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Puck Drop - 9:00pm EST - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
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1. How will Lieuwen look in his first career NHL start?
Nathan Lieuwen played well in limited action during his NHL debut, stopping all ten shots he faced. But coming in for relief and starting an NHL game is a whole other beast. With Buffalo down and out two regular tenders, a strong game by Lieuwen could help strengthen his position in Buffalo for a few more weeks.
3. What will Rasmus Ristolainen look like on the top pair?
According to the team's projected lines and pairings, Rusty is slated to skate tonight with Christian Ehrhoff, making him the team's de facto #2 defenseman. Ristolainen received heavy power play minutes in his last game, and will likely do so again, but how will he handle the increased responsibility and competition of being on the top pair?
Projected BUF Lines
Conacher - Ennis - Stafford
Foligno - Flynn - Hodgson
Mitchell- Leino - D'Agostini
Deslauriers - Ellis - Scott
Scratches/Injuries: Konopka, Girgensons, Stewart, Sulzer, Myers
Projected CGY Lines
Lance Bouma - Mikael Backlund - Paul Byron
Mike Cammalleri - Sean Monahan - Joe Colborne
Curtis Glencross - Matt Stajan - Brian McGrattan
Ben Hanowski - T.J. Galiardi - Kevin Westgarth
Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie
Ladislav Smid - Tyler Wotherspoon
Kris Russell - Chris Butler