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Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo Sabres Preview and Predictions 01-14-2020


The Vegas Golden Knights experienced pronounced highs and lows during their season-high seven-game homestand as they erupted for 19 goals in four straight wins before getting shut out to cap a string of three straight losses. The Golden Knights look to turn around their fortunes on Tuesday when they visit the Buffalo Sabres.

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Vegas has surrendered the first goal in six straight games and has yielded the first three tallies in each of their last four following Saturday's 3-0 setback to Columbus. "We've just got to find our game back again," Golden Knights forward Mark Stone said. "Getting on the road, kind of getting away, getting back to that simple hockey. ... I think getting on the road will be a big help for us." While Vegas takes its show on the road for an eight-game stretch that bookends the All-Star festivities, Buffalo plays its final contest at home before the break on Tuesday. The Sabres started off fast in their last encounter on Saturday, scoring three times in the first period before breezing to their third win in five games with a 5-1 decision in Detroit.

TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: AT&T SportsNet-Rocky Mountains, MSG-B

ABOUT THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS (24-18-6): Vegas coach Gerard Gallant is keeping an optimistic approach in regard to the availability of Jonathan Marchessault, who is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury. "He felt real good so far. Fingers crossed. Hopefully he's OK," Gallant said on Monday, per the Las Vegas Review Journal. Marchessault, who was paired with William Karlsson and Reilly Smith in practice, collected three goals and an assist in two meetings against the Sabres last season.

ABOUT THE SABRES (20-19-7): Jack Eichel has gone streaking again, as the Buffalo captain followed up his career-best 17-game run from Nov. 16-Dec. 17 by collecting three goals and five assists in his last seven contests. The former Hobey Baker Award winner set up defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen's power-play goal early in the third period on Sunday to boost his team-leading totals in assists (32) and points (59). Eichel, who resides one goal shy of his career-best total of 28 set last season, tallied twice in Buffalo's 4-2 home victory versus Vegas on Oct. 8, 2018.

OVERTIME

1. Buffalo D Rasmus Dahlin has five assists on his four-game point streak.

2. Golden Knights G Marc-Andre Fleury sports a sizzling 22-6-3 record with four shutouts and a 2.08 goals-against average in 33 career appearances versus the Sabres.

3. Buffalo has collected at least a point in 12 of 18 games versus Western Conference foes (9-6-3).

Prediction

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Stadium

First Niagara Center
Buffalo, New York, USA.
Capacity: 19,070

Last Injuries

Buffalo Sabres

  • Jeff Skinner

    Shoulder
    Early Feb | I-R

    Skinner has landed on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury and is expected to be out until at least the beginning of February.

  • Tage Thompson

    Shoulder
    out for season | I-R

    Thompson has been designated for the injured reserve list while recovering from right shoulder surgery. He will miss the remainder of the season.

Vegas Golden Knights

  • Marc-Andre Fleury

    Suspension
    Elig Feb 1 | out

    Fleury has been suspended one game for skipping the All-Star game. He is expected to return Feb. 1 against the Predators.

  • William Karlsson

    Upper Body
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Karlsson is sidelined with an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will return to action against the Hurricanes on Friday.

  • Cody Glass

    Knee
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Glass is expected to be out until at least Friday against the Hurricanes due to a bone bruise in his right knee.

  • Paul Stastny

    Face
    Prob Tues | probable

    Stastny received facial lacerations as well as lost some teeth. He is projected to face the Bruins on Tuesday.

  • Jonathan Marchessault

    Lower Body
    Prob Tues | probable

    Marchessault has been held out of the previous five games due to a lower-body injury, but it is likely that he will rejoin the team for Tuesday's game against the Sabres.

buffalo-sabres Stats 2019-2020

Offensive
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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
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Shutouts
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Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS