Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
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Last game: 2-1 loss vs. Toronto
Division Ranking: 7th in the Atlantic Division
PP: 9th (0.0%)
PK: 10th (66.7%)
What To Watch
1. Welcome Back, Welcome Back
The Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens will face off for the first time January 30, 2020 in tonight’s game. That’s perhaps one of the things I’m most excited for this season, personally: being able to see other teams again, including our friends north of the border. Last season was odd in so many ways, but only playing a small group of teams got kind of boring, right? It’ll be nice to see other teams and other players again, and starting with Montreal is a great way to kick things off.
The Sabres have six new players on this season’s opening-night roster, including Mark Pysyk, who’s returning for his second stint in Buffalo. He’s joined by centers John Hayden and Vinnie Hinostroza; defensemen Will Butcher and Robert Hagg, and goaltender Craig Anderson.
2. Ready for Business
Tonight’s game kicks off a busy half-month for the Sabres; it’s the first of eight games for Buffalo in what remains of October. Five of those games are home - including four consecutive to start - so we’ll see if the team can feed off any energy at KeyBank Center to open the season on a high note.
3. Montreal’s Loss
The Habs opened their season with a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, so they’re heading to Buffalo looking to rebound for their first win of the season. Jonathan Drouin had Montreal’s lone goal, while Jake Allen stopped 28 of 30 shots faced.
For more on the Habs and how they’re looking heading into the season, be sure to check out Ryan Wolfe’s preview from earlier this week.
Jeff Skinner - Casey Mittelstadt - Vinnie Hinostroza
Drake Caggiula - Dylan Cozens - Anders Bjork
Rasmus Asplund - Tage Thompson - Victor Olofsson
Zemgus Girgensons - Cody Eakin - Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju
Jacob Bryson - Colin Miller
Robert Hagg - Mark Pysyk
Starting Goalie: Craig Anderson
These were the lines for Wednesday’s game. Some changes may be expected!
Tyler Toffoli - Nick Suzuki - Cole Caufield
Jonathan Drouin - Christian Dvorak - Josh Anderson
Joel Armia - Jake Evans - Brendan Gallagher
Mathieu Perreault - Cedric Paquette - Artturi Lehkonen
Adam Brooks - Alex Belzile
Brett Kulak - Jeff Petry
Ben Chiaro - David Savard
Alexander Romanov - Chris Wideman
Starting Goalie: Samuel Montembeault