Game preview: Sabres @ Canadiens

Friday, 01.02.2013 / 5:22 PM canadiens.com

The Canadiens kick-off Superbowl Weekend with a pair of back-to-back matinee games beginning with a meeting with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon in Montreal.

After winning four straight games, the Habs are coming off only their second loss of the season, a 5-1 defeat at Ottawa on Thursday night. Tomas Plekanec scored the lone goal for the Canadiens.

The Sabres, meanwhile, snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over the Bruins on Thursday night in Boston. Forward Thomas Vanek paced the Sabres to their third victory of the year with a hat-trick and two assists. It was the second time Vanek had tallied five points in a game this season.

The Sabres, who currently sit last in the Northeast Division with five points, dominated the season series with the Canadiens last year, winning five of the six contests between the two teams, including all three games at the Bell Centre. Goaltender Ryan Miller collected four wins for Buffalo against the Habs during the 2011-12 campaign.

GAME NOTES – CANADIENS

Andrei Markov will look to extend his point-streak to seven games. He now has eight points (4 G, 4 A) on the season.

Carey Price will be back in goal after getting the night off against the Senators on Thursday.

GAME NOTES – SABRES

Thomas Vanek leads the Sabres in scoring with 15 points (6 G, 9 A) in just six games played this season. He has 33 points (11 G, 22 A) in 47 career games against the Habs.

Rookie Mikhail Grigorenko, who played his junior hockey with the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, will suit up for his professional game at the Bell Centre.

Ryan Miller gets the start for the Sabres after turning aside 38 shots against the Bruins on Thursday night at TD Garden.

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