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The Montreal Canadiens are tied for the most points in the NHL, while the Buffalo Sabres rank toward the bottom.

Still, it's the Sabres with a chance to sweep this home-and-home set.

Buffalo seeks a fifth win in six tries Saturday night while trying to send the Canadiens to their second three-game skid of the season.

Montreal (16-7-1) is tied with Vancouver and Anaheim with a league-leading 33 points, and the Sabres' 16 is only two more than NHL-worst Columbus.

Buffalo, though, has looked more like one of the better teams in the league lately, outscoring opponents 15-7 during a 4-1-0 stretch while the Canadiens have scored once in back-to-back defeats.

A fortuitous bounce helped the Sabres beat visiting Montreal 2-1 on Friday and end a six-game slide in the series. Matt Moulson's goal with 1:18 left came after a dump-in caromed awkwardly off the boards and caught Carey Price out of the net.

"It must be a lucky day, so I'll take it," Moulson said. "I don't think I've had one off the stanchion before."

That goal gave Moulson nine points in nine games. The left wing has eight goals and three assists in his last 11 meetings with the Canadiens, scoring three times in four visits to Bell Centre over that stretch.

Like Moulson, Tyler Ennis also had two points Friday, scoring an acrobatic goal by evading defenseman Alexei Emelin, leaping over Price in the crease and scoring with a backhand after falling with his back to the net.

"I was thinking I was going pretty fast through the zone, and if I could just take it to the net I'd get a chance," Ennis said. "I got the puck back up on my stick and got lucky."

The center has 10 points in 10 games against Montreal, and is putting together a strong stretch of his own with eight points in seven contests.

The Sabres could stick with Jhonas Enroth in net after he made 30 saves Friday in his third consecutive start. Enroth is 3-1-0 with a 1.37 goals-against average in four games, with one coming after Michal Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of a 4-1 win over San Jose on Nov. 18.

Neuvirth, though, has won his last two games at Montreal, stopping 58 of 60 shots with one shutout. He made 31 saves in 2-1 shootout loss to the Canadiens on Nov. 5.

After losing two of three on the road and totaling three goals, the Canadiens return home where they've averaged 3.7 goals during a 5-1-0 stretch.

Coach Michel Therrien isn't putting much stock in Friday's performance, chalking it up to bad luck due to the carom that led to Moulson's tally.

"It's a bad break," Therrien said. "There's nothing you can do against a bad break."

Price has started all 12 home games, compiling a 2.33 GAA. However, he could be rested in favor of backup Dustin Tokarski, who has won his last two meetings with Buffalo while stopping 60 of 61 shots.

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