Tomas Plekanec isn’t feeling well and he spent the morning resting in the team’s hotel in downtown Buffalo. Linemate Michael Cammalleri said he expected Plekanec to play tonight but the word from the team is that he is a game-time decision.
Andrei Kostitsyn will play on a line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta. If Plekanec plays, he’ll have Cammalleri and Lars Eller on his wings. If Plekanec can’t go, look for Eller to move to the middle with Travis Moen at right wing. Eller stayed on the ice after the morning skate for some one-on-one tutoring from assistant coach Kirk Muller. Carey Price will start in goal.
The Sabres will start Patrick Lalime, who is 17-8-3 against Montreal with a 2.46 goals-against average and three shutouts. Ryan Miller is out with a muscle strain and didn’t practice.