The Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens will meet tonight for the final time this season. The Sabres will be looking for their first win against the Habs this season when the puck drops at 7:30 p.m., so don’t miss tonight’s game.
Sabres fans in Buffalo can catch the game on MSG as usual, while fans in Montreal can watch the game on RDS. It will also be available throughout Southern Ontario on Bell TV.
If you can’t watch the game on TV, there’s also the option of listening to it on the radio. WGR-550 in Buffalo broadcasts almost all Sabres games, and you can also listen live on their website.
In addition, fans outside the viewing area can utilize NHL GameCenter Live to catch tonight’s game. The GameCenter app is available for Android, Apple TV, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone/iPod, Playstation and Xbox among other devices. You can also download the app for free to keep track of scores, standings and statistics across the league – that portion is all free, with the option to ‘buy-in’ if you wish to watch games live.
The Sabres are coming off a loss to Vancouver on Sunday night, while the Habs are hot off the heels of a 2-1 shootout victory over Boston last night.
Matt Hackett is expected to get the start in net tonight for Buffalo. He had 35 saves in his last game, the 3-1 win over Edmonton last Thursday.
There are a number of players on the Habs that the Sabres will have to keep under control in order to pull out a win tonight. Defenseman P.K. Subban leads the team with 50 points, while left winger Max Pacioretty isn’t far behind. Young guns Alex Galchenyuk and feisty Brendan Gallagher are others to contend with, and don’t forget former Sabres captain Daniel Briere.
The Habs currently sit tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with 87 points on the season and a 40-26-7 record. They’re won two in a row and will look to make it three heading into tonight’s game. Montreal is in a playoff spot at the moment, but they haven’t quite clinched it yet, so every point remains important. Look for them to come out running in tonight’s game against the Sabres.
Can the Sabres hold Thomas Vanek pointless in his second game this season against his old squad? Will Matt Hackett pull away with another W? Can the Sabres get goals from players other than Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford? And will Torrey Mitchell and Nicolas Deslauriers – both Quebec natives – make an impact in their home province?
Remember: tonight’s game begins at 7:30 p.m., not the usual start time of 7, so you’ve got a little bit extra time to kill before puck drop. After tonight, the Sabres have just one more game left in the road trip before they finally return to the First Niagara Center on Saturday.