Keys to Sabres-Blues

By: David Kolb

BUFFALO SABRES (5-6-4) @ ST. LOUIS BLUES (7-6-3)

RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME?

The Buffalo Sabres are looking to end a four-game losing streak and tonight they have the right matchup to do so, as they face the Blues, who have lost three in a row and five of their last seven, including an 8-4 loss in Columbus on Saturday.

CARRIER RISING

Saturday against the New Jersey Devils, Sabres forward William Carrier skated on the first line with Sam Reinhart and Kyle Okposo. He practiced again on Monday and is expected to begin tonight’s game with the top trio.

ALLEN IN NET

The Sabres will shoot against Blues goalie Jake Allen tonight, who will be back in net despite being pulled in his last appearance against the Blue Jackets Saturday. Allen has struggled at times this season and currently sits at 5-3-3 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .896 save-percentage.

STAYING OUT OF THE SIN BIN

Staying out of the penalty box seems to be a real concern for both clubs. The Sabres have been called for five or more penalties in four of their last five games, while the Blues have been called for the most minor penalties in the NHL (76). The Sabres rank 11th in the league in minor penalties (58).

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INJURY UPDATE

Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly could return tonight, however Buffalo still has three other major components of the team sidelined, as Zach Bogosian, Dmitry Kulikov and Jack Eichel remain out of the lineup.