Buffalo Sabres (8-23-6) vs. New Jersey Devils (13-17-6)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | Prudential Center | Newark, NJ
Radio: WGR 550
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New Jersey Devils
Record: (13-17-6) | 32 PTS
Division Ranking: 7th in East Division
PP: 28th (12.4%)
PK: 30th (73.1%)
1. Battle of the Basement Dwellers
Buffalo and New Jersey are in a position that no two teams want to be in - at the bottom of the division.
The Devils are second-worst, while the Sabres currently bring up the tail end of the division.
Oddly enough though? Three of Buffalo’s eight wins this season have come against the Devils.
Can Buffalo make it four of nine tonight?
2. Hall Scratched
With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, official word has recently come across that forward - and pending unrestricted free agent -Taylor Hall will NOT play tonight against the New Jersey Devils.
While there is not a trade actively being worked on, this is more a preservation of assets. Ensure the top trade piece that your team has available stays healthy before shipping him out of town.
3. Forward Momentum
The Buffalo Sabres have looked like a much different team under interim head coach Don Granato.
We have seen a record losing streak snapped and a group of guys that has looked like they are incredibly inspired to be better.
While the wins might not always come with those developments, these games feel like they are baby steps toward the greater picture. Will young players continue to learn and develop? Will players like Rasmus Dahlin find their way once more?
These reasons, and more, are why we still watch. Continue to look for that forward momentum tonight in Newark.
TBA - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson
Victor Olofsson - Sam Reinhart - Kyle Okposo
Jeff Skinner - Riley Sheahan - Rasmus Asplund
Tobias Rieder - Cody Eakin - Steven Fogarty
Jacob Bryson - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju
Colin Miller - Brandon Montour
Starter: Linus Ullmark
New Jersey Devils
Janne Kuokkanen - Jack Hughes - Yegor Sharangovich
Andreas Johnsson - Travis Zajac - Nick Merkley
Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Jesper Bratt
Mikhail Maltsev - Michael McLeod - Jesper Boqvist
Dmitry Kulikov - P.K. Subban
Ryan Murray - Damon Severson
Ty Smith - Sami Vatanen
Starter: Mackenzie Blackwood