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Preview: Sabres look to get back in win column

One day after losing for the first time in a long time, Buffalo looks to get back to their winning ways.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Game 27

Buffalo Sabres (17-7-2) vs Florida Panthers (9-10-4)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | BB&T Center | Sunrise, FL


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Panthers Blog: Litter Box Cats

Know Your Opponent

Florida Panthers

Record: (9-10-4) | 22 PTS

Last 10: 4-5-1

Division Ranking: 8th in the Atlantic Division

Conference Ranking: 15th in the Eastern Conference

PP: 7th (25.8%)

PK: T-23rd (76.4%)

What to Watch

1. Now What?

The Buffalo Sabres lost last night for the first time in 25 days.

While there is time for reflection, the quick turnaround should allow the Sabres to clear their minds and get right back at it.

The worst thing you want to see is a lackadaisical effort from the team this evening.

Despite tired legs, Florida has struggled to start out their season.

This game should be a good one for Buffalo to get another streak started.

2. Time for Launch?

After the injury to Jake McCabe on Thursday night, is it time for Lawrence Pilut to make his NHL debut?

Pilut has been up for a few days on an as-needed basis but has yet to be needed.

Marco Scandella has been in-and-out of the lineup and with the unknown nature of McCabe’s injury, followed up with a back-to-back scenario – the dam could finally break.

3. Physical Play

Thursday night’s game against Tampa Bay featured some very physical play.

We know the Sabres can hit but more often than not, they use their finesse to allow themselves to glide around the ice.

Buffalo did not fall too hard into the physicality trap but with the heavy play last night, the Sabres might be at a little bit of a disadvantage against a Florida team that has not played since Wednesday.

Buffalo Sabres


Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Tage Thompson - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo

Evan Rodrigues - Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Pominville

Remi Elie - Johan Larsson - Zemgus Girgensons


Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Zach Bogosian- Rasmus Dahlin

Nathan Beaulieu - Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark (projected)

Florida Panthers


Evgenii Dadonov -- Aleksander Barkov -- Mike Hoffman

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Jared McCann -- Frank Vatrano

Dryden Hunt -- Nick Bjugstad -- Troy Brouwer

Micheal Haley -- Juho Lammikko -- Colton Sceviour


Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad

Keith Yandle -- Mark Pysyk

Bogdan Kiselevich -- MacKenzie Weegar

Starting Goaltender: James Reimer (projected)