SABRES (20-18-9) at STARS (19-20-10)
8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Sabres team scope
Goaltender Anders Nilsson will start for the Buffalo Sabres after Robin Lehner won back-to-back games, against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday and the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. "Part of it [is there] would be a couple weeks between starts for Anders if he didn't get this game," coach Dan Bylsma said. "The road trip, parents trip got both Robin and [Nilsson] a chance to start on this trip. And just with the [All-Star] break, how long it would be for both guys in between starts." Forward William Carrier will enter the lineup for Nicolas Deslauriers on the fourth line. The Sabres have won three straight games, all in overtime, including a 5-4 win against Nashville. "We did talk about it a little bit, maybe we want to try and win this one in regulation," Bylsma said. "We'll take this one anyway we can get it, if we have to get it in overtime we'll keep heading there."
Stars team scope
Goaltender Antti Niemi will start for the Dallas Stars after Kari Lehtonen started the past three games. Niemi has been pulled in his past two starts. "A lot of times for goaltenders it's making that big save and feeling good about yourself," coach Lindy Ruff said. "Usually that's it. Get him some quality practice time, some quality practice and reps and focus on the fact for a good stretch of time he played really well at home for us." Forward Jiri Hudler will be a healthy scratch for the third straight game, with the Stars having gone with a bigger lineup, including a fourth line of Curtis McKenzie, Adam Cracknell and Brett Ritchie. "We play a simple game and we play well together," Cracknell said. "[McKenzie and Ritchie] are big and you have to think about them on the ice. I think that's made my job so much easier." The Stars are trying to end a three-game losing streak, but have a two-game point streak after losing to the Washington Capitals in overtime Saturday and the Minnesota Wild in a shootout Tuesday. "We've been trying to get on a run, we might have played two of our best games against Washington and [Minnesota]," Ruff said. "But we've missed too many opportunities on the execution side."
Sabres projected lineup
Tyler Ennis - Ryan O'Reilly - Kyle Okposo
Marcus Foligno - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Evander Kane - Zemgus Girgensons - Brian Gionta
William Carrier - Cal O'Reilly - Matt Moulson
Dmitry Kulikov - Rasmus Ristolainen
Zach Bogosian - Cody Franson
Justin Falk - Taylor Fedun
Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Casey Nelson
Injured: Josh Gorges (hip), Johan Larsson (wrist, elbow), Jake McCabe (shoulder), Cody McCormick (blood clot)
Stars projected lineup
Jamie Benn -- Cody Eakin -- Patrick Eaves
Antoine Roussel -- Jason Spezza -- Tyler Seguin
Lauri Korpikoski -- Devin Shore -- Patrick Sharp
Curtis McKenzie -- Adam Cracknell -- Brett Ritchie
Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg
Patrik Nemeth -- Stephen Johns
Dan Hamhuis -- Jordie Benn
Scratched: Jiri Hudler, Julius Honka
Injured: Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip), Jamie Oleksiak (hand), Johnny Oduya (lower body), Radek Faksa (lower body)
The Stars and Sabres each had an optional morning skate. ... Faksa will miss his second straight game.
Eichel has six points in his past five games, and Franson has four points during a three-game point streak. ... Eaves has three points during a two-game point streak.