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Sabres at Sharks preview: Two slumps enter, one slump leaves

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The Sabres continue their west coast road trip today as they take on the Sharks, a team they've had surprising success against in recent years.

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Game #9

Buffalo Sabres (1-7-0) at
San Jose Sharks (4-3-1)

Puck Drop: 4:00 pm EST | SAP Center | San Jose, CA
TV: MSG, Bell, FS-W  | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Sharks Blog: Fear The Fin

Three Questions

1. Will the right wings shuffle result in more offense?

The Sabres swapped all three right wingers on their top lines in the hopes of finding someone - anyone - who can score. Chris Stewart gets his chance to play on the top line with Moulson and Ennis tonight, while Brian Gionta is back on the third line. Buffalo has scored just one goal in their last four games, so anything more than that in this game would be a minor miracle.

2. Can the Sabres continue their recent success against San Jose?

Since 2007-08, the Sabres are (somehow) 8-1-0 against the Sharks, and have won their last three games in San Jose. The Sharks have been slumping after a hot start, and have allowed 24 goals in their last five games. Which of course means they probably shut out the Sabres tonight, but still.

3. When will Buffalo's power play find pay dirt?

Buffalo is one of two teams (along with Minnesota) that has yet to find their first power play goal. There's no better way to jump start your offense than by taking advantage of the power play, and there's no time like the present to finally get it going.

Projected BUF Lineup

Moulson - Ennis - Stewart
Foligno - Hodgson - Stafford
Mitchell - Girgensons - Gionta
Deslauriers - Reinhart - McCormick

Gorges - Myers
Weber - Meszaros
Benoit - Ristolainen

Goal: Jhonas Enroth