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Sabres look to extend win streak against Canadiens

Buffalo (11-8-3) at Montreal (12-6-4), 7:00 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The Buffalo Sabres have seemingly snapped

out of their funk, while the Montreal Canadiens appear heading

into one.

After suffering a five-game losing streak, the Sabres hope to

win for the third straight game when they visit the struggling

Canadiens on Saturday.

Buffalo edged the surging Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Wednesday to

snap its skid and then rallied for a 4-3 victory over the

Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

Montreal, meanwhile, has dropped three of four and was shut out

for the first timein a 3-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on

Friday.

After starting six straight contests, Carey Price was rested in

favor of backup Jaroslav Halak, who made 27 saves.

The Canadiens will begin a season-long, seven-game homestand

with this contest, followed by visits from the Atlanta

Thrashers, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames,

Tampa Bay Lightning and Capitals.

Then after a trip to Carolina, the Canadiens will play host to

the Philadelphia Flyers, Buffalo Sabres and Hurricanes before

the NHL's Christmas break.

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