Buffalo Sabres (11-15-3) vs.
Los Angeles Kings (19-8-1)
1. How will the new lines fare?
For the first time in a while, Dan Bylsma has made significant changes to his second and third lines, putting Matt Moulson with Jack Eichel, moving Brian Gionta down, and switching Zemgus Girgensons to the wing. Will new lines mean better results for the Sabres?
2. Which former Sabre will have the biggest impact on the game?
Half of the Los Angeles defense has traded blue and gold for black and purple, with Christian Ehrhoff, Jamie McBain, and Brayden McNabb on the back end. Jhonas Enroth could get the start against the team he played so well for last season. Which of them will have the biggest impact on the game?
Projected BUF lines
Weber - Franson
Projected LAK lines
Ehrhoff - McBain