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Sabres at Senators preview: Banged-up Buffalo takes on slumping Ottawa

Mark Pysyk will likely play tonight as the still injury-ravaged Sabres travel to Ottawa to try and further the Sens losing streak.

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Game #37

Buffalo Sabres (14-19-3) at
Ottawa Senators (14-14-7)

Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | Canadian Tire Centre | Ottawa, ON
TV: MSG, Bell TV, RDSI, TSN5 | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Senators Blog: Silver Seven

Three Questions

1. How will the defense look tonight?

With Tyler Myers still injured and Rasmus Ristolainen questionable, Mark Pysyk will likely find his way into the lineup tonight, hopefully alongside Josh Gorges. The always-exciting Benoit-Meszaros pair just adds to the thrill of watching any Sabres game, while Zadorov's partner might change depending on Ristolainen's health.

2. Can Nick Deslauriers keep his hot streak going?

With four points in his last three games, two of them goals, Deslauriers now has the fifth most points on the Sabres this season. The converted defenseman has been getting a chance to play on the second line recently, and it's good to see him taking advantage of the opportunity.

3. Will Zemgus Girgensons leave this game as the only Sabres player with a positive +/-?

Future All-Star Zemgus Girgensons is the only Sabres player on the right side of +/-, with a +1 rating. Will he be able to hold on to that prestigious distinction? Find out, tonight!

Projected BUF lines

Moulson - Girgensons - Ennis
Deslauriers - Flynn - Stafford
Hodsgon - Grigorenko - Stewart
Larsson - McCormick - Kaleta

Gorges - Pysyk
Ristolainen? - Zadorov
Benoit - Meszaros

Goal: Jhonas Enroth