MONTRÉAL – The Canadiens will try to end their exhibition schedule on a winning note when they host the Buffalo Sabres this evening at the Bell Centre in their final contest before the beginning of the regular season.
Thus far, Jacques Martin's troops have posted three wins and three loses in six exhibition games, including a 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins this past Thursday.
Jaroslav Spacek will be facing his former mates for the first time. The Sabres' best pointing blueliner from last season has so far aclimated himself quite well in his new uniform, leading the Canadiens with a +4 stat in the plus / minus category after 4 games. Spacek also has a goal and two assists, his three point total surpassed only by newcomers Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri with four points each after four contests. The pair will attempt to match the mark set by Andrei Kostitsyn, who registered eight points in six games during last season's exhibition schedule.
For the Sabres, the game will be their fifth and second to last exhibition match. After dropping their first game, they were victorious in their next three outings. Defenseman Chris Butler, pegged as Spacek's blueline replacement, has shown his savvy skills with four goals in as many games for Lindy Ruff's Sabres.
Carey Price gets the nod in goal for the Habs final pre-season tilt, one hundred and eighty feet away from either Patrick Lalime or Ryan Miller, who will both be dressed for the Sabres.