Sabres vs. Blackhawks preview: Conacher debuts as Buffalo faces Chicago

Pat Kane and Jonathan Toews take on Cody Hodgson and Drew Stafford in a battle of totally equally talented forward groups.

Game #64

Buffalo Sabres (19-36-8) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (37-13-14)

Puck Drop - 7:30pm EST
- NBCSN, TSN2 | Radio - WGR 550-AM
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- Second City Hockey

Three Questions

1. Will Jhonas Enroth keep his strong play going versus the league's top offense?
The Sabres will need Enroth to be on his A game tonight as the Sabres face the #1 offense in the NHL.

2. How will Conacher look in his Sabres debut?
The Sabres got him for free, so there's no reason (especially on this team) not to give him every opportunity to succeed. He'll play on the top line tonight and should also see power play time.

3. Can Buffalo's defense get more involved in their offense?
When Christian Ehrhoff and Tyler Myers are leading rushes, pinching, and firing shots through from the point, the Sabres offense is much more potent than not. With so little punch on their forward lines, the Sabers need everyone to contribute in order to have a chance tonight.

Projected BUF Lines

Conacher - Ennis - Stafford
Foligno - Hodgson - Deslauriers
Flynn - Leino - D'Agostini
Scott - Konopka - Ellis

Ehrhoff Ruhwedel
Weber - Myers
Tallinder - McBain

Goal: Jhonas Enroth

Scratches/Injuries: Girgensons, Stewart, Sulzer, Mitchell