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Canadiens come to town for first of four meetings

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Game 4

Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Canadiens blog: Habs Eyes on the Prize

Know Your Opponent

Montreal Canadiens

Record: (1-0-1) | 3 points

Last 10: 1-0-1

Division Ranking: 5th in Atlantic Division

Conference Ranking: 8th in Eastern Conference

PP: tied-4th (33.3%)

PK: 16th (75.0%)

What to Watch

Sheary Week-to-Week & Injury Updates

Forward Conor Sheary has been downgraded and is now week-to-week with an upper body injury. This likely means that Evan Rodrigues will slot into the lineup tonight, and the Sabres will recall a forward from Rochester (perhaps Tage Thompson or Curtis Lazar) ahead of their upcoming Western road trip.

Elsewhere, Brandon Montour is still expected to miss about three weeks with a hand injury, while Zach Bogosian and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen remain out indefinitely.

Three-Game Homestand

Tonight’s game opens a three-game homestand for the Sabres. Following this evening’s game, the Florida Panthers come to town on Friday night, followed by the Dallas Stars on October 14. The homestand leads into a three-game road trip as the Sabres visit Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose.

Every Point Matters!

The Sabres have garnered at least a point in all three games so far, though they were admittedly quite lucky to steal a point Monday night in Columbus. Tonight’s game against a division rival is a big one, and the Sabres need to perform better than they did on Monday if they hope to skate off with one - or ideally, two - points.

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Marcus Johansson - Vladimir Sobotka

Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Evan Rodrigues

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo

Defense

Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju

Starting Goaltender (projected): Carter Hutton

Montreal Canadiens

Forwards

Tomas Tatar - Phillip Danault - Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen - Maxi Domi - Nicholas Suzuki

Jonathan Drouin - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Joel Armia

Paul Byron - Nate Thompson - Jordan Weal

Defense

Victor Mete - Shea Weber

Ben Chiarot - Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak - Cale Fleury

Mike Reilly - Christian Folin

Starting Goaltender (projected): Keith Kinkaid