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Preview: Canucks host Sabres in last game before All Star break

Buffalo looks to add another two points on road trip

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Game 48

Buffalo Sabres (24-17-6) vs. Vancouver Canucks (21-21-6)

Puck Drop: 10:00 PM | Rogers Arena | Vancouver, Canada


Radio: WGR 550

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Know Your Opponent

Vancouver Canucks

Record: (21-21-6) | 48 points

Last 10: 4-4-2

Division Ranking: 5th in the Pacific Division

Conference Ranking: 10th in the Western Conference

PP: 21st (17.3 %)

PK: 22nd (78.3 %)

What to Watch

  1. Possible Jeff Skinner absence

Skinner was noticeably absent from yesterday’s practice and coach Phil Housley offered the reason pertaining to maintenance. The last time fans heard that, Jack Eichel was out for several games with an upper-body injury. Skinner’s absence would be a tough pill to swallow as the Sabres continue to fight for a playoff spot and only recently ended their three-game losing streak with the overtime win against Calgary.

2. Rasmus Dahlin hot streak

Dahlin, having a great rookie year, is currently looking to beat the point streak record for rookie defensemen. He is currently tied with Phil Housley and Bobby Orr with his five-point run as an 18-year-old and will be looking to change history tonight to make it a record-breaking six consecutive points.

3. Elias Pettersson not quite ready to return

Vancouver’s top center, rookie Elias Pettersson, has been out of the lineup since January 3rd with a knee injury and his coach does not anticipate him returning for the match-up against the Sabres. Pettersson is in competition with Dahlin for this year’s Calder Trophy and currently leads his team with 22 goals and 42 points.

Buffalo Sabres


Remi Elie - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo

Conor Sheary - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson

Vladimir Sobotka - Evan Rodrigues - Jason Pominville


Lawrence Pilut - Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin - Zach Bogosian

Marco Scandella - Jake McCabe

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark

Vancouver Canucks


Sven Bartschi - Bo Horvat - Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel - Brandon Sutter - Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller - Markus Granlund - Josh Leivo

Loui Eriksson - Jay Beagle - Tyler Motte


Alexander Edler - Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton - Troy Stecher

Derrick Pouliot - Erik Gudbranson

Starting Goaltender: Thatcher Demko