The Canadiens hit the ice for a morning skate Saturday in Brossard as they prepare to face the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Rene Bourque, who is still recovering from an upper-body injury, did not take part in the skate.
The Canadiens will be going for their fifth straight win when the face the Sabres, who have one win in their last eight games. The Canadiens are 8-0-1 in their last nine games, earning 17 of a possible 18 points.
The Canadiens beat the Sabres 3-1 on Nov. 27 in Buffalo in the first meeting between the teams this season. After Saturday’s game, they won’t meet again until March.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien would not confirm his game lineup after the morning skate. Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens and Jhonas Enroth will be in the Sabres net.
“For us, our main focus is the way we play, and there is still room to improve,” Therrien told reporters after the morning skate. “There are still things I believe we can work on with our team and we want to get better. It’s not about the Buffalo Sabres; it’s about us and making sure we’re a good team.”
Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at the morning skate:
Fans of the 24CH show will have three chances to watch the latest episode on Saturday, which will air at 4:30 p.m. on CTV in English, and 6:30 p.m. on Canal D and 10:30 p.m. on RDS in French. You can also watch the Hamilton Bulldogs take on the Toronto Marlies in AHL action at 5 p.m. on TVA Sports.
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