Buffalo Sabres (22-34-11) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (43-19-5)
Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Season Series: 1-0 Golden Knights
10/17: Golden Knights 5, Sabres 4 (OT)
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Golden Knights blog: Knights on Ice
What to Watch
1. Justin Bailey
Bailey was recalled last night from the Rochester Americans. He’ll fill the roster spot vacated by Kyle Okposo who is out with a concussion. This call up may be Bailey’s last chance to make his mark at the NHL level with the Sabres.
2. Lehner or Johnson
Chad Johnson was playing well until he was pulled from the game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Lehner is coming off a good performance in a win against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. We’ll see who Phil Housley decides to put between the pipes tonight.
Know Your Opponent
1. Setting Records
The Golden Knights are arguably the biggest surprise of the NHL season. They’ve broke almost every record in the book for an expansion team. They’re also on their way to a playoff appearance.
2. Wild Bill
William Karlsson is having a breakout season. The former Columbus Blue Jacket has 35 goals and 60 points in 67 games this season. He’s one of the reasons that the Knights find themselves where they are in the standings right now.
Marc-Andre Fleury is another player having a fantastic season. He has 23 wins in 35 starts. The All-Star also has a 2.19 goals against average and a .928 save percentage. His playoff experience will be big for Vegas moving forward.
Projected Lineup (unconfirmed)
67 Benoit Pouliot - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart
20 Scott Wilson - 22 Johan Larsson - 29 Jason Pominville
17 Jordan Nolan - 10 Jacob Josefson - 95 Justin Bailey
28 Zemgus Girgensons - 65 Danny O’Regan - 13 Nick Baptiste
6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
41 Justin Falk - 45 Brendan Guhle
4 Josh Gorges - 8 Casey Nelson
Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner