Montreal Canadiens vs. Buffalo Sabres Preview: Early Turning Point On Season

The Buffalo Sabres have to turn around their season this weekend if the playoffs are an option and it starts with a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Ten games into the season and the Buffalo Sabres sit 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 3-6-1 record. The team has a -7 goal differential as they have scored the third most goals in the Eastern Conference and have allowed a league worst 3.70 goals/game. The season looks doomed before it even gets off the ground at this point.

The Sabres have found themselves in this situation before and have crawled out of it. With the shortened season, the time to turn around the season is going to have to happen this weekend. They face off against the Montreal Canadiens, a team that shellacked the Sabres 6-1 last Saturday afternoon.

Buffalo Lines

Vanek - Hodgson - Pominville
Ott - Grigorenko - Stafford
Foligno - Ennis - Hecht
Scott - Ellis - McCormick

Myers - Pardy
Leopold - Sulzer
Brennan - Weber

Goal: Ryan Miller

Scratches/Injuries: Leino, Regehr, Sekera, Kaleta, Gerbe, Ehrhoff

Canadiens Lines

Brian Gionta - Tomas Plekanec - Rene Bourque
Erik Cole - David Desharnais - Max Pacioretty
Brandon Prust - Alex Galchenyuk - Brendan Gallagher
Travis Moen - Lars Eller - Colby Armstrong

Josh Gorges - Raphael Diaz
Alexei Emelin - Andrei Markov
Francis Bouillon - PK Subban