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Preview: Another Struggling Opponent

The Sabres host another struggling opponent tonight as the Flames have lost four straight

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Game #67

Buffalo Sabres (21-34-11) vs. Calgary Flames (32-25-10)

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

Season Series: 1-0 Sabres

1/22: Sabres 2, Flames 1 (OT) (recap)


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Flames blog: Matchsticks and Gasoline

What to Watch

1. Danny O’Regan recalled, but won’t play tonight.

The Sabres recalled forward Danny O’Regan this morning who was the player they received in the Evander Kane trade. Turns out he was invited to get a good view of the game from the press box tonight. He won’t be in the lineup, so I guess this is something you won’t get to watch. He may get an opportunity tomorrow in Ottawa.

2. Reinhart and O’Reilly

The offense has flowed through Sam Reinhart and Ryan O’Reilly since Jack Eichel’s injury. Reinhart has five goals and nine points in the 11 games Eichel has missed. O’Reilly has three goals and 12 points in the same stretch. He also brings a four-game point streak into tonight.

Know Your Opponent

1. Another Struggling Opponent

A lot of the teams the Sabres have hosted in Buffalo recently have been struggling. The Flames are another one. They’ve lost four straight coming into tonight. Scoring more than two goals only once in their four losses.

2. Johnny Hockey

Gaudreau is having another really nice season for the Flames. He has 20 goals and 74 points in 67 games this season. He’s a real special player to watch when you get the opportunity.

3. No Mike Smith

Calgary has been without Mike Smith the last few weeks. He started to practice again yesterday, but won’t play tonight. The Sabres will see either Jon Gillies or David Rittich tonight.

Projected Lineup

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart

20 Scott Wilson - 22 Johan Larsson - 29 Jason Pominville

17 Jordan Nolan - 10 Jacob Josefson - 21 Kyle Okposo

25 Seth Griffith - 67 Benoit Pouliot - 13 Nick Baptiste

6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

45 Brendan Guhle - 8 Casey Nelson

82 Nathan Beaulieu - 93 Victor Antipin

Starting Goaltender: 31 Chad Johnson