The Buffalo Sabres are set to face the Boston Bruins for the final time of the 2020-21 season this afternoon.
Here's how to the team lined up for practice on Friday, which matched what Sabres interim coach Don Granato drew up during Thursday's game against the Bruins:
53 Jeff Skinner - 23 Sam Reinhart - 68 Victor Olofsson
74 Rasmus Asplund - 37 Casey Mittelstadt - 25 Arttu Ruotsalainen
96 Anders Bjork - 24 Dylan Cozens - 91 Drake Caggiula
13 Tobias Rieder - 15 Riley Sheahan - 72 Tage Thompson
26 Rasmus Dahlin - 10 Henri Jokiharju
54 Mattias Samuelsson - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
78 Jacob Bryson - 3 William Borgen
44 Matt Irwin / 88 Brandon Davidson - 33 Colin Miller
1 Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen
31 Dustin Tokarski
Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Granato
Thursday marked the first time Caggiula skated on a line with Bjork and Cozens. Ruotsalainen had previously been on the line. The new trio combined for six shots on goal and seven hits.
"Dylan and Anders are progressively gaining chemistry, or rhythm, together," Granato said Friday. "…Drake gives them some fiery competitiveness. It's a potential for real good chemistry as well.
"…I think it's a good fit. We know Dylan is an ultra competitor so to give him a partner in that regard is something we wanted to look at. We liked it. We liked it [Thursday] night. Again it's a progression, but I think they'll keep getting better, and they looked better [Friday] in practice even."
Cozens has seven assists in 11 games dating back to April 11, which ranks second among rookies during that span. His three assists in six contests against Boston lead the team.
Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. on MSG and WGR 550 with pregame coverage starting at 12:30 on MSG.
Luukkonen expected back between the pipes
Granato said Friday that he was "leaning toward" starting Luukkonen against the Bruins this afternoon. Luukkonen has started three of Buffalo's last four games since making his NHL debut on April 23.
He's 1-2-0 with a 3.74 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage to start his career.
Reinhart looks to stay hot in May
Video: BUF@BOS: Reinhart rips home one-timer in front
Sam Reinhart finished the month of April with 15 points (10+5) in 16 games, leading the team in both goals and points.
He tied for fifth in the NHL with 10 goals during the month of April and was tied for 21st in the NHL in points over the course of the month. Brad Marchand and Artemi Panarin each had 24 points to lead the league.
Video: BOS@BUF: Reinhart collects hat trick vs. Bruins
Over the last four games, Reinhart is on a four-game goal streak and he has scored six of Buffalo's 12 total goals in that time, including a hat trick against the Bruins on April 23.
Marty and Dan going Bald For Bucks
Video: Dan and Marty are going Bald for Bucks in 2021
The Sabres are once again partnering with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and their Bald For Bucks initiative to raise funds for critical cancer research and patient-care programs.
During today's broadcast, Dan Dunleavy and Martin Biron will have their heads shaved in support of the initiative. Amerks assistant coach Mike Weber, who was one of the first Sabres players to participate in Bald For Bucks, is having his head shaved as well.
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