GameDay: Sabres vs Habs Lineups, Price, Hockey Party

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All Habs GameDay: Wednesday March 21, 2012

On this day in hockey history 1948 – Montreal’s Elmer Lach scored twice in the final game of the season to win the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion by one point over the New York Rangers’ Buddy O’Connor.

GAMEDAY: Habs hockey tonight!

  MONTREAL CANADIENS (28-32-13) vs. BUFFALO SABRES (34-29-10)

Last 10: Buffalo 6-2-2 ; Montreal 4-3-3

First Niagara Center,  7:00 p.m. EST

TV: RDS, MSG-B


Projected line combinations (updated following morning skate)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Forwards
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Erik Cole
Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Lars Eller
Mike Blunden – Ryan White – Louis Leblanc
Brad Staubitz – Petteri Nokelainen – Aaron Palushaj

Defenseman
Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Yannick Weber – Chris Campoli

Goaltenders
Carey Price (confirmed)  – Peter Budaj

Scratches
Blake Geoffrion

Injuries
Brian Gionta (biceps) – Travis Moen (upper body) – Mathieu Darche (dizziness/upper body) – Raphael Diaz (lower body) – Scott Gomez (concussion) –  Tomas Kaberle (upper body)

Power-play
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Cole – Markov – Subban
Bourque – Eller – Plekanec – Weber – Campoli

BUFFALO SABRES

Forwards
Ville Leino – Derek Roy – Jason Pominville
Marcus Foligno – Tyler Ennis – Drew Stafford
Corey Tropp – Cody Hodgson – Thomas Vanek
Cody McCormick – Brad Boyes – Patrick Kaleta

Defensemen
Jordan Leopold – Tyler Myers
Robyn Regehr – Andrej Sekera
Christian Ehrhoff – Alexander Sulzer

Goaltenders
Ryan Miller (confirmed) – Jhonas Enroth

Scratches

Injuries
Matt Ellis (knee) – Jochen Hecht (concussion) – Nathan Gerbe (upper-body)

GAMEDAY: All Habs Headlines

Price ropes locker room hombres: Montreal Canadiens players have learned to keep a wide berth when passing Carey Price’s stall in the dressing room.  A lariat is now a fixture on the top shelf since the Habs visit to Edmonton and Price has been known to lasso his unsuspecting teammates — Ryan White was the most recent victim.

A fan at Rexall Place offered the rodeo prize in exchange for some memorabilia.

“He had a sign that said he’d give me his rope if I gave him a stick, so I threw it over the glass.” — Carey Price

Read more: Carey Price swaps goalie stick for rodeo lariat

► RSVP for Habs – Flyers! Be sure to reserve your seat for the next All Habs Night at McLean’s Pub — it’s only one week away on March 24th!  Hockey fans who RSVP via the All Habs link will be given VIP access: prime seating and a reduced-price menu. Join the All Habs crew to watch the Canadiens take on the Flyers.

You’ll have great food and drink, a lot of laughs, and a whole lot of fun as you meet new friends and cheer your team to victory. Test your team knowledge during the All Habs Trivia Challenge for a chance to win prizes, too!

► New at All Habs Hockey Magazine:

Got a Hockey Questions? Ask Habs Legend Guy Carbonneau

Caption This: Tomas Plekanec

Price, NHL Goalies Choose Comfort Over Safety

Out of the Red, White, Blue: Markov, Kaberle, Koivu

Noel en juin: Sebastien Collberg

Christmas in June: Sebastian Collberg

Grigorenko et Roy : Deux choix logiques?

► Puck’s take: Need to know who will win tonight? You can find Puck the Bunny’s prediction here.  His record is an impressive 20-10-6.

(Photo by REUTERS/Doug Benz )