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

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It’s been a frustrating season series for Montreal, but they’ll need to figure out their division rival to maintain their playoff position.

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

Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Now, CityTV (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the Sabres region: MSG Buffalo
Elsewhere: NHL.tv / Rogers NHL Live

The Montreal Canadiens have been winning, the Columbus Blue Jackets losing, and the two combined are working very well in Montreal’s favour as the team has renewed hope of making the post-season.

A team approach has allowed the Canadiens to start enjoying some success again, with nearly every player contributing in some fashion in the latest win on Thursday. They even got a rare power-play goal, and if that can become a regular thing it could be a much easier path to securing a wild-card spot.

The Buffalo Sabres have played a role in making it such a tight race with just two weeks remaining. They’ve won the first three games of the season series, but the Habs have at least salvaged two points from overtime losses.

Buffalo isn’t stringing any wins together as the season winds down, but they are still capable of cutting down a team that goes into battle unprepared, underestimating just how much talent is on the roster. The St. Louis Blues found that out on Sunday, finding themselves down 3-1 midway through the second period and needing a comeback effort just to wrest a point from a team well below them in the standings.

Given how the series has played out so far, there should be no reason for Montreal to be caught off-guard.

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 Andrew Shaw
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
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn Christian Folin

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 Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary Evan Rodrigues Alexander Nylander
Vladimir Sobotka Casey Mittelstadt Tage Thompson
Zemgus Girgensons Johan Larsson Kyle Okposo

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Zach Bogosian Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin Brandon Montour
Marco Scandella Casey Nelson

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Carter Hutton
Linus Ullmark