- Markov & Diaz (8 PTS)
- TOP GUNS
- LAST 10 GAMES
- T. Vanek (15 pts)
After winning four straight games, the Habs are coming off only their second loss of the season, a 5-1 defeat in 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 in 2011-12.
- 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.
- P.K. Subban will make his season debut, Saturday afternoon.
- 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 first game at the Bell Centre as a pro.
Ryan Miller gets the start for the Sabres after turning aside 38 shots against the Bruins on Thursday night at TD Garden.
Number of hits delivered by defenseman Alexei Emelin through six games, good for first in the league in that category.