Canadiens' Samuel Montembeault starting in net Thursday vs. Sabres

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault (35) makes a save as Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) and Canadiens defenseman Ben Chiarot (8) battle during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Goaltender Samuel Montembeault will make his regular-season debut for the Montreal Canadiens when he starts Thursday night in Buffalo against the Sabres.

Jake Allen started in Montreal's 2-1 season-opening loss in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

The Habs claimed Montembeault off waivers from the Florida Panthers earlier this month.

Montembeault, 24, posted a record of 8-4-1 with a 2.86 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 13 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch in 2020-21.

The Bécancour, Que. native has a career NHL record of 9-8-3 with a 3.20 GAA and .892 save percentage in 25 games.

Montembeault was selected in the third round (77th overall) by the Panthers in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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