Buffalo Sabres (10-15-5) vs. New Jersey Devils (10-15-5)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Devils blog: All About the Jersey
Know Your Opponent
New Jersey Devils
Record: 10-15-5 | 25 PTS
Last Game: 3-2 loss against Pittsburgh on Dec. 19
Division Ranking: 7th in Metropolitan Division
PP: 30th (12.9%)
PK: 15th (80.4%)
What to Watch
1. Finally, We’re Back!
After a longer-than-expected break, the Sabres are finally back in action tonight. Head coach Don Granato remains in COVID protocol & won’t be behind the bench, so Matt Ellis will take his place for this evening’s game.
The NHLers already in protocol - Jeff Skinner, Dylan Cozens, Vinnie Hinostroza, Zemgus Girgensons & Mark Jankowski - are unavailable. Jacob Bryson has also been added to the protocol list. Colin Miller is also out tonight with an injury.
With all that said, the Sabres have called up several players from the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Peyton Krebs will make his Buffalo debut; JJ Peterka will make his NHL debut, and Arttu Ruotsalainen is also in the lineup. Ethan Prow joins the team’s taxi squad.
Oh, and finally... finally! We’ll get to see Alex Tuch make his Buffalo debut tonight as well.
2. Looking Back
If you’re like me, it’s been so long since the Sabres played - and so much has happened since - that I’ve literally forgotten the last game. For the record, it was an overtime loss to the Penguins on December 17. Malcolm Subban made 45 saves, including that incredible glove save that somehow kept the puck from crossing the line, but Jeff Carter eventually nabbed the game winner.
If all goes according to plan, tonight’s game will be the first of a back-to-back set for the Sabres, as well as the first of three games in four days. After tonight’s matchup, the Sabres are scheduled to face the Islanders on the road Thursday; however, New York’s scheduled game against the Detroit Red Wings tonight has already been postponed. Buffalo’s then back in action Saturday afternoon in Boston.
JJ Peterka - Tage Thompson - Alex Tuch
Rasmus Asplund - Arttu Ruotsalainen - Victor Olofsson
Brett Murray - Peyton Krebs - Kyle Okposo
Anders Bjork - Cody Eakin - John Hayden
Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju
Mark Pysyk - Casey Fitzgerald
Will Butcher - Ethan Prow
Starting Goalie: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen
New Jersey Devils
Pavel Zacha - Nico Hischier - Yegor Sharangovich
Andreas Johnsson - Mercer - Jesper Bratt
Janne Kuokkanen - Jack Hughes - Marian Studenic
Jimmy Vesey - Michael McLeod - Nathan Bastian
Ryan Graves - Dougie Hamilton
Jonas Siegenthaler - Damon Severson
Ty Smith - P.K. Subban
Starting Goalie: Akira Schmid