Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Season Series: 1-0 Sabres
11/2: Sabres 5, Coyotes 4 (recap)
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Coyotes blog: Five for Howling
What to Watch
1. Bailey’s Opportunity
Justin Bailey is getting a really good opportunity to showcase what he can do in a top-six role tonight. He’ll skate with Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo. He’s played well in his most recent call-up and continuing that tonight will go a long way for his future in Buffalo.
2. Chad Johnson
Johnson will be back between the pipes tonight for the Sabres. Linus Ullmark will serve as the backup with Robin Lehner still out. Lehner did participate in the morning skate today.
3. Can Reinhart hit 50?
Sam Reinhart has continued his ridiculous second half of the season. He’s up to 42 points, only eight shy of 50 with 10 games remaining. His current season pace puts him at 48 points right now.
Know Your Opponent
1. Dylan Strome
The Coyotes recalled the third overall pick from the 2015 draft yesterday. Strome was the player selected by Arizona after Eichel. He’s played 18 NHL games registering one goal and one assist. We’ll see if he’s in the lineup tonight.
2. Clayton Keller
Speaking of young players, the Yotes have themselves a stud in Keller. He was the player drafted before Alex Nylander in the 2016 draft. The 19-year-old is having a great rookie season with 20 goals and 53 points in 72 games. He’s certainly in the conversation for the Calder Trophy.
3. Turning it Around
After a really bad first half of the season, the Coyotes have started to turn things around. They come into tonight 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. They have a lot of young talent on the roster in Keller, Christian Dvorak, Max Domi and Jakob Chychrun.
20 Scott Wilson - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart
95 Justin Bailey - 15 Jack Eichel - 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Jordan Nolan - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 13 Nick Baptiste
67 Benoit Pouliot - 22 Johan Larsson - 29 Jason Pominville
6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
45 Brendan Guhle - 41 Justin Falk
82 Nathan Beaulieu - 8 Casey Nelson
Starting Goaltender: 31 Chad Johnson