After a torrid start (7-1-0) to the 2014-15 season, the Canadiens have cooled off. They've allowed the first goal in 11 out of 13 games, and are coming off a less-than-impressive 5-0 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.
The Habs still haven't scored a power-play goal on the road, either.
A date with the Sabres could be exactly what they need. The last-place Sabres have given up an Eastern Conference-worst 43 goals this season.
Dustin Tokarski is expected to get the start for Montreal in goal, after Carey Price gave up five goals in the loss to Chicago.
Fun fact: This is the first time the Habs will face Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges since they moved from Montreal to Buffalo in the off-season.
Zuccarello could return
The New York Rangers are hoping to get a boost when they host the Detroit Red Wings, as they could have forward Mats Zuccarello back in the lineup.
Zuccarello, New York's leading scorer last season, sat out a game with an undisclosed injury.
The Rangers have won four straight over the Red Wings, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been a key factor. He's allowed only one goal on 95 shots, shutting Detroit out in the last two, including a 30-save effort in the most recent contest.
Fun fact: It's "Hockey Fights Cancer" night at Madison Square Garden.
Islanders look to snap scoring drought
The New York Islanders, losers of three straight, face the Anaheim Ducks, who are off to a 10-3-0 start. The Ducks are likely turning to goalie Jason LaBarbera in net, as their top two netminders — Frederik Andersen and John Gibson — are down with injuries.
LaBarera made 16 saves in his Anaheim debut over the Colorado Avalanche, just hours after he was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL.
The Islanders have scored only once in their past two games.