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Preview: Golden Knights Faceoff Against Surging Sabres Squad

Vegas Golden Knights v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

The Vegas Golden Knights (22-10-1, 45 points) will look to rebound this evening as they take on the Buffalo Sabres (15-14-2, 32 points) for the final time this season. Vegas is fresh off a loss to the New York Islanders, and the Sabres enter play with a 3-game win streak. Last month the Golden Knights defeated Buffalo 7-4, and will try and snap out of their recent funk on home ice.

The Golden Knights head into this game with an offense that has generated 3.27 goals per game (x-best in NHL), and only surrendering 2.76 goals against per game (12th-best in NHL). Their power play has an efficiency rating of 25.8% which is 8th in the NHL as of this writing.

Buffalo sits 1st in the league with a 3.97 goals per game average, and 23rd with a 3.45 goals against average. In terms of special teams, their power play is clicking at 30% which is 2nd in the NHL.

When it comes to killing penalties, Vegas’ rating of 74.7% is 24th in the league, and the Sabres are killing penalties at a rate of 72.6% which is 26th in the league.


Players of Note

Buffalo Sabres

Leading Scorer: Tage Thompson — 25-24-49 in 31 games

Top Goal Scorer: Tage Thompson — 25 goals in 31 games

Best Goalie: Craig Anderson — 7-4-1, .922 SV%, 2.65 GAA

Vegas Golden Knights

Leading Scorer: Jack Eichel and Chandler Stephenson — 29 points

Top Goal Scorer: Reilly Smith — 16 goals in 31 games

Best Goalie: Logan Thompson — 14-8-0, .917 SV%, 2.64 GAA


Here are the projected lines for both sides.

Vegas Golden Knights

Phil Kessel — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Reilly Smith — William Karlsson — Jonathan Marchessault

Jonas Rondbjerg — Jake Leschyshyn — Mike Amadio

Will Carrier — Nicolas Roy — Keegan Kolesar

Nic Hague — Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb — Daniil Miromanov

Ben Hutton — Alex Pietrangelo

Logan Thompson

Buffalo Sabres

Jeff Skinner — Tage Thompson — Alex Tuch

JJ Peterka — Dylan Cozens — Jack Quinn

Tyson Jost — Casey Mittelstadt — Victor Olofsson

Zemgus Girgensons — Peyton Krebs — Kyle Okposo

Lawrence Pilut — Rasmus Dahlin

Mattias Samuelsson — Kale Clague

Jeremy Davis — Casey Fitzgerald

Craig Anderson


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