Sabres vs. Senators Preview: Post-Pominville Era Begins Against Conacher, Senators

The Sabres first game since trading away Jason Pominville sees them facing the Ottawa Senators.

The Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators will face off tonight, and each team has a big change in their lineup after the trade deadline. The Sabres traded away long-time winger and current captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota, and the Senators brought in Canisius College's own Cory Conacher from Tampa Bay. Conacher brings some much needed offense to an injury-riddled Senators squad, while at this point in the season, the Sabres are basically just riding out the last stretch of games.

Game #38

Buffalo Sabres (13-17-6) vs. Ottawa Senators (19-11-6)

Puck Drop - 7:00pm - First Niagara Center - Buffalo, NY
TV - MSG | Radio - WGR 550-AM
SBNation Senators Blog - Silver Seven (Please play nice if you're going to visit.)

Game Notes

The Sabres will be without the services of both Thomas Vanek and Ville Leino, and that means Big John Scott returns to the lineup. At this morning's practice, Nathan Gerbe was skating up on the top line with Cody Hodgson and newly appointed assistant captain Steve Ott, thus signaling that Ron Rolston is totally on board with this whole tanking thing.

Projected Buffalo Lines

Ott - Hodgson - Gerbe
Stafford - Ennis - Foligno
Flynn - Porter - Adam
Scott - Hecht - Kaleta

Ehrhoff - Myers
Weber - Sekera
Pysyk - Pardy

Goal: Ryan Miller

Scratches/Injuries: Vanek, Leino, Sulzer