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Sabres at Blue Jackets preview: Will Zadorov return?

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The Sabres travel to Columbus, but which young defensemen will be in the lineup tonight?

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Game #61

Buffalo Sabres (17-38-5) at
Columbus Blue Jackets (26-28-4)

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | Nationwide Arena | Columbus, OH
TV: MSG, Bell, FS-O | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Blue Jackets Blog: The Cannon

Two Questions

1. Will Zadorov return to the lineup, or have to wait?

The young defenseman came out with a nice apology for his suspension, but Ted Nolan said he was happy with how his defenders played against Nashville. Will Zadorov return to his pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen, or will Nolan stick with the pairings that held the Predators scoreless for 55 minutes?

2. When will Michal Neuvirth's hot streak end?

Over his last five games, Neuvirth has a save percentage upwards of .950. That won't last forever, and Nolan said yesterday, "We're going to ride that horse until we see some tiredness come in." It's Neuvirth's sixth game in a row - will tonight be the night?

Projected BUF lines

Stewart - Girgensons - Ennis
Moulson - Mitchell - Gionta
Foligno - Flynn - Deslauriers
Hodgson - Ellis - Larsson

Benoit - Bogosian
McCabe - Ristolainen
Pysyk - Meszaros

Goal: Michal Neuvirth