (French)

In the United States: MSG-Buffalo

Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecenter Live, NHL Center Ice

Montréal Canadiens Projected Lines

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Alex Galchenyuk
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Ales Hemsky
Paul Byron Phillip Danault Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Injuries: Brendan Gallagher (hand), Andrei Markov (groin), David Desharnais (knee), Greg Pateryn (ankle)

Scratches: Daniel Carr, Ryan Johnston

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lines

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Matt Tennyson
Jake McCabe Viktor Antipin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Injuries: Jake McCabe (right shoulder), Josh Gorges (hip), Johan Larsson (wrist), Dmitry Kulikov (lower back), Cody McCormick (blood clots)

Scratches: Nicolas Deslauriers