Game 4 : Habs @ Sabres
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Tonight is the first of back to back games for the Montreal Canadiens. After the tough loss against Tampa in our home opener, we're coming into this game with a bitter taste in our mouths. Unfortunately, it's not going to be an easy win ( are they ever ) in Buffalo, as the Sabres look to win their first home game of the season.
Looking back at last season's series against the Sabres (4-1-1 in favor of Buffalo), the Habs really need to improve. Miller was a wall against us all of last season, and we need to work the puck low to to create some offense against the tough Buffalo netminder.
The line of Cammalleri and Plekanec is on fire, combining for a total of 8 points in 3 games. Let's hope Andre Kostitsyn can keep up with his efforts, and add a little more punch to that line. He's got some real potential this year. With his brother shipped out of town, the focus is now just on him, and with UFA lingering in the back of his mind, look for him to have a break out year.
In Buffalo their top line is looking very strong this season. Derek Roy has 4 goals and an assist in his first 4 games. While rookie Tyler Ennis sits pretty with 4 assists in as many games. Ryan Miller's numbers look good as always, despite only picking up one W for his team.
Carey Price looks to carry the hot streak into Buffalo that has critics sitting quiet for a change. Last game against Tampa there was constant chants from up top screaming Carey, Carey, Carey! Very happy to see this young goaltender building some much needed confidence.(1-1-1, 2.95 GAA, .920 S%)
Miller and Price should get the green light for tonight's game. Question is, will Auld play tomorrow in Montreal if Price starts tonight.
Markov is still out for Montreal ( Knee surgery) but I've read things are looking better and he's on pace to return before November. Over in Buffalo, Pominville is out after a big hit a few nights ago. Pominville suffered a minor concussion and some stitches after being hit from behind by Blackhawks blueliner Niklas Hjalmarsson . Morrison is also sitting out after a groin strain during wednesdays game in Buffalo.
Will the Habs get their first Power Play Goal tonight?
Will Cammalleri/Plekanec keep the streak going?
Will Price be rewarded with a much deserved win?
Should be an interesting one tonight. Game starts at 7:30 and is aired locally on RDS.