Ten of the Buffalo Sabres games in the month of December are against teams from North of the border. That is 62.5 percent of all games played in the month of December against Canadien teams. Four of the ten games are against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Buffalo Sabres start a home and home against the Montreal Canadiens at the First Niagara Center on Tuesday December 6, with a trip to Montreal on Saturday the 8th. With games against the Senators an Blackhawks between, the Sabres again open the home and home in Buffalo on Saturay December 15th, with the Montreal game on Monday December 17th.
As the calendar rolls from 2012 to 2013, mid February comes around before the Canadiens appear on the schedule for the Buffalo Sabres. They visit First Niagara Center for the final time of the regular season on February 15th, 2013.
The Sabres make one final trip into Montreal in early April, on a three game road trip that starts in Montreal, goes through Toronto, and ends in Winnipeg before the Sabres finish the season with two home games.
Pacioretty is signed to a bargain deal that will keep him a member of the Habs. Who is next as the Canadiens try to regain some of the form they had when they were winning Stanley Cups.