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Preview: Sabres wrap up their home stand against the Avalanche

Sabres wrap up their four game home stand to start the season when they host the Avalanche tonight

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Game 4

Buffalo Sabres (2-1-0) vs Colorado Avalanche (2-1-0)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Avalanche Blog: Mile High Hockey

Know Your Opponent

Colorado Avalanche

Record: (2-1-0) | 4 PTS

Last 10: 2-1-0

Division Ranking: 3rd in the Central Division

Conference Ranking: 3rd in the Western Conference

PP: 10th (27.3%)

PK: 7th (91.7%)

What to Watch

1. Larsson is Back

Johan Larsson will make his return to the lineup tonight it appears. He’ll be in for Remi Elie and play on a line with Casey Mittelstadt and Tage Thompson.

2. Old Friends

The Avalanche bring a few old friends to town tonight. Former Sabres first-round pick and defenseman Nikita Zadorov will be in the lineup. J.T. Compher is the other former Sabres draft pick that we could see tonight.

3. Three in a row

Sabres look to win their third straight game before they head out West for a five-game road trip. Winning three of four at home to start the season would be ideal.

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres


Conor Sheary - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Patrik Berglund - Kyle Okposo

Johan Larsson - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson

Zemgus Girgensons - Evan Rodrigues - Jason Pominville


Marco Scandella - Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Dahlin

Nathan Beaulieu - Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton

Colorado Avalanche


Gabriel Landeskog - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen

Alexander Kerfoot - Tyson Jost - Colin Wilson

Gabriel Bourque - Carl Soderberg - Matt Nieto

Matt Calvert - Vladislav Kamenev - Sheldon Dries


Sam Girard - Erik Johnson

Ian Cole - Tyson Barrie

Nikita Zadorov - Patrik Nemeth

Starting Goaltender: Semyon Varlamov