SABRES (11-9-3) at LIGHTNING (11-7-2)
7 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV
The Buffalo Sabres will try to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a month when they play the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Monday.
Buffalo is coming off a 5-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Sunday after going 1-7-2 in its previous 10 games. The Sabres have not won consecutive games since a three-game winning streak from Oct. 17-22.
Tampa Bay, which has won two in a row and is 5-2-0 in its past seven games, will be without captain Steven Stamkos, who will miss his second straight game because of a lower-body injury. Coach Jon Cooper said Stamkos is day to day.
Tampa Bay won both games against Buffalo in the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden, earlier this month.
Players to watch
Sabres forward Jack Eichel has 10 points (six goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.
Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli has scored in each of his past four games and has seven points (four goals, three assists) during that span.
They said it
"We had multiple meetings since the Boston game (3-2 loss on Nov. 21) and I never felt anybody lose spirit or lose confidence in what we're doing here. That's one of the reasons the group was able to step up [against the Panthers]." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
"That's how you've got to play to win games. You've got to go to the greasy areas and win puck battles. We skated really well (in a 6-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday). … Hopefully it's something we learned from and we can do it again tonight." -- Lightning forward Brayden Point
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary
Jimmy Vesey -- Rasmus Asplund -- Zemgus Girgensons
Curtis Lazar -- Johan Larsson -- Brandon Montour
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian
Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju
Scratched: Colin Miller, Jean-Sebastien Dea
Injured: Matt Hunwick (neck), Evan Rodrigues (lower body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Marcus Johansson (upper body), Kyle Okposo (concussion), Tage Thompson (upper body)
Lightning projected lineup
Ondrej Palat -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov
Carter Verhaeghe -- Tyler Johnson -- Cory Conacher
Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- Mathieu Joseph
Pat Maroon -- Cedric Paquette -- Yanni Gourde
Victor Hedman -- Kevin Shattenkirk
Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak
Mikhail Sergachev -- Jan Rutta
Scratched: Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn
Injured: Steven Stamkos (lower body)
The Lightning have dressed seven defensemen the past two games and if they do so again, Coburn will likely slot in for Conacher. ... Krueger said Rodrigues will be evaluated when they return to Buffalo. … Dea was recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League this morning.
Hedman has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) during a seven-game point streak. …Olofsson has recorded a point in seven of his past eight games (two goals, five assists). … Killorn has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a seven-game point streak.