Buffalo Sabres (17-22-4) vs.
Washington Capitals (33-7-3)
1. Can the Sabres change their fortunes in Capitals games?
The Sabres have struggled against Washington, which isn't surprising since the Capitals are one of the best teams in the league right now. Buffalo lost both games in a home-and-home last month, getting outscored 7-2.
2. Where does Phil Varone fit in?
Buffalo made a bit of a surprising call-up today in Phil Varone, who has been a healthy scratch lately despite leading the team with ten goals. The Americans can only play six veterans at a time, and he's been the odd man out. He's shown in the past that he isn't a horrific scoring option in the NHL, but many like me probably didn't expect to see him in the blue and gold again.
3. Will Pysyk look like his usual self?
Despite being called up following a rehab stint, Mark Pysyk did not play the past two games. Dan Bylsma has confirmed that he'll be in the lineup tonight, but the defenseman who sits out will be a game-time decision. Mike Weber is the obvious choice to take out of the lineup, but Jake McCabe also struggled against Boston.
Projected BUF Lineup
Kane - O'Reilly - McGinn
Gionta - Eichel - Reinhart
Foligno - Larsson - Varone
Moulson - Schaller - Legwand
Gorges - Ristolainen
Pysyk - Bogosian
McCabe - Franson
Goal: Robin Lehner