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Buffalo eyes second straight win to start season; New Jersey looks to rebound after loss

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (0-0-1) at SABRES (1-0-0)

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

 

The Game

The Buffalo Sabres will try to win their first two games of the season for the first time since 2012-13 when they host the New Jersey Devils at KeyBank Center on Saturday.

 

 

It's the first home game of the season for the Sabres, who defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in coach Ralph Krueger's debut Thursday.

The Devils are looking to bounce back after a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. New Jersey led 4-0 with 11 seconds left in the second period before allowing four unanswered goals ahead of the shootout. P.K. Subban and Wayne Simmonds each had an assist in their first game with the Devils.

 

Players to watch

Devils forward Blake Coleman, who scored twice against the Jets, has two goals in five games against the Sabres.

Sabres forward Conor Sheary had two goals against the Penguins, and has six points (two goals, four assists) in 14 games against the Devils.

 

They said it

"The best part about it is you don't have a lot of time to think about it. We go right back at it [Saturday] and I think it's a great opportunity. In this league back to backs, we just saw [the Jets] on a back to back come back from 4-0. So, there's no excuses in this locker room. We're a fast team, we've got a lot of energy, we're in great shape after training camp, I can tell you that. We'll be ready to go." -- Devils defenseman P.K. Subban

"It's going to be full, it's going to be our new jerseys, it's going to be a new team, some new stars out there, too. … I can't wait to get everything going at KeyBank [Center]." -- Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on the home opener

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Nikita Gusev -- Jack Hughes -- Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Wayne Simmonds

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Jesper Boqvist, Kevin Rooney

Injured: None

 

Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Vladimir Sobotka

Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo

Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Evan Rodrigues, John Gilmour

Injured: Brandon Montour (hand), Zach Bogosian (hip)

 

Status report

Schneider, who left the game Friday with cramping at 2:41 of the third period, traveled with the Devils to Buffalo and is available to play. … Hutton will start for the second straight game for the Sabres.

 

Stat pack

Skinner is two assists away from 200 in the NHL. … Hischier needs one point for 100. … The Devils are 9-2-1 against the Sabres since the start of the 2015-16 season.

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