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Habs roll into Buffalo

So the 6-3 Habs roll into Buffalo tonight, a day after blowing a 3rd period lead and losing 2-1 to the Boston Bruins. Peter Budaj gets the start, which seems surprising after Carey Price was relatively sharp and didn't look tired.

Heading into this season, many thought Price would play upwards of 48 games.

This would be Budaj's second in the first ten, so while it seems high for the backup, I suspect coach Therrien is trying to keep Price fresh. Look for him to play more down the stretch.

Andrei Markov continues to look strong, as does PK Subban, who scored for Montreal last night. An SI article today noted Subban was the most disliked olayer in hockey today - seems hard to believe, given guys names Torres and Kaleta. regardless, im sure Subban will shut kut the noise and continue his strong play.

Travis Moen is scratched, possibly with an injury, while Ryan White suits up. Puck drop is at 7 - look for Montreal to be hungry after last night's painful loss, but the Sabres to be even hungrier after last weekend's 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Habs.

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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