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Buffalo forward Pominville to play in 1,000th NHL game; Ottawa looks to avoid fifth straight loss

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Correspondent

SABRES (6-4-2) at SENATORS (4-5-2)

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

 

The Game

Jason Pominville will play in his 1,000th NHL game when the Buffalo Sabres visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Selected in the second round (No. 55) by Buffalo in the 2001 NHL Draft, the 35-year-old forward has 706 points (282 goals, 424 assists) in 15 seasons with the Sabres and Minnesota Wild.

Pominville enters Thursday with nine points (four goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak.

Goalie Carter Hutton will start for the Sabres, who will look to end a two-game losing streak (0-0-2).

The Senators will try to end a four-game losing streak (0-3-1); they have been outscored 19-8 in their past four games following a three-game winning streak.

 

Players to watch

Sabres forward Jeff Skinner has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past six games.

Senators center Matt Duchene has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past seven games.

 

They said it

"It's a tremendous accomplishment to play 1,000 games in this league. The way Jason did it, going through the minors and earning his way up and scraping and clawing and appreciating what it takes to play in this game. But his approach, I think he lived off those experiences, which helped him. But the longevity of everything, that's just taking care of yourself, having a passion for the game, coming to work every day, enjoying what you're doing and you can have a long career." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley on forward Jason Pominville

"We're giving up a lot. I think if you look at chances we're giving up, it's 40, 50 shots and high-end chances. We're not generating any turnovers, we're not forechecking fast, we're not executing anything fast and I think that's been a lot of the problem." -- Senators forward Mark Stone

 

Sabres projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Conor Sheary -- Vladimir Sobotka -- Kyle Okposo

Remi Elie -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Sam Reinhart

Patrik Berglund -- Johan Larsson -- Zemgus Girgensons

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella -- Zach Bogosian

Rasmus Dahlin -- Casey Nelson

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Evan Rodrigues, Tage Thompson, Nathan Beaulieu

Injured: Scott Wilson (ankle), Sean Malone (knee), Matt Hunwick (neck)

 

Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Mark Stone

Alex Formenton -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan

Nick Paul -- Colin White -- Mikkel Boedker

Max McCormick -- Tom Pyatt -- Magnus Paajarvi

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Maxime Lajoie -- Cody Ceci

Chris Wideman -- Christian Jaros

Craig Anderson

Mike McKenna

Scratched: Erik Burgdoerfer

Injured: Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Achilles), Brady Tkachuk (leg), Ben Harpur (undisclosed)

Suspended: Mark Borowiecki

 

Status report

McCabe will play after missing one game with an upper-body injury. Elie will play for the first time since Oct. 18. … Borowiecki is serving the second game of a three-game suspension for his hit to the head against Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin on Sunday. … The Senators recalled Paul, Burgdoerfer and McKenna from Belleville of the American Hockey League.

 

Stat pack

Dzingel will play in his 200th NHL game. … Stone is one goal shy of 100 in the NHL.

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