Following a four-day break, the Sabres are set to play a game tonight. The Carolina Hurricanes are in town for the 7 p.m. faceoff.
Catch the GMC Game Night pregame show at 6:30 on MSG if you can't make it to KeyBank Center. RJ and Rayzor will have the call on MSG and WGR 550.
Here's what you need to know.
From @SabresPR's Game Notes…
- Rasmus Dahlin is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game tonight.
- Dahlin, who leads all Sabres defensemen with 12 points and is tied for the team lead with 11 assists this season, enters the game with 56 career points (10+46) through his first 99 NHL games.
- Among defensemen throughout franchise history to debut with the Sabres, only Phil Housley (30+64) matched or surpassed Dahlin's minimum of 56 points through the first 100 regular-season games of his career.
- Jeff Skinner has scored at least one goal in each of his three career games against his former club (4+0).
- He played for the Hurricanes from 2010 to 2018 after being selected by Carolina with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.
- Skinner totaled 379 points (204+175) in 579 games with the Hurricanes and still ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in goals (5th), points (7th) and games played (9th).
- This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
- Last meeting: Carolina defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Raleigh on March 16
- Next meeting: Sunday, March 15 in Buffalo
- The Sabres are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 4-4-2 at home.
- Sam Reinhart has eight points (5+3) in his last eight games and enters tonight with multi-point efforts in each of his last two outings (3+1). He has recorded three straight multi-point games just once in his career: Dec. 15 to 18, 2018 (0+7).
- Reinhart recorded at least a point in all three meetings with Carolina last season (0+4).
- Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (6+4) in 12 career games against the Hurricanes, including seven (3+4) in his last five and eight (6+2) in six home games.
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From the Ice Level Practice Report…
Zach Bogosian issued a hard hit on fellow defenseman Henri Jokiharju along the KeyBank Center boards, then smiled as he made an announcement to the teammates in his vicinity.
Bogosian was smiling again later when asked about the play, following his first practice with the Sabres in nearly eight months.
"It just played out that way," he said. "It was just the way the drill was going. It was either that or he was going to go by me. That's probably six, seventh months of built-up excitement."
Bogosian was one of two defensemen to return to practice on Wednesday. Marco Scandella was also a full participant in the roughly 90-minute session, back from a lower-body injury he sustained in New York on Oct. 24.
Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said there is potential for Scandella to return to the lineup against Carolina on Thursday, and Scandella said he felt ready to play as well. Bogosian remains week-to-week, though the road ahead should seem miniscule compared to what's in his rearview mirror.
Video: AFTER PRACTICE: Krueger
Marcus Johansson did not practice and has been listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. Krueger said Johansson's status for Thursday's game against the Hurricanes will be determined in the morning.
"We're going to take a look at him tomorrow morning and then make our decision in the morning," Krueger said. "We don't expect it to be long-term. It's really just something we're being careful about."
With Johansson's status in question and Vladimir Sobotka expected to miss four to six weeks as a result of the lower-body injury he sustained in Sweden, the Sabres recalled forward Curtis Lazar prior to practice on Wednesday morning.
The Sabres signed Lazar, a first-round pick in 2013, to a one-year deal on July 1. He left a strong impression during training camp and, after being one of the last players sent to Rochester, went on to tally nine points in 11 AHL games.
"I pride myself on coming to the rink and working, working on my game, on my craft," he said. "Especially in the American League, you're always hungry to get back here and I think for myself being able to build off a strong training camp, I know how close that I am. It's been motivation for me."
Read the full report here.
Hockey Fights Cancer Night is Saturday
The Rochester Americans won 4-3 last night at home against Syracuse.
From the game recap...
The Rochester Americans (8-3-1-2) scored three goals in the first period and held off a late push from the Syracuse Crunch (7-5-2-0) to come away with a 4-3 win over their intrastate rivals Wednesday night at The Blue Cross Arena.
The win was Rochester's third straight over the Crunch this season, sending the Amerks into the weekend in a three-way tie atop the AHL's North Division standings with Toronto and Laval.
Rochester has now earned 19 out of a possible 28 points through its first 14 games of the campaign and has picked up points in nine of the last 11 contests overall, going 6-2-1-2 over that span.
Rookie forward Brett Murray tallied his first pro multi-point game as he recorded a pair of assists while Kevin Porter, Jean-Sebastien Dea, Tyler Randell and Eric Cornel all scored for Rochester, which improved to 9-4-1-1 in the last 15 games against Syracuse.
Goaltender Jonas Johansson (3-2-2) stopped 28 shots during his eighth appearance of the slate while earning the win.
The Amerks are hosting their Military Appreciation Night tomorrow and you can bid on commemorative jerseys that will be worn in the game now: