Game Preview: Sabres vs. Kings

BY: DAVID KOLB

LOS ANGELES KINGS (14-11-2) @ BUFFALO SABRES (10-11-6)
Live Game Coverage Begins at 6:30 PM on MSG WNY

GETTING BACK INTO IT

Tonight the Sabres hop back on the ice to host the Los Angeles Kings, with the Kings opening a nine-game road trip at KeyBank Center in Buffalo. This will be the first of two games the clubs will play against each other this season, as they split the series last season.

ALMOST HEALTHY

Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (missed 18 games with an MCL sprain) skated alone on Monday, while backliner Taylor Fedun is possibly slated to begin skating as early as Wednesday. Meanwhile, forward Tyler Ennis is close to returning after missing 15 games with a groin injury.

A KING ON QUICK’S THRONE

The Kings have had injuries of their own, including All-World goalie Jonathan Quick, who exited his only game played this season against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 22. Backup Peter Budaj has filled in well, as he owns a 13-7-2 record with a 2.18 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

OKPOSO SITTING PRETTY

Winger Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Sabres on Friday against the Caps. The first-year Sabers forward now has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 26 games, and tonight he looks to skate on a potentially explosive line with Evander Kane and Jack Eichel.

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (21) faces off against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

CARTER’S HOT HAND

The Sabres will have to keep an eye on Kings center Jeff Carter tonight, as he leads Los Angeles with 12 goals in 27 games while coming up in the clutch. Carter scored Saturday against Ottawa giving the 31-year old two goals and three points in his past three games.