Buffalo Sabres Look to Bounce Back Against Montreal
Canadiens come to town for first of four meetings
Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (1-0-1)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Canadiens blog: Habs Eyes on the Prize
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Record: (1-0-1) | 3 points
Last 10: 1-0-1
Division Ranking: 5th in Atlantic Division
Conference Ranking: 8th in Eastern Conference
PP: tied-4th (33.3%)
PK: 16th (75.0%)
What to Watch
Sheary Week-to-Week & Injury Updates
Forward Conor Sheary has been downgraded and is now week-to-week with an upper body injury. This likely means that Evan Rodrigues will slot into the lineup tonight, and the Sabres will recall a forward from Rochester (perhaps Tage Thompson or Curtis Lazar) ahead of their upcoming Western road trip.
Elsewhere, Brandon Montour is still expected to miss about three weeks with a hand injury, while Zach Bogosian and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen remain out indefinitely.
Tonight’s game opens a three-game homestand for the Sabres. Following this evening’s game, the Florida Panthers come to town on Friday night, followed by the Dallas Stars on October 14. The homestand leads into a three-game road trip as the Sabres visit Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose.
Every Point Matters!
The Sabres have garnered at least a point in all three games so far, though they were admittedly quite lucky to steal a point Monday night in Columbus. Tonight’s game against a division rival is a big one, and the Sabres need to perform better than they did on Monday if they hope to skate off with one - or ideally, two - points.
Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner - Marcus Johansson - Vladimir Sobotka
Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Evan Rodrigues
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju
Starting Goaltender (projected): Carter Hutton
Tomas Tatar - Phillip Danault - Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen - Maxi Domi - Nicholas Suzuki
Jonathan Drouin - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Joel Armia
Paul Byron - Nate Thompson - Jordan Weal
Victor Mete - Shea Weber
Ben Chiarot - Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak - Cale Fleury
Mike Reilly - Christian Folin
Starting Goaltender (projected): Keith Kinkaid