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

After a two-day stay in New York, Montreal heads home to face the Sabres

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Montreal Canadiens Dominick Gravel-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres

How to watch

Puck drop: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, TSN Direct (English), RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the In the Sabres region: MSG-Buffalo
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/Rogers NHL Live

The Canadiens have been good this season, and one indicator that shows this team might be a legitimate threat is that they have not yet conceded two games in a row. Tonight against the Sabres, they will attempt to avoid a second straight loss for the first time this season, following one against the Rangers earlier this week.

A few lineup changes occurred this morning during the Canadiens practice, including Kenny Agostino sliding in next to Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Artturi Lehkonen in Joel Armia’s absence. Andrew Shaw and Charles Hudon will also swap places, with Shaw getting a chance next to the red-hot Max Domi.

On defence, there’s an interesting change as Noah Juulsen will slide out of the lineup in exchange for Karl Alzner. This could be a difficult game to make such a change, especially due to the speed that the Sabres possess in their transition game.

Montreal is looking to avenge an earlier loss this season at the Bell Centre against Buffalo, where they lost 4-3 after a late push by the Sabres. Max Domi could be the hero again tonight for the Canadiens, as he scored twice in that loss to Buffalo.

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
Kenny Agostino Jesperi Kotkaniemi Artturi Lehkonen
Nicolas Deslauriers Matthew Peca Charles Hudon

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jordie Benn Jeff Petry
Mikey Reilly Karl Alzner
Xavier Ouellet Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Antti Niemi

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
Vladimir Sobotka Evan Rodrigues Sam Reinhart
Patrik Burglund Johan Larsson Zemgus Girgensons

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jake McCabe Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Zach Bogosian
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Dahlin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Linus Ullmark
Carter Hutton