A 10-game road losing streak has left the Buffalo Sabres
' season barely clinging to life.
What has been a disastrous week for the Sabres (19-22-5) continues tonight in Winnipeg. The Sabres followed a 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings
with a 6-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks
before heading to Winnipeg having lost three consecutive games. With just two wins in January and in the midst of a seven-game road trip, the Sabres are nine points behind the eighth-place Florida Panthers
in the Eastern Conference race.
Injures have battered the Buffalo lineup. The Sabres’ blue line is missing three regulars in Christian Ehrhoff
, Brayden McNabb
and Robyn Regehr
. Up front, Tyler Ennis
and Colin Stuart
both have missed 14 games.
The Sabres did not hold a morning skate in Winnipeg, but Ryan Miller
is expected to return to the Buffalo net.
Here are the projected lines and pairings for Buffalo:
- Jochen Hecht
- Jason Pominville
- Derek Roy
- Nathan Gerbe
- Brad Boyes
- Ville Leino
- Paul Gaustad
- Patrick Kaleta
- Tyler Myers
T.J. Brennan - Jordan Leopold
- Marc-Andre Gragnani