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Preview: Sharks at Sabres

Buffalo tries to continue success vs. San Jose, which seeks fifth straight road win

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

SHARKS (33-17-3) at SABRES (21-21-10)

7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, CSN-CA, NHL.TV


Sharks team scope

The San Jose Sharks take a four-game road winning streak into their game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Sharks are 8-1-1 in their past 10 games and are happy with the way they've been playing. "I think we just keep it simple to be honest with you," center Joe Thornton said. "We don't hurt ourselves, we get good goaltending, everybody does their part and everybody knows their role on the team, and that goes a long way too." Forward Marcus Sorensen will make his NHL debut. Sorensen was recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League on Monday. "This is what you dream of," Sorensen said. "When you play hockey everybody wants to play in the NHL so it's a big dream come true and I'm proud of it." Sorensen had 13 goals and 14 assists in 39 AHL games and will play on the fourth line with Micheal Haley and Melker Karlsson. "He's a speed guy and he's tenacious and he works hard," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I don't know how it'll fit. I'm excited to see him and we'll see what he does with the opportunity." Goaltender Martin Jones will start.


Sabres team scope

Goaltender Anders Nilsson will start after Robin Lehner made 37 saves in a 2-1 road loss to the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Nilsson's last start was a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars on Jan. 26. Coach Dan Bylsma said the rest of the lineup will be a game-time decision. Defenseman Taylor Fedun has been a healthy scratch the past two games. The Sabres claimed center Derek Grant off waivers from the Nashville Predators on Monday and assigned him to Rochester of the AHL. He had started the season with the Sabres but was lost to the Predators on waivers Jan. 10. "No one else put a claim in on Derek, so unimpeded he could be assigned to Rochester," Bylsma said. "We have 23 guys on our roster right now. So a roster spot would have to be cleared for Derek to be on our roster." The Sabres are 5-0-1 in their past six home games, 9-0-1 in their past 10 games against the Sharks and 16-1-1 against the Sharks all-time in Buffalo.


Sharks projected lineup

Tomas Hertl -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Joel Ward

Marcus Sorensen -- Micheal Haley -- Melker Karlsson

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Ryan Carpenter, Joakim Ryan

Injured: Joonas Donskoi (upper body)


Sabres projected lineup

Matt Moulson -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Marcus Foligno -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Evander Kane -- Zemgus Girgensons -- Brian Gionta

Justin Bailey -- Nicolas Deslauriers -- Tyler Ennis

Dmitry Kulikov -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe -- Cody Franson

Josh Gorges -- Justin Falk

Anders Nilsson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Taylor Fedun

Injured: William Carrier (knee), Zach Bogosian (rib), Johan Larsson (wrist)


Status report

Donskoi will miss his sixth consecutive game.


Who's hot

Marleau has seven goals and three assists during a six-game point streak. Burns has scored a goal in eight straight road games. ... Ennis scored against the Devils on Monday and has one goal and two assists during a three-game point streak. Falk has assists in back-to-back games. Okposo has a goal and an assist in his past two games.

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