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Kings and Sabres meet in a weekend matinee

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Los Angeles Kings Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Game #59

Buffalo Sabres (17-30-11) vs. Los Angeles Kings (30-22-5)

Season Series: 1-0 Kings

10/14: Kings 4 | Sabres 2

Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Kings blog: Jewels From the Crown

What to Watch

1. Rebounding

It’ll be interesting to see how the Sabres rebound after their loss in Ottawa on Thursday. They were outplayed throughout the game, but had the opportunity to win until they gave up the tying goal with 30 seconds left. Then losing a minute into overtime. Will they go back to playing well or roll downhill quickly.

2. Scott Wilson

Wilson is a small streak over the last four games. He has four points in the last four contests. Including goals in two straight and three goals in four games.

Know Your Opponent

1. Dion Phaneuf

Phaneuf will play his second game in a Kings sweater tonight. He scored a goal in his debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

2. Skidding

The Kings have lost three straight tonight. This will be the their fifth game of a seven game road trip. After tonight they have a back to back with the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. I’d expect a desperate Kings club tonight in Buffalo.

Projected Lineup

9 Evander Kane - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart

67 Benoit Pouliot - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 21 Kyle Okposo

20 Scott Wilson - 22 Johan Larsson - 29 Jason Pominville

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 10 Jacob Josefson - 17 Jordan Nolan

82 Nathan Beaulieu - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

6 Marco Scandella - 8 Casey Nelson

41 Justin Falk - 93 Victor Antipin

Starting Goaltender: 31 Chad Johnson