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Sabres look to sweep their western Canada road trip against the Canucks tonight

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Game #49

Buffalo Sabres (13-26-9) vs. Vancouver Canucks (19-23-6)

Season Series: 1-0 Canucks

10/20 - Canucks 4 | Sabres 2 (recap)

Puck drop: 10:00 p.m. EST | Rogers Arena | Vancouver, BC


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Canucks blog: Nucks Misconduct

What to Watch

1. Three in a row?

The Sabres look to sweep their western Canada road trip tonight in Vancouver. The Sabres remain as the only team in the NHL this season to not have a three-game winning streak.

2. Red hot power play.

The top power play in the NHL seems to have shown up for the Sabres. Only 40 games too late. Since the bye week, the Sabres have gone six for 13 with the man advantage (46.15 percent). They’ve jumped from last in the NHL to 26th entering play tonight.

3. Can Eichel keep it going?

Jack Eichel enters tonight’s game on a seven-game point streak. He has 25 points in the past 16 games. Eichel is now tied for 17th in the league in points.

Know Your Opponent

1.Brock Boeser

The Canucks have one of the best young players in the game on their roster in Boeser. The 20-year-old has 24 goals and 43 points in 45 games for Vancouver this season. He’s the Calder Trophy favorite at this point.

2. Thomas Vanek still getting it done.

Vanek has been bouncing around from team to team the last few seasons. He’ll likely find himself on another team by February 26. The former top-five pick of the Sabres continues to be a productive player. He has 14 goals and 35 points in 48 games so far this season.

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

67 Benoit Pouliot - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 13 Nick Baptiste

6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

19 Jake McCabe - 93 Victor Antipin

41 Justin Falk - 8 Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner