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Preview: Flames vs. Sabres

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

SABRES (11-14-3) at FLAMES (11-14-2)

TV: MSG-B, SN360 (7:00 PM MT)

Season series: The Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames each won at home to split the 2014-15 series. The Sabres defeated Calgary 4-3 on Dec. 11 and the Flames won 4-1 on Jan. 27. Forward Tyler Ennis led the Sabres with four assists. Joe Colborne had two goals and an assist for the Flames.

Sabres team scope: Coach Dan Bylsma reunited rookie Jack Eichel with Evander Kane in practice on Wednesday, according to WGR 550 Radio. The two started the season on the same line, but were recently split up. They had a few shifts in together in the third period of the Sabres' 5-2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and took line rushes alongside Brian Gionta in practice. Jamie McGinn was playing with Eichel, but instead has replaced Kane on a line with Cal O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart. The Sabres continue to be without injured goalie Robin Lehner (ankle), defenceman Mark Pysyk (lower body) and forward Tyler Ennis (upper body). Buffalo has lost the first two of a three-game trip through Western Canada. Veteran forward Matt Moulson has not scored in 16 games.

Flames team scope: Defenceman Kris Russell, who has missed the past two games with a hand injury, did not practice on Wednesday. Defenceman TJ Brodie also was absent for a maintenance day and goalie Jonas Hiller left early because of sickness. The Flames have won the first three games of a five-game homestand for their longest winning streak of the season; they have won their last seven at games at home for their longest streak since winning eight in a row from Feb. 23 to March 27, 2013. Captain Mark Giordano has been one of the catalysts for the Flames, with two goals and five points in his past five games. "His game has definitely come back," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. "He missed a lot of hockey [last season]. There's no timeline to regain your game shape or your form or your confidence."

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