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Ottawa goes for fifth win in six games; forward Asplund to make NHL debut with Buffalo

by Heather Engel / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (8-10-1) at SABRES (9-6-3)

7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS2, MSG-B, NHL.TV


The Game

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

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

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

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Colin Miller, John Gilmour

Injured: Johan Larsson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Marcus Johansson (upper body), Zach Bogosian (hip)


Status report

Larsson is day to day. … The Senators did not hold a morning skate. 


Stat pack

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.

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