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Sabres at Kings preview: Battle of the Nolans

The nation gets the treat of watching the Sabres on national television once again, and with their opponent tonight it may not be pretty.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Game #28

Buffalo Sabres (9-16-2) vs.
Los Angeles Kings (14-8-5)

Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY
TV: NBCSN, Fox Sports-West | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Kings Blog: Jewels from the Crown

Three Questions

1. Will the Sabres be able to continue their success against the Kings?

The Sabres for some reason have the number of Los Angeles and San Jose. Maybe they just don't like the cold. The Sabres have won 11 of their last 13 home games against the Kings going all the way back to 1993. Can they shock the nation with another victory tonight?

2. Will Enroth continue his strong play?

Michael Neuvirth made a strong case that he should be the starter, but his injury opened up the door for Enroth to prove himself again. Jhonas has taken the bull by the horns, and is looking like quite the starting goalie right now. One of these guys could be the goalie going forward, so this battle may be more than just for the starting job this season.

3. Will the Kings big guns embarrass the Sabres?

When you're the defending champion, you have some pretty good players. Tyler Toffoli is having a stellar season, already compiling 20 points. Jeff Carter has 18. Of course, this team also has Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams. So this is what a good team looks like.


Projected BUF Lineup

Moulson - Girgensons - Ennis
Flynn - Mitchell - Gionta
Foligno - Hodgson - Stafford
Deslauriers - McCormick - Kaleta

Gorges - Myers
Zadorov - Ristolainen
Weber - Benoit

Goal: Jhonas Enroth