Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG-B, NESN
Radio: WGR 550
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1. Sabres Debut for UPL
Tonight will be Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen’s first start with the Buffalo Sabres. According to the Sabres, Rasmus Dahlin said, “We’re going to do everything we can to get his first win.”
Tonight is the final game of the three-game series against the Bruins, the last two games Luukkonen backed up Dustin Tokarski to get an up-close look at the NHL.
Luukkonen will be the fifth player to make a Sabres debut this year. Don Granato said he thinks the team is in a much better position than a few weeks ago, so Luukkonen should see a good amount of help defensively.
With Luukkonen expected to start tonight, the Sabres and the Senators will be the only two teams this season to have five goalies play for them.
"We're going to do everything we can to get his first win."— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) April 23, 2021
The excitement about Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen's debut was evident within the Sabres' locker room this morning: https://t.co/4Y1TwoYyt8 pic.twitter.com/3oltFPLnxJ
2. Powerplay Struggles
Throughout this three-game series against the Bruins, the Sabres are 0-11 on the powerplay. Last night they couldn’t capitalize on their 5 powerplay chances. Don Granato said,
“We had five power plays, I believe,” Granato said. “We allowed ourselves to get frustrated partway through the first one. … And then that carried over to maybe squeezing our sticks tight the rest of the way.”
On the up-side, according to the Sabres PR, “Buffalo has not allowed a power-play goal in four consecutive games against the Bruins.
The Sabres have killed 14 straight Boston power-plays dating back to the third period of their game on March 18.”
3. Fan Appreciation Night
Tonight will be fan appreciation night and season ticket holders, as well as non-season ticket holders, can win some prizes throughout the game. The Sabres wrote on their website,
“Season-ticket holders should also keep checking the team’s social media channels - including the exclusive Season-Ticket Holder Facebook group - throughout the day. Random season-ticket holders will be selected to win autographed jerseys.”
Non-season ticket holders still have opportunities to win prizes. Fill out the “Predict The Sabres” on the Sabres app for chances to win team apparel and other small prizes.
Jeff Skinner - Sam Reinhart - Victor Olofsson
Rasmus Asplund - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson
Anders Bjork - Dylan Cozens - Arttu Ruotsalainen
Tobias Rieder - Riley Sheahan - Drake Caggiula
Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju
Mattias Samuelsson - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jacob Bryson - William Borgen
Starter: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Taylor Hall - David Krejci - Craig Smith
Nick Ritchie - Charlie Coyle - Jake DeBrusk
Sean Kuraly - Curtis Lazar - Chris Wagner
Mat Grzelcyk - Charlie McAvoy
Mike Reilly - Kevan Miller
Jeremy Lauzon - Steve Kampfer