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Preview: Sabres at Jets

Robin Lehner likely in goal for Buffalo; rookie Patrik Laine looks to stay hot for Winnipeg

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

SABRES (2-3-2) at JETS (4-4-0)

3 p.m. ET; TSN3, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

Sabres team scope

A day after Buffalo Sabres goalie Anders Nilsson made 33 saves in a 3-0 victory against the Florida Panthers for his first shutout since March 4, 2012, it is expected Robin Lehner will get the start against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Lehner, who is 1-2-1 with 3.01 goals-against average and a .892 save percentage in four starts, hasn't played since Oct. 20, missing three games with a stomach illness. "It [stinks], I really want to play right now," Lehner said after practice Friday. "I'm ready for Winnipeg." The Sabres ended a four-game losing streak (0-2-2) with the win against the Panthers. They are 1-1-2 on the road.

Video: BUF@VAN: Lehner robs Sutter with strong save

 

Jets team scope

Jets forward Patrik Laine continues to play at a point-per-game pace to start his rookie season in the NHL. The No. 2 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft has six goals and two assists in eight games. Four of his six goals have come on the power play; the Jets have five goals with the man-advantage. "When I came here, they had the worst power play last year, so I thought that I could bring something to the power play," Laine said. "And now I've got a couple goals on the power play. Those are important goals for these games. I'm just trying to help my team to win." Laine's eight points are tied with center Mark Scheifele for the Jets lead. Winnipeg's third line of Shawn Matthias, Adam Lowry and Joel Armia has five points in the past three games. "They've been so strong in all parts of the game, generating big chunks of our offence right now playing against the other team's best," coach Paul Maurice said. "Really excited about what they can continue to do."

Video: DAL@WPG: Laine scores second PPG with wicked wrister

 

Sabres projected lineup

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

Marcus Foligno -- Johan Larsson -- Brian Gionta

Zemgus Girgensons -- Sam Reinhart -- Tyler Ennis

Nicholas Baptiste -- Derek Grant -- Hudson Fasching

Josh Gorges -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Dmitry Kulikov -- Zach Bogosian

Jake McCabe -- Cody Franson

Robin Lehner

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: None

Injured: Jack Eichel (left high ankle sprain), Evander Kane (cracked ribs)

 

Jets projected lineup

Patrik Laine -- Mark Scheifele -- Blake Wheeler

Nikolaj Ehlers -- Mathieu Perreault - Kyle Connor

Shawn Matthias -- Adam Lowry -- Joel Armia

Brandon Tanev -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Chris Thorburn /Marko Dano

Josh Morrissey -- Dustin Byfuglien

Tobias Enstrom -- Tyler Myers

Mark Stuart - Ben Chiarot

Connor Hellebuyck

Michael Hutchinson

Scratched: None

Injured: Bryan Little (lower body), Drew Stafford (upper body)

 

Status report

The Jets on Friday recalled Dano from Manitoba of the American Hockey League. … Little will be out until the end of November with a lower-body injury. … Deslauriers likely will miss the game after getting injured late in the third period on Saturday. Buffalo called up Baptiste from Rochester of the American Hockey League.

 

Who's hot

Ristolainen has seven assists in seven games. … O'Reilly has three goals and three assists in his past six games. … Laine has six goals in eight games. … Scheifele has four goals and four assists in eight games.

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