Montreal (24-24-6) at Buffalo (16-29-5)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Wed Feb 19, 2003
  • TV: RDS
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BUFFALO, NEW YORK (TICKER) —The Montreal Canadiens try to move closer to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference on Wednesday when they face the struggling Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

The Canadiens are ninth in the Eastern Conference with 61 points, one point behind the Tampa Bay Lightning, who host the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday.

Montreal completed a 2-1-0-1 homestand with a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.

The Canadiens lost in regulation for the first time in their last five games (4-1-0-1) following a season-high four-game losing streak.

Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore stopped 27 shots and fell to 1-6-0 in his last seven starts. Rookie Mathieu Garon is expected to replace Theodore in net on Wednesday.

Montreal has lost three of its last four road games and is 10-14-3-3 away from the Air Canada Centre.

The Canadiens continue to play without defenseman Patrice Brisebois, who is sidelined indefinitely with an irregular heartbeat.

Montreal is 5-6-0-0 this season in the second game of back-to-backs.

Buffalo has just one win in its last 10 games (1-6-0-3) and skated to a 4-3 overtime loss in Atlanta on Monday.

Curtis Brown had a shorthanded goal and an assist and J.P. Dumont and Tim Connolly scored for the Sabres.

Buffalo has lost three of its last four home games and is just 10-13-4-1 here this season.

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