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San Jose forward Kane plays Buffalo for first time since trade last season

by Eric Gilmore / Correspondent

SABRES (3-3-0) at SHARKS (2-3-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG-B, NHL.TV


The Game

Evander Kane will face his former team for the first time when the San Jose Sharks host the Buffalo Sabres at SAP Center on Thursday.

Kane, who was acquired by San Jose on Feb. 26, had 118 points (68 goals, 50 assists) in 196 games for Buffalo, leads the Sharks in goals (four) and is tied in points (five).

Buffalo has been outscored 10-5 in its past three games, going 1-2-0 in that span.
Players to watch

Sabres center Jack Eichel has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.

Sharks forward Timo Meier has a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist).


They said it

"He's a skilled 'D', but he can play in the D-zone, too. He's having every tool to be the best defenseman in the world." -- Sabres rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on why Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson was his favorite player growing up

"It's fun to play against guys you played with for a long time. There's been a lot of turnover since I've been in Buffalo. Probably only know half the team, but nevertheless it's so fun, and you always want to play well." -- Evander Kane on playing the Sabres for the first time since he was traded to the Sharks


Sabres projected lineup

Conor Sheary -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Kyle Okposo

Remi Elie -- Vladimir Sobotka -- -- Tage Thompson

Zemgus Girgensons -- Evan Rodrigues -- Jason Pominville

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Dahlin

Nathan Beaulieu -- Zach Bogosian

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Patrik Berglund, Casey Nelson, Johan Larsson

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

Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Kevin Labanc

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Timo Meier

Marcus Sorensen -- Antti Suomela -- Joonas Donskoi

Barclay Goodrow -- Rourke Chartier -- Melker Karlsson

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Joakim Ryan -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Dylan Gambrell, Radim Simek, Tim Heed

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee)


Status report

Labanc skated and will be in the lineup after missing practice Tuesday and Wednesday with an illness. ... Thornton skated with the team for the third straight game but will miss his fifth straight game. ... Hertl has an undisclosed minor injury and did not skate but will play. ... Elie will play left wing with Sobatka moving to center. ... Berglund, who has one goal in six games, will be scratched for the first time this season. ... Elie will replace him in the lineup. ... Hutton will make his sixth start of the season.


Stat pack

Pominville is three points away from 700 in the NHL. ... Vlasic will play in his 900th NHL game, all with the Sharks. Only Patrick Marleau (1,493) and Thornton (963) have played more games with San Jose.

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