Season Series: 1-0 Senators
- 11/1 - Senators 4, Sabres 2 (Coverage)
Puck Drop: 2:00 P.M. | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Senators Blog: Silver Seven Sens
Know Your Opponent
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.
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).
Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary - Casey Mittelstadt - Sam Reinhart
Evan Rodrigues - Vladimir Sobotka - Kyle Okposo
Patrik Berglund - Johan Larsson - Zemgus Girgensons
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella - Zach Bogosian
Rasmus Dahlin - Casey Nelson
Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark
Ryan Dzingel - Matt Duchene - Mark Stone
Alex Formenton - Chris Tierney - Bobby Ryan
Magnus Paajarvi - Colin White - Mikkel Boedker
Max McCormick - Tom Pyatt - Jack Rodewald
Thomas Chabot - Dylan Demelo
Maxime Lajoie - Cody Ceci
Christian Wolanin - Christian Jaros
Starting Goaltender: Craig Anderson