Preview: Sabres jet to Jersey for final time this season
Buffalo looking to grab third win in month of March.
Buffalo Sabres (31-34-9) vs. New Jersey Devils (28-39-9)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | Prudential Center | Newark, NJ
TV: MSG-B, MSG+
Radio: WGR 550
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Know Your Opponent
New Jersey Devils
Last 10: 3-6-1
Division Ranking: 8th in the Metropolitan Division
Conference Ranking: 14th in the Eastern Conference
PP: 21st (17%)
PK: 3rd (84.4%)
What to Watch
1. Jack Eichel’s career high continues
It goes without saying, but captain Jack is having a great season - despite the team’s struggles to improve year to year. Eichel is just shy one goal of 100 in his NHL career and tonight could be that special night.
2. Lawrence Pilut called up
Pilut has been called back up to the Sabres’ roster from Rochester as of Sunday, but it is unclear who he will be paired up with on defense. Head Coach Phil Housley had forward Casey Mittelstadt paired up with Rasmus Ristolainen during Sunday’s practice while Zach Bogosian took a rest day. In other words? Anything is possible, ladies and gentlemen.
3. Looking for a win...or not?
With Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Montreal, Buffalo has officially been knocked out of the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. With only four other teams in the NHL with less points this season, fans are probably scratching their heads asking, ‘what 10-game win streak?’ While this is not something to watch, per se, fans may want to keep the NHL Draft Lottery in mind during tonight’s game - which will take place in a few short weeks on April 9th in Toronto. Tank 2.0?
Conor Sheary - Jack Eichel - Alex Nylander
Jeff Skinner - Evan Rodrigues - Sam Reinhart
Tage Thompson - Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Pominville
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Zach Bogosian - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Brandon Montour
Marco Scandella - Casey Nelson
Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton (expected)
New Jersey Devils
Kenny Agostino - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri
Blake Coleman - Travis Zajac - Stefan Noesen
Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Drew Stafford
John Quenneville - Kevin Rooney - Michael McLeod
Mirco Mueller - Sami Vatanen
Andy Greene - Damon Severson
Steven Santini - Connor Carrick
Starting Goaltender: Cory Schneider (expected)