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Sabres wrap up their two-game road trip today in Denver

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Game 68

Buffalo Sabres (30-28-9) vs Colorado Avalanche (29-27-12)

Puck Drop: 3:00 PM EST | Pepsi Center | Denver, CO

TV: MSG-B

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Avalanche Blog: Mile High Hockey

Know Your Opponent

Colorado Avalanche

Record: (29-27-12) | 70 PTS

Last 10: 6-3-1

Division Ranking: 6th in Central Division

Conference Ranking: 7th in Western Conference

PP: 7th (22.5%)

PK: 28th (77.2%)

What to Watch

1. Mittelstadt to the wing

It looks like Casey Mittelstadt will play be playing left wing today for the Sabres. He practiced on a line yesterday with Johan Larsson and Jason Pominville. We’ll see if Phil Housley goes through it and how it works out.

2. Landeskog Out

The Avs will be without one of their key players today. Gabriel Landeskog is out four to six weeks with an upper-body injury after colliding with Ben Bishop of the Dallas Stars the other night.

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary - Evan Rodrigues - Kyle Okposo

Casey Mittelstadt - Johan Larsson - Jason Pominville

Zemgus Girgensons - Vladimir Sobotka - Scott Wilson

Defense

Rasmus Dahlin - Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella - Casey Nelson

Zach Bogosian - Brandon Montour

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark (unconfirmed)

Colorado Avalanche

Forwards

Derick Brassard - Nathan MacKinnon - JT Compher

Colin Wilson - Carl Soderberg - Mikko Rantanen

Alex Kerfoot - Tyson Jost - Matt Calvert

Gabriel Bourque - Sheldon Dries - Sven Andrighetto

Defense

Samuel Girard - Erik Johnson

Ian Cole - Tyson Barrie

Patrik Nemeth - Ryan Graves

Starting Goaltender: Semyon Varlamov