Sabres at Canadiens Preview: Can Hackett earn his second win as a Sabre in Myers return?
Matt Hackett got the "W" in his first game as a Buffalo Sabre, but will he be able to help the team get it's third win of the month tonight?
Buffalo Sabres (20-43-8) at Montreal Canadiens (40-26-7)
1. How will Myers look in his first game back from injury?
Tyler Myers returns tonight after missing five games with an elbow injury, meaning that Rasmus Ristolainen was sent down to Rochester. Will Myers continue to may at the high level he did before the injury?
2. How will Matt Hackett look in his second start?
Hackett only gave up one goal in his first career game with the Sabres, a 3-1 win over Edmonton on Thursday, and looks to have a similar result tonight against a much better opponent. The question is truly whether or not he can hack it in the NHL.
3. Can the Sabres get their first victory over the Canadiens all season?
Buffalo is 0-3 against Montreal this year and tonight is their last shot at defeating the Canadiens this season. Montreal most recently beat the Sabres March 16th, a 2-0 victory in Thomas Vanek's return to Buffalo.
Projected BUF lines
Foligno - Ennis - Stafford
Conacher - Hodgson - Mitchell
Deslauriers - Flynn - D'Agostini
Scott - Ellis -Leino
Ehrhoff - Myers
Tallinder - Ruhwedel
Weber - McBain
Goal: Matt Hackett
Scratches/Injuries: Konopka, Girgensons, Stewart, Sulzer, Enroth, Neuvirth
Projected MON lines
Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Thomas Vanek
Alex Galchenyuk - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Rene Bourque - Daniel Briere - Brian Gionta
Travis Moen - Ryan White - Dale Weise
Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin
Douglas Murray - P.K. Subban
Jarred Tinordi - Francis Bouillon
Goal: Carey Price
Scratches/Injuries: Josh Gorges, Brandon Prust, Lars Eller, Michael Bournival