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- With a $5 M cap hit, Sergei Gonchar is one of the most expensive d-men in franchise history. The only ones higher are P.K. Subban ($9 M), Andrei Markov ($5.75 M), Mathieu Schneider ($5.75 M), and Roman Hamrlik ($5.5 M).
The Habs will look to extend their preseason winning streak to 3 games as they host division rival Buffalo on Thursday night. Montreal is well rested with their last game coming on Monday, a 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. Alex Auld will make what is expected to be his final start of the preseason in this one while Jhonas Enroth gets the nod for the Sabres.
The Habs have made their lineup available for tonight, though there are conflicting reports to the line combos. Both sets of reported combos appear below.
Pouliot - Gomez - Gionta
Darche - Eller - Kostitsyn (or Pyatt - Eller - Kostitsyn)
Pyatt - Halpern - Lapierre (or Darche - Halpern - Lapierre)
Maxwell - Boyd - White
Spacek - Subban (or Spacek - Weber)
Picard - Weber (or Picard - O'Byrne)
Henry - O'Byrne (or Henry - Subban)
As for the Sabres, here is who will be suiting up tonight:
Vanek - Roy - Stafford
Hecht - Connolly - Pominville
Gerbe - Adam - Mancari
Ellis - Byron - Parrish (1st game of the preseason)
Butler - Myers
Leopold - Schiestel
Weber - Montador
Preseason Scoring Leaders:
|Goals||Gerbe/Niedermayer (2)||Tomas Plekanec (4)|
|Assists||Derek Roy (5)||Josh Gorges (4)|
|Points||Derek Roy (5)||Tomas Plekanec (5)|
|+/-||Myers/Morrisonn (+3)||Gill/Plekanec (+4)|
|PIMS||Cody McCormick (11)||Travis Moen (26)|
Notes: Moen's 26 PIMS place him 4th in the NHL in that category.
Teammate Ryan White is 5th with 25. Derek Roy's 5 assists are tied for the
Puck drop is at 7:30 PM EST on RDS, TSN, and the NHL Network in the US. The Hamilton Bulldogs are also in action tonight against the Binghamton Senators. Puck drop is at 6:30 PM EST.