5 Things to Know: Sabres vs. Lightning

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (27-26-11) vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (29-26-8)
Game coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG-B

The Sabres host their division rivals looking for their first win of the season against them.

1 WHERE THEY STAND

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  • The Sabres are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games
  • Buffalo is 16-11-5 on home ice at KeyBank Center in 2016-17
  • The Sabres take the ice six points behind the New York Islanders for the final Wild Card slot in the Eastern Conference

2 WHO'S HOT

  • The 2015 second overall pick now has two goals and six assists for eight points in his past five games, and has 15 goals with 25 assists for 40 points in 43 games this season
  • In his only game vs. the Lightning this season, Eichel notched an assist in 21:59 of ice-time

3 SAY WHAT?

“We all knew that we needed to start generating more offense and getting the puck in. Once we did that, we got some breaks and took control.”

— Sabres center, Ryan O’Reilly on Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes

4 DID YOU KNOW?

KITCHENER, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 30:  Right wing J.P. Dumont #17 of the Buffalo Sabres skates with the puck while being pressured by Vincent Lecavalier #4 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the preseason NHL game on September 30, 2003 at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario. The Canucks defeated the Oilers 4-2. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI)

This is the 93rd game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 52-33-7 series record.

5 MUST-SEE VIDEO

Look back at the Sabres’ 6-3 win Thursday over the Arizona Coyotes