Preview: Sabres at Canadiens
Winners of five in a row, the Montreal Canadiens try for their longest streak of the season when they host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Montreal, which defeated the Sabres 6-1 at home on Feb. 2 and lost 5-4 in a shootout at Buffalo on Feb. 7, will play its Northeast Division foe twice in five days, as it hosts the Sabres again on Saturday. Buffalo has one win in its last seven games (1-3-3) and is at the bottom of the division, eight points behind Toronto. The Sabres have allowed a power-play goal in nine of their last 12 games, which is good news for a resurgent Montreal power play that is 8-for-33 in its last seven contests.With 11 points in eight games this month, defenseman P.K. Subban continues to lead Montreal's attack from the blue line. Subban had a goal and an assist - both with the man advantage - while playing a season-high 30:50 on Wednesday, when the Canadiens defeated Ottawa 4-3 in a shootout. Buffalo's Ryan Miller hasn't won in five starts and has allowed four or more goals in three of them, while the Sabres' offense hasn't netted more than three tallies in regulation since Feb. 15. Buffalo is hoping the return of Ville Leino, who earned an assist in his season debut on Saturday, will provide an offensive boost and help compensate for Miller's inconsistency.TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, MSG (Buffalo), RDS (Montreal)ABOUT THE SABRES (10-15-4): Once the league's leading scorer, Thomas Vanek has slowed down considerably. Vanek, who started the season with 23 points in 11 games, missed two contests at the start of the month and has four points in his last six. Linemates Jason Pominville and Cody Hodgson have notched seven points apiece this month. Tyler Ennis missed one game last week with a head injury but recorded two assists in a 5-3 loss to Washington on Sunday. Defenseman Andrej Sekera missed Sunday's game with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.ABOUT THE CANADIENS (19-5-4): Carey Price has been in net for four of the five wins during Montreal's streak but allowed 12 goals over his previous two starts this month. Price was in net for the 6-1 victory over the Sabres, while backup Peter Budaj played during the shootout loss in Buffalo. Michael Ryder has nine points in eight games since being acquired from Dallas but sat out Saturday's game against New Jersey with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. Rene Bourque, who has missed 11 games with a concussion, is skating and might return to full practice soon.OVERTIME1. Vanek scored three goals in the previous two games against Montreal.2. Montreal C Tomas Plekanec has four points in two games against the Sabres and five during a four-game streak.3. The Canadiens and Sabres meet a fifth time at Buffalo on April 11.PREDICTION: Canadiens 4, Sabres 1
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