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Preview: Sabres at Wild

Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk goes for fourth straight shutout; Buffalo tries for third win in a row

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

SABRES (3-3-2) at WILD (6-2-1)

8 p.m. ET; FS-N+, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

Sabres team scope

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner will make his second straight start after missing three games because of an illness. He made 37 saves in a 3-1 victory at the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Forward Justin Bailey was recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League and will play in place of Hudson Fasching, who was injured in his first shift of the game against Winnipeg. "Justin, he's played some dynamic games last year, adding his speed, adding his size on the forecheck," coach Dan Bylsma said. "And he can be a load to handle with that speed going to the net and that's what he's got to do tonight." Bailey played his first eight NHL games with the Sabres last season. He has four points in seven games with Rochester this season.

 

Wild team scope

Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk will be trying for his fourth consecutive shutout, a stretch that includes a 4-0 victory at the Sabres on Oct. 27. He was the NHL Second Star last week after he shut out the Boston Bruins and Sabres on the road, and the Dallas Stars 4-0 at home on Saturday. His shutout streak of 180:00 is a Wild record; he has stopped the past 94 shots he has faced. "Shutouts are awesome," he said. "But I'll take wins however they come. And if it's a shutout, that's a bonus." Forward Zac Dalpe had arthroscopic surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee on Monday. He was injured during the win against the Stars. Dalpe was placed on long-term injured reserve and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Dalpe has one goal and two assists in nine games this season. "I feel bad for [Dalpe]," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I was using him more and more, and I still have confidence in him … when a guy who has been playing most of his life in the minors, when that happens you feel bad for him because this was his opportunity to stay here." The Wild recalled forwards Tyler Graovac, Christoph Bertschy and Jordan Schroeder from Iowa of the AHL. Graovac scored his first NHL goal Saturday and Bertschy had his first NHL point with an assist against the Stars. Schroeder has four goals and seven points in three games with Iowa. Tuesday will be his first game with the Wild this season.

 

Sabres projected lineup

Matt Moulson -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Marcus Foligno -- Johan Larsson -- Brian Gionta

Zemgus Girgensons -- Sam Reinhart -- Tyler Ennis

Justin Bailey -- Derek Grant -- Nicholas Baptiste

Josh Gorges -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Dmitry Kulikov -- Zach Bogosian

Jake McCabe -- Cody Franson

Robin Lehner

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Casey Nelson

Injured: Hudson Fasching (groin), Jack Eichel (high ankle sprain), Evander Kane (cracked ribs)

 

Wild projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle

Mikael Granlund -- Mikko Koivu -- Jason Pominville

Jason Zucker -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Chris Stewart

Christoph Bertschy -- Tyler Graovac -- Jordan Schroeder

Ryan Suter -- Matt Dumba

Nate Prosser -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Christian Folin

Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: None

Injured: Zach Parise (lower body), Zac Dalpe (knee), Erik Haula (foot), Marco Scandella (lower body)

 

Status report

Fasching is day to day because of a groin injury. … Parise and Scandella remain week to week. Each has missed one game. Haula, who was expected to return to the lineup this week, is 7-10 days from a return. He has missed five games.

 

Who's hot

Okposo, a Minnesota native, had three goals in weekend victories against the Florida Panthers and Jets. … Dubnyk's three consecutive shutouts have lowered his goals-against average to 1.43 and improved his save percentage to .952. He is 5-1-1 in seven games. … Suter has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in nine games.

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