Series (Game 3 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Friday, October 15th
Game 2: Friday, November 5th
Game 3: Saturday, November 27th
Game 4: Tuesday, January 18th
Game 5: Tuesday, February 15th
Game 6: Tuesday, March 22nd

Sabres 1

(9-13-3, 21 pts)

Canadiens 3

(15-8-1, 31 pts)

Coverage: NHL

7:00 PM ET, November 27, 2010

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 0 0 11
MTL 1 2 03

B. Gionta (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

C. Price (Canadiens - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .972

A. Kostitsyn (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Sabres-Canadiens Preview


Ryan Miller can't help the Buffalo Sabres solve their offensive woes, but there's no doubt they are a much better team with the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in the lineup.

Miller will try to lead the Sabres to their first win in three games this season against the Montreal Canadiens when the Northeast Division rivals meet Saturday night at Bell Centre.

Buffalo (9-12-3) avoided a third straight loss with 3-1 victory over Toronto on Friday to split a four-game homestand. Jordan Leopold and Thomas Vanek scored first-period goals and Miller made 35 saves after missing the previous two games with a groin problem.

Miller was at his best in the second period, turning aside all 15 shots while his teammates were held without a shot for a 16-minute span in the frame.

Patrick Kaleta also scored for the Sabres, who totaled one goal in two games while Patrick Lalime and Jhonas Enroth played in place of Miller. The Sabres are 7-6-2 in Miller's 15 starts and 2-6-1 when Lalime and Enroth are in the crease.

"Anytime you can get your starting goaltender back it's a boost," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We all know what he means to the team. When Ryan's in there we can play a more aggressive type of game."

The Sabres haven't given their goaltenders much room for error, ranking near the bottom of the league with 2.45 goals per game.

They did score a pair of power-play goals Friday but that type of production has been rare on the road, where Buffalo has converted one of 18 chances in the last six games.

Jason Pominville is one of several struggling Sabres. Pominville, who missed most of October due to a concussion, has one goal and three assists in 15 games. He ranked third on the team with 24 goals and 62 points last season.

Vanek's goal was his third in four games and ninth this season, tying him with Derek Roy for the team lead. Vanek, though, has gone 11 straight games against the Canadiens without a goal.

Montreal (14-8-1) will try to rebound from a 3-0 loss at Atlanta on Friday after backup Alex Auld was peppered with 47 shots in his second start of the season.

The Canadiens have won five of six at home, outscoring opponents 18-6. They have been outstanding on special teams during those games, going 8 for 26 on the power play while allowing two goals in 25 short-handed situations.

Carey Price is expected back in net Saturday after a rare night off. He has started 21 of the first 23 games, posting a 2.00 goals-against average and a league-leading 13 wins to match his total from last season. He is tied with Boston's Tim Thomas for the NHL lead with four shutouts.

Price has been excellent against the Sabres lately, going 3-1-1 with a 1.37 GAA.

Montreal's Michael Cammalleri will be happy to get back home, where he has four goals in five games and 10 of his 15 points this season. Cammalleri has no points in five straight games against Buffalo, though.

The Canadiens have won the first two meetings this season -- both by one goal in Buffalo. Montreal has outscored the Sabres 8-3 during a three-game win streak in the series.