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Sabres vs. Kings preview: Sabres hope comforts of home lead to points

Game #30

Buffalo Sabres (11-15-3) vs.
Los Angeles Kings (19-8-1)

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG, Bell, FS-W | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Kings Blog: Jewels From The Crown

Two Questions

1. How will the new lines fare?

For the first time in a while, Dan Bylsma has made significant changes to his second and third lines, putting Matt Moulson with Jack Eichel, moving Brian Gionta down, and switching Zemgus Girgensons to the wing. Will new lines mean better results for the Sabres?

2. Which former Sabre will have the biggest impact on the game?

Half of the Los Angeles defense has traded blue and gold for black and purple, with Christian Ehrhoff, Jamie McBain, and Brayden McNabb on the back end. Jhonas Enroth could get the start against the team he played so well for last season. Which of them will have the biggest impact on the game?

Projected BUF lines

McGinn – R. O’Reilly – Reinhart

Moulson – Eichel – Kane

Gionta – Larsson – Girgensons

Foligno – Legwand – Deslauriers

Gorges – Ristolainen

McCabe – Bogosian
Weber – Franson

Projected LAK lines

Pearson – Kopitar – Gaborik
Lucic – Carter – Toffoli
Mersch – Shore – Brown

Andreoff – Weal – Nolan
McNabb – Doughty
Muzzin – Martinez
Ehrhoff – McBain
Goal: Jhonas Enroth