Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | Key Bank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Wild Blog: Hockey Wilderness
Know Your Opponent
Record: (26-22-4) | 56 points
Last 10: 5-4-1
Division Ranking: 4th in the Central Division
Conference Ranking: 7th in the Western Conference
PP: 10th (21.4%)
PK: 5th (83.5%)
What to Watch
1. Massive Lineup Changes
Phil Housley threw his forward lines and defense pairs into a blender prior to tonight’s game with the Wild. The most significant move was breaking up the top line of Jeff Skinner, Jack Eichel, and Sam Reinhart. Each will be on their own line in an attempt to spread out the scoring.
2. Now or Never
After getting blown out in their first game of a seven-game home stand last Friday by the Chicago Blackhawks, the Sabres need to start stringing wins together now. Thankfully, the Columbus Blue Jackets are doing their best to keep teams like the Sabres in the playoff race. If they can’t pull it together over the next two to three weeks, they’ll find themselves out of the playoff picture.
3. Ullmark or Hutton?
It’ll be interesting to see who gets the crease for the Sabres tonight. Conventional wisdom tells you that Linus Ullmark will be between the pipes. However, Housley could choose to go back to Carter Hutton to see if he can get him playing well again.
Conor Sheary - Jack Eichel - Kyle Okposo
Jeff Skinner - Casey Mittelstadt - Jason Pominville
C.J. Smith - Evan Rodrigues- Sam Reinhart
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson/Vladimir Sobotka - Tage Thompson
Rasmus Dahlin - Rasmus Ristolainen
Lawrence Pilut - Zach Bogosian
Jake McCabe - Marco Scandella
Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark (unconfirmed)
Zach Parise - Mikko Koivu - Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker - Eric Staal - Mikael Granlund
Jordan Greenway - Victor Rask - Marcus Foligno
Kyle Rau - Eric Fehr - Luke Kunin
Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin - Greg Pateryn
Nick Seeler - Brad Hunt
Starting Goaltender: Devan Dubnyk (unconfirmed)