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Sabres are back in action again tonight as they visit Connor McDavid and the Oilers

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Game #48

Buffalo Sabres (12-26-9) vs. Edmonton Oilers (21-23-3)

Season Series: 1-0 Sabres

11/24 - Sabres 3 | Oilers 1 (recap)

Puck drop: 9:00 p.m. EST | Rogers Place | Edmonton, AB


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Oilers blog: Copper and Blue

What to Watch

1. Eichel vs McDavid

Whenever the Sabres and Oilers meet the headline is the top two picks in the 2015 NHL draft facing off. Both players are having a really good season while their clubs flounder at the bottom of the standings.

2. Johnson or Lehner?

Robin Lehner has struggled as of late and Chad Johnson played really well last night in Calgary. Does Phil Housley go back to Johnson on back to backs or does he give the net back to Lehner?

3. Free Antipin?

With Nathan Beaulieu leaving the game early last night after hitting his face on the ice. It would seem unlikely he plays tonight in Edmonton. Meaning Victor Antipin will finally get back into the lineup. The 25-year-old defender has not played since December 19th, after a battle with the flu.

Know Your Opponent

1. Disappointing Season

After a nice little run in the playoffs last season. The expectations were high for the Oilers entering this season. Thus far they’ve fallen well short of meeting those expectations. Entering tonight they’re 11 points out of the final playoff spot in the Pacific division and 12 points out of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

2. Coming in hot and rested.

The Oilers have won their last three games by a combined score of 12-6. They’ve also been sitting idle since Saturday. The Sabres could be in tough tonight after a tough overtime game last night in Calgary.

Projected Lineup

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 15 Jack Eichel - 21 Kyle Okposo

20 Scott Wilson - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart

9 Evander Kane - 22 Johan Larsson - 29 Jason Pominville

17 Jordan Nolan - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 13 Nick Baptiste

6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

93 Victor Antipin - 19 Jake McCabe

41 Justin Falk - 8 Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: 31 Chad Johnson (unconfirmed)