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Buffalo hosts Ottawa in opening game of weekend back-to-back

Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

Game 19

Buffalo Sabres (9-6-3) vs. Ottawa Senators (8-10-1)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Senators Blog: Silver Seven Sens

Know Your Opponent

Ottawa Senators

Record: (8-10-1) | 17 points

Last 10: 6-4-0

Division Ranking: 7th in Atlantic Division

Conference Ranking: 14th in Eastern Conference

PP: 31st (7.7%)

PK: 15th (81.6%)

What to Watch

1. Please Don’t Give Up A Power Play Goal

Look at the stat line above. The Senators have the league-worst power play, capitalizing on only 7.7 percent of their chances with the man advantage. This should mean the Sabres don’t have much trouble killing off penalties tonight, but with the way things have been going.... just please, Sabres. Don’t give up a power-play goal to the team that’s the worst in the league at this.

2. In Search of a Win

The Sabres managed to stretch the Hurricanes to overtime earlier in the week, but they’re still in desperate need of an actual victory. Buffalo is 3-5-2 in its last ten games and has yet to win in the month of November.

3. A Busy Schedule

Tonight’s game kicks off a very busy two weeks for the Sabres. Following this evening, they’re right back at it tomorrow night in Chicago. Other upcoming opponents include Minnesota and Boston.

The last week of the month, the Sabres face a very challenging schedule: five games in seven nights, including a home-and-home with the Maple Leafs.

Game Prediction

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner - Evan Rodrigues - Conor Sheary

Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Curtis Lazar

Zemgus Girgensons - Rasmus Asplund - Kyle Okposo

Defense

Rasmus Dahlin - Brandon Montour

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark

Ottawa Senators (no morning skate)

Forwards

Brady Tkachuk - Logan Brown - Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov - Colin White - Tyler Ennis

Filip Chlapik - Chris Tierney - Bobby Ryan

Defense

Thomas Chabot - Nikita Zaitsev

Mark Borowiecki - Dylan Demelo

Erik Brannstrom - Ron Hainsey

Starting Goaltender: Craig Anderson