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Sabres at Senators preview

Buffalo plays second of back to back; Ottawa seeks second straight win for first time since Feb. 17

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Correspondent

SABRES (21-35-11) at SENATORS (23-32-10)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Ottawa Senators will try to win their second straight game for the first time since Feb. 17 when they play the Buffalo Sabres at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Goalie Craig Anderson is expected to start for the Senators, who are 2-1-0 after a five-game losing streak (0-4-1) but 17 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. 

The Sabres play the second half of a back to back after losing 5-1 to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Buffalo is last in the East, three points behind Ottawa.

 

Players to watch

Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in his past 12 games.

Senators forward Mark Stone has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in a nine-game point streak.

 

They said it

"They got the start they wanted and we didn't have a push back. From top to bottom, it was really ugly. It's disappointing because you think we're going in the right direction… That's just where we're at right now. Consistency." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley after the loss Wednesday

"It's hard obviously with all the travel, with playing almost every second day here in this league, which is definitely different from what I'm used to. It's been fun, it's been a challenge, it's hard at times, but I'm in the place I've always wanted to be and I'm just enjoying being here." -- Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot on making the jump from the QMJHL to the NHL 

 

Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Sam Reinhart

Jordan Nolan -- Jacob Josefson -- Kyle Okposo

Scott Wilson -- Johan Larsson -- Jason Pominville

Seth Griffith -- Benoit Pouliot -- Nicholas Baptiste

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Brendan Guhle -- Casey Nelson

Nathan Beaulieu -- Victor Antipin

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Daniel O'Regan, Josh Gorges, Justin Falk

Injured: Jack Eichel (high-ankle sprain), Kyle Criscuolo (shoulder), Evan Rodrigues (upper body), Jake McCabe (shoulder), Zach Bogosian (hip)

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Mike Hoffman

Bobby Ryan -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Mark Stone

Magnus Paajarvi -- Zack Smith -- Tom Pyatt

Marian Gaborik -- Jim O'Brien -- Alexandre Burrows

Fredrik Claesson -- Erik Karlsson

Ben Harpur -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Thomas Chabot

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Max McCormick, Erik Burgdoerfer

Injured: Chris Wideman (hamstring)

 

Status report

Pyatt will play after missing the game Monday against the Dallas Stars with the flu.

 

Stat pack

The Sabres have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their past 10 games. … Karlsson has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past four games.

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