Sabres at Canadiens Preview: Vanek, Gerbe Return, Stafford Scratched

Richard Wolowicz

The Sabres trade Drew Stafford for Thomas Vanek and John Scott for Nathan Gerbe as they travel to second place Montreal.

The Sabres played their most exciting game of hockey since the opener in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win against Toronto, with Steve Ott playing the unlikely hero both in the skills contest and in blowing kisses to Dion Phaneuf. Tonight, they travel to Montreal to face the second place Canadiens. With a win tonight, the Sabres pull to within two points of the eighth place playoff spot.

Game #32

Buffalo Sabres (12-15-4) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-5-5)

Puck Drop - 7:00pm - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
TV - MSG | Radio - WGR 550-AM
Canadiens Blog - Eyes On The Prize (Please play nice if you're going to visit.)

Game Notes

Thomas Vanek returns to the lineup tonight for Buffalo, and he'll take the place of Drew Stafford, who is a healthy scratch tonight. Andrej Sekera still isn't ready to go, but Nathan Gerbe gets his chance to step back on the ice in place of John Scott.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, will be without Ryan White tonight. Carey Price is expected to be in net.

Projected Buffalo Lines

Ott - Hodgson - Pominville
Vanek - Ennis - Leino
Foligno - Porter - Flynn
Kaleta - Hecht - Gerbe

Ehrhoff - Weber
Regehr - Myers
Leopold - Pysyk

Goal: Ryan Miller

Scratches/Injuries: Stafford, Scott, Sekera, Sulzer

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