OILERS (28-30-7) at SABRES (30-27-8)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS, MSG-B, NHL.TV
The Edmonton Oilers seek their third straight win when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Monday.
The Oilers, who are 4-1-1 after a five-game losing streak (0-4-1), haven't won three in a row since a four-game winning streak from Dec. 5-11. Edmonton trails the Minnesota Wild by eight points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
The Sabres are 2-6-1 in their past nine games, allowing at least four goals in six of those games, and are nine points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Players to watch
Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in a 10-game point streak.
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart has nine points (five goals, four assists) in his past nine games and is two points away from 200 in the NHL.
They said it
"The hardest thing to trust is your work and your checking. It's easy to trust your skill … but we're starting to believe that if we check, we can control the hockey game and not just try to do it with our skill." -- Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock
"When you put those two together on one line, they're very dynamic. They drive their engine over there. We're going to have to be aware of when they're on the ice and we're going to have to manage the puck well because they bring a speed element of no other in the NHL." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley on Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl
Oilers projected lineup
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian
Milan Lucic -- Leon Draisaitl -- Alex Chiasson
Tobias Rieder -- Colby Cave -- Josh Currie
Ty Rattie -- Brad Malone -- Sam Gagner
Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson
Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell
Andrej Sekera -- Matt Benning
Scratched: Kevin Gravel, Alexander Petrovic, Kyle Brodziak
Injured: Jesse Puljujarvi (hip), Jujhar Khaira (lower body)
Sabres projected lineup
Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary -- Evan Rodrigues -- Kyle Okposo
Scott Wilson -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Jason Pominville
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Tage Thompson
Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian
Matt Hunwick -- Brandon Montour
Scratched: Casey Nelson
Injured: Vladimir Sobotka (upper body), Jake McCabe (upper body)
McCabe will be out 5-6 weeks with an upper-body injury sustained in the second period of a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. … Sobotka, who has missed the past two games, joined the Sabres for the morning skate but did not skate on a line.
Klefbom will play in his 300th NHL game. … Skinner, who hasn't scored in his past eight games, needs one goal to tie his NHL career high of 37 he set with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016-17. … Okposo is one assist away from 300 in the NHL. … Edmonton has scored four goals in each of its past two games after scoring two or fewer in eight of their past nine games. … McDavid has eight points (two goals, six assists) in a personal five-game point streak. … Sheary has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past three games.