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Sabres host Avs to conclude homestand

Buffalo trying for third consecutive victory

⏰ 7 p.m.   ? MSG   ? WGR550

Intro: After winning two consecutive games over the New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights, and over .500 for the first time in five years, the Sabres will host the Colorado Avalanche in an effort to earn a three-game winning streak. This will also be the final game of the team’s four-game homestand to start the season before traveling on the road for five straight games.

Season series: This will be the first meeting of the season between both teams. They will play once more Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Buffalo notes: Following a two-point game last Saturday, Jack Eichel followed that up with a two-goal effort to open the scoring in Monday’s game, giving him four points in the last two games. Unlike last year, Marco Scandella scored the first goal by a Buffalo defenseman in only their third game. Carter Hutton also continued to build off momentum he received from his first win of the year last game against the Knights, stopping 35 on 37 shots faced. Buffalo is looking to continue their winning ways in the hopes of becoming a playoff contender this year in the hopes of turning the team around.

Colorado notes: After starting their season unbeaten, the Avalanche came back to Earth a little, falling on the road to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-2. Currently sitting at 2-1-0 and in a tie for second in the Central Division with the Dallas Stars, Colorado will play the second and final game of their first road trip of the year before returning home for one game this Saturday.

Starting goaltenders: After Carter Hutton started the first three games of the season for the Sabres, it’s very likely Linus Ullmark will receive his first start of the season as he looks to begin his first full year in the NHL on the right foot and continue Buffalo’s early success. For the Avalanche, Semyon Varlamov (2-0, .948 SV%) will look to continue his hot start in net after new acquisition Philipp Grubauer struggled the other night.

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