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

Montreal visits a team in Buffalo still aiming for the post-season.

Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet East, Sportsnet Pacific (English)
In the Canadiens region: RDS (French)
In the Sabres region: MSG Buffalo
Streaming: ESPN+, RDS Direct, Sportsnet Now

On Saturday, Montreal faced a Columbus Blue Jackets team that is simply having some fun offensively at this point of the season. But it was Montreal’s skaters who got the most enjoyment out of an 8-2 result, especially the top line of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, Nick Suzuki, and Mike Hoffman, which posted a combined 10 points, including the first ever hat trick for RHP. The performance also helped Suzuki earned the honour of the NHL’s second star of the week, capping off an eight-point run, and extending a multi-point streak to four games.

One player who was quiet versus the Blue Jackets was Kirby Dach, who had clearly emptied his gas tank in an exceptional 24-minute performance versus the Boston Bruins two nights prior. He’ll be recovered from that effort now, and should be more of a force is Buffalo.

He’ll probably be the one sent out to lock down Buffalo’s top line, but tonight that may not feature Tage Thompson, the Sabres best story this season and the player who ranks sixth in the Rocket Richard standings. Thompson is a game-time decision, but a Sabres team six points out of a playoff spot can’t dwell on the fact that their star isn’t available, or at least not at 100%.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
#49 Rafaël Harvey-Pinard#14 Nick Suzuki#68 Mike Hoffman
#25 Denis Gurianov#77 Kirby Dach#27 Jonathan Drouin
#56 Jesse Ylönen#71 Jake Evans#11 Brendan Gallagher
#55 Michael Pezzetta#67 Chris Tierney#60 Alex Belzile


Left DefenceRight Defence
#8 Mike Matheson#58 David Savard
#44 Joel Edmundson#52 Justin Barron
$54 Jordan Harris#26 Johnny Kovacevic


#34 Jake Allen#35 Samuel Montembeault

Scratched: Rem Pitlick, Chris Wideman
Injured/Ill: Josh Anderson, Joel Armia, Paul Byron, Cole Caufield, Christian Dvorak, Kaiden Guhle, Sean Monahan, Juraj Slafkovský, Arber Xhekaj

Buffalo Sabres projected lineup


Left WingCentreRight Wing
Jeff SkinnerTage ThompsonAlex Tuch
John Jason PeterkaDylan CozensJack Quinn
Casey MittelstadtTyson JostVictor Olofsson
Zemgus GirgensonsPeyton KrebsKyle Okposo


Left DefenceRight Defence
Rasmus DahlinHenri Jokiharju
Owen PowerIlya Lyubushkin
Jacob BrysonRiley Stillman


Eric ComrieUkko-Pekka Luukkonen

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