Montreal hosts Buffalo following shootout victory
Montreal; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Montreal Canadiens host Buffalo after the Sabres took down Washington 3-2 in a shootout.
The Canadiens are 19-21-7 in Eastern Conference games. Montreal has scored 33 power-play goals, converting on 17.7% of chances.
The Sabres are 10-12-2 against the rest of their division. Buffalo has given up 47 power-play goals, killing 74.6% of opponent chances.
Montreal beat Buffalo 3-1 in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 30.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 3-7-0, averaging 2.3 goals, 3.8 assists, 2.1 penalties and 4.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .905 save percentage.
Canadiens: 4-5-1, averaging 2.8 goals, 3.8 assists, 3.6 penalties and 9.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .896 save percentage.
INJURIES: Canadiens: Jonathan Drouin: day to day (ankle), Tomas Tatar: out (upper-body).
Sabres: Lawrence Pilut: day to day (illness).