The Buffalo Sabres (5-19-1) host the Montreal Canadiens (13-9-2) as the teams face off for the first time tonight at the First Niagara Center.
Buffalo has had some success against the Canadiens recently. The Sabres are 7-2-1 in their last ten games against the Habs. All time the Sabres are 199-101-37 in 259 all time games against Montreal.
If the Buffalo Sabres don’t want to fall in consecutive games against the Canadiens (Montreal beat Buffalo 5-1 in the teams last meeting) they are going to have to figure out how to end the scoring drought. The Sabres have scored the fewest goals in the league, and are average less than two goals a game – the only team in the league to be scoring at that pace.
It is a tough challenge for Buffalo – as the Canadiens are allowing the second fewest goals per game in the league. It has been almost a week since they scored more than one goal in a game – how much longer will the drought last?
On top of being tough to score against, Montreal comes in tonight on a three game winning streak, looking to make it three in a row. Buffalo is trying to prevent the spiral from hitting five games. Buffalo won the first game with Ted Nolan behind the bench; and have dropped the next four games going 1-5 since the regime change.
The injury report for both teams is fairly light. Cody McCormick (upper body) is the only player on injured reserve for Buffalo. Montreal is also fairly healthy with Davis Drewiske (shoulder) on IR and forward Rene Bourque recovering from a lower-body injury. Coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday that “Bourque got the green light from the doctors” but will not play Wednesday.