SENATORS (29-45-6) at SABRES (31-39-10)
7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, TSN5, RDS2, NHL.TV
Goalie Joey Daccord will make his NHL debut with the Ottawa Senators when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday.
The Senators selected Daccord in the seventh round (No. 199) of the 2015 NHL Draft and signed him to a two-year, entry-level contract Monday.
Ottawa is 4-2-0 in its past six games.
The Sabres look to end a season-high eight-game losing streak (0-7-1). It's their longest skid since a 14-game skid (0-14-0) from Dec. 29, 2014 to Jan. 30, 2015. They are 1-13-2 in their past 16 games.
Players to watch
Senators forward Brady Tkachuk has six points (three goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak and nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past eight games.
Sabres center Jack Eichel has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in 12 games against the Senators, including at least one point all but two of those games.
They said it
"We got the young goalie coming in [today] so that will be hopefully an energy boost for our team because guys can always remember what it was like when they played their first game. It's the only time you get to do it and for a goalie I would think it's even more special." -- Senators coach Marc Crawford on Joey Daccord
"I've tried to soak in pretty much everything throughout my career. Since I've been drafted in '01, all I wanted to do was wear the sweater. I've been fortunate enough to do it for a while. The drive in this morning, I definitely was thinking about it." -- Sabres forward Jason Pominville, a pending unrestricted free agent who could be playing his last home game with Buffalo
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Max Veronneau
Anthony Duclair -- Chris Tierney -- Oscar Lindberg
Rudolfs Balcers -- Colin White -- Mikkel Boedker
Brian Gibbons -- Zack Smith -- Magnus Paajarvi
Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo
Christian Wolanin -- Cody Ceci
Andreas Englund -- Christian Jaros
Scratched: Craig Anderson
Injured: Bobby Ryan (lower body), Mark Borowiecki (upper body), Ben Harpur (illness)
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Evan Rodrigues - Kyle Okposo
Scott Wilson -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Jason Pominville
Rasmus Dahlin -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe -- Brandon Montour
Lawrence Pilut -- Casey Nelson
Scratched: Zemgus Girgensons
Injured: Alexander Nylander (lower body), Marco Scandella (lower body), Vladimir Sobotka (upper body), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Matt Hunwick (upper body)
Nylander is day to day after getting cut on the back of his leg against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday and requiring stitches. … Ryan could be back in the lineup Saturday.
Smith needs one assist for 100 in the NHL. … Skinner is two points from matching his NHL career high of 63 with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016-17.