Les Canadiens de Montréal invade HSBC Arena tonight.  Tonight’s game marks the 40th anniversary of the Sabres first ever home game ; which was against Montreal.  The game is the first of 6 between the Northeast division foes.   

Daughter of original Sabres announcer, Ted Darling phoned into Mike Schopp & The Bulldog today & shared the story of how her father got the job.  In his interview he voiced a pretend commentary of Gilbert Perreault scoring the winning goal of The Stanley Cup and was hired.  Another story I found is as follows : When the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 hit the city of Buffalo, Darling called a game between the Sabres and Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum from his apartment—phoning in his commentary while watching the action on his television.

Chris Butler will replace injured defenseman Shaone Morrisonn.  Ryan Miller will start in net for Buffalo.  Buffalo looks to get a win after dropping three in a row at home.    

Carey Price will get the start in net for Montreal.  Andrei Markov is out for Montreal following off-season knee surgery.  The Canadiens are 0 for 9 on the power play this season.  Rochester native, Brian Gionta is Montreal's captain.  Gionta is only the second American-born captain of the Canadiens.  Michael Cammalleri leads the Canadiens with 2 goals and 3 total points.  Montreal is 1-1-1 through three games.         

Face-off is scheduled for 7:53pm due to the pre-game ceremonies.