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Wednesday, November 27th (All times Eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (13-9-2) at Buffalo Sabres (5-19-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to match their longest winning streak of the season when they visit the lowly Buffalo Sabres in Wednesday's clash at First Niagara Center.

Montreal has won its past three outings and can tie a four-game run from Oct. 10-17 with another victory on Wednesday. The Canadiens have seemed to turn the corner after beginning November on a four-game slide. The club is 5-1-1 in seven games since that slump from earlier this month.

After beginning this current run with a 6-2 win over Minnesota, the Habs have turned in consecutive 3-2 regulation decisions against Washington and Pittsburgh. They beat the Capitals in D.C. on Friday before returning home to down the Penguins on the following night.

Max Pacioretty's hot play has helped sparked Montreal's current streak and the winger was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week after scoring five goals in his past three games.

Pacioretty, who notched a natural hat trick in last Tuesday's win over the Wild, pumped home two more goals to lead the Canadiens in their 3-2 win over the visiting Penguins. Pacioretty's second tally came 1:20 after Tomas Plekanec had given the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in the third period.

"Obviously, winning three games in a row is good for anyone's confidence," said Pacioretty. "Everyone is contributing and it's good for the team's confidence."

Carey Price made 29 saves for Montreal, which wound up holding on for the victory after James Neal scored twice in the third period for Pittsburgh. Price expects to get the start tonight and is 10-9-7 with a 2.04 goals against average in 26 career games against Buffalo.

Montreal is 6-4-0 as the visiting team this season and is beginning a brief two-game swing on Wednesday. The Habs will complete the residency with Friday's rematch against the Caps.

Buffalo, meanwhile, is still last in the NHL standings this season with 11 points off a dreadful 5-19-1 record.

Things haven't gotten much better since Ted Nolan replaced fired head coach Ron Rolston on an interim basis. The Sabres won their first game with Nolan back behind the bench, beating Toronto on Nov. 15, but have since dropped four straight in regulation.

The Sabres have scored a total of five goals during their current 0-4 stretch and the club has been held to one tally in each of its past three outings. Buffalo is averaging only 1.64 goals per game, making the Sabres the lowest- scoring team in the NHL this season.

Buffalo last played on Sunday when it was dealt a 3-1 loss by the visiting Detroit Red Wings. The score was tied at 1-1 heading into the third period, but the Red Wings added a power-play goal from Johan Franzen and an empty- netter from Daniel Alfredsson to skate away with the win in the final 20 minutes.

Cody Hodgson scored the lone goal for Buffalo in the first period, while Sabres forward Steve Ott missed a penalty shot in the middle stanza.

Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots in the loss.

"You can't just be satisfied with a little glimmer of what we feel is the right way to play," Miller said. "We have to not let teams back in the game."

The recent loss came at the start of a three-game homestand and dropped Buffalo's record at First Niagara Center to 2-10-1 this season. The Sabres have taken four of the last six meetings with the Canadiens in Western New York and Buffalo has claimed five of the past seven encounters overall.

Miller expects to get the start Wednesday against Montreal. The former Vezina Trophy winner is 25-10-6 with a 2.33 GAA in 41 outings versus the Habs.

11/27 10:50:16 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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