SABRES (19-17-7) at BLUES (27-10-7)
8 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, FS-MW, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Michael Frolik will make his Buffalo Sabres debut against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on Thursday.
The forward, who has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 38 games this season, was acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames on Jan. 2 for a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
The Sabres have won two straight after a four-game losing streak.
The Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday to begin a season-long, five-game homestand. St. Louis has won six straight on home ice and is tied for third in the NHL with 14 home wins.
Players to watch
Sabres center Jack Eichel has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak and has a point in 22 of his past 24 games (18 goals, 18 assists).
Blues forward David Perron has 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games.
They said it
"Michael Frolik is an excellent penalty killer who brings us real confidence and experience there that will help us get those feet here and there. Not only through the way he plays but the way he can influence others to play. So we're looking forward to him improving our penalty-killing game." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
"I think we've been talking about that since last year, getting back on track for teams (that) don't want to get in here and play against us. We're on the right track right now and we need to keep building on how we've been playing at home." -- Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist
Sabres projected lineup
Rasmus Asplund -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Michael Frolik -- Marcus Johansson -- Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Jimmy Vesey -- Curtis Lazar
Lawrence Pilut -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller
Brandon Montour -- Henri Jokiharju
Scratched: Scott Wilson, Evan Rodrigues
Injured: Victor Olofsson (lower body), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Tage Thompson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Jake McCabe (upper body)
Blues projected lineup
Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Jordan Kyrou
Zach Sanford -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron
Alexander Steen -- Robert Thomas -- Tyler Bozak
Mackenzie MacEachern -- Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist
Vince Dunn -- Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester -- Justin Faulk
Niko Mikkola -- Robert Bortuzzo
Scratched: Troy Brouwer, Jacob de la Rose
Injured: Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder), Carl Gunnarsson (arm), Sammy Blais (wrist), Colton Parayko (upper body)
The Sabres could dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. If they do, Wilson is expected to be the healthy scratch. ... Gunnarsson took part in the morning skate but the defenseman will miss his 12th straight game. … Parayko practiced Thursday but the defenseman will miss his third straight game.
Johansson has six points (one goal, five assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Schwartz has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games. ... The Blues have a seven-game home winning streak against the Sabres and are 12-2-1 in their past 15 games against them.