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Buffalo trying to end six-game losing streak; Dubnyk to start in goal for Minnesota

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

WILD (9-8-3) at SABRES (5-12-4)

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

 

The Game

The Buffalo Sabres will try to end a six-game losing streak when they host the Minnesota Wild at KeyBank Center on Wednesday.

It's the first game between the teams since a June 30 trade in which the Wild sent defenseman Marco Scandella and forward Jason Pominville to the Sabres in exchange for forwards Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis.

Pominville will play on a line with Evander Kane and Jack Eichel for the first time since Nov. 10 against the Florida Panthers. He hasn't scored a goal in nine games and doesn't have a point in the past six.

Goalie Devan Dubnyk is expected to start for the Wild, who've lost their past two games. Chad Johnson will start for Buffalo.

 

Players to watch

Wild left wing Nino Niederreiter has scored a goal in four straight games and has a six-game point streak (four goals, two assists).

Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly has a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists) and assists in two straight games.

 

They said it

"Any time you come back to a team that you got traded from you obviously want to win … You want this one a little more than other games. But I think I've just got to approach it like any other game. I can't really get caught up in all that other stuff. You're going to see some familiar faces on the forecheck and things like that, so you've just got to play it like any other game." -- Wild forward Marcus Foligno

"I think every hockey player to get to this point has gone through some adversity. If you just know how to handle it, we've all been through it before. It's just the game of life. So you just have to be positive about it. Negativity, it just doesn't help anyone. It doesn't help the team situation. Staying positive is definitely what we need to do." -- Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella

 

Wild projected lineup

Jason Zucker -- Eric Staal -- Charlie Coyle

Nino Niederreiter -- Mikko Koivu -- Mikael Granlund

Daniel Winnik -- Zack Mitchell -- Chris Stewart

Marcus Foligno -- Matt Cullen -- Tyler Ennis

Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon

Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba

Kyle Quincey -- Mike Reilly

Devan Dubnyk

Alex Stalock

Scratched: Gustav Olofsson

Injured: Zach Parise (back)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Sam Reinhart

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Criscuolo

Jordan Nolan -- Jacob Josefson -- Kyle Okposo

Marco Scandella -- Justin Falk

Jake McCabe -- Victor Antipin

Josh Gorges -- Nathan Beaulieu

Chad Johnson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Matt Moulson, Seth Griffith, Casey Nelson

Injured: Taylor Fedun (lower body), Matt Tennyson (foot), Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body), Zach Bogosian (lower body)

 

Status update

Bogosian and Ristolainen skated with the Sabres for the first time since going down with injuries. Bogosian was injured during Buffalo's final preseason game on Sept. 29; Ristolainen was hurt on Nov. 2 against the Arizona Coyotes.

 

Stat pack

Dubnyk is 3-0-0 at Buffalo with a .977 save percentage and two shutouts. … The Sabres have been held to one goal in seven of their past 12 games.

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