The Buffalo Sabres and Ryan Miller are coming off one of the worst losses of the season against the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon. Their chance to rebound comes against a team they have yet to beat this season in the Montreal Canadiens.
The big story coming out of the Islanders game was Miller's worst game of the season, allowing seven goals on 26 shots, and his subsequent meltdown to the media after the game. Ruff has said that he has a plan to keep Miller rested after starting 31 straight games but he won't actually announce who is going to start against the Canadiens today.
All signs are pointing to Patrick Lalime getting the start, a start that hasn't come since November 20th. Lalime has faced the Canadiens once this season, a 3-2 loss on November 5th, where he made 29 saves on 32 shots.
EDIT: So much for that, Jhonas Enroth gets the call up to start the game tonight.
There isn't much other news on the rest of the Sabres. Drew Stafford was named the second star of the week in the NHL with two hat tricks in three games during the week. Stafford and Vanek have cracked the top 20 in the league in goal scoring and Buffalo is one of four teams to have multiple goal scorers in the top 20, thanks Ubiquitous.
The Canadiens are coming into this game losing three of their last four games, with their only win coming against the Maple Leafs. Mathieu Darche is expected to return to the lineup after missing the last two games and Carey Price is expected to be the starting goaltender for the Habs.
Price is 5-3-3 at the HSBC Arena in his career with a 2.22 goals against average and .933 save percentage.
EDIT: Game isn't at HSBC tonight but Price is 3-0-1 this season against the Sabres with a 1.49 goals against average in those four games.
Game time is 7:30 pm and will be another Versus game with Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire with the call.