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

Montreal will try to get its offence going in Buffalo.

Montreal Canadiens v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Nicholas T. LoVerde/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In the Canadiens region: TSN2, RDS
In the Sabres region: MSG-B
Streaming: ESPN+, NHL Live, RDS Direct, TSN Direct

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The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t quite put on the offensive show a lot of people expected in the season-opener for both clubs last night. There were just three goals total in the game, and only one from Montreal. It was a nice goal for sure, with a great feed from Josh Anderson to Jonathan Drouin to open the scoring early in the first period, but the Habs struggled to test the Leafs’ defence for much of the remainder of the game, and the power play didn’t threaten to change that.

Tonight’s opponent should offer up plenty of opportunities to recover from that slow start. The Sabres’ only star player is out of the lineup, and the Canadiens will want to prove that last night wasn’t representative of their own talent level.

A key matchup comes in net, where Craig Anderson, now 40 years old, will want to make a statement this year, while Samuel Montembeault gets his first game for Montreal, and first in the NHL since the 2019-20 season. One of them will make a greater impression tonight, and it’s up to Montreal to make sure Anderson needs to leave an outstanding one if he hopes for a victory in his Sabres debut.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
#73 Tyler Toffoli #14 Nick Suzuki #22 Cole Caufield
#92 Jonathan Drouin #28 Christian Dvorak #17 Josh Anderson
#40 Joel Armia #71 Jake Evans #11 Brendan Gallagher
#85 Mathieu Perreault #13 Cédric Paquette #62 Artturi Lehkonen

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
#77 Brett Kulak #26 Jeff Petry
#8 Ben Chiarot #58 David Savard
#27 Alexander Romanov #20 Chris Wideman

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
#35 Samuel Montembeault #34 Jake Allen

Buffalo Sabres projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Jeff Skinner Casey Mittelstadt Vinnie Hinostroza
Rasmus Asplund Tage Thompson Victor Olofsson
Anders Bjork Dylan Cozens Drake Caggiula
Zemgus Girgensons Cody Eakin Kyle Okposo

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Rasmus Dahlin Henri Jokiharju
Jacob Bryson Colin Miller
Robert Hagg Mark Pysyk

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Craig Anderson Dustin Tokarski