Season Series: 1-0 Sabres
12/5: Sabres 4 | Avalanche 2 (recap)
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Avalanche blog: Mile High Hockey
What to Watch
1. No Eichel
While at this point in time we don’t know the exact injury with Jack Eichel. It’s pretty safe to assume he won’t be in the lineup. It’ll be a big hole, but they were able to beat a pretty good Bruins team without him for most of the game last night.
2. Reinhart has turned the corner.
Sam Reinhart has been on fire since the calendar flipped to 2018. He has 14 points in his last 11 games. The 22-year-old forward is looking like the player we expected to see to start the season.
3. Call-up coming?
While the Sabres have not made anything official. John Vogl of the Buffalo News has said he believes Nick Baptiste is on his way to Buffalo from Rochester.
Nothing official yet, but I hear Nick Baptiste is on his way back to the Sabres.— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) February 11, 2018
Know Your Opponent
1. No MacKinnon
While the Sabres will be without Jack Eichel. The Avalanche will be without their top player as well. Nathan MacKinnon is on the shelf as well with a shoulder injury.
2. Five Game Slide
Colorado is on the final game of a three-game road trip. They’re starting to struggle without their star player. They’ve lost four of five games coming into tonight. The Avalanche have scored one goal or less in three of the last five.
Projected Lineup (unconfirmed)
9 Evander Kane - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo
13 Nick Baptiste - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 23 Sam Reinhart
20 Scott Wilson - 22 Johan Larsson - 29 Jason Pominville
67 Benoit Pouliot - 10 Jacob Josefson - 17 Jordan Nolan
6 Marco Scandella - 8 Casey Nelson
82 Nathan Beaulieu - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
41 Justin Falk - 93 Victor Antipin
Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner