SABRES (21-20-10) at DEVILS (22-21-10)
7 p.m. ET; MSG +, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Sabres team scope
The Buffalo Sabres are 2-5-1 in their past eight road games and trail the Philadelphia Flyers by seven points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Goaltender Robin Lehner, who made 37 saves in a 4-0 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, will start. He is 1-4-1 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in six games against the New Jersey Devils. Center Ryan O'Reilly has three goals and 10 assists in 14 games since returning from an appendectomy. The Sabres are 16-3-1 (.825) when center Jack Eichel scores at least two points, including 8-0-0 this season. Buffalo did not conduct a morning skate Monday.
Devils team scope
The Devils are five points out of the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference and will try to end a seven-game losing streak at Prudential Center (0-5-2), where they play eight of their final nine games this month. New Jersey hasn't won consecutive games since a 2-1 overtime victory at the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 15. "We play 82 games and we'll have some big wins against good teams but we need to come out and be just as good the next night," defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. "We haven't done that quite as consistently as we need to and it's something that we're trying to learn how to do." Goalie Cory Schneider is expected to start. Schneider is 6-3-2 with a 1.61 GAA and .931 save percentage in 11 games against the Sabres. Left wing Taylor Hall had his third two-goal effort of the season and a season-high eight shots on goal in a 5-1 win at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Devils will take their mandated five days off after playing the Sabres before resuming play against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.
Sabres projected lineup
Matt Moulson -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo
Marcus Foligno -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Evander Kane -- Zemgus Girgensons -- Brian Gionta
Tyler Ennis -- Nicolas Deslauriers -- Justin Bailey
Dmitry Kulikov -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe -- Cody Franson
Josh Gorges -- Justin Falk
Scratched: Taylor Fedun
Injured: William Carrier (knee), Zach Bogosian (rib), Johan Larsson (wrist)
Devils projected lineup
Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri
Miles Wood -- Adam Henrique -- Michael Cammalleri
Pavel Zacha -- Jacob Josefson -- Stefan Noesen
Joseph Blandisi -- Sergey Kalinin -- PA Parenteau
Andy Greene -- Ben Lovejoy
Karl Stollery -- Steven Santini
Seth Helgeson -- Damon Severson
Scratched: Devante Smith-Pelly
Injured: Jon Merrill (upper body), Beau Bennett (lower body), John Moore (concussion), Kyle Quincey (upper body)
Bogosian did not travel to New Jersey and remains day to day. ... The Sabres signed Falk to a one-year, $650,000 contract. ... Buffalo claimed forward Derek Grant off waivers from the Nashville Predators and assigned him to Rochester of the American Hockey League. … Carrier remains out with a knee injury. "It's a wear-and-tear injury for [Carrier]," Bylsma told the Buffalo News. "Probably bone bruise would be the best description of what he's dealing with in his knee."... Quincey is day to day. Stollery was recalled from Albany of the AHL.
Kane has two goals and seven points in his past six games. ... Hall has two goals and two assists in a three-game point streak. … Henrique has three goals and six points during a four-game point streak. … Palmieri has three goals and four point in a three-game point streak.