Canadiens aim for fifth straight win vs. Sabres

Montreal (34-22-7) at Buffalo (31-25-7), 7:30 pm EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) — The Montreal Canadiens will try to
keep rolling without their newly named starting goaltender.

The Canadiens will likely be without Jaroslav Halak when they go
for their season-best fifth consecutive victory against the
Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday in a battle of Northeast Division

All-Star Carey Price will take Halak’s place in the crease,
searching for his first win in over a month. Halak, who has
started the last four games, is recovering from the flu.

The 21-year-old Price, who has struggled since injuring his
ankle over three months ago, is 18-12-6 with a 2.78
goals-against average and one shutout.

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Price will certainly get a challenge from the Sabres, who expect
leading-scorer Thomas Vanek to back in the lineup. Vanek, who
leads the club with 32 goals, has missed the last nine games
with a fractured jaw.

Buffalo’s offense has sputtered without Vanek. The Sabres have
managed just three goals during their current three-game losing
streak, which included a 2-0 setback to the New York Islanders
on Saturday.

Captain Saku Koivu and defenseman Andrei Markov each collected a
goal and an assist Saturday as the Canadiens edged the San Jose
Sharks, 3-2, for their fourth straight win.