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Anderson likely in goal for Ottawa; Skinner returns for Buffalo

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (17-23-9) at SABRES (22-20-7)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG-B, RDS, TSN5, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Jeff Skinner will return to the lineup for the Buffalo Sabres when they face the Ottawa Senators at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

The forward, who has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 39 games, missed the past 10 games with an upper-body injury.

The Sabres have won three of their past four games and will play nine of their next 10 at home, where they are 14-6-3.

Craig Anderson will start for the Senators, who are 1-5-5 in their past 11 games following a 4-3 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Ottawa is 1-5-0 in its past six games at Buffalo.

 

Players to watch

Senators forward Connor Brown has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a four-game point streak.

Sabres center Jack Eichel has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.

 

They said it

"I don't think we had enough guys play their best game. In saying that, we did have a lot of guys that did work. If you look, individually, there were some guys that really played hard. We need more guys, but we're coming off the break. Guys were rusty, for sure." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"He's got a good spirit here, like everybody else. They've come out of the break with a lot of energy and we need to put it into play here today. Jeff, of course, we need him to add to our scoring. We need depth, we need more offense throughout the lineup and Jeff's a threat to do that every night." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger on Jeff Skinner

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- Artem Anisimov -- Drake Batherson

Tyler Ennis -- Colin White -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Mike Reilly -- Dylan DeMelo

Craig Anderson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Cody Goloubef

Injured: Anders Nilsson (concussion), Nick Paul (ankle)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Michael Frolik

Jimmy Vesey -- Curtis Lazar -- Kyle Okposo

Conor Sheary -- Johan Larsson

Lawrence Pilut -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Brandon Montour

Jake McCabe -- Henri Jokiharju

Colin Miller

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched:  Zach Bogosian, Evan Rodrigues

Injured: Victor Olofsson (lower body), Tage Thompson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body)

 

Status report

Skinner will skate on the second line with Johansson and Frolik. ... Sabourin replaces Boedker.

 

Stat pack

Okposo needs one point for 500 in the NHL. … Reinhart has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … Namestnikov has scored a goal in each of his past three games. … Pageau leads the Senators with 11 goals on the road.

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