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Canadiens vs. Sabres: Game thread, rosters, lines and how to watch

Can the Habs win their sixth in a row?

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

With the season winding down, and both a playoff position and Atlantic Division title clinched, the Habs are in Buffalo to hopefully keep rolling at the rate they have been over the past fifteen games.

The team’s record since Claude Julien took over, 15-5-1, is as good as a turnaround anyone could have expected when he took over a team that was 18-18-7 after opening their season 13-1-1. With three games left to play, the Habs are gearing up for a first round matchup with the New York Rangers that will likely begin a week from today.

How do you stay focused in the meantime on the game at hand? While talk about who to rest and who not to rest starts to heat up among Habs’ fans, the Canadiens are not approaching this week as if they’ve already won it all, and will be icing a pretty complete lineup tonight with Carey Price starting in net.

The only changes made to the lineup will be on the fourth line with Brian Flynn and Torrey Mitchell back in to replace Michael McCarron and Steve Ott. This is Brian Flynn’s first game since March 7 in Vancouver when he sustained an upper body injury.

The Sabres are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Maple Leafs at home on Monday night in which they surrendered three goals of 43 seconds between the 4:26 and 5:09 mark of the first period.

Puck Drop is 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST

How to watch:

Canada (English): Rogers Sportsnet
Canada (French): RDS

In the U.S: MSG-B

Elsewhere: Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron Brian Flynn Alex Galchenyuk
Dwight King Steve Ott Michael McCarron


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


Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Inured: Al Montoya (lower body), Shea Weber (lower body), Jordie Benn (lower body)

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup


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

Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Injured: Kyle Okposo (illness), Taylor Fedun (foot), Johan Larsson (dislocated wrist)