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Buffalo aims to finish road trip on high note; Nashville without injured forward Forsberg

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

SABRES (17-7-3) AT PREDATORS (18-8-1)



The Game

The Buffalo Sabres will attempt to finish a three-game road trip with a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.

Buffalo is 0-1-1 on the trip after winning its previous 10 games. Forward Jeff Skinner has scored 11 goals in his past 12 games.

The Predators will be without forward Filip Forsberg for the next 4-6 weeks because of an upper-body injury. Kevin Fiala was on the top line alongside Ryan Johansen and Ryan Hartman in a 5-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday in Forsberg's absence.


Players to watch

Sabres forward Jack Eichel has four assists in his past two games and 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in his past nine games.

Fiala has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"We have different guys that contribute. We have, obviously, our stars that are getting the job done but at the same time, we have other guys chipping in. I think that's what makes us dangerous, just our all-out effort. Everybody believes in each other now, and that's a big thing." -- Sabres goalie Carter Hutton

"They're determined, and they're playing with a little chip on their shoulder and a lot of confidence. So for us I think it's a lot of what we did the other night. We had a good bounce back game, obviously, and I think it's picking up where we left off and even being a little bit better. I think we're going to have to be." -- Nashville defenseman Matt Irwin


Sabres projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Tage Thompson -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Kyle Okposo

Conor Sheary -- Evan Rodrigues -- Vladimir Sobotka

Patrik Berglund -- Johan Larsson -- Zemgus Girgensons

Lawrence Pilut -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian

Nathan Beaulieu -- Casey Nelson

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Remi Elie, Matt Tennyson, Matt Hunwick

Injured: Jason Pominville (upper body), Scott Wilson (ankle), Jake McCabe (upper body), Marco Scandella (vertigo)


Predators projected lineup

Kevin Fiala -- Ryan Johansen -- Ryan Hartman

Eeli Tolvanen -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Craig Smith

Miikka Salomaki -- Colton Sissons -- Austin Watson

Frederick Gaudreau -- Nick Bonino -- Rocco Grimaldi

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Dan Hamhuis -- Mattias Ekholm

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Anthony Bitetto

Injured: Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb), P.K. Subban (upper body), Kyle Turris (undisclosed), Filip Forsberg (upper body)


Status report

Sabres coach Phil Housley said Sheary is a game-time decision. … The Predators reassigned forward Anthony Richard to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

Hutton is 7-1-0 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in his past eight starts. … Rinne is 8-3-1 with a 1.76 GAA and .936 save percentage in his past 13 games.

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