SENATORS (8-10-1) at SABRES (9-6-3)
7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS2, MSG-B, NHL.TV
The Ottawa Senators will try for their fifth win in six games when they play the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Saturday.
The Senators have won two in a row after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.
The Sabres are 0-4-2 in their past six games after going 4-1-0 in their previous five and are 0-3-2 in their past five on home ice.
Forward Rasmus Asplund will make his NHL debut for Buffalo in place of Johan Larsson, who was injured in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Players to watch
Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored eight goals in his past seven games.
Sabres forward Victor Olofsson has three points (one goal, two assists) in a three-game point streak.
They said it
"We're starting to do things the right way. It's just kind of the process of what we have to develop over time, the good habits. There are still things to improve on. It starts with our goalies. (Craig Anderson and Anders Nilsson) have been great. If we break down and struggle at the start, or we're not doing things properly, they are there for us and saving out butts." -- Senators forward Tyler Ennis
"It's still the mental strength that we need to fight through games from beginning to end. We like the way the group is interacting. After a very disappointing finish and overall disappointing game (Thursday), it's a very constructive mindset in there. It's a group of guys that wants to improve and get better, and I feel a real strong focus towards Ottawa." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis
Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown
Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan
Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey
Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Mikkel Boedker
Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Artem Anisimov (groin)
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Evan Rodrigues -- Conor Sheary
Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Curtis Lazar
Zemgus Girgensons -- Rasmus Asplund -- Kyle Okposo
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin -- Brandon Montour
Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju
Scratched: Colin Miller, John Gilmour
Injured: Johan Larsson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Marcus Johansson (upper body), Zach Bogosian (hip)
Larsson is day to day. … The Senators did not hold a morning skate.
Pageau leads Ottawa with nine points (seven goals, two assists) in nine road games. … Eichel has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 13 games against the Senators.