The Montreal Canadiens (1-2-1) are set to face the Buffalo Sabres (3-1-0) Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, puck drop is set for 7:30 and the game will be on RDS(HD) and TSN.
After playing their first two games on the road, the Canadiens will be playing their third straight home game. Carey Price will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance Saturday, giving up 5 goals on 30 shots and then failing to make a stop in the shoot-out.
What to Watch:
The Habs scorers found their groove last game. Brian Gionta and David Desharnais notched their first goals of the season, while Gomez, Cole and P.K. Subban all got their first points of the year as well. The Canadiens will need to tighten up on defence though if they hope to compete against the Sabres, Buffalo has six players with 4 points or more after their first 4 games. Thomas Vanek leads the way with 3 goals and 7 points.
Carey Price will have another chance to get his 100th win Tuesday, he’ll have to beat Buffalo’s Ryan Miller to reach the milestone this time out.
What’s at Stake:
The season is still young, but both teams will recognize the importance of this divisional match-up. The Canadiens have had a shaky start to the season, winning only 1 of their first 4 games, all of which were against teams that did not make the playoffs last season. A win against Buffalo would go a long way for the Habs, but they will need to turn in a 60 minute effort to have a chance against a Sabres team that has been clicking already this season after plenty of off-season improvements.
There’s no change in the Habs’ clinic. Michael Cammalleri (leg) and Jaroslav Spacek (upper body) are both day-to-day while Chris Campoli (hamstring) Ryan White (groin) and Andrei Markov (knee) are longer term injuries.
For the Sabres, Jochen Hecht is still recovering from the effects of a concussion suffered last season. He has been skating with the Sabres but probably won’t be ready for Tuesday’s game.
With injuries to three of the top six defencemen, Raphael Diaz has done his share to fill the void. The Swiss rookie got his first NHL point against Colorado. Look for JM to keep using him in more roles and more often.
There will be a familiar face behind the bench for Buffalo. Lindy Ruff is entering his 14th season as head coach of the Sabres, easily making him the longest serving active coach with the same team.
Be sure to tune into Habstalkradio.com before and after the game for the Drive to the Game and the Habs Talk Radio Post Game Show.