Preview: Sabres look to avoid the season series sweep by the Capitals

Sabres and Capitals meet for the final time today in Buffalo

Game 61

Buffalo Sabres (28-24-8) vs Washington Capitals (34-20-7)

Puck Drop: 1:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Capitals Blog: Japers Rink

Know Your Opponent

Washington Capitals

Record: (34-20-7) | 75 PTS

Last 10: 6-3-1

Division Ranking: 2nd in the Metro Division

Conference Ranking: 5th in the Eastern Conference

PP: 11th (21.8%)

PK: 22nd (78.6%)

What to Watch

1. Roster Moves

The Sabres made some roster moves last night and may have a few new players in their lineup tonight. Both Scott Wilson and Danny O’Regan were recalled from the Amerks. We’ll see if both are in the lineup today and who they’ll play with in warmups.

2. New Faces

Speaking of roster moves, the Washington Capitals made a few changes of their own over the last few days. They acquired forward Carl Hagelin and defenseman Nick Jensen, both are expected to make their Capitals debuts today.

3. Avoid the Sweep

The Sabres will be looking to avoid the season series sweep by the Capitals today. They’ve lost their previous two meetings in D.C. earlier in the season in close one-goal games. This will be the last meeting between the two clubs this season.

Buffalo Sabres


Game-time decision


Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin - Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu - Matt Hunwick

Starting goaltender: Carter Hutton (unconfirmed)

Washington Capitals


Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana - Nick Backstrom - T.J. Oshie

Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - Brett Connolly

Carl Hagelin - Nic Dowd - Chandler Stephenson


Michal Kempny - John Carlson

Dmitri Orlov - Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik - Nick Jensen

Starting Goaltender: Brayden Holtby (unconfirmed)