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Preview - Flames vs. Sabres

The Flames kick off a three-game homestand on Tuesday when the Sabres stop by the Scotiabank Saddledome

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

SABRES (1-1-0) VS. FLAMES (0-2-1)

BROADCAST: 7:00 PM MT; Sportsnet Flames (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

SEASON SERIES: This is the first of two meetings between the Flames and Sabres this year. In 2015-16, the two teams split the season series with one win each. Sean Monahan led all skaters in scoring in the 2015-16 campaign series, netting three goals and five points in two games against the Sabres. Defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen led the Sabres in scoring against the Flames with four goals in a pair of games last year. The Flames will make a stop in Buffalo on Nov. 21 to close out the 2016-17 season series.

SABRES' TEAM SCOPE: After dropping their home opener 4-1 to the Montreal Canadiens, the Buffalo Sabres rebounded with a 6-2 victory over the Oilers in Edmonton on Sunday night. Ryan O'Reilly, who leads the Sabres in scoring, posted four points in the win against the Oilers while goaltender Robin Lehner made 31 saves on the 33 shots he faced. The Sabres also received goals from Kyle Okposo, Brian Gionta (2) and Matt Moulson at Rogers Place on Sunday evening. The Sabres will be without forwards Evander Kane (ribs, week-to-week) and Jack Eichel (ankle, indefinite) due to injury. Buffalo recalled forward Nicholas Baptiste in light of Kane's injury and he could make his NHL debut during the Sabres western Canadian road swing.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: Tuesday's game marks the start of a three-game homestand for the Flames and they're hoping to build off positives from Saturday's 2-1 shootout setback to the Vancouver Canucks. After Monday's practice, head coach Glen Gulutzan stated he could ice the same group he did in Vancouver, which would mean former Sabre Chad Johnson would get the start in net and rookie defenceman Brett Kulak would remain in the lineup. Johnson, 30, put together a 22-16-4 record with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage with Buffalo last season. Kulak logged 13:47 of ice time in Vancouver and was a plus-one on the night.

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