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Sabres at Panthers preview: Foligno promoted, Bylsma still looking for 300

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After a few days off, the Sabres return to action down in Florida.

Game #31

Buffalo Sabres (12-11-7) at Florida Panthers (14-13-5)

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | BB&T Center | Sunrise, FL

TV: MSG, FS-F | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation’s Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats

Three Questions

1. How will Marcus Foligno fare on the top line?

The Sabres will be bumping Foligno up to the top line tonight after he took advantage of the opportunity to play alongside ROR and Reinhart in the game against the Hurricanes. Here’s what Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said about Foligno’s game yesterday:

We moved Marcus around in the game and I thought his third period was his best by a mile - playing a big body, playing physical, getting to the net.

He was at the net front three or four times there in the third. For three scoring chances, he's the guy at the net, around the net, screening the goalie, getting a tip on some of those pucks and creating second opportunities. That's the way we need him to play for 60 minutes, for every period.

2. Three players are on a more-than-a-point-per-game streak against the Panthers, will any of them extend that streak?

In his last 11 games against the Panthers, Ryan O’Reilly has 13 points. Evander Kane has 15 points in his last 14 against Florida, while Sam Reinhart has five in his last four. Will any of them keep those PPG averages above 1.0 after tonight is all said and done?

3. When will Dan Bylsma find his 300th career coaching win?

After failing at their first chance on Saturday, the Sabres will try again to get Bylsma his 300th win from behind the bench, making him the 47th NHL coach in history to achieve such a feat.

If they can do it tonight, here are two cool notes from the media guide: Bylsma would have the fourth-best winning percentage all-time among coaches with more than 300 wins, behind only the leader Bruce Beaudreau, Scotty Bowman, and Toe Blake. And Bylsma would be the second-fastest coach to 300, taking just 514 games to get there.

Projected BUF Lines

82 Marcus Foligno - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart
26 Matt Moulson - 15 Jack Eichel - 21 Kyle Okposo
Evander Kane - 22 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta
48 William Carrier - 27 Derek Grant - 28 Zemgus Girgensons

29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
77 Dmitry Kulikov - 47 Zach Bogosian
Josh Gorges - 6 Cody Franson

Goal: 40 Robin Lehner