Canadiens vs. Sabres Game Thread, roster, lines, and how to watch

The Habs look to put a stop to the Sabres' dominance in Montreal with their last match-up of the season in la métropole.

This is the fourth matchup of the season between the Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres, with the Sabres having won two of three in the series so far. While word on the street is the Sabres have the Habs' number, the Habs are actually 6-4-1 against the Sabres since 2013-14. They'll look to add another win to their record tonight, despite having only a 2.4% chance of making the playoffs with 15 games remaining in their season.

The problem for the Habs against the Sabres is more pronounced when the Sabres come to Montreal, where the Habs are 3-10-0 in their past 13 meetings. The Sabres currently sit second-last in the Eastern Conference, eight points up on the most likely team to win Auston Matthews at the draft lottery (the Toronto Maple Leafs) with 63 points, which is only five fewer than the Canadiens have accrued.

The Habs played an outstanding game Tuesday after losing four in a row on a west-coast road trip. They won 4-3 in overtime on the strength of three goals from the top line: two from Alex Galchnenyuk (who will be going for his third game in a row with two goals tonight) and one from Max Pacioretty.

Lineup notes: The only change tonight is Mike Condon taking the crease, meaning Lars Eller is still out with a mild lower-body injury.

The puck drops at 7:30 PM EST.

How To Watch:

In Canada (French): RDS
In Canada (English): Sportsnet, SN360
In the Sabres' Region: MSG-B
Elsewhere:  NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice, NHL.TV

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Sven Andrighetto
Lars Eller Tomas Plekanec Paul Byron
Steffan Matteau Michael McCarron Torrey Mitchell
Jacob de la Rose Philip Danault Mike Brown
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Greg Pateryn
Victor Bartley Mark Barberio
Ben Scrivens
Mike Condon

Carey Price (lower body), Daniel Carr (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Brian Flynn (lower body), David Desharnais (broken foot), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (lower body), Brendan Gallagher (lower body),

Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Sam Reinhart
Marcus Folgino Johan Larsson Brian Gionta
Zemgus Girgensons Cal O'Reilly Nicolas Deslauriers
Daniel Catenacci David Legwand Matt Moulson
Left Defense
Right Defense
Josh Gorges Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe Zach Bogosian
Carlo Colaiacovo Mark Pysyk
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Scratched: None
Injuries: Cody Franson (neck), Ryan O'Reilly (lower body), Tyler Ennis (upper body), Cody McCormick (blood clots)

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