NEWARK, N.J. - With another game looming at home against San Jose on Tuesday, the Buffalo Sabres chose to forego their morning skate on the road ahead of their game in New Jersey on Monday. That's something we might see more of in the coming weeks, as the Sabres embark on a stretch of nine games in the next 14 days.
"We're going to play a lot of games here in the next two weeks and nine days and seven days," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "It's a good chance for us to get, with New Jersey and San Jose and the next couple games, to have a real good chance to win some hockey games and get some points on the board in our favor."
Buffalo will look to avoid being swept in its season series with New Jersey, having lost both of the first two games when these teams met for a home-and-home set in November. That was when the Sabres were still playing without Jack Eichel, and they lost 2-1 on a penalty shot in overtime in the first meeting and 4-2 in the second.
Bylsma said he expects the game tonight to resemble the first of those meetings.
"That game was a real tight game, kind of the game you expect from the two of us playing," he said. " … I really kind of expect the game to be that way again tonight, real tight.
"I hate to say - well, let's just say real tight, I'm not going to say low scoring."
Robin Lehner will start in net for the Sabres. His last two outings have been two of his best this season, having made a season-high 42 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss to New York on Thursday and 37 saves in a shutout win over Ottawa on Saturday.
The Devils are coming off of a 5-1 win in Columbus on Saturday. All-Star forward Taylor Hall leads the team with 35 points (13+22), while Adam Henrique and Kyle Palmieri are tied for the team lead with 14 goals apiece.
Cory Schneider will start in net for New Jersey.
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Tops Pregame Show on MSG-B, or you can listen live on WGR 550. The puck drops between the Sabres and Devils at 7 p.m.
26 Matt Moulson - 90 Ryan O'Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo
82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart
9 Evander Kane - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 12 Brian Gionta
56 Justin Bailey - 44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 63 Tyler Ennis
77 Dmitry Kulikov - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
29 Jake McCabe - 6 Cody Franson
4 Josh Gorges - 41 Justin Falk
40 Robin Lehner
31 Anders Nilsson