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

The Canadiens hope to end the game in the black on a Friday afternoon in Buffalo.

Montreal Canadiens v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres

How to watch

Start time: 4:00 PM EST / 1:00 PM PST
In Canada: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Sabres region: MSG-B
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

The Buffalo Sabres are the NHL’s hottest team at the moment. They’ve won seven games in a row, starting with their last meeting with the Montreal Canadiens, and sit well within a playoff position as a result.

They’re getting major contributions from Jack Eichel and newcomer Jeff Skinner, while the third member of the top line, a 35-year-old Jason Pominville, has been no slouch either. They’ve posted 25, 23, and 18 points, respectively.

On defence, Rasmus Ristolainen leads the way with 12 points, but his time as the Sabres’ top defender is rapidly coming to a close. Rasmus Dahlin is just a single point back after getting on the scoresheet six times in his past six games, and he been getting 22 minutes a night on a regular basis over the last couple of weeks.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi remains ahead of him in the rookie scoring race, and that standing should be helped by his promotion to the top power-play unit. His vision and passing should be a welcome addition to the special-teams unit, especially when it comes to gaining the zone to get set up.

Canadiens fans may see the debut of defenceman Brett Kulak tonight. After spending the first part of his career in the Calgary Flames organization, he’s now on Montreal’s active roster with a chance to crack a blue line that hasn’t been up to snuff. Management is hoping he can help the team out, and perhaps contribute to getting the first win over the Sabres in three tries this season.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin Max Domi Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon Jesperi Kotkaniemi Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Deslauriers Michael Chaput Kenny Agostino

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
David Schlemko Victor Mete
Mikey Reilly Brett Kulak

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Carey Price

Buffalo Sabres projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jeff Skinner Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary Casey Mittelstadt Kyle Okposo
Tage Thompson Vladimir Sobotka Sam Reinhart
Evan Rodrigues Johan Larsson Zemgus Girgensons

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jake McCabe Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin Zach Bogosian
Nathan Beaulieu Casey Nelson

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carter Hutton
Linus Ullmark