Do You Know the Way to San Jose?
Sabres finish time in California with a trip to the Sharks.
Buffalo Sabres (5–2–1) vs. San Jose Sharks (5-3-0)
Puck Drop: 10:30 PM | SAP Arena
TV: ESPN+ and Hulu
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Sharks Blog: Fear the Fin
Know Your Opponent
San Jose Sharks
Last Game: 2-1 OT win over Winnipeg
Division Ranking: 3rd in the Pacific Division
PP: 22.2% (14th)
PK: 83.3% (15th)
What to Watch
1. Missing Pieces on Both Sides
Both teams are missing a few players for tonight’s game. For Buffalo, Victor Olofsson suffered a soft tissue injury in practice earlier this week. Casey Mittelstadt remains out with an upper-body injury, and of course, Henri Jokiharju still suffers from a lower-body injury.
The Sharks, meanwhile, have several players in COVID-19 protocol: Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Erik Karlsson, Jacob Middleton, Matt Nieto, Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Additionally, Nikolai Knyzhov (upper body) and Jeffrey Viel (finger) are also out.
2. Two Years Later...
This is the first meeting between the Sabres and Sharks since October 22, 2019. Only five Sabres players who took part in that game are slated to be in tonight’s lineup. Five!
3. Starting Off on the Right Foot
After the Sabres started off the season on a good footing, they’ve now lost the last two games heading into the month of November. Tonight’s game kicks off an incredibly busy month for Buffalo, with 14 games in 28 days.
Jeff Skinner - Dylan Cozens - Vinnie Hinostroza
Rasmus Asplund - Tage Thompson - Drake Caggiula
Zemgus Girgensons - Cody Eakin - Kyle Okposo
Anders Bjork - Arttu Ruotsalainen - John Hayden
Rasmus Dahlin - Will Butcher
Jacob Bryson - Colin Miller
Robert Hagg - Mark Pysyk
Starting Goaltender: Craig Anderson
San Jose Sharks
William Eklund - Logan Couture - Jonathan Dahlen
Alexander Barabaranov - TomasHertl - Rudolfs Balcers
Andrew Cogliano - Nick Bonino - John Leonard
Lane Pederson - Jasper Weatherby - Nick Merkley
Mario Ferraro - Brent Burns
Nicolas Meloche - Santeri Hatakka
Jacob Megna - Ryan Merkley
Starting Goaltender: James Reimer