Buffalo Sabres (25-44-12) vs. Florida Panthers (42-30-8)
Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | BB&T Center | Sunrise, FL
Season Series: 3-0 Panthers
11/10: Panthers 4, Sabres 1 (recap)
2/1: Panthers 4, Sabres 2 (recap)
3/2: Panthers 4, Sabres 1 (recap)
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Panthers blog: Litter Box Cats
What to Watch
1. The Finale
Well, we made it. Here we are, the last game of what has been one of the most difficult in recent history for the Sabres. After a hard fought high scoring game with the Lightning we’ll see what type of effort we see from the Sabres tonight as they can end any hopes the Panthers have at the playoffs with a win.
2. Wilcox or Ullmark?
With Chad Johnson playing last night and having a rough night, it would make sense for Adam Wilcox or Linus Ullmark to start tonight. If Wilcox starts it’ll be his first career NHL game.
Know Your Opponent
1. Panthers fighting for their playoff lives.
The final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs is down to the Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers. Florida needs to win tonight and tomorrow to have a chance to get the last wild card spot as they trail the Flyers by four points. If Philadelphia picks up a point against the Rangers today the Panthers are eliminated. The Flyers and Rangers play at 3 PM, so we’ll know if the game has any meaning by puck drop.
Projected Lineup (unconfirmed)
20 Scott Wilson – 15 Jack Eichel – 21 Kyle Okposo
71 Evan Rodrigues – 37 Casey Mittelstadt – 29 Jason Pominville
92 Alex Nylander – 90 Ryan O’Reilly – 23 Sam Reinhart
17 Jordan Nolan – 22 Johan Larsson – 13 Nick Baptiste
6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
45 Brendan Guhle - 8 Casey Nelson
41 Justin Falk - 82 Nathan Beaulieu
Starting Goaltender: 35 Linus Ullmark or 32 Adam Wilcox