SABRES (6-1-1) at SHARKS (3-4-0)
10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, MSG-B, NHL.TV
The San Jose Sharks will try for their fourth straight win when they host the Buffalo Sabres at SAP Center on Saturday.
The Sharks have outscored their opponents 13-7 during their three-game winning streak, following losing their first four games of the season (0-4-0) in which they were outscored 17-5.
Goalie Linus Ullmark (1-1-1, 3.24 goals-against average, .915 save percentage) will start for the Sabres.
This is the first game of a home-and-home set; the Sabres will host the Sharks on Tuesday.
Players to watch
Sabres center Jack Eichel leads the team with four goals, six assists and 10 points including three multi-point games.
Sharks center Logan Couture has a goal and five assists in a five-game point streak including an assist in four straight games.
They said it
"It's fun to have a back to back like this, and it also evens the playing field in terms of travel, which is a good thing. We have a lot of respect for the history, and the last decade, of this club how they've been competing at the top of the League. … It will be a lot of fun to challenge the experience and the youth of this group and look them eye to eye for two games in a row." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
"They've got a lot of skill. When you look at their lineup, and they've got (Kyle) Okposo on the fourth line, that's a deep team. I think they're feeling good about it and we've got to find a way to slow them down." -- Sharks coach Peter DeBoer on the Sabres
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Vladimir Sobotka
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella -- Colin Miller
Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju
Scratched: John Gilmour, Evan Rodrigues
Injured: Zack Bogosian (hip), Matt Hunwick (neck), Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (hip), Brandon Montour (hand)
Sharks projected lineup
Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Patrick Marleau
Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Kevin Labanc
Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Barclay Goodrow
Melker Karlsson -- Dylan Gambrell -- Noah Gregor
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon -- Erik Karlsson
Mario Ferraro -- Tim Heed
Scratched: Lean Bergmann, Lukas Radil
Injured: Jacob Middleton (left shoulder), Dalton Prout (upper body), Radim Simek (knee)
Gregor was recalled from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League and will make his NHL debut. … Simek remains out but is expected to travel on San Jose's five-game trip. ... Prout continues to skate but it is unclear if he will travel for the road trip. … Middleton is out 4 to 6 weeks. ... Hutton is expected to start Tuesday.
The Sabres have scored the first goal in seven of their eight games. … Erik Karlsson (three assists) and Labanc (two goals, one assist) each has a three-game point streaks. … Olofsson is the first player in NHL history to score each of his first eight goals on the power play since goals by type became an official statistic in 193-34. … Hertl has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past two games.