Game Preview: Sabres at Stars

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (20-18-9) @ DALLAS STARS (19-20-10)

FINAL MEETING

Tonight, the Buffalo Sabres continue their road trip in Dallas as they face the Stars at American Airlines Arena for the second and final time this season. The Sabres had previously defeated the Stars 4-1 on Jan. 16 in Buffalo, as Jack Eichel potted two goals and earned First Star honors. The Sabres have won three straight games, all in overtime, including Tuesday’s 5-4 win in Nashville. The Stars, meanwhile, are going in the other direction, dropping five of their last six games following Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild.

QUOTABLE

“Our guys on the bench were saying it. We thought we could come back and win the game, even when we got down two. On our bench, Jack (Eichel) was saying, `We’re going to win this game. We’re going to win this game.’ And they go out and they do it.” – Coach Dan Bylsma on the Sabres comeback OT win over Nashville Tuesday.

EICHEL KEYS WIN

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Sabres’ center Jack Eichel scored a pair of goals against Nashville, including a sensational OT winner in Tuesday’s 5-4 victory. The 20-year-old has four goals and two assists in his past five games, giving him 12 goals with nine assists for 21 points in only 26 games on the season. In Eichel’s last tilt against Dallas, he had one of his strongest games, picking up a pair of goals in 19:33 of ice time.

SEGUIN TOPS STARS

Dallas center Tyler Seguin scored a goal and finished the night a plus-1 against Minnesota on Tuesday. The Stars leading scorer has slowed his production as of late, but still has four goals and four assists for 8 points for the month of January. In 49 games played this season, Seguin has 17 goals and 29 assists, combining for 46 points and notching 18 points on the man-advantage.

KYLE CONSISTENT

Sabres’ All-Star forward Kyle Okposo scored a goal Tuesday in Nashville, his third in the past four games. Okposo has been sensational on the man advantage this season, tallying seven goals and ten assists on the power play, and now has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points in his first season in Western New York. In his initial game against Dallas, Okposo picked up an assist on Jack Eichel’s second-period power play goal.