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Buffalo looks to bounce back at home after OT loss

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Game 14

Buffalo Sabres (6-5-2) vs Ottawa Senators (5-5-2)

Season Series: 1-0 Senators

Puck Drop: 2:00 P.M. | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Senators Blog: Silver Seven Sens

Know Your Opponent

Ottawa Senators

Record: (5-5-2) | 12 PTS

Last 10: 4-5-1

Division Ranking: 6th in the Atlantic Division

Conference Ranking: 11th in the Eastern Conference

PP: 10th (25.0%)

PK: 28th (69.0%)

What to Watch

1. Playing a full 60

The Sabres failed to play a full 60 minutes in Thursday’s game and in the end, it cost them. This is something they’ve struggled with all season long - but they did pick things up in the third period. If they can build on the success of the last period of Thursday’s game heading into this Saturday afternoon tilt, with a strong start, the result may be different.

2. The population of Pominville

Jason Pominville extended his point streak in Thursday’s game - which also happened to be his 1,000th career NHL game. Pominville enters Saturday’s game on a six-game point streak, with 10 points (5-5) in that time. A point Saturday would give him a seven-game point streak for the first time since 2014.

Saturday also promises to be a special one for the Sabres forward, as the team will honor him prior to the game. The first 12,000 fans through the gate will also get a special Pominville-related sign.

3. Back-to-back

This afternoon’s game opens up a back-to-back on the weekend for the Sabres. Buffalo will travel to New York City to face the Rangers at MSG on Sunday to cap off a set of three games in just four days. The team will then have three days off before returning to game action in Montreal on Thurday.

Buffalo Sabres (note: with no morning skates prior to Saturday’s afternoon game, these lineups are tentative).

Forwards

Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Jason Pominville

Conor Sheary - Casey Mittelstadt - Sam Reinhart

Evan Rodrigues - Vladimir Sobotka - Kyle Okposo

Patrik Berglund - Johan Larsson - Zemgus Girgensons

Defense

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella - Zach Bogosian

Rasmus Dahlin - Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

Ryan Dzingel - Matt Duchene - Mark Stone

Alex Formenton - Chris Tierney - Bobby Ryan

Magnus Paajarvi - Colin White - Mikkel Boedker

Max McCormick - Tom Pyatt - Jack Rodewald

Defense

Thomas Chabot - Dylan Demelo

Maxime Lajoie - Cody Ceci

Christian Wolanin - Christian Jaros

Starting Goaltender: Craig Anderson