Game Preview by Sam Gerber, Staff Writer
Last game: MTL 0  MIN 3 

The Canadiens came up empty in a game where Carey Price, Shea Weber and Jonathan Drouin were all out with injuries. Charlie Lindgen was the only player who really stepped up in this game. But the Habs were unable to score a goal that was allowed and they were shutout once again this season.

For a complete recap: Habs Come Up Empty

Players to watch

  • Evander Kane
    Kane is rumored to be one of the top players to be traded before the deadline this year. He is off to a great start with 16 points in 16 games, making his trade value even higher for the Sabres.
  • Alex Galchenyuk
    Galchenyuk was the Habs best skater last game with a team high eight shots. Alex will look to turn in a strong effort again against the Sabres.
  •  Joe Morrow
    With Shea Weber out due to injury against the Wild, Morrow received more ice time. He was more confident, looked more comfortable on the ice and started to show his offensive side with four shots on goal.

Keys to Victory

  • Force the play
    Habs need to challenge the Sabres rather than letting the play come to them.
  • Keep up energy level
    The Canadiens need to take advantage of the Sabres playing the second game of a back to back.
  • Be physical on defense
    Montreal must do a much better job preventing free access to their goal.
Matchup 
Bell Centre, Montreal, QC | November 11, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, TVASN, FS-N

2017-18 statistics

SABRES CANADIENS
12 (30th) Points (rank) 15 (26th)
5-9-2 Record 7-8-1
3-5-1 Away/Home 3-3-1
4-5-1 Last 10 6-4-0
2.53 GF/G 2.53
3.53 GA/G 3.53
11.5 PP% 15.2
81.8 PK% 75.4
 48.17  CF%  53.48
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Kane – Eichel – Pominville
Pouliot – O’Reilly – Okposo
Baptiste – Reinhart – Griffin
Girgensons – Larsson – Nolan
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Lehkonen
Byron – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Hudon – De La Rose – Froese
Defensemen
Scandella – Falk
McCabe – Fedun
Beaulieu – Antipin
Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Morrow
Out of the lineup
Scratched: 
Injured: Josefson, Bogosian, Gorges, Ristolainen
Scratched: Mitchell, Davidson
Injured: Hemsky, Schlemko, Scherbak, Price, Montoya
Goalies
Robin Lehner Charlie Lindgren
Record: 4-5-1
GAA: 2.89
Sv%: .902
SO: 1
Alternate: Chad Johnson
Record: 2-1-0
GAA: 1.35
Sv%: .961
SO: 1
Alternate: Zach Fucale
 What to Expect
Montreal should come out flying and get to the Sabres early. It will be important to turn their energy into goals not just shots. 

Prediction: Canadiens 6  Sabres 2 

Robin Lehner is capable of stealing a game but if the Habs can get to him in the first period the game could turn into a rout.

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