Preview: The Champ is here

The Sabres host the Blues tonight in Buffalo

Game 32

Buffalo Sabres (14-11-6) vs. St. Louis Blues (18-7-6)

Puck Drop: 7:30 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY


Radio: WGR 550

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Know Your Opponent

St. Louis Blues

Record: (18-7-6) | 42 PTS

Last 10: 6-3-1

Division Ranking: 1st in Central Division

Conference Ranking: 1st in Western Conference

PP: 7th (22.7%)

PK: 11th (83.1%)

What to Watch

1. Lineup Changes

Ralph Krueger will be mixing up the lineup again tonight. It appears as though Conor Sheary and Marco Scandella will be the healthy scratches. Both Jake McCabe and Casey Mittlestadt will return after sitting on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.

2. Jake Allen

The Sabres get a small break tonight in that they won’t have to face Jordan Binnington. Instead, Jake Allen will be between the pipes for the Sabres. Last year in Buffalo the Sabres picked up a shootout win over Allen and the Blues. Allen has played well as of late going 4-0-2 in his last six starts.

3. Chance at Redemption

Mittelstadt will get a chance to make an impact tonight. After being a healthy scratch on Sunday, he’ll be on a line with Jeff Skinner and Evan Rodrigues if the lines from the morning skate hold up. We’ll see if he can take advantage of the opportunity.

Game Prediction

Projected Lineups

Buffalo Sabres


Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Jimmy Vesey - Marcus Johansson - Rasmus Asplund

Jeff Skinner - Casey Mittelstadt - Evan Rodrigues

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo


Brandon Montour - Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe - Zach Bogosian

Colin Miller - Henri Jokiharju

Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark

St. Louis Blues


David Perron - Ryan O’Reilly - Tyler Bozak

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Jordan Kyrou

Ivan Barbashev - Rob Thomas - Troy Brouwer

Mackenzie MaCeachern - Jacob de La Rose - Austin Poganski


Colton Parayko - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Starting Goaltender: Jake Allen