The Buffalo Sabres have won four of the season's five meetings with the Montreal Canadiens.
The one loss, however, may have been a blessing in disguise as it seems to have sparked their playoff push.
The surging Sabres look to pull into a tie for points with the Eastern Conference's eighth-place team when they host the Canadiens on Wednesday night in the final meeting between these Northeast Division rivals.
A 4-3 shootout loss to Montreal at home Feb. 17 marked a fourth straight defeat for Buffalo (34-29-10) and dropped it into a tie for last place in the East, nine points out of a playoff spot. Following the game, coach Lindy Ruff said he felt "disappointed" and "embarrassed."
The Sabres have responded by going 10-2-3 since to move within two points of eighth-place Washington, which will have played one fewer game than Buffalo when it takes the ice Thursday.
"Getting closer to where we want to be is fun," forward Jason Pominville said aft...