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The Sabres and Blue Jackets both sit at 23-28-7, but only for a few more hours.

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Game #59

Buffalo Sabres (23-28-7) at
Columbus Blue Jackets (23-28-7)

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

Three Questions

1. Will the Sabres power play break out of its slump?

Much has been made over the past few days about the team's slumping performance with the man advantage. Over the entire month of February, the Sabres have scored just three power play goals on 26 chances. The Columbus penalty kill is smack dab in the middle of the league at just over 80%, but the Sabres really need to find a way to jump-start their power play once again.

2. How will Kane look in his return?

Evander Kane is back in the lineup after missing one game for his lack of alarm clocks. He's back on the top line with O'Reilly and Reinhart, and if he scores tonight, will tie those two and Jack Eichel for the team lead with 17 goals.

3. Is Marcus Foligno's face OK?

The dreamiest guy on the roster had his tooth knocked out in the morning skate by a teammate's skate, and according to Dan Bylsma, was rushed to the dentist's office. He should be OK to play in tonight's game, but will he ever smile again? Find out tonight.

Projected BUF lines

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

Gorges - Ristolainen
Bogosian - McCabe
Pysyk - Franson

Goal: Robin Lehner