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Five Things to Know as Sabres visit Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The Sabres needed more than two weeks to earn one victory. They can pick up two in 24 hours.

Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

1. Going streaking

OK, so two wins hardly constitutes a winning streak. But after going 0-5-2, the Sabres would love to build off Friday's 3-1 victory over Edmonton.

"It was a great response," coach Phil Housley said. "This team's been through a lot in the short past here. It's been a lot of challenges, a lot of conversations. It's time to put things into action. I thought the guys responded well."

Buffalo has won two in a row only once this season, beating Boston on Oct. 21 and Detroit on Oct. 24.

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2. Montreal welcomes back one star …

Carey Price will be in net for Montreal after recovering from a lower-body injury. He hasn't played since Nov. 2.

Though the goaltender is just 3-7-1 with a .877 save percentage and 3.77 goals-against average, he is 15-12-8 with a .933 and 2.00 against Buffalo during his career.

The Sabres did not hold a morning skate, so their starting goaltender will be announced by Housley around 5 p.m.

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3. … but not another

The Habs will be without defenseman Shea Weber for the third straight game. Though he skated, he has a lower-body injury.

Here were Montreal's forward lines and defense pairings at the morning skate:

Alex Galchenyuk-Jonathan Drouin-Paul Byron
Max Pacioretty-Phillip Danault-Andrew Shaw
Charles Hudon-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers-Jacob de la Rose-Byron Froese

Karl Alzner-Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow-Jordie Benn
Victor Mete-Jakub Jerabek
Shea Weber-Brandon Davidson

Deslauriers, traded by the Sabres to Montreal during training camp, has no points and one fight in four games.

4. Hello again

This will be the 23rd game for the Sabres (6-13-4), and it's already their third meeting with Montreal. The Habs won, 3-2, in a shootout on opening night in Buffalo. They also won, 2-1, in overtime in Montreal on Nov. 11.

The Sabres are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games against Montreal and 5-4-1 in the last 10 in Bell Centre.

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5. Farm living

The Rochester Americans had a game to remember Friday, picking up a 10-3 home win over Binghamton.

Evan Rodrigues had a career-best four-point night with two goals and two assists. Stevie Moses, Hudson Fasching (two each), Alex Nylander, Sean Malone, Brendan Guhle and C.J. Smith also scored for the Amerks. They improved to 10-5-2 and are in second place in the American Hockey League's North Division.

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