Habs scoring leader Plekanec misses game against Sabres because of sickness

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Montreal centre Tomas Plekanec missed the Canadiens’ game against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night because of flu-like symptoms.

Plekanec, tied with Andrei Kostitsyn for the team scoring lead with 10 points, skated in the pre-game warmups but was subsequently scratched.

Plekanec has 19 points in 37 career games against Buffalo.

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Sabres starting goalie Ryan Miller was out of uniform for the second straight game because of a lower-body injury. Miller also will miss Buffalo’s game Saturday night in Toronto.

Backup Patrick Lalime started in place of Miller.