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The Sabres begin a west coast road trip tonight in San Jose.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Game #70

Buffalo Sabres (28-29-12) at San Jose Sharks (41-20-7)

Puck drop: 10:30 p.m. EST | SAP Center | San Jose, CA

TV: MSG, CSN-CA | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation’s Sharks Blog: Fear the Fin

Three Questions

1. Can the Sabres continue their weird dominance of San Jose?

The Sabres are 9-0-1 against the Shark in their last ten games, including a 5-4 OT victory back in February of this season. It’s one of the more odd streaks of dominance in the NHL, but hey, we’re not complaining.

2. What will Jack Eichel do tonight?

The Sabres phenomenal forward has 26 points in his last 19 games, and 47 in 48 games this season. It’s become one of our favorite questions every game because, well, he does stuff nobody else can do on a seemingly nightly basis.

3. Can Buffalo take advantage of their special teams, uh, advantage?

The Sabres power play still ranks #1 in the NHL, while the Sharks rank #25. The San Jose PK is much better than the Sabres, but if Buffalo can put home a power play goal or two tonight, they’ll keep the Sharks on the losing end of this epic, cross-country rivalry.

Projected Buffalo Lines

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
Josh Gorges -- 6 Cody Franson

Goal: 40 Anders Nilsson