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After several days off, the Canadiens head to Buffalo looking to keep a point streak intact.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English)
In the Canadiens region: RDS, RDS Direct (French)
In the Sabres region: MSG-B
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / NHL Live

Sitting back and watching a few games since their last action on Saturday, the Canadiens find themselves still occupying a playoff position, despite the majority of teams in the Eastern Conference playing more games. One of the teams above them is the Buffalo Sabres, who have at least a point in all three matches they’ve played.

The Canadiens will make a few changes this evening, swapping out the duo of Brett Kulak and Cale Fleury for Mikey Reilly and Christian Folin, who will make their season debuts. In net, Keith Kinkaid gets his first call for a start in the first half of a back-to-back set, allowing Carey Price to take tomorrow’s home-opener. Kinkaid is 3-1-0 in his career versus the Sabres, with a .931 save percentage, so another good performance is what Claude Julien will be hoping for.

The goaltender will face not just Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner, but the Sabres’ current top goal-scorer, rookie forward Victor Olofsson, and second-year defender Rasmus Dahlin, who leads the team with five points. It’s shaping up to be a good year for Buffalo, and that should provide plenty of reasons for the Canadiens to play their best game tonight.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Max Domi Nick Suzuki
Jonathan Drouin Jesperi Kotkaniemi Joel Armia
Paul Byron Nate Thompson Jordan Weal

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Ben Chiarot Jeff Petry
Mikey Reilly Christian Folin

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Keith Kinkaid
Carey Price

Buffalo Sabres projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Victor Olofsson Jack Eichel Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner Marcus Johansson Vladimir Sobotka
Jimmy Vesey Casey Mittelstadt Evan Rodrigues
Zemgus Girgensons Johan Larsson Kyle Okposo

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Jake McCabe Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin Colin Miller
Marco Scandella Henri Jokiharju

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carter Hutton
Linus Ullmark