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For the first time in recent memory, the Montreal Canadiens had a lead after 40 minutes, but, once again, found a way to blow it and allow the Buffalo Sabres to leave the Bell Centre with a 4-2 victory.

Join Nick Murdocco, along with Coach K and Kristina Ashqar as they blow their tops after another loss.

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After another heart-breaking loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last night, the Montreal Canadiens look to bounce back against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre.

Join Coach K, along with Steve Farnham, as they try to find positives in tonight’s match, as they are joined by Tim Redinger of SabreNoise.com from ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, brought to you by Telsys.

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MHT Post-Game: Sabres vs. Habs – Feb. 3rd, 2015

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The Buffalo Sabres took advantage of the Montreal Canadiens with 2 goals early in the first period and never looked back, beating them in their final meeting of the season 3-1 at the Bell Centre. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they analyse the Habs’ second straight loss.

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MHT Post-Game: Sabres vs. Habs – Feb. 3rd, 2015

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The Buffalo Sabres took advantage of the Montreal Canadiens with 2 goals early in the first period and never looked back, beating them in their final meeting of the season 3-1 at the Bell Centre. Join Corey Collard, Steve Farnham and Coach K as they analyse the Habs’ second straight loss.

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MHT Pre-Game: Sabres vs. Habs – Feb. 3rd, 2015

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they preview tonight’s final matchup of the season between the Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens. Tim Redinger from Sabrenoise.com joins the gang from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca

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MHT Pre-Game: Sabres vs. Habs – Feb. 3rd, 2015

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Join Steven Hindle, Rob Elbaz, Corey Collard and Coach K as they preview tonight’s final matchup of the season between the Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens. Tim Redinger from Sabrenoise.com joins the gang from “Behind Enemy Lines”, brought to you by Cirqles.ca

The Montreal Hockey Talk Pre-Game show is brought to you by the Peel Pub and QualityPlusTickets.com

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Match Up

The Canadiens (16-7-1) return to Montreal to host the Sabres (7-14-2) and complete the home and home series between these teams. The game is set to start at 7:00 and airs on TVA and City.

The Sabres to the second game in this four-game season series Friday night in Buffalo thanks to a little bit of skill and a little bit of luck. The skill came on behalf of Tyler Ennis who combined speed, dexterity and some nifty hand-eye coordination to put the Sabres on the board. The luck also came courtesy of Ennis, who’s late game dump in ricocheted off the boards in the Canadiens zone leaving Carey Price stranded and Matt Moulson alone in front with a tap-in game winner.

What to Watch

The Canadiens have no scored just one goal in their last two games and three in three. At 2.42 goals per game, the Habs are 23rd in the league in scoring, a stat they’ll need to improve before they can truly compete with the league’s best. Considering Buffalo is in the bottom four in terms of goals against, the Habs should be able to take advantage of home ice advantage to rally their lethargic offense.

The Sabres will hope that Ennis, their leading scorer with seven goals and 15 points, has another goal like this in him for Saturday night:

What’s at Stake

Passing up points once against the worst team in the league doesn’t bode well, but the Habs have an immediate opportunity for redemption on home ice. At 33 points the Canadiens still hold the Eastern conference lead, but Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and the Islanders are each right behind the Canadiens with 32, and Detroit is in the mix as well with 31 points this year.

Who’s Out

Michael Bournival (shoulder) is nearing a return but still might not be ready to play on Saturday. Aside from that the team is healthy, but Alexei Emelin will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety prior to Saturday’s game and may receive a suspension for his hit on former teammate Brian Gionta.

The Sabres were without Josh Gorges (knee) and Cody McCormick (concussion) on Friday, although Gorges may make his return at the Bell Centre. Drew Stafford (lower body), missed part of Friday’s game and may miss Saturday’s action as well.

What Else

The Canadiens power play found success in Buffalo using four forwards and a 1-3-1 set up. After an ugly stretch of extra man opportunities, the Habs have found a bit of consistency with the man advantage, especially since the arrival of veteran power play specialist Sergei Gonchar. In the eight games since Gonchar joined the team the Habs are 6-for-24 on the power play, after going 3-for-42 up to that point.

The Question Mark

What are your thoughts on the “new look” power play the Habs experimented with on Friday, and the power play in general since Gonchar joined the team?

Tonight’s Show

Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:00 Saturday night to preview the Canadiens and the Sabres.

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Match Up

After four days without hockey, the Canadiens (16-6-1) are finally back in action Friday night when they meet the Sabres (6-14-2) in Buffalo. The game starts at 7:00 and airs on RDS and Sportsnet East.

This is the second of four meeting between the Habs and Sabres this season and the final match in Buffalo for the year. The Canadiens beat the Sabres in unconvincing fashion the first time these teams met, taking a 2-1 shootout victory on a regulation and shootout goal by P.A. Parenteau.

What to Watch

At just past the quarter mark of the season, the Canadiens have seven scorers with five goals or more, led by Max Pacioretty who is ninth in the league with 10 goals already this year. At 18 points, Pacioretty leads the Habs in that department as well.

The Sabres are at the bottom in of the league in a handful of offensive categories, including goals per game (1.59), power play efficiency (6.2%) and shots per game (23.1), so it should be no surprise that they’re also last place in terms of points and points percentage. With 13 points on the season, Tyler Ennis, the team’s leading scorer, is 100th in the league in points.

What’s at Stake

The Canadiens set out on a four game road trip in the coming week, visiting Colorado, Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas. Friday and Saturday’s home and home versus the basement dwelling Sabres is an opportunity to secure points that the Habs won’t want to pass up.

Who’s Out

Over the past week, Nathan Beaulieu and Drayson Bowman have been sent to the AHL Bulldogs in favor of preseason acquisition Eric Tangradi. With Michel Therrien favoring a seven defensemen set up since acquiring first Sergei Gonchar and then Bryan Allen, there’s no guarantee Tangradi plays. Also, Michael Bournival (shoulder) is close to making his own return.

Former Hab Josh Gorges (knee) has missed the Sabres last 4 games but could be ready to play on Friday. Tyler Myers (undisclosed) is questionable for Friday’s game while Cody McCormick (concussion) is out.

What Else

The Canadiens have won their last six games against the Sabres, going back to April 2013. The shootout loss earlier in the season was the first time the Sabres came away with any points versus the Habs since their 2-1 win on March 23, 2013.

The Question Mark

Since taking over as Habs GM in May 2012, what is your favorite move that Marc Bergevin has made to improve the team?

Tonight’s Show

Join host Steven Hindle along with Kosta Papoulias and Rob Elbaz for the Montreal Hockey Talk Pregame Show as we go live at 6:00 Friday night to preview the Canadiens and the Sabres.

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