SABRES (22-19-7) at PREDATORS (21-18-7)
8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Jack Eichel will try to extend his point streak to 10 games when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.
The center has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in a nine-game point streak, the longest active streak in the NHL.
The Sabres look to win their fourth consecutive game, which would mark their longest winning streak this season.
The Predators, who have lost two straight, are 3-6-1 in their past 10 games after going 6-2-2 in their previous 10. They're 2-3-0 since hiring John Hynes as coach on Jan. 7.
Players to watch
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past seven games.
Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in his past 15 games.
They said it
"We play very strong now in the third period. When it's like 10 minutes left, we tell ourselves that we don't let them score. That's the mindset we have." -- Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on playing with the lead
"It's definitely something new. In the last five or six years I've been here, maybe except for my first year, we've always been in a playoff spot. I mean, we've had tougher stretches, but I feel like they've been pretty limited, maybe three, four, five games at the most. We've had a little bit more of that this year. … We know every game now is critical and really huge." -- Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm
Sabres projected lineup
Jimmy Vesey -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Marcus Johansson -- Curtis Lazar -- Michael Frolik
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Asplund -- Evan Rodrigues -- Conor Sheary
Brandon Montour -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Lawrence Pilut -- Henri Jokiharju
Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian
Scratched: Jake McCabe, Scott Wilson, Colin Miller
Injured: Victor Olofsson (lower body), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Tage Thompson (shoulder surgery), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body)
Predators projected lineup
Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Craig Smith
Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund
Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Viktor Arvidsson
Austin Watson -- Kyle Turris -- Colin Blackwell
Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber
Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin
Injured: Colton Sissons (lower body), Ryan Ellis (upper body)
There's a chance Skinner, a forward, could return after the all-star break, Sabres coach Ralph Kruger said. … The Predators did not hold a morning skate.
Eichel has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in nine games against Nashville. … Rinne, expected to start, is 6-2-0 with a 1.82 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and three shutouts in eight games against Buffalo.