5 Things to Know: Sabres vs. Blue Jackets

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (27-29-12) vs. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (43-17-6)
Game coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG-B

After the Blue Jackets won in Columbus on Friday, the teams travel to Buffalo to complete the home-and-home.

1 Where They Stand

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 07: Jack Eichel #15 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates his second period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during an NHL game at the KeyBank Center on March 7, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

  • Tonight the Sabres host the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second meeting between the two clubs this season
  • The Sabres are 2-6-2 in their last 10 games
  • Buffalo is 16-12-6 on home ice in 2016-17

2 Who's Hot

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  • Sabres’ defenseman, Rasmus Ristolainen scored a goal on two shots and finished the game a plus-1 last night in Columbus
  • The 22-year-old backliner has a goal and three assists with 18 shots on goal in his past five games
  • With 41 points in 68 games, Ristolainen sits 10th amongst all NHL defenseman in scoring this season

3 Say What?

Bylsma Explains What's Changed For Buffalo

“The two power play goals they get are a big factor in the game. We come back each time in the game with a lot of good things from our guys, and with five minutes to go there we win a faceoff and somehow they get (Jenner) all alone at the net with our goaltender.”

 — Sabres head coach, Dan Bylsma on last night’s 4-3 loss in Columbus

4 Did You Know?

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This is the 25th game all-time between Buffalo and Columbus; Buffalo has a 9-12-2 series record.

5 Must-See Video

Rasmus Ristolainen’s third-period wrister from the point finds its way past Sergei Bobrovsky to tie up last night’s game at 3-3