By: David Kolb
BUFFALO SABRES (5-5-4) @ NEW JERSEY DEVILS (7-3-3)
SECOND OF TWO
The Sabres are looking to even the score tonight after Devils’ captain Andy Greene scored an overtime game-winning goal on a penalty shot Friday in Buffalo. When the two clubs meet tonight both teams to have a different netminder, as Cory Schneider is slated to start for the Devils, while Robin Lehner will go for the Sabres.
Buffalo’s loss to the Devils Friday was similar to Wednesday’s loss versus Ottawa in that the Sabres scored first, but were unable to protect or build on the lead before ultimately losing after regulation. The Sabres must do a better job protecting leads to grab two points insead of one.
Devils center Travis Zajac continues to be red-hot, as he registered an assist on Yohann Auvitu’s first career goal, giving Zajac his 400th point of his NHL career. No. 19 is tied for first on the club with 10 points and enters tonight’s game with a season-high five-game point-streak (one goal, four assists).
QUICK OFF THE MATT
Sabres’ winger Matt Moulson scored Buffalo’s only goal Friday, giving him five goals in 14 games. Moulson’s quick start could net him 20-plus goals this season for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when he scored 36 goals for the New York Islanders.
O’REILLY ON THE MEND
Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly was iffy coming into Friday’s tilt. He played, and then left the game with 16:11 remaining in regulation after he re-aggravated a lingering injury.