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Sabres at Blue Jackets preview: Solving Bobrovsky

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The Sabres are back in action with a weekend series against the Blue Jackets.

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Game #68

Buffalo Sabres (27-28-12) at Columbus Blue Jackets (42-17-6)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | Nationwide Arena | Columbus, OH

TV: MSG, FS-O | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation’s Blue Jackets Blog: Broad Street Hockey

Three Questions

1. How long will Eichel’s point streak last?

We’re up to 11 games now, with 16 points (5+11) over that stretch. If Eichel scores tonight, he’ll tie Mikael Granlund for the longest point streak in the NHL this season, and he’ll be just four games away from the all-time Sabres record, set by the award-winning Tim Connolly back in 2010.

2. Will the Sabres end Sergei Bobrovsky’s shutout streak?

The Jackets have some kinda hot goaltender between the pipes these days. Bobrovsky has posted three consecutive shutouts, and is just five minutes away from passing Devan Dubnyk for the longest shutout streak this season.

The Sabres will turn to their impressive power play as well as the point streaks by Eichel and Evander Kane (10 goals in his last 14 games) to help prove that Bobrovsky is human after all.

3. When will Lehner break out of his funk?

After playing some great hockey earlier in 2017, Robin Lehner (much like the entire team) has hit a real rough patch lately, allowing 24 goals in his last six games. The Sabres net minder has had his ups and downs this season, but this is probably his worst stretch of games all year. He isn’t being helped by his porous defense and clueless forwards, but after allowing six goals in his last outing, you have to wonder how Lehner will respond tonight.

With Bobrovsky dominating his own crease and facing one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, the Sabres need Lehner to be on his game tonight right from the get-go.

Projected Buffalo Lines

9 Evander Kane -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 56 Justin Bailey
26 Matt Moulson -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart
82 Marcus Foligno -- 28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 12 Brian Gionta
44 Nic Deslauriers -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 63 Tyler Ennis

29 Jake McCabe -- 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
41 Justin Falk -- 47 Zach Bogosian
4 Josh Gorges -- 6 Cody Franson

Goal: 40 Robin Lehner