Sabres at Avalanche preview: Ennis out as Sabres travel to Colorado
Can the Sabres steal two points without their best player on the ice?
Buffalo Sabres (20-46-8) at
Colorado Avalanche (34-28-12)
1. Will the Sabres be able to muster up any semblance of an offense without Tyler Ennis?
The two players that have carried the Sabres to more wins and overtimes over the past two months than anyone else have been Tyler Ennis and Rasmus Ristolainen. With Ennis out (and Tim Schaller back in) will the Sabres have enough ammunition to be any kind of a threat to the Avs?
2. Who will be the sixth defenseman?
After Friday's optional practice, Nolan said that Nikita Zadorov could sit tonight in favor of Tyson Strachan. Zadorov had to wait a loooong time to finally get on the ice in the second period versus the Coyotes, and played less than ten minutes overall.
3. Where will Buffalo stand in the standings at the end of the night?
Edmonton's win last night moved them nine points ahead of the Sabres, while Phoenix plays Pittsburgh at 1pm today. Every Coyotes point and Sabres points lost moves Buffalo closer to 30th, and with eight games to go, we'll be keeping a close eye on the scoreboard tonight.
Projected BUF lines
Moulson - Larsson - Schaller
Foligno - Grigorenko - Gionta
Dalpe - Varone - Hodgson
Deslauriers - Ellis - Kaleta
Weber - Ristolainen
Benoit - Bogosian
Strachan - Meszaros
Goal: Anders Lindback