COYOTES (6-3-1) at SABRES (9-2-1)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TVAS, MSG-B, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV
The Buffalo Sabres can match their best home start to a season when they play the Arizona Coyotes at KeyBank Center on Monday.
The Sabres are 5-0-0 at home, and a win would equal their record set in 1975-76, when Buffalo started the season 6-0-0 at home.
The Coyotes are 5-1-0 in their past six games, outscoring opponents 24-15. Darcy Kuemper will start in goal; he's 4-1-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in his past five starts.
Players to watch
Coyotes forward Nick Schmaltz has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past eight games and leads Arizona with seven points (three goals, four assists) on the road.
Sabres center Jack Eichel has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past three games and 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in eight career games against the Coyotes.
They said it
"We can't play a loose game. … You have to be diligent and go through people. This team, if you're not going through people and you're not on your guy, that's why they score five, six a night. This team can make you look silly." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet on playing the Sabres
"It's more about keeping the rhythm and the pace in all of the lines and making sure nobody goes to sleep on the bench with too many minutes between shifts. I think it's really important in the game today and the pace of the game today. We're extremely comfortable with [offensive] zone and especially [defensive] zone starts with all four lines right now." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
Coyotes projected lineup
Clayton Keller -- Derek Stepan -- Phil Kessel
Conor Garland -- Christian Dvorak -- Nick Schmaltz
Lawson Crouse -- Carl Soderberg -- Christian Fischer
Michael Grabner -- Barrett Hayton -- Vinnie Hinostroza
Oliver Ekman-Larsson -- Jason Demers
Jakob Chychrun -- Alex Goligoski
Ilya Lyubushkin -- Aaron Ness
Scratched: Kyle Capobianco, Eric Comrie
Injured: Niklas Hjalmarsson (lower body), Jordan Oesterle (upper body), Brad Richardson (upper body)
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Vladimir Sobotka
Evan Rodrigues -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju
John Gilmour -- Colin Miller
Scratched: William Borgen
Injured: Marco Scandella (lower body), Jimmy Vesey (upper body), Brandon Montour (hand), Zach Bogosian (hip)
Richardson is day to day and will miss his second straight game. ... Montour practiced Sunday for the first time since injuring his hand against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sept. 17. He is day to day. Scandella will be out 2-3 weeks and Vesey is week to week.
Grabner is two assists from 100 in the NHL and Stepan is three assists from 300 in the NHL. … Ristolainen is one point from 200 in the NHL.