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Buffalo and Ottawa meet for the third time tonight.

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Game #58

Buffalo Sabres (23-28-6) at
Ottawa Senators (25-26-6)

Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | Canadian Tire Centre | Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG, Bell, RDS, TSN-5 | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Senators Blog: Silver Seven

Three Questions

1. How will the lines be shuffled with Larsson in and Kane out?

We took our best guess on tonight's lines below, but the team held an optional skate this morning, so we won't know for sure until warm ups tonight. It would make sense to get McGinn back with O'Reilly, Girgensons back with Eichel, and Larsson back with Gionta sand Foligno.

2. Can the Sabres take advantage of a terrible Ottawa penalty kill?

The Senators Pk currently sits at 74%, the second-worst in the NHL. Buffalo's power play is still 10th in the NHL, and could give the Sabres a nice boost tonight if they can take advantage of their man advantage.

3. Will anyone reach the 18 goal mark tonight?

Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart, and Ryan O'Reilly are all tied for the team lead with 17 goals. Who will be the team leader after tonight's game?


Projected BUF lines

McGinn - R. O'Reilly - Reinhart
Girgensons - Eichel - Bailey
Foligno - Larsson - Gionta
Deslauriers - Legwand - Moulson

Gorges - Ristolainen
Bogosian - McCabe
Pysyk - Franson

Goal: Robin Lehner